Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Lesser Evil"

A friend posed this question to me long ago: "Would you knowingly have sex with someone who had HIV? Even with a condom?"

This comes to mind because today's national broadsheets both carry the same headline: "Condoms are the lesser evil" -- reference, of course, to how the newspapers chose to interpret Pope Benedict's words in the upcoming book Light of the World.

Lesser evil?

Indeed. But only in the sense that it is a lesser evil to wrap a towel around a steel pipe before beating someone over the head with it, as opposed to beating someone over the head with the bare steel pipe.

The moral thing to do, of course, is not to go around hitting people with steel pipes.

The analogy isn't mine, by the way. It came from Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, in a piece that came out in Reuters.

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