People attend an international conference on AIDS at the Vatican May 27.

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People attend an international conference on AIDS at the Vatican May 27.

June 6, 2011

An article in the Vatican newspaper said that, on a practical level, condom campaigns increase the possibility of AIDS infection by promoting a false sense of security.

On a moral level, the article said, condom use by married couples goes against the Church's teaching about responsible procreation because it "deforms" the conjugal act.

The article was written by Father Juan Perez-Soba, a moral theologian at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

It appeared in L'Osservatore Romano May 24.

Perez-Soba said although use of a condom may have some effectiveness against HIV/AIDS contagion in single acts, it cannot guarantee safety — especially throughout the sexual life of a couple.

It is wrong, therefore, to say that condom use can prevent infection, he said.

"The numerous campaigns that invite people to use the condom indiscriminately have instead demonstrated the contrary: By feeding the false belief that there is no danger, they have increased the possibility of infection."