WASHINGTON, December 3, 2003 ( – Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) has commenced a “Good Catholics Use Condoms” public education campaign that condemns the Vatican for its opposition to condoms.  The group’s director, Frances Kissling, accuses the Catholic Church of promoting a culture of death; it is planning an ad campaign in Washington, D.C. and overseas.

Posters appeared Monday in the Washington, D.C. Metro (subway), displaying smiling young couples above a message reading: “We believe in God. We believe that sex is sacred. We believe in caring for each other. We believe in using condoms.”  Catholic League president William Donohue responded saying, “Catholics for a Free Choice is one of the nation’s premier Catholic-bashing groups.  There is nothing Catholic about it save for its name: the U.S. bishops have twice condemned it as a fraud.  Moreover, its enthusiasm for abortion puts it at the epicenter of the culture of death.  Now it is distorting scientific evidence to make its case once again. ”  Donohue concluded, “Over the past two decades, condom use has soared.  So has the level of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  That’s because young people have been lulled into thinking that condoms prevent STDs.  They do not-only abstinence does.  Between the defects in condoms, their improper storage, improper usage, and their inability to prevent STDs that are spread from skin to skin, it is no wonder that the level of condom use and the incidence of STDs track each other.”