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Catholics call out condoms

by Benjamin Kabak

All New York City wanted to do was provide a service for people that promotes healthy lifestyles. In the face of countless studies that say abstinence-only policies simply serve to promote unsafe sex, the City decided to be proactive in the fight against STDs by distributing free NYC-branded condoms throughout the Big Apple.

Sadly, some folks don’t look too kindly on this immoral behavior. First, the MTA was upset because the City was using their subway bullets. The MTA didn’t want to be associated with a condom. (They prefer to go about their business without one.) So the City compromised, and that’s why the N is 8th Ave. IND blue and the C is Broadway BMT yellow. It’s almost-but-not-quite the same.

Then, along comes the actual hand-out, and one group was furious. They declared war on the condoms! If you guessed the Catholic Church, well, then step on down. You’re the next contestant on Ridiculous Outrage.

Edward Cardinal Egan, New York’s leading Catholic clergyman, and Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio issued a joint statement yesterday condemning the condoms. The Post reports:

“The decision of the City of New York to distribute [26] million free condoms to the public – and minors as well, according to news reports – is tragic and misguided,” Egan and DiMarzio said.

“Our political leaders fail to protect the moral tone of our community when they encourage inappropriate sexual activity by blanketing our neighborhoods with condoms,” the statement continued.

Egan and DiMarzio warned that the condom plan will “degrade societal standards.”

“The taxpayers’ money that is being spent to distribute condoms and promote the attitude that ‘anything goes’ would be far better spent in fostering what is true and what is decent,” they said.

I guess “what is true and what is decent” doesn’t covering “saving lives” and “protecting against disease.” Meanwhile, for the first time since Sex Ed classes in high school, people are actually talking about condoms on a near-daily basis, and that is a very good thing.

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Sam February 17, 2007 - 4:01 am

Dear Catholix,

Here is an idea: if you don’t want condoms to be distributed to your constituency, preach about it to them in your churches. Leave the rest of us the hell alone. Amen to the Kabak, as ever.

Victoria February 17, 2007 - 12:08 pm

I second Sam’s comment, whole-heartedly. They can have their values and opinions, but why impose them on me? At least giving out condoms allows for both sets of values to exist.

wayne's world February 20, 2007 - 11:58 am

I’ve heard that representatives of the Cardinal have been dressing in civilian garb and been spotted sticking pins through the packages of unopened condoms before distributing them.

Diane February 20, 2007 - 9:22 pm

As a lapsed Catholic myself all I can say about the Cardinal’s outrage about condom distribution is: “Hey, you – in the red hat – you and your boys are hardly in a moral position to judge!”
How can anyone in this day and age believe that a free condom is suddenly going to turn teen-agers into sex maniacs? Honestly!
Condoms stop unwanted births and disease – period – end of discussion.
Good blog, Ben!


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