PNG Bishops announce “conscience objection” to condoms policy

The Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands has announced its “conscientious objection” to an education ministry directive that requires high schools to distribute condoms to students.

“Even if the document issued by the Ministry of Education has many positive points, we cannot be forced to follow a policy which contradicts with our philosophy of education,” said Archbishop Francesco Panfilo of Rabaul, who is vice president of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education.

According to the Ministry of Education, however, there is no way to fully control the sexual behavior of students. Since a high rate of infection with HIV-AIDS in recent years was recorded in the school population, condom use, according to the Department, is useful to limit the damage and infections.



Additional reading

News category: Asia Pacific.

Tags: , , , , ,