I like Thomas’ reply to Cardinal Martini’s recent comments on a range of subjects including condom use. He links to various articles that discuss the subject. The Cardinal seems to take the "lesser evil" tact over and over again. Be Holy as your Heavenly Father is Holy becomes do lesser evils than the evils you would commit otherwise. His view of condom use seems to elevate the body over the soul. That you can commit a sin to remain in good health, when in fact it is a greater evil to commit this act. Even if you thought otherwise and your though our main concerns should directed towards health than still recommending condoms would be the wrong solution. Condoms are not one even close to one hundred percent effective for reducing pregnancy and women are not even fertile all the time. So as far as preventing STDs goes they are even less effective. The Cardinal only recommends this solution for married couples with AIDS, but over time the failure rate of condoms will make the chance of the other partner contacting HIV almost a certainty.
Thomas also says that this is a difficult situation for the Holy Father to be able to tacitly reprimand him. As for me I think that Cardinal Martini should be shaken not stirred.