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South African bishop defends support of condom use

Catholic World News - April 26, 2010

Preaching at a Protestant church in a small town near Albany, Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, South Africa, spoke about the devastation wrought by AIDS and defended his support of condom use in preventing the disease. β€œIt's all about trying to save some lives,” he told the congregation at the First Reformed Church of Scotia.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 26, 2010 11:00 PM ET USA

    The bishop needs to be reminded, too, that a condom is no guarantee against disease or pregnancy, gives a false sense of security, and thereby encourages further promiscuity. Chastity is the only guaranteed defense against std's. Chastity is about MORE than just saving lives--and why does he need to be reminded of all this by simple lay people like us?! And why was the bishop preaching at a Reformed Church in the first place? His own flock weary of his equally tired message?

  • Posted by: gerard9864 - Apr. 26, 2010 7:25 PM ET USA

    Evidently the good bishop doesn't consider the Church's mission appropriate in this context. Logic, statistics, and human psychology are apparently also irrelevant to the problem.

  • Posted by: niall - Apr. 26, 2010 7:21 PM ET USA

    "It's all about trying to save some lives"...Hmmm- I seem to vaguely recall that Christ said something along the lines of "what will it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul"... Perhaps Bishop Dowling should reflect on that, and remember that, above all, he is a SHEPHERD OF SOULS - as Adamah said, he should indeed try saving some souls.

  • Posted by: Mack - Apr. 26, 2010 3:44 PM ET USA

    May God have mercy on him.

  • Posted by: adamah - Apr. 26, 2010 8:23 AM ET USA

    How about saving some souls?

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