“LifeSiteNews sent multiple emails to the Kakamega diocese of Bishop Joseph Obanyi, and the Nyahururu diocese of Bishop Joseph Mbatia, the two Kenyan bishops who signed the letter referenced in Michael Hitchborn’s September 24 report, reprinted below, requesting confirmation that the bishops have endorsed condom use and asking why they have changed from their former position opposing condom use as contravening Catholic teaching. LifeSiteNews also sent emails to the secretary general of the Kenyan bishops with similar questions. LifeSiteNews has not to date received any response…
The Conference of Catholic Bishops in Kenya (KCCB) has officially encouraged the use of condoms as means of preventing the spread of the Human Papilloma Virus. A July 2019 letter from the KCCB’s Catholic Health Commission of Kenya (CHCK) was primarily written as a formal endorsement of the controversial Gardasil vaccine, but on page 5 of the 7-page letter is a list of ‘Other Modes of Prevention that have been adopted.’ Third on the list is a statement regarding condom use:
Use of latex condoms every time during pregnancy every time during sexual intercourse. But keep in mind that HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact — not through exchange of bodily fluids. This means that while condoms may not always prevent the spread of HPV, they could reduce your risk.
The letter is signed by Bishop Joseph Mbatia, Chairman of the KCCB’s Catholic Health Commission of Kenya; Bishop Joseph Obanyi, vice-chairman of the CHCK, Doctors Bernhards Ogutu and Daniel Ochiel, both KCCB representatives to the Ministry of Health, and Jacinta Kathamu Mutegi, the Executive Secretary of CHCK. The entire KCCB letter can be read by clicking here.