In a new but no less controversial statement, the Vatican has authorized Catholics to get vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus or COVID-19, with vaccines produced from cell lines derived from aborted fetuses in 1960.
In a note signed by Cardinal Luis Ladaria and Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, prefect and secretary respectively of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican justified the use of vaccines made from aborted fetuses amid the pandemic.
“All vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive,” the document states.
According to the document that was signed by Pope Francis on Dec. 17, “It is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 [CCP Virus] vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process,” reported Vatican News.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith does not detail anything related to the safety or efficacy of the vaccines and assures that it is not its intention to judge those aspects, confirming that it is the responsibility of the biomedical researchers and the pharmaceutical agencies.
However, he affirms that if it is of his interest to debate the moral aspects of “receiving vaccines developed using cell lines from tissue obtained from two fetuses,” supporting his position with an instruction approved by Pope Benedict XVI that alludes to the subjectivity that the decision to apply such a vaccine may have.
Citing the 2008 “Dignitas Personae” [dignity of a person] document, they argue that it is morally acceptable to receive such a vaccine on the grounds that there are not yet parameters for determining which types of CCP Virus vaccines are ethically objectionable.
According to RT, pointing out the latent danger that exists in an “uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent,” the CDF stressed that vaccination is not a moral obligation and must be voluntary.
However, the CDF is still pushing for access to a vaccination. “In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed,” the statement explains.
Similarly, it persuades people, even those who do not wish to be vaccinated of their own free will, to be vaccinated by indicating the following, “Those who for reasons of conscience reject vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, however, must ‘do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent.’”
Similarly, the statement indicates that both the pharmaceutical industry and governments must ensure that effective and ethically acceptable vaccines are accessible to the poorest countries.
“The lack of access to vaccines, otherwise, would become another sign of discrimination and injustice that condemns poor countries to continue living in health, economic, and social poverty,” the Vatican News report stated.
Pope Francis, urged heads of state to “ensure access to COVID-19 [CCP Virus] vaccines and to the essential technologies needed to care for the sick, the poor, and those who are most vulnerable.”