The Archbishop-designate of Westminster today urged Roman Catholics in England and Wales to oppose plans put forward to allow abortion services to advertise on television and radio.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols also called on Catholics to make their opposition known to proposals to relax rules restricting the advertising of condoms on television.
The Archbishop, who was appointed as the new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster by the Pope last Friday, said current television advertising for condoms "demeaned" young people by depicting "casual sex on the street corner" and "drunken sex".
He urged Catholics to respond to a consultation exercise on the proposed changes, saying the country would not expect abortion to be advertised "alongside a packet of crisps".
A rchbishop Nichols said: "I would appeal to Catholics to respond to the consultation and two of the principles put forward are that advertisements should be truthful and tasteful.
"I doubt that any intended adverts about abortion would be fully truthful and tell the whole truth of the effects of abortion in a woman's life. I seriously wonder if any advertisements for the use of condoms would be tasteful because the ones we have at the moment are demeaning of the young people of this country.
"They depict casual sex on the street corner and drunken sex. I do not think these things do anything to genuinely help young people to understand themselves in their own dignity and in the proper meaning of what human sexuality is about.
"I know the media likes to say its task is to reflect reality but the media always has a responsibility to put something in front of people to which they can aspire and it has an educative function as well.
"I think often what is on the television screen in these matters sells the young people of this country woefully short." Commenting on the proposals on abortion, he said: "It will no doubt be …