Cardinal backs limited condom use

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini has publicly backed the use of condoms among married couples to prevent AIDS transmission.

The BBC reports that Cardinal Martini, one of the Church's most distinguished cardinals, said that in couples where one had HIV/AIDS, which could pass to the partner, the use of condoms was "a lesser evil".

The Catholic Church, which runs many hospitals and institutions to help AIDS victims, opposes the use of condoms and teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage, chastity and abstinence are the best way to stop the spread of AIDS.

Cardinal Martini, a Jesuit and former Archbishop of Milan, made the comments in an interview with the Italian weekly magazine l'Espresso.

In it he says that the fight against AIDS, which has caused more than three million deaths, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, must be pursued by all available means.

The Vatican has made no official comment on the article but according Reuters, it is planning to publish a statement on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.

According to reports, Cardinal Martini was a close runner-up in last year's papal election.

Cardinal backs limited condom use (BBC 21/4/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, S.J. (catholic-hierarchy.org)

PNG bishops argue condoms OK for some (CathNews 30/3/06)
PNG Bishop objects to condom call (CathNews 15/3/06)
Martini says Church should be more democratic (CathNews 8/4/06)

Senior cardinal supports limited use of condoms (Reuters 21/4/06)
Vatican preparing statement on condoms and AIDS (Reuters 23/4/06)
Responses to the Martini question: National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (americanpapist.com 21/4/06)
Cardinal condones condoms (ITN 23/4/06)
Dialogo sulla vita (L'Espresso 23/4/06)
Cardinnal Sinner (Sunday Herald-Sun 23/4/06)
John L. Allen: Condoms as a 'lesser evil' (National Catholic Reporter 21/4/06)
John L. Allen: Other Items: Advances in artificial reproduction( National Catholic Reporter 21/4/06)
PNG bishops say condoms okay for some (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 29/3/06)
Government Accused of Conducting a Policy of Indoctrination (The Universe 29/3/06)
Should HIV testing be mandatory? (BBC 22/3/06)
Church's credibility with minorities called important in AIDS work (Catholic News Service 21/3/06)
Burundi bishops require engaged couples to certify HIV status (Catholic World News 27/3/06)
Education is key to solving AIDs in Africa, says Jesuit expert (catholicireland.net 23/3/06)
Ugandan prelate rebukes government on condom campaign (Catholic World News 22/3/06)
From Africa to the Pacific South African Bishop Kevin Dowling in Melanesia on "choose life" campaign against AIDS (Fides 20/3/06)
Catholic Church told to 'get real' over condoms (ABC Radio PM 15/3/06)
Education is key to solving AIDs in Africa, says Jesuit expert (catholicireland.net 23/3/06)

24 Apr 2006