Cardinal: Condoms 'Lesser Evil' Than AIDS

By NICOLE WINFIELD
The Associated Press
Friday, April 21, 2006; 4:40 PM

VATICAN CITY -- Despite the Vatican's opposition to condoms, a senior cardinal said in comments published Friday that condoms were the "lesser evil" when considering the scourge of AIDS...

...the Vatican opposes condoms because they are a form of artificial contraception. Pope Benedict XVI repeated the Vatican's position last June, when he told African bishops abstinence was the only "fail-safe" way to prevent the spread of HIV.

The 79-year-old Martini was considered a liberal alternative to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ....

Others include Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels and Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who has said condoms could sometimes be condoned, such as when a woman cannot refuse the sexual advances of her HIV-positive husband.......