After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will end the Catholic Church's absolute ban on the use of condoms.
Key in on the word absolute, which I underlined and boldfaced. As quoted in a different story:
"In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality," he said. The Pope gives the example of the use of condoms by prostitutes as "a first step towards moralisation", even though condoms are "not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection".Wow.
We've all known for ages that condoms are useful, particularly in struggling nations, to fight HIV/AIDS. It just took a while for the Church to realize this, and do something about it.