Are Catholics Eligible for COVID Vaccine Religious Exemptions?

By Eric Sammons at Crisis Magazine:

Steve, a Catholic husband and father, is the sole breadwinner for his family. His wife stays at home to care for their four children while he works in sales for a large corporation. Recently, his company announced it will be requiring all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination by October 1 or they will be let go. Steve, however, doesn’t want to receive the shot due to the vaccine’s connection with abortion. 

Steve checks with HR and discovers that the company is allowing a religious exemption, provided that a religious leader signs a letter affirming the exemption. Steve approaches his pastor and asks him to write such a letter. The pastor hesitates, however, unsure if exemption is legitimate. Hasn’t the pope said we should all get the shot?

The scenario above is not a hypothetical one. Across the country, employers, schools, and retail businesses are requiring employees, students, and even customers to be vaccinated. 

This poses a problem for American Catholics. Every COVID-19 vaccine currently available here has a connection to abortion. Whether the vaccine was developed using fetal cell lines from an aborted baby or was tested using those lines, they are all morally compromised. As we’ve covered here at Crisis before (herehereherehere, and here), there is debate among Catholics regarding the morality of taking these vaccines, but the Church has made clear that no one should be obligated to get the shot, and that Catholics should push for the development of vaccines that are not morally compromised.

Recently, the Archdiocese of New York released a memo to its priests barring them from writing these religious exemption letters. When I first read this memo I assumed it was fake news. It was so poorly reasoned that I couldn’t believe it was an authentic document of the Archdiocese of New York. Unfortunately, it is.

The letter begins with a whopper, stating, “We occasionally hear from Catholics who have a sincere moral objection to the COVID-19 vaccines due to their connection to abortion. This concern is particularly acute among people who are strongly pro-life and very loyal to the teaching of the faith” (emphasis added). 

What is meant by “people who are strongly pro-life and very loyal to the teaching of the faith?” Isn’t that supposed to be all Catholics? Are they so rare that they have to be singled out now?

The next paragraph states that “Pope Francis has made it very clear that it is morally acceptable to take any of the vaccines and said we have a moral responsibility to get vaccinated” (emphasis added). This letter is referring to a comment the pope made back in January—not an official magisterial statement from the Church.

The pope’s opinion that we have a “moral responsibility” to get this particular vaccine is simply a prudential judgement of his, not an official teaching of the Church. The Church has explicitly stated that Catholics can refuse abortion-tainted vaccines and that they should only take them if greater evils might result from not doing so (cf. “Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Foetuses,” 2005). It’s up to the individual Catholic, however, to determine if the current situation rises to that level. 

If, for example, a virus existed that only gave people with red hair the sniffles, and the only vaccine available was tainted by abortion, then Catholics should refuse that vaccine because the evil that results from the virus is so minimal. In the case of any viral pandemic, each Catholic is to decide whether it rises to enough of a significant evil that the remote participation with the evil of abortion is justified.

Thus, no matter how much modern papolaters chant in hushed tones “ordinary magisterium”, we have zero obligation as Catholics to follow the prudential judgements of the pope. He’s no more qualified to judge the scope of the pandemic than the cashier at the gas station or the talking head on CNN.

After this exercise in fallacious reasoning, the memo gets to its real purpose. It states that granting a religious exemption “could have serious consequences to others. Imagine a student receiving a religious exemption, contracting the virus and spreading it through the campus. Clearly this would be an embarrassment to the archdiocese. Some even argue that it might impose personal liability on the priest.”

There it is. “Liability,” the word that sends shivers down the spine of too many modern bishops. Here the Archdiocese is admitting that it fears getting sued (the touching mention of “personal liability” covers the real boogeyman: corporate liability). That’s why it won’t give exemptions.

And then there’s reason #2: embarrassment. Simply put, these Church leaders don’t want to be criticized. If they allow priests to grant exemptions, the Church will be lambasted by all the Right People. They won’t be able to cozy up to the movers and shakers at the next big society event, and they will be hindered in their ability to ask for more government funds. The memo doesn’t even mention The Safety of Our Flock, the usual catch phrase used to hide their true motivations.

So can priests sign letters granting a religious exemption to Catholics? Should they? 

