.- The secretary general of the Spanish Bishopsâ Conference recently remarked that the Pope's comments in the newly-released book, âLight of the World,â do not legitimize the use of condoms.
Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino noted on Nov. 26, at the conclusion of the Spanish bishops' 96th plenary assembly, that the use of condoms âalwaysâ takes place âwithin a context of immorality.â Thus, he continued, it âcan never be recommended.â
He said the Popeâs comments did not represent anything new in Church teaching and therefore the Spanish bishops did not address the issue during their meeting.
âThere is no cause for alarmâ for Catholics, he said, as they know that the Churchâs teachings âare not learned from news headlinesâ but rather from âcatechesis, religion classes and confession.â
Bishop Martinez underscored that the media has been filled with âinaccurate headlinesâ about the Popeâs comments on condoms. He added that the book, âLight of the World,â by German journalist Peter Seewald, is âan excellent introduction to what it means to be Christian.â It conveys âthe perfect compatibility of the Christian faith with the positive aspect of modernityâ and it reveals âthe heart and mind of the Pope in order to interpret his actions and decisions properly.â