In a startling turnaround for a man who was just recently saying that condoms exacerbate the scourge of AIDS, the Vatican clarified Pope Benedict XVI's stance on condoms Tuesday, saying that the Holy Father believes condoms are an acceptable form of disease prevention for everyone, including men, women, and transsexuals! In an interview published Tuesday, the pope said condoms were acceptable for male prostitutes, who were already in the midst of committing a lot of sins anyway. When an Italian newspaper wrote about the story using the feminine form of the word prostitute, a Vatican spokesman checked in with the pope to see whether they'd made a big mistake. "I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine," Rev. Frederico Lombardi said. "He told me no." According to Lombardi, "the heart of the matter was of 'taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk to the life of the person with whom you are having a relationship,' " whether "you're a woman, a man, or a transsexual." According to the Vatican, the pope's statements don't represent "a change in church teaching on birth control, which remains forbidden," but the New York Times still called the move "a significant first response to critics who have long seen the church's ban on condoms as a moral failing in light of the AIDS crisis."