The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: The Vatican, Support for New Airline Security, and William and Kate’s Wedding

- The Vatican has long been criticized for its patent opposition to condom use, but following recent comments of Pope Benedict XVI the Roman Catholic Church has started spreading the message that using a condom is less evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner. [ New York Times ]

- According to a new poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans support the new full-body security-screening machines at the country’s airports - most say they put higher priority on combating terrorism than protecting personal privacy. [ Washington Post ]

- The head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights told state-run Press TV that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman sentenced to death (by stoning) for adultery, has a good chance of escaping execution. [ Gawker ]

- The elite Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school is embroiled in another tabloid-ready scandal, involving catty Facebook postings about students drinking and taking drugs. [ The Daily Beast ]

-Hold the date: The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place on Friday, April 29 , at Westminster Abbey. [ Daily Mail ]

Photograph of Pope Benedict by Carsten Koall/Getty.