Hat thrown into the ring

Hat thrown into the ring

Pope Benedict XVI's remarks. on condoms have also led to a debate in the Catholic Church in Germany about Catholic sexual ethics. In addition to Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg and Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke of Hamburg, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne is now also speaking out.

The Pope's statements on the use of condoms "in justified individual cases" are not fundamentally new, according to Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner. They reaffirmed earlier statements of Benedict XVI., according to which the AIDS problem cannot be solved by distributing condoms alone, Meisner said in Cologne on Wednesday. "Sexuality, love, responsibility – the three belong inseparably together, says the Pope."

It is a matter of living sexuality as an expression of love, so that it can have its positive effect on the whole of humanity, said the Cologne cardinal. "We need a culture of responsible sexuality."Meisner praised the interview volume as one of the most readable books of recent times. The pope presents "the faithful and all people of good will with his theological worldview and profound reflections on the Church and the world," the cardinal said.

Archbishop Schick: containment of Aids in the center pun
Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg said Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI would. it is "not a question of allowing condoms, but of containing AIDS.". The pope is committed to "doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this terrible disease," said the president of the Commission for the Universal Church of the Bishops' Conference.

It is new that Benedict XVI. for certain situation the use of condoms exceptionally for possible holds, led Schick further out. It is up to the pope to specify which concrete exceptions are permitted from the Catholic point of view. In principle, however, he reaffirmed that abstinence and fidelity in marriage best prevented the spread of AIDS.

According to the president of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the Pope's statements on the use of condoms in the case of HIV infection show that he knows "the realities and the reality of life". The statements are not a sensation, "but something new". Zollitsch expressed his eagerness to see whether Benedict XVI would. The Pope said that he would continue to develop these thoughts and whether they would help shape the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi reiterated at the press conference that the pope's statement on condoms does not represent a fundamental innovation in church teaching. The Pope himself had proofread and authorized this statement, Lombardi said.

Jaschke: Only change of behavior can stop AIDS
According to Hamburg Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke, the statements of the church leader also have validity for heterosexual couples. "Women are indeed in Africa often infected with AIDS, because the men do not control themselves, because they act like machos," said Jaschke on Tuesday "Radio Hamburg". Accordingly, the condom "is not a relief for men, but a help for a responsible approach to sexuality between man and woman just the same," said the auxiliary bishop.

Jaschke sees the pope's changed stance as rooted in the "terrible AIDS threats" in Africa, Eastern Europe, India and China. "All those responsible say that the defense against AIDS can only really succeed with a change in behavior.
But in a change of behavior and in a humane view of sexuality then also the condom belongs into it, and the condom can be the lesser evil in certain situations," said the bishop.

Stefan Hippler, Catholic AIDS chaplain in South Africa, sees the Pope's remarks as "a first fine hairline crack in a wall of concrete". They are "a sign that the church is moving after all," writes the Trier diocesan priest in the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" (Tuesday). "What sexuality means and in the 21. What has been worked out scientifically in the twentieth century must be incorporated into the development of moral theology."

Hippler (50) went to South Africa in 1997 to minister to German-speaking Catholics in the Cape. Later, he turned his attention to the care of AIDS patients and founded the aid project "Hope" for this purpose. In 2007, Hippler made headlines with a book titled "God, Aids, Africa". In it, he implored the Pope to reconsider Catholic sexual morals in view of the spread of AIDS.

Hippler: Pope is moral authority in Africa
The priest criticized the papal understanding of sexuality. This is seen "either in marriage or else as a drug". He, Hippler, wonders "if there isn't still a lot between the two positions, especially among young people who don't want their sexuality before marriage to be understood as a drug, but as an expression of their emotions, their love".

In an interview published the same day by the "Stuttgarter Nachrichten," Hippler described the Pope as a "moral authority, even in South Africa, whether you're Catholic or not". The word of the head of the church carries weight. The remarks take prere "off many pious nuns and religious who are trying to live in a church-like way, but who in South Africa are in the schizophrenia of hearing what the church says on the one hand, but often having to do something else in practice on the other".

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