Continuing with the issue raised by the Pope's comments (cited in the book to be released tomorrow), whenever you see something really, really surprising in a headline, it's always a good idea to go to the source and read it yourself.
Here's the source.
And below are greater lights than myself offering some well-grounded perspective, for the benefit of those who still don't get it. Like that priest in Zimbabwe who was quoted in an AP article, "Now... they can go ahead and do safe sex."
As if. I guess he didn't bother to read more than the headlines, either. (Rev. Peter Makome, you are now on my prayer list.)
John Allen, Vaticanista par excellence
Jimmy Akin (cites Janet Smith) in the National Catholic Register (Akin also points out that L'Osservatore Romano is at fault for violating the publishing embargo on the book's contents).
Courage Man is a brave voice crying out in this wilderness about an issue that affects him on a very personal level.
Dr. Janet Smith (more from Dr. Smith in an interview here)
George Weigel (John Paul II biographer) citing the Pope at length, as well as Dr. Smith.
The Curt Jester (and here where he is at his sardonic best in invoking the Far Side).
And, in damage control mode, the Vatican Press Office clarifies the Pope's remarks and their context.