August 24, 2005

Ad dropped featuring nun holding condom

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has withdrawn an anti-AIDS
campaign ad featuring a smiling nun holding a condom after it
sparked an outcry from Roman Catholics, local media said on

The poster, which shows the nun holding the condom with
both hands and saying "Although I don't need one, even I know,"
had been removed from all condom machines in Taipei hospitals,
subway stations and elsewhere.

"As a nun, I can't agree with their way of expressing
things," a church spokeswoman said Wednesday. "This is a
serious insult."

Nuns take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and the
Vatican considers all forms of contraception a sin.

Local media said the plan had been to use someone with a
"positive image" to promote the use of condoms to prevent AIDS.

There are about 300,000 Catholics on the island of 23
million people.