Monday, April 24, 2006

Lesser evil

Saturday's Austin American-Statesman includes the (very) brief report that "a senior Roman Catholic cardinal" has called condoms the "lesser evil" in fighting AIDS (as opposed to their role in contraception).

Despite the Vatican's opposition to contraception, a senior Roman Catholic cardinal said that condoms are the "lesser evil" when considering the scourge of AIDS. "We must do everything to fight AIDS," Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the retired archbishop of Milan, said in Italy's L'Espresso newsweekly. "Certainly, the use of condoms can constitute in certain situations a lesser evil."

So, is he speaking for himself or for the Vatican? Either way, it's a step in the right direction.

[hat tip to hubby (mine, that is)]

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