Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Vatican Cardinal on Condoms: Error in Reporting...

...I Don't Have the Authority to Produce a Document
The Cardinal in question is Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, appointed by late Pope John Paul II in 1997 as president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers... in 2004, ... he already then suggested that condoms could be used within marriage to prevent against AIDS transmission.

However, the teaching of the Catholic Church on the matter is that even inside the confines of marriage, the marital act (sex) is to be open to God's gift of life and thus condoms are not permitted. a clarification with Rome's Zenit News Service, Barragán himself said that he was only producing a "study" for the appropriate authorities within the Vatican and that he had no authority to produce a "document". The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers does not have the "competency to present a document to the Church. It is the Holy Father who has the competency or whoever he entrusts" with the task, the cardinal explained to Zenit.
More here at LifeSite.

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