Condoms on campus? No thanks, we're Catholic, college says
Distributing condoms on campus "is not in concert with the mission of Boston College," some students were told.
March 29th, 2013
08:43 AM ET

Condoms on campus? No thanks, we're Catholic, college says

By Pauline Kim, CNN

(CNN) - The letter is signed "cordially" but students who received the instruction to stop handing out condoms on campus say they were taken aback by demands they feel could go as far as threatening their rights.

Various dorm rooms at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, have a "Safe Site" symbol on their door. That signifies that inside are male and female condoms, personal lubricant and safer sex information, according to BC Students for Sexual Health. "If you are in need of condoms, you may knock (on) one of these doors and just ask!" the group's website says.

Lizzie Jekanowski, chair of BCSSH, told CNN that the college has always been aware of the group's activities. "We've had a positive and open relationship with the administration up to this point," she said.

But earlier this month, college administrators sent letters to students whose dorm room doors have the logo saying that distributing condoms on campus "is not in concert with the mission of Boston College as a Catholic and Jesuit university."

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Science

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  2. Felix Sinclair

    Religion: People pretending people don't act like people ever since people have been around.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  3. shekoi

    Abstinence????? Even Catholic priests don't practice that!!!!!

    April 7, 2013 at 9:38 am |
  4. The Barebacker

    Christians like to do it bareback I guess...

    April 2, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  5. Patrick

    University students are certainly smart enough to know they can walk to the nearest drug store and buy their own condoms. A catholic university is perfectly within its rights to insist that it's religious beliefs are respected by students living on its campus.

    There's no news here, just an attempt to stir up outrage and conflict. Of sorry, I forgot – that is the definition of 'news' today.

    April 1, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • Ken Margo

      @Patrick............It's about convenience and students do run out of money. Just don't make the offer public. Word of mouth will do just fine. This is more about the school image than anything else. If you had to choose sides on the issue, condoms will win 80% of the time.

      April 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Saraswati

      They are probably within their legal rights, but the story is the likelihood that this will just pile on reasons why young people will turn away from not only the churches but their educational insti'tutions. Kids are increasingly unwilling to be affiliated with backwards organizations like this.

      As for whether "knowing" that they can get condoms off campus is enough, I think the stats on failure rate say it all. Condoms "fail". mostly because people don't use them due to inconvenience...especially among the young.

      April 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @Sara............................How about vasectomies paid for by either the insurance co. or the govt. The procedure could be done in a way that is reversible. That solves the convenience part. Treat it almost like an on off switch. 🙂

      April 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Ken, I don't know...Vasectomies would be great if they protected against STDs, but I'd worry vasectomies might decrease condom use while keeping se.x levels the same. State funded vasectomies for married couples would be great, though.

      Hmmm...maybe state funded hormone reduction drugs for kids until they finish their schooling...

      April 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @Sara...............I forgot the STD part. Damn.

      April 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @Sara...............Maybe they could make a condom that "grows" as you do. The male could put it on before getting "excited". As his "excitement" increased, it would conform to his size.

      April 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Ken, lol...you've got a concept...time to apply for funding!

      April 2, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  6. Reality

    Bill Gates is quite aware of the health issues. From the recent news: "Gates will give a $100,000 grant to whoever can invent the “next generation condom” through The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health. The estimated 80 grant recipients can then apply for a follow-up grant worth up to $1 million."

    "Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure?” the Grand Challenge prompt asks. ”If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs [se-xually transmitted infections]?”

    The GOP and BC would be wise to support these kind of projects.

    March 31, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • The real Tom

      You'd be wise to stop copying and pasting the same sh!te day after day, you simp.

      March 31, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  7. Grumpster

    No condoms....so the Catholics are okay with AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea and unwanted kids that they won't ever abort even if they are lepers. This faith is about as nonsensical as Pee Wee Herman trading in his bike for a tricycle.

    March 31, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • Reality

      From a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      March 31, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • gerald

      Well let's see condoms according to the center for disease control have a 16% chance of failure. FACT. Seems the safer way is abstinence as the Church calls for. Condoms have done little to stop the spread of disease because they have greatly increased the frequency of s e x. If a person has s e x 6 or 7 times with a condom by this failure rate they are almost as likely to get a disease or get pregnant as having s e x 1 time un"protected".

      April 1, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • Ken Margo

      @gerald................You are obviously one of those phony crooked Christians. When will you whack jobs realize the abstinence angle DOES NOT WORK. (Ask your republican girl friend Sarah Palin) If the church wants to be relevant, it has to have a message for those that want to act like a human beings and enjoy s3x.

      April 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Akira

      So you'd rather have these kids use no condoms at all, gerald? They're not going to abstain. Please step into the real world, mmmkay?

      April 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  8. In celebration of the resurrection of Christ

    Thank you Jesus !

    March 31, 2013 at 6:36 am |
    • Grumpster

      Yeah...good luck with that....no sign of him at all.

      March 31, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  9. Cassarit

    I salute Boston College
    It's time to start fighting back.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I was already laughing when I realized this comment was serious.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • sensible

      fighting back huh.....you cassarit are a fool, I guess you think its better for std's to be passed around as well as unwanted pregnancies. This faith thing really has people brains fried, some of you can't think if your life depended on it.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Douglas

      Spot on!

      March 31, 2013 at 1:34 am |
    • rick

      fighting back? how? by getting on your knees and praying?

      March 31, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Ken Margo

      @Cassarit................If this is you idea of fighting back. Christianity is dead. GOOD.

