Sooo, Condoms Are OK Now?
The Pope said recently that condoms might just be ok after all. Well, ok in the sense that he said perhaps it was alright for a male prostitute to wear a condom.
Benedict said that for male prostitutes — for whom contraception isn't the central issue — condoms are not a moral solution but could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."It is imperative here that we take a second and congratulate the Vatican and Pope Benedict for at least partially removing head from ass. I do not mean that in a condescending way; it's sincere. However, with respect to the Catholic church, I always feel like society is Tyler Durden telling the church that we'll bring you through this. As always. We'll carry you - kicking and screaming - and in the end, you'll thank us.
Benedict said that abstinence and marital fidelity were the only sure way, but that's standard dogma. It will change in another hundred years or three and they will act as if they are on the vanguard of human rights and decency. It has happened before (slavery, women's rights and suffrage...) and it will surely happen again with condoms and GLBT equal rights.
I will take the quote by Stephen Frye who, while debating whether the Catholic church is a force for good in the world, made a statement in response to a question about the church condemning homosexuality. He mentioned that the church is a product of its time and as such held some views that required changing, saying, "What is the point of the Catholic church if it says, 'Oh, well we couldn't know better because nobody else did'...then what are you FOR?!"
What are they for, indeed. The quote comes at the very end of this clip, but the whole debate is worth watching for the sheer slamming Hitch and Fry dish out.