November 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Controversial T-Shirt Shows Virgin Mary With Condom

Associated Press

Mayor Cesar Maia says he will seek a court order barring distribution of an AIDS awareness T-shirt showing the Virgin Mary with a shining condom in place of her heart.

The T-shirt was designed by Grupo pela Vida, an AIDS counseling group. It says, in Portuguese: “Protect your neighbor as yourself. Use a condom.”

Maia said in a radio interview that, as a Catholic, he is “outraged” by the image.

The Roman Catholic Church opposes condom use and has protested government AIDS programs. About 80 percent of Brazil’s 155 million people are Catholics.

The T-shirt was to be distributed during an AIDS awareness campaign Sunday. A call to the Vida office was answered with a recording saying the phone is under repair.

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