Condoms in the Vatican?

"For that first stop in moralization!"

The pope recently said that condoms were not “a real or moral solution” to the AIDS epidemic, adding, “That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.” But he also said that “there may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”

Huh. OK. First example that springs to mind is that of a “male prostitute.” In the case that someone’s paying a male prostitute to bone him or her? Seems like an odd and really specific example, because he might have said that “persons knowingly affected with HIV have a moral responsibility to protect those with whom they come in intimate contact, and furthermore, condoms protect everyone from all kinds of STDs and prevent pregnancy, too!”

“Male prostitute?” Does it seem to anyone else like the pope was using his pulpit to speak of local matters? To administer a papal burn, so to speak?  My question is: What if the pope’s gentlemen-in-waiting want to fuck male prostitutes? Are they allowed to wear condoms then? Just askin’.

(See the earlier line of “Extra-Holey” Benedict Brand condoms in an earlier post.)

Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.