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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to oppress first responders who refuse to submit to vaccine mandates. The anti-Catholic lesbian is targeting firefighters and police at a time when crime is skyrocketing and, as Church Militant's Trey Blanton notes, the Catholic Church is not protecting the religious convictions of its flock.
First responders continue to stand alone after Chicago's city council failed on Monday to pass an ordinance curtailing Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. The only recourse for firefighters and law enforcement is an unsympathetic court in which to present their case against Lightfoot.
First responders are seeking to have their exemptions approved and to return to work. Another concern is the city's requirement to submit personal information and their vaccination status on a computer system that has already been hacked at least once.
John Catanzara, president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police: "We said from the get-go that we were willing to negotiate. The city has shot it down every step of the way. It's been, 'Sign the papers or get out of my face.'"
Cardinal Blase Cupich refuses to allow his archdiocese to sign religious exemptions, which disproportionately impacts police and firefighters, who are predominantly Catholic.
Near the beginning of the COVID panic, the U.S. bishops expressly stated the current vaccines we have now are unethical. Rather than continue to petition for ethical vaccines, bishops like Cupich are strong-arming the faithful into taking the abortion-tainted jab.
Fr. Paul Kalchik, Chicagoan priest:
The Church's canons have made it very clear that a bishop can only require of his parishioners to be obedient to matters of faith and morals, so something like getting the jab has nothing to do with faith or morals. [Just] because you get the jab doesn't make you a holier man or a better person.
First responders are on the front lines to protect, rescue and heal. Stripping them of their freedom will only endanger Americans.
The mainstream media is equating a request for exemption with having one approved when, in reality, thousands of jobs are on the line as many wait for approval to their request.