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San Diego's bishop, Robert McElroy, is now imploring his flock to get the China-virus vaccine, assuring them it's safe.
Bishop McElroy: "I encourage you to get vaccinated. It is safe, it is effective."
This in light of data indicating these vaccines have caused injury and even death. According to CDC reports, from December to March 22, more than 2,000 have died.
On morality, McElroy is saying the vaccines are ethical. McElroy intimates taking the vaccine is a charitable act that may even be a moral duty.
Bishop McElroy: "If you receive a vaccination, you're not only helping to protect those around you whom you love so much, but you're helping to protect the whole of our world."
A joint directive of brother California bishops backs up McElroy. But speaking on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic bishops, Bp. Kevin Rhoades, chairing the doctrine committee, and Abp. Joseph Naumann, head of U.S. Pro-Life Activities, disagree. Since the Johnson & Johnson vaccine used cell lines not only in testing but also production, these bishops state: "If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna's vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson's."
Not everyone concurs with McElroy and other churchmen, however. Among the dissidents is the very wise Mother Miriam.
Mother Miriam: "There's no other alternative. In some vaccinations, there's no other way for them to be manufactured. The Catholic Church said in that case it's OK. ... My heart could never rest with that."
Even with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, a solid resource for all things bioethical, Miriam takes issue.
An article from the priest who is the head of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, to which I refer people quite often, it's very good. ... It's untenable to conclude that vaccine recipients today somehow cooperate in the original abortive event. I actually disagree with that. ... To use the stem cells from a child that was murdered, I believe we are participating in the abortion.
In some cases, moral cooperation with evil is not something all bishops and solid theologians will agree on. A key to informing one's conscience is recognizing the humanity of both the subjects killed to create the vaccines and the persons taking them.