HIV & AIDS
- Development Aid: What You Need to Know
Catholics for Choice has produced a short movie to illustrate how faith-based organizations take taxpayer money to provide healthcare services to the neediest communities throughout the world, but sometimes pick and choose which services to offer and whom they will help.
- The Catholic Bishops and Condoms
A history of bishops' statements on condom use as part of an HIV prevention strategy.
- Beyond Principled Duplicity: The Catholic Church, Condoms and HIV & AIDS
Conscience Vol. XXXIII - No. 3 (2012) - pages 12 - 14
Kathryn Joyce investigates how the Catholic church’s notable healthcare outreach around the world has been tarnished in some places by local bishops’ insistence that HIV & AIDS care centers must not provide condoms.
- Catholics and Condoms
On World AIDS Day, Catholics for Choice and Condoms4Life published ads in the New York Times, the Daily Inquirer and the Manila Times in the Philippines, the Daily Monitor in Uganda, and the Daily Nation and the Standard in Kenya to mark World AIDS Day. We also collaborated with 15 national and international nongovernmental organizations in writing to nine national overseas development agencies requesting "assistance in achieving greater transparency and accountability in the funding that faith-based organizations receive from publicly-funded bilateral and multilateral donors." Read the announcement and letters.
Read a special CFC report on the funding of faith-based organizations: "Seeing is Believing."
Read CFC’s statements on Pope Benedict’s recent comments about the use of condoms:
Read Jon O’Brien’s letter to the editor in the Washington Post, "The Vatican's first step toward the realities of sexuality."
- Seeing is Believing: Questions about Faith-Based Organizations That Are Involved in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
2010, 21 pp.
Faith-based organizations have long been on the front lines of healthcare provision, and they receive enormous amounts of public money to do so. Unfortunately, many of these providers do not provide a full range of preventative care, especially advice on the use of and access to condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. This report raises some important questions and provides some proposals for how we might move forward towards more transparency and, as a result, more comprehensive prevention efforts—especially for higher risk populations.
- Sex in the HIV/AIDS Era [PDF]
2008, 16 pp.
- Also available in Spanish
The Condoms4Life brochure designed for at-risk Catholics who are struggling with questions around faith and conscience, sexuality and the use of condoms for HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as health care providers who encounter these issues.
- Negotiating with People's Lives: Religion and Politics in the PEPFAR Negotiations [PDF]
Conscience Vol. XXIX - No. 3 (2008)
Jodi Enda discusses the Catholic hierarchy’s back door negotiations which stripped life-saving family planning measures from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
- Condoms4Life Radio Ads
1 December 2008
Catholics for Choice and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health are proud to announce the first-ever Condoms4Life radio ads. These groundbreaking ads, lauched on World AIDS Day, take on myths about condoms in Catholic and Latino Communities. Read more...
Catholics for Choice y el Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva se complacen en anunciar el lanzamiento de los primeros anuncios radiales de la campaña Condoms4Life. Leer más...
- Catholic Attitudes on Condoms in the Prevention of HIV and AIDS [PDF]
As public health campaigns focus on condom use as a key to preventing HIV/ AIDS transmission, the Vatican maintains steadfast opposition to the use of condoms for any reason. In anticipation of World AIDS Day, Catholics for Choice asked Belden Russonello & Stewart to conduct an international poll of Catholics to determine their attitudes toward condoms and AIDS. BRS surveyed Catholics over 18 in Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United States; the results of the poll are reported here.
- View the poster, a visual representation of the poll.
- Condoms4Life Public Education Campaign: Good Catholics Use Condoms
Visit the Condoms4Life website and learn more about the campaign to raise awareness about the bishops' ban on condoms and its work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Catholics, Conscience and Condoms: A Catholic Response to Alleviating the AIDS Pandemic
Conscience Vol. XXII - No. 2 (2001)
Catholic theologian Anthony T. Padovano looks at the Catholic tradition's views on condoms.
- The Lesser Evil
Conscience Vol. XXII - No. 2 (2001)
Patricia Miller examines the Catholic hierarchy's diplomatic and political response to AIDS and the use of condoms.