ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Italy's leading organic supermarket chain is shaming Pope Francis on workers' rights by refusing to fire unvaccinated staff, instead offering to pay costs of COVID-19 testing for employees who conscientiously object to the abortion-tainted jab.
In a letter to 1,700 employees working in 300 outlets all over Italy, president of NaturaSì Fabio Brescianin announced that the company would "respect everyone's freedom" and "avoid discrimination in the workplace."
"For those who have decided, with conscience and responsibility, not to get vaccinated, we will contribute to the cost of the tests required by law," Brescianin stated, asking workers "for discretion" and "to respect the choice of every person who is at liberty to make them."
"We do not want as a company to take a stand in this Babylon of deafening and contradictory voices — it is now very difficult to distinguish truth from lie; reality from mere opinion," the NaturaSì letter noted.
However, "we are sure of one thing: individual freedom," Brescianin emphasized. "We will try and defend it with all our strength so as not to enter the mechanism of struggle and division between people that this situation is triggering."
Subverting Italy's draconian Green Pass will cost NaturaSì approximately 45 euros a week per worker and 495 euros for 11 weeks until the end of December. Even if 10% of employees are unvaccinated, the company will have to spend around 81,675 euros on testing.
Vaccine-pushers like virologist Dr. Roberto Burioni criticized NaturaSì's freedom policy, and Professor Massimo Galli, director of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Sacco Hospital in Milan, accused the supermarket of making a "political and commercial choice to wink at a certain type of no-vax clientele."
But the organic supermarket has seen a spike in customers and an outburst of praise on social media. "Their stores will be the safest places in the world to avoid contracting the virus!" one Twitter user commented.
Speaking to Church Militant on condition of anonymity, a senior Vatican priest and professor of theology said it was "unbelievable that an organic food supermarket was exercising more Catholic social doctrine than the Vatican and Santa Marta (the current papal residence), while the Catholic hierarchy was rejecting it!"
Explaining how the "health dictatorship imposed by Pope Francis is in flagrant violation of Catholic magisterial teaching by refusing to pay unvaxxed workers their rightful wages," the theologian quoted Pope John Paul II's encyclical Centesimus Annus:
The obligation to earn one's bread by the sweat of one's brow also presumes the right to do so. A society in which this right is systematically denied, in which economic policies do not allow workers to reach satisfactory levels of employment, cannot be justified from an ethical point of view, nor can that society attain social peace.
The theologian also cited Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum on capital and labor:
To defraud anyone of wages that are his due is a great crime that cries to the avenging anger of Heaven. "Behold, the hire of the laborers ... which by fraud has been kept back by you, crieth; and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth."
"It appears to me that NaturaSì is honoring this whilst all the same protecting the rights of conscience not to be vaccinated of its employees and paying for them to be tested," the theologian added.
Italian novelist Elisabetta Sala echoed similar sentiments, saying it's "hard to believe that an organic food chain can be more Catholic than the pope."
It is more Catholic to protect your workers' freedom of conscience than to force them to take the abortion-tainted jab, as the Vatican has done. It is more Catholic to stand up in front of tyranny rather than bend down as the global Catholic hierarchy has done.
As for NaturaSì, my daughters are already their customers and can testify to their good quality (which cannot be said about the squalid religious services we are offered).
Sala noted she will be happy to shop with NaturaSì and to "desert churches that ask me for 'il Green Pass."
In February, the Vatican City State became the first country in the world to issue legislation threatening employees with termination or loss of pay if they refuse to take the jab.
The Vatican backpedaled hours later, explaining that its legislation should not be viewed as an instrument of "a sanctioning or punitive nature" but aimed at finding "alternative solutions" for staff refusing the jab.
But Holy See Secretary of State Cdl. Pietro Parolin flip-flopped again on Sept. 18, ordering unvaccinated Vatican employees to be prohibited from entering their workplace.
"For the entire duration of the absence, no pay is due except for Social Security and welfare withholdings, as well as family allowance," the decree stated.
Individuals who are not double vaccinated need to show proof of a PCR or rapid antigen test with negative results in the last 48 hours or possess a medical certificate proving recovery from SARS-CoV-2 in the last six months, but the Vatican said it will not pay costs of tests.
"It is practically impossible for certain categories of employees to endure or afford invasive testing every 48 hours and so some pontifical university faculty have resigned or are declining to offer courses this term," a source close to the Vatican revealed.
Three soldiers quit the ranks of the prestigious Pontifical Swiss Guard and three have been suspended for refusing to take the vaccine, Church Militant reported Monday.
At least 30 guardsmen had refused to take the China virus vaccine as recently as July but capitulated after a concerted campaign by the Vatican trying to "indoctrinate and convince" the elite corps to take it.
Meanwhile, an increasing number of Italians are venting their frustration against Pope Francis' vaccine crusade and the Catholic hierarchy's hardening vaccine extremism.
In a rousing speech just before Rome's mayoral elections, candidate Luca Teodori of the 3V Movement blasted Pope Francis at an election rally near the Vatican. The crowd cheered "Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!" to excoriate the pope.
Church Militant contacted NaturaSì but the media officer said they had no further comment.