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Apparently, there's a new religion, and many members of the Catholic hierarchy have seemingly converted to it. After decades of ceding their moral and teaching authority, bishops have relinquished their power to scientists and governments over the China virus.
Despite the fact that priests and bishops have been playing fast and loose with the truth, there is now a new doctrine they're promoting that is immutable and unassailable: It's okay to get a vaccine that's untested and morally tainted by the sin of abortion.
The China Virus vaccine is the great sacrament of this new religion. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commented in December, "Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community."
The bishops went on to claim, "In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good."
They write off, however, that these vaccines are connected to "morally compromised cell lines" harvested from aborted babies. The bishops justified their reception in view of "the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines."
Before receiving his first vaccine dose in January, Pope Francis said during an interview, "I believe that, ethically, everyone must take the vaccine. It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others."
It would be different if the pope were to say, "Everyone should take the vaccine." But, as it is, he's standing on his personal position to claim people must take the vaccine. If only the pope would be so clear regarding whether pro-abortion politicians should be blocked from receiving the Holy Eucharist!
Mass attendance has also suffered because, in March 2020, the bishops of the United States shut down all public Masses within just a few days. Eric Sammons, editor-in-chief for Crisis Magazine, commented today, "As we approach the one-year anniversary of the nationwide suspension of public Masses, remember that in many cases, states did not require churches to shut down; the bishops did it willingly." He adds, "And in places where Mass is still restricted, no bishop will break the law for Mass."
It seems faithful Catholics are stuck with priests and bishops who seem to have more faith in a virus with a 96% survival rate than in the doctrines they've been entrusted to pass on and protect.
To learn more, watch today's episode of The Download — The New Religion.