Catholics criticize Pope Francis’ absolutism for the COVID jab

The following article was written by John-Henry Westen and was published on the Life Site News website last August 18, 2021. This article was published only a day after the New York Times reported on the latest public service ad featuring Pope Francis encouraging people to take the COVID vaccine [read Pope Francis releases new ad, calls receiving toxic COVID bioweapons “an act of love”].

In this article, Westen points out that Pope Francis’ recent pronouncements about how the 10 commandments were not “absolutes” contradict several church doctrines. Westen then goes on to contrast the leniency the Pope has afforded the 10 commandments versus his dedication to imposing universal COVID vaccination within the Vatican and any venue he plans to visit. In mid-February, Vatican employees were given notice that they would lose their jobs if they do not take the abortion-tainted COVID vaccine. Moreover, the Vatican Museum has been closed to the unvaccinated since August 6, 2021, and only those who have received a COVID vaccine will be allowed to attend Pope Francis’ mass during his planned visit to Slovakia in September.

Westen also adds, “Pope Francis has released a video today promoting the COVID-19 vaccine and urging people to get vaccinated. In the 3-minute-long video, the Pope said the vaccines bring ‘hope’ to an end to the pandemic and called receiving the vaccine ‘an act of love’. The video made no mention of Christ and believe it or not never even mentioned the fact that all of the currently available COVID vaccines are abortion-tainted.”

He continues,”‘Most vulnerable?’ That is mind-blowing. When we speak of the most vulnerable, pro-lifers most often mean children in the womb who are without doubt the most vulnerable class of people on the planet. These COVID jabs being promoted unabashedly by Pope Francis were developed on the backs of aborted babies. They were all produced using aborted fetal cell lines for testing purposes, and the aborted baby who was killed to extract those cells from her kidney is known and beloved by Almighty God.’

Some leaders of the Catholic church have released an opposing view on vaccines. They said, “One who uses these vaccines must realize that his body is benefiting from the ‘fruits’ … of one of mankind’s greatest crimes.”

Editor’s Note: For a church that is already damaged by controversy, Pope Francis’ stance on many issues has only served to inflame disagreements, instead of uniting the faithful. But we do not wish to comment on how the Pope runs his church.

We only wish to know, what evidence did the Catholic Church base its decision on when it said that it is “it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process”? We must remember that only several years ago it insisted on the development of vaccines “with no moral problems” and it called on Catholics to “should oppose by all means (in writing, through the various associations, mass media, etc.) the vaccines which do not yet have morally acceptable alternatives, creating pressure so that alternative vaccines are prepared, which are not connected with the abortion of a human fetus, and requesting rigorous legal control of the pharmaceutical industry producers”.[1]https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/abortion-tainted-vaccines-from-objection-to-obligation How and why did the Church’s stand on abortion-tainted vaccine change so drastically with COVID?

It looks like critical-minded Catholics have also seen the issue which goes beyond abortion. A group of 86 Catholic women, including doctors, nurses, bioethics experts, religious sisters, and pro-life activists coming from four continents and 25 countries released a letter last March 2021 criticizing the Church’s position on COVID vaccines.[2]https://www.ncregister.com/cna/catholic-women-issue-statement-opposing-use-of-abortion-tainted-vaccines. The original statement may be accessed here … Continue reading

The letter said, “We cannot sit back as the use of aborted human fetuses in medical research is gradually normalized as an ‘unfortunate’ part of modern-day medicine… It is time for clergy and laity to boldly confront this horror and defend the right to life for the most vulnerable with maximum determination… we humbly suggest that such statements, including some official ones issued by bishops and even the Vatican, are based on an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology, and beg such proponents to reevaluate their statements in light of the following facts.”

The other issues raised by the letter included the following:

  • The vaccines in question have not been rigorously tested for their efficacy in preventing infection by or transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Current efficacy ratings of the vaccines are seriously inflated.
  • The average survival rate from SARS-CoV-2 infection is higher than 98.3%, and this is not likely to be significantly impacted by vaccines with such poor efficacy.
  • The vaccine is 5-10X more likely to produce adverse reactions than the flu vaccines, and causes 15-26X more headaches, fatigue, and dizziness (according to VAERS data). The vaccine has also caused many more severe reactions and numerous deaths.The safety data that has been collected is insufficient to determine possible long-term effects.
  • The vaccine’s experimental nature makes urging, coercing, or forcing people to take it a direct violation of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

Obviously, the Pope and his advisors are misinformed. Like most governments, they probably are listening only to the false narrative being promoted in mainstream and social media. But as a huge number of the Catholic faithful have already pointed out their mistake, it is within the Pope’s responsibility to seek out the truth about these vaccines. Failing to do so, when the moral acceptability of these vaccines is already in question, is a dereliction of duty. For Catholics around the world, it is equal to their own leader leading them to hell and a lifetime of punishment.

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