The mainstream media's concept of a lift on the condom ban is far off the mark within the debate between the likes of Barragān and Trujillo. Neither of the camps is suggesting approving of the use of condoms without or even within marriage. Barragān is suggesting that within marriage where one spouse is infected with AIDS, the use of condoms may be permitted to save the life of the uninfected spouse.from Vatican Cardinal on Condoms: Error in Reporting, I Don't Have the Authority to Produce a Document. Also Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (OK the crosses in the title are cool)
The difficulty with the argument is that in such dire circumstances abstinence must be counselled as condoms would close the sexual act to the gift of life and would not protect the uninfected partner from transmission. Suggesting condoms for prevention of disease, therefore, would be the equivalent of an anti-smoking group suggesting smokers switch to low-tar cigarettes.
Shouldn't we be up in arms that Catholic teaching was so grossly misreported by 99% of the press? No ... wait ... I forget ... this is the norm. But yes, we should be up in arms.