Bishops object to free condoms for Valentine’s day (again)
What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than a free condom? Well, lots of things, but last year the Department of Health (DoH) in the Philippines started the practice of handing out free condoms on Valentine’s Day. This was done as part of a campaign to stop the increase of HIV/AIDS in the country. A battle ensued between them and the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), during which the DoH sent a basket of condoms to the CBCP to be blessed by the bishops as a conciliatory gesture. This year the DoH plan on handing them out again and the CBCP again have asked them not to, as it promotes casual sex outside of marriage. Of course, good Catholics don’t use condoms within a marriage either.