How this fits in with the Pope’s previously expressed view that contraceptive use by female prostitutes would make the AIDS situation worse isn’t explained. (I wonder whether it matters whether the male prostitutes are serving male or female customers. I suspect that anything that might interfere with fertility will remain an absolute no-no. So far, couples where one partner is HIV-positive are still forbidden to use condoms.)
On the one hand, I really shouldn’t make fun of what after all seems to be a major concession to reality and humanity on the part of the Vatican. On the other hand, it’s hard to get over the fact that countless people have died, and are continuing to die, according to the weird sexual hangups of a group of (theoretically) celibate males. And his reference to contraception as “killing” the children whose conception is prevented, in addition to its outrage on logic, is a gratuitous insult to everyone who doesn’t share his peculiar morality.