Portuguese bishop says condoms sometimes needed

March 30, 2009 07:03

A Portuguese bishop has said that people with AIDS must use condoms to prevent the spread of the disease, apparently contradicting Pope Benedict XVI, who said the distribution of condoms could endanger public health. Speaking to journalists, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Porto Manuel Clemente said condoms in such cases are "not only recommendable, they can be ethically obligatory." On a trip to Africa earlier this month, the pope told reporters, "You can't solve [the AIDS crisis] with the distribution of condoms," adding, "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

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