Vatican declares it ‘morally acceptable’ for Catholics to receive Covid vaccines based on research that used tissue from abortions
- The Vatican said it received several requests for guidance on the Covid vaccines
- Vaccines have been prepared from cells derived from aborted fetuses
- The Church said it is ‘morally acceptable’ to receive the Covid vaccines
The Vatican has declared it is ‘morally acceptable’ for Roman Catholics to receive Covid vaccines based on research that used fetal tissue from abortions.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s watchdog office for doctrinal orthodoxy, said it addressed the question after receiving several requests for ‘guidance’ during recent months.
The doctrine office noted that bishops, Catholic groups and experts have offered ‘diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements’ on the matter.
The Vatican has declared it is ‘morally acceptable’ for Roman Catholics to receive Covid vaccines based on research that used fetal tissue from abortions
Drawing on Vatican pronouncements in past years about developing vaccines prepared from cells derived from aborted fetuses, the watchdog office issued a statement it said Pope Francis had examined last week and ordered to be made public.
The Catholic Church’s teaching says that abortion is a grave sin.
The Vatican concluded that ‘it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses’ in the research and production process when ‘ethically irreproachable’ vaccines aren’t available to the public.
But it stressed that the ‘licit’ uses of such 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.’
In its statement, the Vatican explained that obtaining vaccines that do not pose an ethical dilemma is not always possible.
The Vatican concluded that ‘it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses’
It cited circumstances in countries ‘where vaccines without ethical problems are not made available to physicians and patients’ or where special storage or transport conditions make their distribution more difficult.
In reassuring faithful Catholics that getting a COVID-19 vaccine would not violate religious doctrine, the Vatican also noted that while various vaccines might be distributed in a country, ‘health authorities do not allow citizens to choose the vaccine with which to be inoculated.’
In those cases, it is morally acceptable to receive vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses, the Vatican said.
The Vatican said the vaccines used cell lines ‘drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century.’
The Vatican hasn’t said if and when Francis would be vaccinated nor which vaccine he might receive.
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‘You are the most important thing here. No one is to left out, no one will lose their jobs,’ Francis told workers and their children at a special audience held to exchange Christmas greetings.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc with the Vatican’s finances, forcing it to dip into reserve funds and implement some of the toughest cost-control measures ever in the tiny city-state.
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‘No one should suffer from the ugly economic effects of this pandemic…We have to work harder to resolve this problem, which is not easy.
‘There is no magic wand. We have to move forward as in the same family,’ Francis said in improvised remarks.
Lay employees work in all of the Vatican’s administrative departments and also as gardeners, firefighters, police, maintenance workers and in its world-famous museums.
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The pandemic has drastically slowed the flow of funds from the Vatican Museums, which received some 7 million visitors last year and amount to the city’s most reliable cash cow.
The museums, which generate an estimated $100 million yearly, closed for three months in the spring during the first wave of the pandemic, reopened for a limited number of visitors during the summer, and closed again as a second wave hit Italy.
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