MANILA, March 3, 2010— The Catholic hierarchy refused to soften its stand on artificial contraception and called for a complete ban on condom ads.
In a statement, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said advertisements on condoms should be removed because it was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.
The church reiterated its policy on condom use Wednesday after a meeting of the CBCP officials led by its president, Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.
“The multi-million dollar condom business… heavily targets the adolescent market, at the expense of morality and family life,” Odchimar said.
“Condom advertisements should be banned from television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, and public places, as they desensitize the youth’s delicate conscience and weaken their moral fiber as future parents,” he added.
The CBCP issued the statement as the government revitalized promotion of condoms to avert the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Continue reading here.