Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cardinal Burke emphasizes: Catholic teaching on condoms has not changed


Catholic teaching on the immorality of the use of condoms has not changed, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview with the National Catholic Register. The prefect of the Apostolic Signatura stated:

I don’t see any change in the Church’s teaching. What [Pope Benedict] is commenting on — in fact, he makes the statement very clearly that the Church does not regard the use of condoms as a real or a moral solution — but what he’s talking about in the point he makes about the male prostitute is about a certain conversion process taking place in an individual’s life.

He’s simply making the comment that if a person who is given to prostitution at least considers using a condom to prevent giving the disease to another person — even though the effectiveness of this is very questionable — this could be a sign of someone who is having a certain moral awakening.

But in no way does it mean that prostitution is morally acceptable, nor does it mean that the use of condoms is morally acceptable.

The point the Pope is making is about a certain growth in freedom, an overcoming of an enslavement to a sexual activity that is morally repugnant [unacceptable] so that this concern to use a condom in order not to infect a sexual partner could at least be a sign of some moral awakening in the individual, which one hopes would lead the individual to understand that his activity is a trivialization of human sexuality and needs to be changed …

The text itself makes it very clear that he says the Church does not regard it as a real or moral solution. And when he says that it could be a first step in a movement toward a different, more human way of living sexuality, that doesn’t mean in any sense that he’s saying the use of condoms is a good thing.


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Mr Ray!! May God bless you now and always!

Love and prayers,
Gette and family

Unknown said...

Thank you, Gette! The same to you.

What do Cajuns have for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Jambalaya made with turkey rather than seafood?

Anonymous said...

We have rice dressing instead of stuffing...and many people put oysters in it, others use the giblets. I never liked either, so it's ground sausage and beef for us! And of course we gotta have pecan pie or it wouldn't be the holidays--i think it was the Cajuns who invented the pecan pie and gave it to the world! Ha, yeah, it's the most fattening thing you can eat, EVER!

Gobble gobble! :-D

Anonymous said...

BTW, the turkey jambalaya -- and the turkey gumbo -- are made with the turkey left overs, the next day! Thanksgiving's not a holiDAY, it's a holiWEEK for us! :-D

God bless!