In light of the Pope’s comments that were made in a new book, which the Vatican newspaper ran excerpts of, in its weekend edition, Father Latus told MiyVue.com in an exclusive interview, that he is of the opinion that the use of condoms is being misunderstood by many persons.
Just as Pope Benedict XVI, Latus says he too supports the use, but only in the proper way to combat HIV infection.
“Even though I may say that I am of the view that condom use is ok, the church still stands behind its morals that persons should not be engaged in sexual activities outside of marriage… The use of condoms does not mean that one should be encouraged to participate in sex outside of marriage, but in many cases we see persons still misuse condoms, hence one of the many reasons why the church had labelled condoms as one of the forbidden contraceptives,” Father Latus told MiyVue.com.
Meanwhile, the book from which Pope Benedict XVI comments were extracted is entitled; “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times.” The book is based on a series of interviews the Pope gave to the German Catholic journalist, Peter Seewald, earlier this year.
When asked whether the Catholic Church was not opposed in principle to the use of condoms, the Pope replied: “I do not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, (it is) a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more humane way, of living sexuality.”
On a visit to Cameroon last year, the Pope said the use of condoms could endanger public health and increase the problem of HIV/Aids, rather than help to contain the virus. This drew criticism from several EU states.
Now one year later he supports campaigners who say condoms are one of the few methods proven to stop the spread of HIV.