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Published December 23, 2010, 09:57 PM

Contraceptive Comments by Pope Causing Stir Among Catholics

The Vatican is clarifying remarks made by the Pope about condoms during his book-length interview "Light of the World." Father Daniel Mrnarevic of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Forks says the Pope's statement still doesn't make all condom use right.

The Vatican is clarifying remarks made by the Pope about condoms during his book-length interview "Light of the World." Some thought that he was Ok-ing the use of condoms, but the Vatican says the Pope meant that condoms could sometimes be used for disease prevention, but not to prevent pregnancy.

Father Daniel Mrnarevic of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Forks says the Pope's statement still doesn't make condom use right.

"He made an exception by saying that if someone knows that he is infected with HIV aids and he is going to have sex with someone else, at least what he can do to save a life, to protect his well-being, his physical being by using some kind of protection," Father Daniel Mrnarevic of St. Mary's Church said.

Mrnarevic says in the Catholic faith they are not allowed to use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, but he can see that condoms can help those in certain situations.

"If someone gets themselves in this situation, doing goofy things, doing goofy things with another person at least, that person can do to spare the other person from this deadly disease. But all the other cases are under the Catholic Moral Teachings which means abstinence or chaste love between husband and wife," Mrnarevic said

Mrnarevic says if the use of a condom or birth control is used for health reasons, he believes that it can be dealt with on a case by case situation.

"I suppose if there are some exceptional situations, you know health reasons and so forth, each person can discuss it with their Pastor or Bishop," Mrnarevic said.

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