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South African bishops: We don’t discourage condoms

March 27, 2009

Reacting to Pope Benedict’s March 17 comments on AIDS and condoms, Father Chris Townsend, information officer of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC), told the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian that "in South Africa it's our approach that we will teach people about condoms. We don't encourage them but we don't discourage them." Father Townsend added that the bishops’ conference has asked the Vatican to rule on the morality of condom use, “particularly in situations where one person in a marriage is HIV-positive, and the other is HIV-negative.”

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