In Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms could sometimes be considered a first step toward moral behavior, but a spokesperson for the church later clarified that the use of condoms was still considered immoral and that the pope had not intended to take a position "on the problem of condoms in general. United Nations bodies have criticised the Church for its stance against condom use, on the basis that condoms are the best available means to prevent infections among sexually active people. UN bodies co-operate closely with the Church on the provision of patient care, and in eliminating infections in children. Following the election of Pope Francis in , UNAIDS wrote that the Church "provides support to millions of people living with HIV around the world" and that "Statistics from the Vatican in indicate that Catholic Church-related organizations provide approximately a quarter of all HIV treatment, care, and support throughout the world and run more than 5, hospitals, 18, dispensaries, and 9, orphanages, many involved in AIDS-related activities.
Catholic Church and HIV/AIDS
Pope Francis strikes blow for church ‘liberals’ in condom row
To allow the use of condoms to prevent more infections? The question, Pope Francis said, seemed too narrow to address such a widespread and complex issue. Condom use in and of itself could never solve the HIV crisis or other problems facing many African nations. Is it obligatory to heal? The Catholic Church has always held that artificial contraception use is immoral. In a book interview that made waves , Pope Benedict XVI said that while using a condom can represent a step in the right direction as far as showing concern for the other person, it is still an immoral solution to the HIV crisis. But was Pope Francis right to be so dismissive of condom usage?
Pope Francis indicates little concern over condom use in fight against Aids
The ancient Order of Malta, which dates from the 11th century Holy Land crusade, is these days a charitable order which has 13, members, 25, employees and 80, volunteers, who provide health care in hospitals and clinics worldwide. The order also enjoys some of the trappings of a sovereign state, since it issues its own, stamps and passports, whilst it maintains diplomatic relations with states, Holy See included, as well as enjoying permanent observer status at the United Nations. Both Mr Festing and Cardinal Burke argued that the use of condoms was in breach of Catholic teaching, emphasising that no Catholic organisation should find itself involved in the distribution of condoms. Catholic church teaching does not allow the use of condoms as a means of birth control, arguing that abstinence and monogamy in heterosexual marriage is the best way to stop the spread of Aids. Subsequently, Mr von Boeselager appealed to the Pope who, in turn, just before Christmas set up a five member commission to look into the dismissal.
In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality. He stressed that abstinence was the best policy in fighting the disease but in some circumstances it was better for a condom to be used if it protected human life. A million counterfeit condoms seized. Confusion over Pope's condom views.