Vatican says it is okay for Roman Catholics to get COVID vaccines utilizing abortion cell strains
The Vatican mentioned on Monday it was “morally acceptable” for Roman Catholics to obtain COVID-19[female[femininevaccines based on research using fetal tissue from abortions.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s oversight office for doctrinal orthodoxy, said it has received several requests for “advice” in recent months. The doctrinal office pointed out that bishops, Catholic groups and experts have offered “diverse and sometimes contradictory statements” on the issue.
Building on Vatican statements in recent years on the development of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted fetuses, the monitoring office’s statement was reviewed by Pope Francis, who ordered it to be returned. public.
The teaching of the Catholic Church says that abortion is a serious sin.
The Vatican has 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 flawless” vaccines are not available to the public. But he stressed that the “lawful” uses of these vaccines “do not and should in no way imply that there is moral endorsement of the use of cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.”
The Vatican has not named any of the COVID-19 vaccines already given to people in certain countries or authorized for use in the near future.
In its statement, the Vatican explained that obtaining vaccines that do not pose an ethical dilemma is not always possible. He cited circumstances in countries “where vaccines without ethical concerns are not made available to physicians and patients” or where special storage or transport conditions make their distribution more difficult.
Much of the Vatican’s statement echoed in a statement last week by officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Officials at the American conference said that “given the severity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” receiving the vaccines distributed in the United States is justified “despite their remote connection to morally cell lines. compromised ”.
Getting vaccinated against the coronavirus “should be understood as an act of charity to other members of our community,” officials at the US Bishops’ Conference said.
Weeks earlier, two American bishops, one in Texas and one in California, had denounced vaccines using cell lines from the tissue of aborted fetuses as being produced immorally. One of the bishops said he refused to receive such a vaccine and encouraged grassroots Catholics to follow his example.
The Vatican, reassuring Catholic faithful that obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine would not violate the moral teaching of the Church, noted that while various vaccines can be distributed in a country, “health authorities do not allow it is not up to citizens to choose the vaccine with which they will be vaccinated. . In these cases, it is morally acceptable to receive vaccines that used cell lines from aborted fetuses, the Vatican said.
The Vatican has said the COVID-19 vaccines that are being deployed or are expected to be used soon are cell lines “taken from tissue obtained from two abortions in the last century.”
The Vatican has not said if and when Francis would be vaccinated against the coronavirus, or what vaccine he may receive, the 84-year-old pontiff has a pilgrimage to Iraq scheduled for early March, and he and the helpers are widely expected to be there. ‘accompanying person to be vaccinated before his trip abroad.
The Office of Doctrinal Orthodoxy of the Roman Catholic Church has stated that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation” and must be voluntary. Yet, he says, from an ethical point of view, “the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.”
Those who, for reasons of conscience, choose not to receive vaccines produced by cell lines of aborted fetuses, “should do their utmost to avoid”, through appropriate behavior and preventive means, becoming “vehicles” transmission, the congregation said.