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Pope’s comment on condoms hailed
London, Nov 22 (Agencies):
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 5:31 PM IST
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Mixed reactions greeted the pronouncements by Pope Benedict XVI that condom could be used in certain circumstances.
Some of the clergy said the Pope’s position was a move in the right direction to the faithful Catholics, while a section of them were hesitant to comment.
“The remark is a good one and should be welcomed because it is major step towards recognising that its use can prevent sexual transmitted diseases,” said Rev Maritim Rirei of the Aglican Church of Kenya.
Rev Maritim said the assertion was timely because it has come in the era of rampant spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country. He proposed that an intensified sensitization should be launched to ensure that its use is reflected in the grass root level.
“Sexually transmitted diseases kills most people in the rural areas because of lack of awareness campaigns,” he said.
Pope Benedict made the remarks in a new book, Light of the World, excerpts that were published on Sunday in Italy. Maritim, however, pointed out that the pronouncement should not be open floodgates for the youths to indulge in immorality. “We should treat the decision as a dynamic and preventive way of protecting the spread of sexual diseases,” added Rirei.
Kitale Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ Head Bishop Godfery Shiundu, who led a splinter group from the mainstream Catholic Church, welcomed the Pope’s decision to support the use of condom to fight HIV and Aids.
Interestingly, Shiundu who boldly wedded his long time nun however said the pronouncement came late even as asked the Pope to allow priests to marry.
“The church should stop beating around the bush when people especially the priests are suffering. We support the bold move by the Pope after pressure from the people,” Shiundu told Standard on phone from Kampala Uganda.
He said that with time the Catholic Church would change from its conservative traditions and accept the dynamic turn of events.
“Change is inevitable and very soon the Roman Catholic Church would pursue our footpath to allow priest to marry and take parental responsibilities,” he added.
But a section of religious declined to comment on the matter.
“I cannot say anything about what Pope said because I have not received the necessary materials to extract a comment,” said Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir.

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