Catholic Schools Won’t Distribute Condoms: Report
No condoms would be distributed at schools built on Catholic Church property, according a report.
Close-up picture of condom packages
The Sunday Times reported that Cardinal Wilfred Napier, head of the church in SA, has dismissed the plan by the KwaZulu-Natal education department as "short-sighted" and "immoral".
Napier voiced his dissatisfaction about the move to curb teen pregnancies in a letter to education MEC Senzo Mchunu.
Mchunu's decision followed a conference last month to find solutions to sexual abuse, teen pregnancy and substance abuse in the province.
"Once something is distributed by people in authority, children take it as an okay. I cannot understand the lack of insight into the psychological damage that is being done to the younger generation," Napier told the newspaper.
According to the newspaper, Mchunu confirmed that condoms would not be distributed to Catholic schools.
"There are some public schools who have strong relations with Catholics. We will continue to talk to them, but we respect their beliefs as well."