The Vatican is displeased with Kepler scientific secondary school in Rome's decision Wednesday to install condom vending machines for students. To be in the girls' and boys' toilets, they will sell condoms at half the usual retail price.
They didn't do it just to provoke the Vatican. The London Daily Mail reports:
In a recent survey of 7482 students in Italy by the Ministry of Health on sexual knowledge, 18 per cent admitted regularly having intercourse without using a condom, which officials said had contributed to rises in sexually transmitted diseases.
Other Italian schools and British schools are considering the same action. The British have an additional reason, again from the Daily Mail:
According to he latest figures available from the Italian Ministry of health the teenage pregnancy rate is six per 1000 girls aged between 15 and 19, compared to 26.4 in the United Kingdom - one of the highest in Europe.