A CBC article published on March 15, 2012 has the headline, "Catholic University in Ottawa opposes free condoms."
The first sentence sums up the controversy: "A Catholic university in Ottawa is under fire from its students after it
prevented the student association from offering free condoms."
The position of the Church (and of Saint Paul University, connected to the University of Ottawa) reminds me of the arguments made by the automobile industry a few decades back.
"No, it would be disastrous," they claimed, "to install seat belts in all vehicles. That would have the horrible, terrible effect of making our cars safer. And when that happens, people will simply drive more dangerously, leading to more vehicular fatalities."
Fortunately, seat belts (and later, air bags) were mandated by
government regulation, with the net effect of saving over fifteen thousand lives every year in the United States alone.
Similarly, the Church argues that if sex
is safer, more people will have sex, which is intolerable (for
reasons that still elude me). Yet any moral philosophy would recognize that an intervention that significantly reduces the
spread of disease and limits the number of unplanned pregnancies
(leading to fewer abortions or unwanted children) is an unambiguously good thing.
Though often claimed, I do not accept that morality and religion are related. They are often, as in this case, in direct opposition.