      April 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  10. EX Catholic

    While is commendable, in the larger scheme of things the RCC is still Idolatrous. IDOLATRY IS NOT RELIGION, IDOLATRY is a SIN an ABERRANT, ABHORRENT, GRAVE and Very Serious SIN.

    March 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
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    March 30, 2013 at 6:11 am |
  12. Douglas

    With celibacy there is no need for the sin enabling condom.

    Jettison fornication and the condom is not needed.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • Science

      Hey Doogie did they play around back in the day ???

      Was the bible around back then ?

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      Than Previously Thought

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      March 30, 2013 at 6:48 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Doug: You're a moron.

      March 30, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Lola Bunch

      Hey, Douglas! Answer my questions! Don't run away like you have been...

      How does gay marriage infringe of your religious liberty at all?
      How does gay marriage impact your daily life at all?

      March 30, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • sensible

      ahhh dougie, I would like think you are not serious with those comments. But in case you are a religious zealot, seek help my friend as soon as possible. Your religious indoctrination has done a number on your mental capacity. I don't think you can take much more. You may see things with a little more clarity after treatment.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Agnes of Dog

      I've not tried jettison fornication. I heard about it on another blog, though. It actually sounded kind of kinky.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:39 am |
    • Douglas


      Gay marrriage is at crosspurposes with human biology.

      It does not compute and its pre-cursor (gay coitus) has led to the downfall of millions through the transmission of increasingly drug resistant strains of STDs.

      The pendulum is now starting to swing back.

      Celibacy is trending with gay couples as they realize it is the best way to protect themselves
      from the predators out there seeking to make a meal out of them.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:39 am |
    • Saraswati

      "Celibacy is trending with gay couples"

      Could you provide a citation for that?

      March 31, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • Damocles

      Jettison fornication? Do I even dare ask?

      March 31, 2013 at 1:42 am |
    • sensible

      Dougie is delusional...he knows not what he speaks. forgive his simple mindness.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:45 am |
    • Agnes of Dog

      Yeah, Damo – from what I understand, you don't want to start trying jettison fornication on a night when you are also out of paper towels and saran wrap. I'd rather not give any more details – it's near bedtime and I don't want to be dreaming about that.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • Damocles

      But wouldn't the saran wrap protect... ahh nevermind, you are right, I don't think I want to know.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:53 am |
    • Grumpster

      With Catholicism, there is no need for brains.

      March 31, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • sam stone

      "Gay marrriage is at crosspurposes with human biology."

      All marriage is at cross purpouses with human biology.

      Still got that gay burr shoved up your rectum, doogie

      I have never met a straight man as obsessed with gays as you are. But, I am a-s-s-uming something....

      April 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Akira

      You didn't answer Lola's questions, Douglas.
      How will gay marriage infringe on your religious freedom?

      Answer: not at all.

      How will gay marriage impact your daily life?

      Answer: not at all.

      I cannot abide people who will not answer straightforward questions put to them. Evasive answers always looks as if one is hiding from something.

      What re YOU hiding from, Douglas?

      April 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  13. Jay

    Why is Boston College, a priavte Catholic school putting up with flagrant and bold "rule breakers" ????
    Throw them out.......we need some of those Sisters of Mercy I had back in scholl to impose some discipline up there.
    And if you don't like the rules, just leave.

    March 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • Chilipepper

      Kill them! Burn them at the stake! Fornicaters!! AAAAAARGH!

      March 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Exactly Jay, that is a CATHOLIC University, that is not the time or the place for young adults to exercise free thought or make their own choices about personal responsibiltiy or, god forbid, live in contradiction to Church theology. After all the choice is not theirs to make!

      March 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • sensible

      Jay..you should get in contact with douglass, yall can make arrangements together to see a specialist.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    March 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 30, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data; has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 30, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Grumpster

      Yes, prayer changes things. It makes people do stupid things thinking that prayer will solve any results of those stupid things. Prayer doesn't do diddly squat.

      March 31, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  15. Prof. Anthony O. Nwachukwu

    One ethical principle says, "When an act is bad, the best intention can't justify it". The matter is far beyond the use of condoms in the first place. Whether we believe in God or not, is our own cup of tea. Considering the word, "education", we are bound to observe certain rules that make it effective and achievable. How can, in the name of anything that is holy, the use of condoms be encouraged in any learning environment? Humanity continues to complain of natural disasters befalling her. Please, permit me to say this, "Once human beings who have morality, the ability to reflect on abstracts, matters that affect them, begin to act like brute animals, obviously, their security and lives become matters of chances". I don't advocate that those at leadership positions stop passing everything into law, even laws that limit their relationships with created order and peace. It is mere nonesense for any rational being to suppurt the use of condoms, especially in schools. This has practically nothing to do with religion alone. It is a time bomb that will ultimately destroy society. Thus, the earlier right thinking individuals join choruses and say, "NO to evil", the earlier the devil will leave us in peace to enjoy longevity.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Looking around for nutter believer secret decoder ring. . .

      March 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Hahahahaha! Yeah, the downfall of mankind is imminent, because con doms are such a recent development in the history of human contraception.

      Comedy gold.

      March 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • Lola Bunch

      Um...because college-aged students are likely to be having sex, perhaps?
      It's not like they're being given out to kindergarteners as part of their curriculum...sheesh.

      March 30, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • Saraswati

      "Um...because college-aged students are likely to be having se.x, perhaps?"

      Lol, great answer. The stupidity of the original comment had me at a loss for words.

      March 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • sensible

      Prof. A O.N, you can't be that stupid...you must be playing. If not you are really stupid.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
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