|Vatican||HOLY SEE OFFICIAL CONSIDERS CONDOM SOLUTION TO AIDS|
A prominent member of the Pontifical Council on the Family has written in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that condom use may be the "lesser of two evils" in the fight against the worldwide AIDS epidemic.|
Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau wrote: "If people want to prevent Aids they must be convinced to change their sexual behaviour. Until a real effort is made in this regard . . . the prophylactic is one of the best ways to contain the sexual transmission of HIV and Aids."
But Monsignor Suaudeau stressed that he would prefer to see "traditional monogamy" used to prevent the disease and that "family values guarantee true human victory".
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales told the London Daily Telegraph: "Any possible change on the use of condoms would hinge on the intentions of the user. They might be sanctioned if they were being used to prevent death rather than to prevent another life. This article does not signal a change in teaching on contraception, but it opens up theological debate on the issue."
|19 Sep 00|