Astonishing news from Rome: the Pope modifies the Catholic Church’s position on contraception.
The news is confirmed: Pope Benedict XVI is modifying the Catholic Church’s absolute ban on the use of condoms. In doing so, however, he is not radically departing from Church teaching but, rather, helping to clear up years of disastrous confusion relating to the specific area of condoms and Aids. The Pope’s comments, in an interview to be published on Tuesday, are wise, humane, carefully balanced – and another reminder of the 83-year-old pontiff’s ability to surprise the world by refusing to conform to the stereotype of “hardline conservative”.
(reported on Damian Thompson’s blog.)