Swiss Catholics split over condom distribution

November 21, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article from the Washington Post.

Catholic churches in the central Swiss city of Lucerne have sparked controversy among believers with an AIDS awareness campaign that involves giving teenagers condoms bearing the slogan “protect thy neighbor as thyself.”

The churches started handing out some of the 3,000 condoms Monday as part of an effort to engage young people, many of whom may be turned off by the Vatican’s long-standing opposition to the use of condoms, said a spokesman.

“We needed something to appeal to people who wouldn’t dream of talking to the church about that kind of issue,” Florian Flohr told The Associated Press.

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