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DETROIT - (ChurchMilitant.com) - While some Catholic colleges in the United States are mandating vaccines, others are promoting freedom of choice.
The Catholic University of America (CUA), in Washington D.C.; St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida; and Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida are refusing to mandate students receive the China virus jab — citing high student vaccination rates and state anti-discrimination laws that protect the unvaccinated.
This information led us to decide that a mandate would not be necessary to reach the numbers of vaccinations required to keep this community safe. We will gather information about vaccination status so we have a current, accurate sense of the level of immunization and make decisions informed by that knowledge.
Barry University's vice president, Jennifer Boyd-Pugh, also weighed in:
Every institution must make the choice that is best for their unique student, faculty and staff population when it comes to mandating vaccination and, at this point in time, this is the approach that makes the most sense at Barry University. Even if this were not the case, regulations in Florida would prohibit mandating vaccination for students.
St. Leo University likely opted out of requiring the jab for the same reason. Florida's Catholic governor, Ron DeSantis, signed a law last month banning all businesses, schools and government agencies from discriminating against unvaccinated people, effective July 1.
"In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected, and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision," asserted DeSantis.
Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York and Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois are still unsure on whether to mandate the shots and have not made a final decision as of press time.
Other Catholic colleges, meanwhile, are requiring students to get the China virus gene therapy. The most notable are:
The theologically dissident National Catholic Reporter surveyed the 40 largest Catholic universities in the country. It found that 27 had announced vaccine requirements as of June 18 — including St. Louis University, Gonzaga University in Spokane, and the University of Detroit Mercy, which just recently added mandates.
At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the 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.
But despite the words of the Vatican, only a handful of Catholic colleges are rejecting the notion that getting a potentially harmful experimental gene therapy is a moral obligation. Most universities are, instead, forcing students to get a jab that may violate their conscience and perhaps even damage their bodies.