Archbishop: Catholic troops can reject COVID vaccine

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Military Service Archbishop Timothy Broglio said Catholic US soldiers should be allowed to decline the COVID-19 vaccine if taking it would “violate the sanctity” of their conscience. in a statement Tuesday out.

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why it matters: Broglio encouraged soldiers to receive the vaccine, but acknowledged that some have questioned whether the church’s position encouraging the shot “prevents a person from forming a sincere religious belief that receiving the vaccine would prevent him or her from receiving the vaccine.” There will be a breach of conscience.”

  • “It does not happen,” wrote the archbishop.

running news: The Pentagon mandated the vaccine for soldiers back in August, but many service members are still undecided as of the deadline.

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Between the lines: Broglio noted that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were tested using an abortifacient-derived cell line.

  • Broglio, outlining his acceptance of two-dose vaccines, wrote, “This type of link has for centuries been considered a distant physical association with evil and is never sinful.”
  • “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed, tested, and produced with abortion-derived cell lines. Therefore, this vaccine is more problematic. If it is the only vaccine available, it would be ethically acceptable, but the faithful Catholic is more To make known their preference for morally acceptable treatment.”

Church guidance allows Catholics to take vaccines derived from fetal tissue when no other vaccine option is available.

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Broglio has endorsed The decision to mandate the vaccine for US soldiers, and his Tuesday statement, appears to codify his earlier suggestion that soldiers may reject the vaccine because of their personal discretion.

go in: As the deadline draws closer, hundreds of thousands of US soldiers have not been vaccinated

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