Absolutely. While the Church does not teach that there are no circumstances in which a Catholic can receive an abortion-tainted vaccine, a priest can state that a Catholic in good conscience can refuse the jab on religious grounds. A great sample of such a letter can be found at the website of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. And happily the Colorado Catholic Conference recently put out a statement that defended the right of Catholics to seek a religious exemption in this regard, although to my knowledge they are the only bishops to do so as of this writing.

It is a core part of our faith that life has dignity from the moment of conception. To kill such life and use it for medical experimentation violates that dignity in a profound manner. The moral stakes are very high, and so any participation in that evil—even participation quite remote—demands a great evil to justify it. 

Yes, some Catholics might believe the COVID-19 pandemic evil enough and the participation remote enough to justify the shot. But others will not, and their prudential judgement still follows the religious teaching of the Catholic Faith.

Writing religious exemption letters would be the truly pastoral approach. After all, Catholics “who are strongly pro-life and very loyal to the teaching of the faith” are not contradicting any moral teaching of the Church; if anything, they are the most faithful to the Church’s teachings. For the Church to allow them a religious exemption takes seriously what the Church actually teaches about this issue. 

Further, such an approach also takes seriously the need to push for morally uncompromised vaccines, which the Church has always encouraged. If Church leaders refuse to grant religious exemptions, how can they then go to vaccine makers and argue that they want non-abortion-related vaccines? Their very arguments are undermined.

Church leaders claim serious qualms regarding the vaccines’ connection to abortion, and say they want to push companies not to use aborted baby cell lines. If this is true, then they must back it up with action. The best way to do this would be to encourage Catholics to refuse the COVID-19 vaccines until one not tainted by abortion is available. That option is clearly a bridge too far for most Church leaders. At the very least, then, they should follow the guidance of the Church in allowing Catholics to pursue religious exemptions to the shot. This may lead to embarrassment—and even liability—but aren’t the babies worth it?

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4 Responses to Are Catholics Eligible for COVID Vaccine Religious Exemptions?

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Thanks for this helpful article on seeking a religious exemption from COVID “vaccines” should the need arise. Such a need seems more likely with passage of time as our various jurisdictions fall like dominoes to secularist demands that virtually everyone have vaccine passports before engaging in normal activities. So far, I haven’t heard of health fanatics or germaphobics insisting people have passports to enter grocery stores or pharmacies, but maybe they’re just biding their time for now.

    Part of the problem for conscientious objectors is convincing the herd who’ve received their jabs that there really is a connection between the mRNA “vaccines” (so-called) now available and the Human Embryonic Kidney stem cell line derived from that aborted fetus many years ago (I think there was only one fetus – perhaps I’m mistaken – not that it makes any difference in principle whether it was 1 or 101 fetuses aborted for harvesting of kidneys, nor indeed how long ago it was).

    I scarcely ever see a discussion of this issue in the mainstream press. In fact, until earlier this week (as discussed in my next paragraph), the last article I recall reading that even mentioned it was a brief one a few months ago in The Economist, where the writer, after acknowledging the HEK-293 controversy, dismissed its relevance for people with religious scruples with an off-the-cuff justification that even Pope Francis says (to paraphrase): It’s okay, go ahead and get inoculated. God will understand. No big deal.

    Another problem is that many doctors holding themselves out as experts in the relevant fields, whilst not outright liars, are clearly being economical with the truth. Exhibit #1, M’Lord:

    “FACT: The first two COVID-19 vaccines to be authorized by the FDA contain mRNA and other, normal vaccine ingredients, such as fats (which protect the mRNA), salts, as well as a small amount of sugar. These COVID-19 vaccines were not developed using fetal tissue…[emphasis added].

    COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact © 2021 The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System. All rights reserved. (04 August 2021)
    The two doctors who wrote that article must be using the phrase “not developed using fetal tissue” in a highly precise, very specific way, because it is admitted even by the manufacturers of these “vaccines” that their provenance comes from the HEK-293 stem cell line during the testing and/or production phases. I suppose the authors could be referring to the undisputed fact that the drug companies involved didn’t simply pop the kidneys into a kitchen blender, mix them with a liquid solution and then pour the resulting solution into those cute little bottles we now see in news stories almost every day.

