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Not everyone is smiling about the landord's decision to ban the sale of condomsImage: dpa

Condom Conundrum

DW staff / DPA (nda)
March 18, 2008

A drugstore owned by the Catholic Church in the German city of Fulda is compelled to send clients asking for condoms to the competition down the road because of a clause in the rental agreement.


"We're not allowed to sell condoms, because the building belongs to the Catholic Church," Monika Michel, the manager of the branch said Tuesday.

The clause was completely out of keeping with the times, Michel said, but she acknowledged there was nothing she could do about it.

The Catholic bishop in the city, situated in the state of Hesse, was unapologetic when asked about the anomaly.

"I don't see anything strange in this. The church can't reject mechanical contraception on the one hand and on the other tolerate having condoms sold in a building belonging to the church," the bishop's spokesman, Christof Ohnesorg, said.

The condomless drugstore provides an amusing anecdote for the local tour guides, who stop for their customers to take photographs.

Fulda is a popular tourist destination. Boniface, the English-born saint often called the patron saint of Germany, lies buried in Fulda Cathedral. Charlemagne granted the local monastery a royal charter, and accompanying immunity, as far back as 774.

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