WASHINGTON — The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on Saturday reaffirmed church doctrine on contraceptives after the bishops' recent statement on AIDS provoked a flood of telephone calls.
The bishops on Thursday said they would tolerate educational programs acknowledging that medical experts advocate the use of condoms as a means of reducing the risk of acquiring or transmitting the AIDS virus.
"We are not promoting the use of prophylactics, but merely providing information that is part of the factual picture," the bishops said in a 30-page statement developed by a task force of bishops.
Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis, president of the conference, said Saturday that the statement had been misunderstood. "I want to stress that our statement does not call for any changes in the church's constant teaching concerning proper moral behavior," he said.