At America blog, there is an important and disturbing report on how the Vatican officials suppressed a report by its own theologians on the possible use of condoms as a preventative measure in the fight against HUV/AIDS. Written by Austen Ivereigh, formerly a press officer for the diocese of Westminster, it carries useful information on both the history of the report itself, and some insider gossip on the reasons given by certain cardinals for what happened.
The basic facts are that back in 2006, a Vatican commission undertook a study into the morality of condom use as a measure to prevent Aids.
“The study was undertaken in 2006 by the Pontifical Council for Health Care, and submitted to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by the Council’s then head, the Mexican cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán. The cardinal said on that occasion that his 200-page dossier contained a spectrum of views on the question of whether it was legitimate to use condoms to protect someone from catching Aids”.