    If knowledgeable people wish to provoke a discussion of these issues in the mainstream press, their opinions will not be published unless they are on message with the Party Line.

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  2. Brother Burrito says:

    Has anyone wondered what the aborted human foetuses (presumably now in Heaven) think about the vaccine? They may have been murdered but wish their deaths were not in vain.


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    “They may … wish their deaths were not in vain.”
    There you go again, friend: always looking for a silver lining. I’m reminded of Nazi Herr Professor Eduard Pernkopf’s Anatomy Atlas – consisting of 800 detailed drawings of genocide victims drawn by the illustrators of his post-mortem peelings and dissections of murdered Jews in the 1930s and 40s which was (and apparently still is) considered by many surgeons as one of their pre-operative Go To reference texts – and indeed perhaps even by your colleagues working in the NHS.

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  4. Reblog@
    Look folks I’m nobody and I’m certainly not presently presenting a powerful case before the International Criminal Court at the Hague for Crimes Against Humanity, but, if I were and I certainly already see that the evidence is clear enough to know that many individuals around the globe had a direct hand in the devising and implementing a trumped up pandemic to bring the global population to its collective knees for Big Pharma and many government officials in concert with upper echelon Globalists to swoop in with massive tyrannical diabolical mandates in order to seize more power and ultimately complete control over the human race! This crime and those responsible is exponentially far worse than even the atrocities of WWII which eventually led to massive arrests and trials leading to executions for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity! Even back in 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison after being convicted of spying for the Russians trying to obtain American secrets for nuclear bombs and newer jet aircraft; and this was done without hesitation for a couple involved in stealing top secret data. But that is like a drop in the bucket as they say when compared to what people like Fauci, Gates, Soros, Rockefeller, Klaus Martin Schwab the German best known as the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum AKA NWO along with an enormous number of active participants around the planet from elected officials to many bureaucrats and top corporate executives especially in the Big Tech and Big Pharma Industries who were and are still instrumental in building and executing this Global New World Order Totalitarian and Genocide plan of “population reduction.”

    But Firstly to the brass tacks as the expression goes of getting the “Jab,” as they, all the officials and MSM so cavalierly call it actually doesn’t stop anyone from getting this virus! But, be it as it may with the lie machine, it has been well documented when last year they were initially cranking out the vaccines the Big Pharma executives, at for example Pfizer, were saying that their vaccine was showing a 95% efficacy and that was a bald face lie, first because not even the flu vaccine is anywhere near that type of effectiveness in combating the annual flu and as you know each year they have to manufacture a “new version” of the vaccine, because all of these viruses mutate which is a tried and tested over decades now “flu vaccine,” so only by best estimates the attempt is made to hit the nail on the head fast enough as to what mutated strain is but even then once they do by the time the public gets that shot, it may have mutated again rendering the vaccine practically useless; beside which this is a gene altering experimental concoction, a different animal altogether!

    And making matters worse this week information is surfacing now proving that the Covid vaccines don’t even prevent those receiving them from contracting Covid-19, nor does it stop them from being a vector of passing the infection on. Furthermore this Covid or many other corona viruses are not the big boogeyman it’s been made out to be! The death totals due to this actual virus are severely skewed just as it turns out how the PCR test has been shown to be totally unreliable or incapable of proving verbatim that a person has covid-19 over just any other garden variety of cold/flu type viruses! What added to the drama and lies was how the patients with the virus were being treated, which was putting nearly everyone that had the virus on a ventilator, which is way over the top and actually killed people by doing so; because when the pulmonary system is inflamed in response to a cold or flu and the patient is already developing pneumonia and the delicate capillaries of the bronchial tubules or lung alveoli are in a very weakened state the tiny capillaries from just the demands caused by the virus and immune response are extremely tender and may bleed! And so the ventilator applying positive pressure and roughing up or stressing of the delicate structures or these tissues actually causes the pulmonary system to become more damaged with a cascading effect and pushes the system beyond the point of no return, causing a complete failure and death by the lungs filing with fluids! When the right way to treat would be to use the conventional remedies that were and are readily available along with maintaining the isolation of the acutely ill and also the very vulnerable elderly or compromised persons; but the exact opposite was done as in the case of Governor Cuomo in New York putting acutely ill patients in nursing homes intentionally and killing off tens of thousands of seniors or immune system compromised persons!

