Coming from an 83-year-old man who looks like the villain in a sketch from a 19th-century morality play whose purpose was to keep children on the straight and narrow, rat-shaped head, boney fingers all, I'm going to take it on faith that the man born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger and who ended up becoming Pope Benedict XVI -thought long and hard about declaring condom use safe for...ready, set...male prostitutes! As any casual observers of Catholicism knows, condom aren't hanging around the devout like mints and toothpicks at an all-you-can-eat buffet, so something this significant (and in regard to male hookers, no less!) is something of a shock. Andrew Sullivan, one of the gayest Catholics ever, had this to say:
"Yes, I know Benedict is talking of a prostitute; but once you introduce a spectrum of moral choices for the homosexual, you have to discuss a morality for homosexuals. Previously, it was simply: whatever you do is so vile none of can be moral. Now, it appears to be: even in a sexual encounter between a prostitute and his john there is a spectrum of moral conduct."
Which is kind of funny when you think about it since pro-creation between "Liam," from RentBoysWithUzis and his trick, 55-year-old McNelson. McNelson certainly isn't the thinking behind a sudden policy switch on condom use (even though I'm sure Ratzinger wasn't thinking of circumstances nearly that romantic). And it CERTAINLY isn't to save lives. Ask any vulture-of-a-carcass in Africa about the Catholic Church's award-inspiring pro-creation policies and I'm sure they'd tell you it has been an abject failure; once they can scoop enough flies out of their mouths.
So they question is why now and why male prostitutes? Rumor has it that Pope Benedict XVI is beginning to give some thought to his legacy - seriously, can you think of a class of workers that live, on average, this long or takes this long to retire? - and perhaps this is where he'll surprise us all. Who knows? But if you're expecting to find some deep moral truths revealed on a gay porn aggregator site like GayDemon.com, I'm sorry but it won't get much deeper than: "Seriously, was he wearing Prada?" or "Did I just see another incredible cock to drool over?" (Maybe and yes.)