Vaccines, Abortion, and a new document seeking signatures

Is it always wrong to accept a vaccine based on aborted fetal cells? The answer given here, at the National Catholic Bioethics Center is correct. It is not intrinsically evil, it is not always wrong, to accept a vaccine developed from a cell line which originally began with cells from an aborted fetus.

A so-called “Appeal for the Church and the World” [LifeSiteNews] makes the following false claim:

“Let us also remember, as Pastors, that for Catholics it is morally unacceptable to develop or use vaccines derived from material from aborted fetuses.”

No, it is not necessarily morally unacceptable. It is a matter of weighing the consequences. This is a case of remove material cooperation, not formal cooperation.

And in the case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the benefits far outweigh any remote material cooperation with an abortion (which would have occurred in any case) from decades ago. Covid has not only sicked millions and killed hundreds of thousands, it has had a devastating effect on society and on the Church (causing Masses to be cancelled in many places). And the survivors of Covid may face long-term health consequences.

There are other problems with the Appeal:

In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the holy People of God and to all men and women of good will. This Appeal has also been undersigned by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and professionals who agree with its content, and may be undersigned by those who wish to make it their own.

This appeal was issued by the papal accusers, who are now speaking and acting as if they were the Roman Pontiff or as if they were the body of Bishops. In fact, few bishops sign these types of documents, and they often contain serious errors. Using a set of signatories of persons who are supposedly eminent, to substitute for the true authority of the Church is highly objectionable. The authors of these types of document do not have the right to speak as if they were in charge of the Church.

Therefore, passage like this one are hypocritical:

Finally, as Pastors responsible for the flock of Christ, let us remember that the Church firmly asserts her autonomy to govern, worship, and teach.

They pretend to be the Church, while they ignore the authority of the Roman Pontiff, opposing him or, as in this case, utterly ignoring him, at every turn. The Church is founded on Peter and his successors, not on the leaders of a conservative subculture. Those Pastors only are truly of Christ who are in communion with Peter. This document is not of the Church, and is not worthy of the signatures of the faithful.

The appeal also contains disturbing references to far-right wing conspiracy theories of a one world government (which is nothing like the situation today) and even fear of people being tracked by the government (a reference to disordered understandings of eschatology).


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4 Responses to Vaccines, Abortion, and a new document seeking signatures

  1. A says:

    If it’s a case of remote material cooperation it is still a genial sin, hence intrinsically evil.

    • Ron Conte says:

      There are three fonts of morality: intention, object, circumstances. Only acts with an evil object are intrinsically evil. The teaching of the Church on material cooperation with the sin of another person allows a cooperative act, with a good object, if the bad effects do not morally outweigh the good effects. And the Church has specifically taught that accepting such a vaccine is moral for proportionate reasons.

  2. Alex says:

    The ultra conservatives are going as blind leading the blind. They believe the vaccine is the mark of the beast, no more, no less. Therefore their rhetoric that there are vaccines made of abortions.

    The entire letter is a conspiracy theory. Card. Sarah withdrew from it, apparently concerned for his position in the Vatican (that he deserved to lose many times over, including with his last book). To make a NWO out of a virus and the measures to control it, is quite a conspiracy! Something that Vigano and company are doing at full speed. The brave crusaders that will save the world from NWO! It is just insane. In another calmer situation those crazies would be laughed upon in the churches.

    The Vatican should act this time harder, IMHO. We can’t have the memoirs of the ex-pope taken by those fanatics as if he never resigned spiritually (as they say), to claim that the antichrist power is in all of the three: homosexuality, abortion, and humanism, and to make it a banner by people like Vigano for nothing less than a coup in the Church. Something doesn’t fit in the 3 side equation. Why don’t they add up the pride and hatred that led to the medieval inquisition then?

    We can’t have a retired nuncio who calls the pope whatever, and now to lead the fight against NWO on behalf of self-assumed role of a Church leader. And to remain silent infront of those handful of fanatics. Hitler got power because no one opposed him while it was the time.

    Let say it clearly: those several persons should be excommunicated, not honored by high positions in the Vatican! They should’ve been excommunicated by now, several times. There is nothing more to wait for. Either they or we! The Church cannot be BOTH. It is either the pope’s position to be right, or theirs. There is no middle ground. Tomorrow, if they gain power (and that happened in history for quite many centuries) they will say it is we who are the lukewarm Catholics or worse. Let those evil people who do not stop infront of anything, just go! In the past, anathemas have been pronounced for lesser trespasses. I do not want tomorrow Vigano to determine what is a sin and what is not. It still could happen, easier than you think, in a world that proved the meek and humble simple multitudes of people are not the priority to be concerned about. We could be easily sacrificed if some regime comes to power that will see natural allies in those fanatics. Today we celebrate the 75 years from the end of the world’s bloodiest conflict. Without pointing fingers at that day of commemoration and healing the wounds, let say it happened and it can happen today, regardless of the country.

    I really hope after Covid a new world will emerge (maybe only after the Warning). Not the NWO of Vigano. But the world that Jesus taught about in the beatitudes.

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