Vatican Clarification on AIDS and Condoms
The Holy See Press Office has issued a clarification on the Pope’s comments on condoms and AIDS, according to Vatican Radio:
In other words, the Pope, when talking about the "first step", is talking about the first step to conversion. To state the obvious, any stairway has more than one step.
Janet Smith explains basically what the Pope is saying, and the extent of what he is saying (h/t Jimmy Akin):
Funny. Those people who never bother read and understand the Pope's voluminous encyclicals and other official Magisterial acts now give a lot of weight
and attention (and their own twisted interpretations) to tiny tidbits of what the Pope said in a non-Magisterial interview.
(excerpt of Pope's interview here)