With condescending terms seldom heard from a Roman pontiff, the Holy Father on Sept. 15 disparaged "denier" cardinals who have come out against the COVID shots. The Holy Father, not acting so holy, made the remarks in the papal plane on his flight back to Rome from Hungary.
Although he did not directly name him, Francis' remarks were assumed to be directed toward Cdl. Raymond Burke, who just recently suffered in August from a severe bout with COVID. Francis was heard to say in flight to the press, "In the College of Cardinals, there are a few deniers. One of them, the poor man, contracted the virus."
Francis, far from being compassionate to the "poor" cardinal in recovery from the virus, also took the opportunity to pile up even more disdain and acrimony against those clerics in the Vatican holding out against the jab: "Everyone is vaccinated, with the exception of a small group. ... We are studying how to help them."
Family members and priest friends of Cdl. Burke took offense at the disparaging remarks made by the Pope against him. One priest, wishing to remain anonymous, when questioned about Francis' digs against Cdl Burke said:
Pope Francis certainly does not let the grass grow under his feet. Burke has just barely recovered from COVID and instead of wishing him good health, offering a Mass or a Rosary for his full recovery, beats up the poor man for getting COVID. And uses his illness as a publicity opportunity for the jab.
In an unprecedented fashion, Pope Francis, as pontiff, has given the green light to the experimental gene-therapy shots and is one of the jab's foremost and vigorous promoters worldwide. Never in the history of the Church has a pontiff embraced an experimental medical therapy, let alone promoted it, as if somehow having absolutely every human on earth participate in this great experiment is somehow warranted by the Gospels.
Unbelievably, Pope Francis totally ignores the Church's own teachings about the ethics of manufacture and use of abortion-tainted vaccines. As reported previously by Church Militant, in 2005 the Pontifical Academy for Life analyzed from a theological perspective the use of aborted fetal cells for the development of vaccines and other medical therapies. And after considering this question in depth the academy came to the conclusion that (1) it is never morally licit to use the cells harvested from the killing of a human life for the manufacture of a medicine or therapy, and (2) a vaccine or therapy that has been manufactured through the use of harvested aborted fetal tissues is only permissible in very grave circumstances when the morbidity rate of the disease is high and to save lives there is no other alternative.
SARS-CoV-2 as a pathogen has a really low mortality rate (less than 1%) and does not warrant the jettisoning of the Church's ethical considerations and promoting the use of the current abortion-tainted gene therapies on the market.
Cardinal Burke, formerly the head of the highest court of the Catholic Church, the Apostolic Signatura, knows well the Church's teachings about the licit or illicit use of medical therapies and vaccines. This begs the question of the Holy Father: If Cdl. Burke chooses to defer from using the novel gene immune therapy manufactured from the cells of a child killed in the womb, why does he merit your condemnation? If anything, Pope Francis should be calling the faithful to pray for the end to COVID and for Burke's full recovery.