United Press International - February 13, 2012
MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A Catholic archbishop asked
the Department of Health in the Philippines to refrain from
handing out condoms to couples on Valentine's Day like it did
"The Church is against the distribution of condoms ... because we
know how the use of contraceptives affects the morality of our
people and our society in general," Jaro Archbishop Angel
Lagdameo said Friday.
Last year, the health department distributed condoms and other
contraceptives to adults as part of a campaign aimed at helping
curb HIV and AIDS cases, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Lagdameo said the key to an HIV/AIDS-free society is "abstinence,
fidelity to one's spouse and obedience to God's will."