Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

It’s not just about condoms

David Gibson has a fine wrap-up
of the Great Condom Freak-out in today’s NYT Week in Review. His key
point is that by justifying the use of condoms in certain cases as the
lesser of evils, Pope Benedict has embraced the traditional Catholic
approach to moral reasoning (casuistry) that he used to oppose.

No wonder Catholic conservatives are so distressed. This sends a signal
that the pope does not endorse the kind of moral absolutism that not
only has condemned condoms in all cases but also has barred pro-choice
Catholic politicians from the Eucharist and opposed the new health care
law. It gives heart to Catholic progressives everywhere.

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posted November 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

The link to David Gibson’s article seems to be broken. I think this is the right one:

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posted November 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Thanks, Sal. I’ve corrected it.

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posted November 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

The pope’s announcements of late basically boil down to a statement that it’s better for male prostitutes to take an imperfect step toward not passing on a deadly disease than to be reckless. It’s frightening on some level that we would consider that a great leap of progressivism…

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posted November 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Not just male prostitutes, but women and transsexuals as well, according to his spokesman. One small step for a pope, one giant step for…

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