Catholic spokesman to push NCC to discuss free condoms for students

Fr. Ioane Ono sees free condoms for NUS students as a return to Sodom and Gomorrah

Fr. Ioane Ono sees free condoms for NUS students as a return to Sodom and Gomorrah

Alan Ah Mu

APIA: MONDAY 6 MAY 2013: Those in education are quick to ask National Council of Churches’ view on many matters.

But when it came to a plan to distribute free condoms at National University of Samoa (NUS), NCC wasn’t consulted, said Father Ioane Ono, Chancellor of Samoa’s Catholic Church.

Fr. Ono expressed disappointment about that.

As Chancellor, he is ranked third in the Catholic hierarchy in Samoa.

He believes NCC wasn’t asked about the matter because those involved feared what the answer would be.

News about the condoms reached him via a reporter who telephoned from Australia.

“That news to me,” he told the reporter.

“I’m staying here and I don’t know.”

Fr. Ono has asked NCC chairman Kasiano Leaupepe for the issue to be discussed so that a joint statement can be issued on the matter.

“It’s our university,” he said, “our children go there,” he said.

NCC membership consists of the mainstream churches.

He has preached against the availability of condoms at NUS at a mass Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi attended, Fr. Ono said.

“That’s a stepping stone towards promiscuity,” he said.

In the belief that sex is solely for procreation, the priest sees condoms as a human intervention that “prohibits procreation.”

Intrinsic in condoms is encouragement to have sex because it protects against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

It encourages the use of each other’s bodies solely for pleasure.

“But morally it’s wrong.”

“We are not toys to play … with.”

“We are going back to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

The God-given dignity of a person is damaged if his or her body is used for pleasure instead of procreation.

The solution to STI and pregnancies outside of the sacrament of marriage is to obey God, Fr. Ono added.

“How do you obey God?

“Do not fornicate.”

Diseases and pregnancies are caused by fornication, said the priest. The issue was also the subject of his sermon during morning Mass yesterday.

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