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South African Bishop Opposes Vatican's Ban on Condoms

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

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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Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
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