South African Bishop Opposes Vatican's Ban on Condoms

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Bishop Kevin Dowling

Bishop Kevin Dowling says the Vatican's ban on condoms should end. Jason Beaubien, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Jason Beaubien, NPR

A Catholic bishop in South Africa has become a leading opponent of the church's ban on the use of condoms.

Bishop Kevin Dowling presides over Rustenburg, an impoverished mining town that has been ravaged by HIV/ AIDS. With so much suffering caused by the virus, Dowling considers the Vatican's ban morally unacceptable.



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