Pope Benedictus is about to recommend the use of condoms in some cases. He feels they could be used in order to reduce the risk of infection with HIV and he is suggesting that celibate priests should use condoms when caring for young people.
'We cannot have our priests being infected with HIV as a result of their management of Choir Boys' he declared.
Prostitutes are also considered to be a section of the population that could use condoms to avoid infection. Fortunately priests are unlikely to be infected by prostitutes as they have sufficient satisfaction through running Choirs.
The Catholic Church has been criticised over its approach over HIV infection and condoms. Now their stance seems to softening. However there is a long way to go before family planning is considered to be a reasonable approach to life.
Celibacy has taken some hard knocks recently and there is a view that abstinenece from sexual activity is not the best way in which people should organise their sex lives.
Self restraint is not expected to become the answer for most people who do not want women to bear children they do not wish to have.