Fargo Bishop Aquila: Pope’s statements were not condoning the use of condoms

Bishop Samuel Aquila

Fargo Catholic Diocese Bishop Samuel Aquila says the pope’s recent comments related to condom use do not indicate a shift away from the church’s general teaching against the use of condoms or contraceptives.

Pope Benedict XVI “is not condoning the use of condoms but making an observation regarding the awakening of a sense of responsibility in the people who are caught up in the habitual sin of prostitution,” Aquila said in a written statement Monday.

Comments made by the pope in excerpts from the book-length interview “Light of the World” had been interpreted by some as justifying the use of condoms in some cases.

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