First thing we know is to not accept any story from the AP at face value. So when you read a headline screaming,“Pope says some condom use ‘first step’ of morality” you should immediately want to find the Pope’s actual comments on condoms and read them for yourself. You may also want to read the Vatican’s clarification.
Then head over to readThomas Peters at CatholicVote.org for an in-depth discussion with links to others including Archbishop Chaput. In “Condoms, Consistency and the Vatican’s Crisis of (mis)Communication” Peters sums up the discussion by pointing out,
“the pope has not “softened” the Church’s teaching on condoms by talking about the hope we can have that someone’s decision to make a disordered act less immediately physically harmful to their sexual partner may be a first step towards someone’s eventual conversion.”
I don’t agree with the critics saying the Catholic faithful are “explaining away the Pope’s true comments.” Personally, after reading the headlines and then reading the Pope’s actual comments, I understood what he was maybe inartfully trying to explain. In my mind the media is showing their anti-Catholic bias by putting forth an intellectually dishonest analysis of the Pope’s comments.
Shelly and I are honored to be receiving a copy of the Pope’s new book, Light of the World: The Pope, The Church and The Signs of The Times, in which the controversial comments appear. Watch for our review after December 3rd.