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Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas is mandating COVID-19 jabs. In a letter released last week, Bp. Seitz announced COVID shots are required for parish employees and volunteers. The diocese confirmed those who refuse vaccination will be terminated.
In his letter, Bp. Seitz made an exception for those with medical exemptions but didn't acknowledge the experimental jab's connection to aborted fetal cells. Meanwhile, the bishops of Colorado released a statement condemning vaccine mandates.
The bishops insisted, "The government should not impose medical interventions on an individual or group of persons." They stressed vaccines must be "voluntary" and "a person is morally required to obey his or her conscience."
In their statement, the bishops included a template letter of religious exemption for Catholics who want to refuse certain vaccines. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas thanked the Colorado prelates for defending freedom of conscience, assuring them of his support.
In California, however, Bp. Robert McElroy of San Diego told his priests not to sign letters of religious exemption for parishioners. Bishop McElroy claimed it is "clear that receiving the COVID vaccine is perfectly consistent with Catholic faith, and indeed laudatory [sic]."
With more bishops insisting the jab is mandatory, faithful Catholics will find it harder to follow their conscience and exercise their freedom of religion.