The use of condom is not allowed in the Catholic Church in the fight against HIV/AIDS and as a family planning mechanism because “the sexual act is ordained by God for a purpose,” the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has said.
The CCFN however said the church had embraced “change in behaviour” which it said, was better than the use of condom in the crusade against HIV/AIDS.
The Director (Church and Society) in the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and Executive Secretary of CCFN, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja during a town hall meeting and quiz competition organised in commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day for secondary schools pupils.
He said, “We preach behavioural change in the Catholic Church, even last Sunday in church I preached to over 3,000 members of the congregation about behavioural change. The church believes in the power of the word of God to convince the people.
“It’s not a human thing, the spirit of God is there; if people make up their minds to change their lives, they can do away with all these things. In the Catholic Church, we believe that change in behaviour is better than the use of condom in the fight against HIV/AIDS because even the condom itself is not foolproof. The church is always looking for the best solution and being faithful to one’s spouse and abstinence are the best solutions.
“You know that even in the prevention strategies, where they talk about A.P.C – Abstinence, Prevention and Condom – we are concerned with abstinence and marital faithfulness. But the church condemns the use of condoms, not necessarily with regards to HIV/AIDS alone, but because the teaching of the church is that the sexual act is ordained by God for a purpose.”
According to him, sexual activity must complete its purpose because “by the time condom is being used, the relationship between a man and his wife is not complete because that which even goes into the woman doesn’t pass in the way God ordains it.”
Bassey said that was why the Catholic Church resolved that “instead of the use of condom, when there is ovulation, let the man and woman abstain from sex. That way, you can control birth and the number of children you want. It is consistent with our doctrinal teachings about morality.”