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CRS to revise HIV-prevention document in response to news agency’s concern

Catholic World News - September 03, 2012

Catholic Relief Services has announced that it is revising one of its documents on HIV prevention.

“CRS does not purchase, promote or distribute condoms, nor do we provide funding to other organizations for the purchase, promotion or distribution of condoms,” the US bishops’ relief and development agency said in a statement. “LifeSite News recently made us aware of a document that did not conform to this position.”

“We continue to review all our publications and programs to ensure there is full compliance with this position,” the CRS statement continued. “We thank LifeSite News for pointing out this inconsistency, which will be corrected.”

Although the news agency has recently published articles critical of Catholic Relief Services, a search of its archives did not yield an article critical of a document on HIV prevention. In an August 27 editorial, Patrick Craine of LifeSite News noted that “we’ve taken pains to bring the concerns to the organization before going public, and even held the articles for weeks in some cases. We would much rather the issues be fixed, or the organization reformed, without the spotlight and controversy.”

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