"They (supporters of the bill) respect the Pope but our concern is that they are acting upon a misconception," said Father Joel Jason, director of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila.
"We are hoping that they listen to corrections. [...] We tend to take things out of context … before they make a conclusion they should first get the whole context of what the Holy Father really said."
clarified the Pope's statement, explaining that the Holy Father simply suggested that a male prostitute's use of a condom could be a possible sign of a growing sense that it is not right to engage in sexual activity with no regard for the consequences.
This does not change, the priest said, Benedict XVI's affirmation that the only real solution to AIDS is the humanization of sexuality.
continued, the Pope also stressed how sex should not be treated as a pleasure-inducing drug, to be taken at will, regardless of the consequences.
The Church is still firm in its position, Father Jason
AIDS must be fought effectively.
"Let's not take the minimal option but the maximum option.
Let's not take the condom as a solution," he
said, recommending instead fidelity and abstinence.