Catholic Church Gives Out Condoms for AIDS Awareness

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The Catholic Church in Lucerne, Switzerland is distributing condoms as part of an HIV/Aids awareness campaign.
    
Although the Catholic Church officially opposes the use of prophylactics, Lucerne clergymen say not mentioning condoms when discussing HIV and AIDS is unethical. 

"We feel supported by various bishops around the world who have said that talking about AIDS without discussing condoms is unethical," spokesman Florian Flohr told the Associated Press, adding that this may not be a debate every believer would want to take part in.  

"People who are far removed from the church may need a different message than those who go to church every Sunday," he added.

Churches in the region handed out roughly 3,000 condoms on Monday to teens as young as 14.
    
The condoms bear the slogan, "Forgetfulness is contagious. Protect your neighbor as you would yourself."
   
Meanwhile, a neighboring bishop has condemned the campaign.  

"It sends the wrong signal," Christoph Casetti, a canon of the diocese of Churr in Switzerland, told SF1 television. "From a medical point of view, I also think it's wrong because we know that condoms don't provide certain protection."

The Vatican has yet to weigh in on the issue.   

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