Cardinal Errazuriz rejects government condom campaign


The Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, expressed his rejection this week of a government-sponsored campaign to promote the widespread use of condoms, saying the Church will always speak out against immorality.

In an interview on Chilean television, the cardinal said it was “very said that as we were preparing for the canonization of Father Hurtado these television spots began airing which, because of the images they contain, many people might consider to be corrupting our young people.”

Cardinal Errazuriz noted that Chilean President Ricardo Lagos has called Father Hurtado Chile’s “founding father of the 20th century,” acknowledging that the new saint would help unite Chileans.

In recent days, the Bishops’ Conference of Chile demanded the government respect the freedom of individuals and not reduce the fight against AIDS to the distribution of condoms.

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