The Allentown Diocese joins other Roman Catholic leaders by advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, which has recently been approved for use in the United States, is now available. It is “morally destroyed” because it is produced using cells derived from a miscarriage of fetuses.
There are other, more morally acceptable vaccines, Bishop Alfred Schlert said in an article posted by the Diocesan AD Today.
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The New Orleans Archdiocese said the decision to get vaccinated was the conscience of the individual. In a statement late last week, it stopped advising Catholics not to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but added that Catholics should choose the corona vaccine made by Moderna or Pfizer if applicable.
On Tuesday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis encouraged Catholics to seek Pfizer or Modena vaccines and avoid Johnson & Johnson̵7;s version. Like the Archdiocese’s statement in New Orleans, St. Louis’s statement calls Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine: However, the St. Louis statement emphasizes that Catholics can receive that vaccine. “With conscience if there is no other choice”
Later Tuesday, a statement released by the chair of the United States Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the doctrine and issue of abortion was released to highlight moral concerns. Said the Pfizer or Modern vaccine would be more desirable. “If there is the ability to select a vaccine”
While not disputing the church official’s argument that the cell cord obtained from the abortion was used in production, But Johnson & Johnson released a statement on Tuesday, emphasizing that there was no fetal tissue in the vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is made using a harmless cold virus called adenovirus, the same technology used in the successful production of the Ebola vaccine. The so-called immortal cell lines are used, then the virus is extracted and purified.
Many types of cells created decades ago using fetal tissue exist and are widely used in medical production. But cells today are clones of the basal cells, not the original tissues.
The United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a statement in January that “miscarriage-derived” cells were used to test the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but were not in development or production.
The archdiocese’s statement sheds light on a religious debate about vaccines and the use of abortion-derived cells. In December, the Vatican said it was “morally acceptable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine based on aborted fetal cells” in the research and production process when the “ethically unresolved” vaccine does not. It is available to the public.
Pope Francis has spoken frequently about the need to ensure that vaccines are widely available, especially to the poor and marginalized. And last month, an order signed by the Vatican governor said Vatican employees who opted out of vaccination without proven medical reasons could face punishment, including dismissal.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans posted a statement Friday, the day before the Food and Drug Administration cleared Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine for use in the United States.
When asked Tuesday about the New Orleans Archdiocese of Louisiana’s statement, Gov. John Bel Edwards, a rare anti-abortion Democrat, highlighted the need for people to People will need to use an approved vaccine to stop the virus from spreading.
Edward said he spoke with Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Sunday about the statement, “I don’t read his statement as telling people who are completely Catholic or not to use Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.” Take advantage, ”Edwards said.
“I encourage everyone there to receive the first vaccine that is available.”
He noted the issue of a statement on Monday by Bishop Michael Duca of Baton Rouge.
Duca acknowledges “moral concerns” about the new approved vaccine. But, he adds, “If there is a reasonable cause that you can only get vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, you should do so for your safety and for the common good.”
That is similar to a suggestion at a US pastor meeting released in January, “Since the COVID-19 virus may be associated with a serious health risk, it is morally acceptable to receive cell-derived vaccines. Abortion if no other vaccine is comparable in safety and efficacy, not related to abortion, “the January recommendation said.
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The Associated Press and journalist supervising Kurt Breswine contributed to this report. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.