I was born and raised a Catholic. My parents even sentenced me to 12 years of Catholic school. I have a pretty good knowledge of the church’s teachings and dogma. And I can say openly that I believe the current Pope is a Marxist who is working to liberal up the Roman Catholic Church. Things that Pope Francis has done and said have affected me so much that I no longer go to Catholic mass. I now go to a Charismatic Church that has nothing to do with the Catholic Church. Way to go, Supreme Pontiff.
On Monday, the Vatican declared that it is “morally acceptable” for Roman Catholics to get vaccinated for COVID-19 based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses to make the vaccine. This guidance came after some clergy in the United States argued that such products were immoral.
Anything that has to do with the murder of unborn children has always been an abomination to the Roman Catholic Church. Until now, I suppose.
The Vatican’s watchdog for doctrinal orthodoxy is called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and they said it has received several requests for “guidance” during the recent months of the pandemic. The Congregation revealed that bishops, Catholic groups, and experts have offered “diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements” on the issue at hand.
The Catholic Church’s teaching says abortion is a mortal sin. The Catholic Church has always asserted that every abortion is evil, teaching that the Catechism of the Catholic Church declares “has not changed and remains unchangeable.” Until now, I suppose.
So, the Vatican has deemed that “it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses” in production process when “ethically irreproachable” vaccines aren’t available to the public. However, the Vatican stressed that the “licit” uses of said vaccines “does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses.”
That’s the first step to changing the Church’s stance on abortion, mark my words.
The Vatican explained in a statement that obtaining vaccines that do not pose an ethical dilemma is not always possible. That’s a Marxist argument for the “greater good.” The Holy See pointed to circumstances in countries “where vaccines without ethical problems are not made available to physicians and patients.” There is also the situation where special storage expectations and/or transport conditions make distribution all the more demanding.
There were echoes of the the pronouncement in a statement from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that said that “in view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” receiving the vaccines being distributed in the United States is justified “despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.”
We’re talking about a virus that has a 99.9xxx percent survival rate.
The US Bishops conference officials said that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.”
A few weeks earlier, two US Bishops in California and Texas respectively, condemned vaccines using cell lines from aborted fetuses as immorally manufactured. One of them said he refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and encouraged his Catholic flock to do the same.
To reassure Catholics that getting the vaccine wouldn’t violate the church’s moral teachings the Vatican cited that “health authorities do not allow citizens to choose the vaccine with which to be inoculated.” Well, maybe they should. Is this a First Amendment issue? The Vatican went even further to declare that it is morally acceptable to get vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses.
And how much are we to take seriously the politicians who are saying that even after vaccinated you must still wear masks and adhere to local social distancing policies? So, that means that even if you get the vaccine you still cannot have more than 10-50 people, depending on secular laws in each jurisdiction, congregate in church? What kind of virus is this that still poses a threat even after being vaccinated? A political one is the only appropriate response.