Fargo Catholic Diocese Bishop Samuel Aquila says the popeâ€™s recent comments related to condom use do not indicate a shift away from the churchâ€™s general teaching against the use of condoms or contraceptives.
Pope Benedict XVI â€œis 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,â€ Aquila said in a written statement Monday.
Comments made by the pope in excerpts from the book-length interview â€œLight of the Worldâ€ had been interpreted by some as justifying the use of condoms in some cases.
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