Bishop claims cervical vaccine encourages promiscuity 5 years ago

Bishop claims cervical vaccine encourages promiscuity

Yep, you read that correctly.

The bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, referred to the provision of cervical vaccines as being more of a “lifestyle issue” and that “we should be doing more to protect young girls.”


In his email to the Munster Express he said,

“We’re giving 12-year-olds an injection against something that is sexually transmitted. What kind of message is that to give a 12-year-old girl?”

“Can we not do better than throwing condoms at young boys and throwing the HPV vaccine at young girls?”

He had also said,


“It's absolutely certain that the clearest and the best protection against getting sexually transmitted diseases is good old fashioned traditional abstinence."

The HSE released a statement in response to the comments. Paul Connors, the National Director of Communications referred to the Bishops comments as “unacceptable and outdated.”

“He has chosen certain statistics and repackaged them in a way to suit his particular narrative.  His miscommunication of information in this way puts the health and lives of women in Ireland at risk. This is unacceptable for a person in his position.”

"His comments may have had resonance fifty years ago in Ireland. But in the context of a young, intelligent, vibrant and mobile population of Ireland of 2017 his comments are outdated, unhelpful and quite frankly ill-informed.”


According to the HSE, around 300 women in Ireland contract cervical cancer each year and approximately 90 of these women will not survive.

The HPV cervical cancer vaccine is given to about 30,000 girls a year in school, to prevent and guard against the human papilloma virus and cancer later in life. The vaccine used is Gardasil and is given to fend off HPV 16 and 18 which are responsible for 90 percent of genital warts.

There has been a decrease in numbers of those receiving the vaccine due to reports of adverse reactions including headaches, rashes, dizziness and in severe cases hypersensitivity-type reactions and chronic fatigue.

As for Bishop Phonsie, perhaps he should just stick to ecclesiastical matters.