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Vatican Clarifies Pope's Statement on Condoms

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Contrary to what the secular media has been trumpeting all weekend, a Vatican spokesman has clarified that statements made by the Pope in an upcoming book about the use of condoms to avoid transmission of AIDS does not contradict Church teaching, but rather affirms it.

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Vatican Clarifies Bank Investigation

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In response to recent events involving a surprise investigation of what the media is reporting as the Vatican bank, Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi has issued a letter clarifying certain facts about the institution, known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), that are being misreported.

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Vatican: Gulf Oil Spill is a Lesson in Humility

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist During a recent interview on Vatican television, the director of the Vatican Press Office cited the “impotence and slowness” of both BP and the U.S. government to plug the blown oil well in the Gulf, saying the disastrous episode should serve as a lesson in humility to all of us.

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