The teaching against contraception does not stand on its own; it has a place in a broader teaching that commands chastity and limiting sexual intercourse to marriage. People who do not follow that teaching will be unlikely to abstain from condoms simply because the Pope says so: after all, they demonstrate that the teaching of the Church is not very important to them. To hold the Pope responsible for the death of children born out of wedlock (or within marriage where a partner has been unfaithful) is therefore not entirely just.Besides, he did not suddenly show up and lay down a new teaching on sexual morality. He merely reaffirmed what the Church had always taught. The Pope is not almighty; one thing he is bound to is the teaching of the Church.
Turgonian (2008) “Answering a Socratic II.” Epigone’s Eloquence, 21.02.2008. 26.02.2008