    But this is a horror story already bad enough with these facts, then toss in that Fetal Cell Lines are used in the developing and manufacturing of this evil concoction as if that alone wasn’t bad enough; this abomination produced by these nefarious cohorts of the Devil, which I say is a mortal sin to use; but add this also, how the vaccine was rushed to market as a “totally experimental” one, without all the appropriate years of vetting via normal protocol testing trials having always been required for such a substance being injected into “human beings;” and the lie is being continued; because “these Jabs are not even needed!” They now still have no problem with any of this Truth, and want to ignore all the problems that have already resulted, of people dying and having massive immune system adverse reactions, heart damage, neurological manifestations or degeneration and more of these adverse effects coming up all the time, with now “more people having died from the vaccine” than from any virus called Covid-19!

    But they are all hell-bent on forcing this upon all human beings; what’s wrong with this picture folks?! This is absolutely diabolical and satanic as far as I’m concerned and anyone that can’t see that has a problem far worse than the virus, of course excluding children and people with limited mental faculties! Honestly speaking; no way should anyone be taking this toxic poison and only God knows what it really is as we’ve been lied to constantly since this morbid unbelievable horror show began. According to the Nuremberg Codes at the International Criminal Court this is a “Crime Against Humanity” perpetrated by sociopathic Mass Murder, “Genocide,” criminals and nothing is being done to the “actual criminals” involved in this fiasco, which is to control the population; and experts in this area of science and medicine have categorically stated that this vaccine is going to kill millions or more; not the virus which is all trumped up as a weapon anyway; more a psychological weapon and an excuse to manipulate our lives and bodies!

    You know your history and how Pearl Harbor set off the Pacific Theatre War of WWII between the US and Japan by the act of a “Sneak Attack” upon Hawaii. That is what happened to the world with this Plan-Demic; we all have been attacked by a group of powerful globalist monsters; HITLERS! They all should be dead! I tell you God Almighty has a plan for them and there will be no change to it, Lock, Stock and Barrel; they are GONE! There will be only one eternity for them and it will be far beyond any horrible imagination!

    Instead of allowing all the liars in our governments to coerce and find ways to force people to be injected we should be getting those officials and locking them away for safe keeping until they are not tried and tested as all vaccines should be; but instead “tried and dead!” Are people going to get some backbone and have “the faith” that some of our past Saints or even forebears of this Republic under God had; who put it all on the line to resist evil and tyranny just like in World War II when tyranny and evil were greatly on the move in the world; or do all people like playing fools now and just letting the evil tyrants push them into an early grave, off into the precipice?

    I’ll have another article that touches on this point a bit later today hopefully. For now I want to leave some of my writings and quotes over the last year by the top people in this area of science that I quoted who said from the start this was all “WRONG” and it turns out they were and still are “100% correct!” Now that to me is EFFICACY, that I can live by!”

    First I want to leave this comment I made in one of my articles March 10, 2020.

    Look around and see just how many freedoms or rights are being diminished or outright taken away, how even the right of an Unborn human being is nothing more than tissue to be disposed of and even being celebrated by many, in all countries, which are all in concert with the theme of the larger picture of Totalitarianism.

    This COVID-19 is less of a problem than the common influenza viruses or others that wreak havoc on populations every year, but, this is all a dress rehearsal of what is to come as the noose will be tightened around all of our necks moving forward. Strategies are being developed and implemented to bring us all to our knees as servants to the all-powerful and knowing State. “WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND”

    Jeremiah 17:5-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
    5 Thus says the Lord:
    “Cursed is the man who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his strength,[a]
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.
    6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see any good come.
    He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

    7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
    8 He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
    and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
    and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

    9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?
    10 “I the Lord search the heart
    and test the mind,[b]
    to give every man according to his ways,
    according to the fruit of his deeds.”

    Seek no man but seek God who is in heaven!

    “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8

    “Cain said to Abel, his brother, “Let’s go into the field.” It happened when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and killed him.” Genesis 4:8

    There is much more additional detailed important data and links to experts if you follow my link.
    God bless you.

    Are Catholics Eligible for COVID Vaccine Religious Exemptions?

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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