Pope Francis: Church should allow contraceptives to prevent Zika transmission

Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 12:22:44-05

Pope Francis indicated Thursday that contraceptives may be used to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus.

Responding to a question during a flight on the papal plane, about whether the Catholic Church should allow contraceptives in the cases of mothers who may be trying to avoid pregnancy because of the virus, he said: “The great (Pope) Paul VI, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape.”

Francis also called on doctors to find a vaccine against the mosquitoes.

“On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear. I would also urge doctors to do their utmost to find vaccines against these mosquitoes that carry this disease. This needs to be worked on. “