The Roman Catholic Church is against all forms of contraception, including the use of condoms. Grilled on the eve of World AIDS Day whether the Church should allow the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS, Pope Francis admitted that the question was 'morally complicated for the Church'. He said that the world had bigger problems, and refused to be drawn into a debate.
The Church says abstinence is the best way to avoid spreading AIDS. Francis was speaking during a press conference aboard the papal plane on his return from a trip in Africa, where HIV/AIDS is still the number one cause of death.
‘Pope Francis admitted that the question whether the Church should allow the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS was 'morally complicated for the Church'. The Roman Catholic Church says abstinence is the best way to avoid spreading AIDS.’
The pope grudgingly admitted condoms are 'one of the methods' which could prevent the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, but was not pleased by the topic being raised. He told the German journalist who had raised the issue, "When people are dying from lack of water and food, your question seems too narrow. The problem is bigger than that. The Pope pointed among other things to malnutrition, slave labor, the lack of drinking water and arms trafficking."
The issue is a sticky one for the Church. On a trip to Cameroon and Angola in 2009, Francis's predecessor Benedict XVI was heavily criticized for refusing to budge on condom use.
In a book published the following year, he softened his stance slightly, saying the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS may be justified in some cases - but insisting that it was not a 'moral solution'.