Catholic Church no friend to religious exemptions

“There’s a profound moral and ethical  dilemma for Christians, in particular, who may be profoundly opposed to the fact that the rubella vaccine that is used in this country and the chickenpox vaccine, amongst others, are grown on aborted fetal cells and, inevitably, children are going to be injected with remnants of those cells and the DNA. And that is a major question that is vexing a lot of people.

It doesn’t seem, however, to be affecting many in the Catholic Church. Their representatives, the Bishops, have supported the removal of the religious exemption to vaccination… absolutely extraordinary situation, where rather than supporting their congregation, they are turning against them and saying that they cannot get into Catholic schools.

We encountered this in Florida just the other day, where they have taken away the right to be in Catholic schools and yet choose not to vaccinate. So, we have the churches actually turning against their congregations in the light of the fact that there is the use of aborted fetal tissues in the manufacture of certain vaccines.”

— Andrew Wakefield, MD

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10 thoughts on “Catholic Church no friend to religious exemptions

  1. Hmmm….I have wondered about this before. Is it because the great majority of priests are not parents? Is it because the hierarchy has been corrupted by the double-speak of utilitarianism, in which the happiness of the unborn counts for nothing? Is it because the Church doesn’t want to offend its benefactors who work for pharmaceutical companies?

    It’s not as if we haven’t seen a leadership vacuum before in Rome. We need only look back to World War II.

    In instances like these, when the Church wavers and loses its way, good Christians must follow their own conscience based on the teachings of Christ. Committing murder to harvest the tissues of unborn children to manufacture vaccines and biologic medicines is still murder, no matter the outcome.

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  2. This makes no sense! The pope is pro-life. However, it is not only the Catholic Church…seems like all the Christian schools are complying w/the law. All the people I talk to have no idea the vaccines use aborted fetal tissue in the manufacturing process.

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  3. Thank You Dr. Wakefield for being the voice for so MANY Catholics. It is time they practice the truth!!!
    #catholicdioceseofdallastx

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  4. I think the Church is under the impression that the benefit outweighs the risk. I thought this for a long time, until I did the research. The Church is poorly informed. If God doesn’t want us to kill the unborn, do we really think injecting their DNA into another human, is going to be without consequence?

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  5. Coming from several generations of Catholics, I find this appalling. I would rather leave the church all together than to live with the hypocrisy.

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  6. This is deliberately misleading – the individual cells used to develop MMR/Hep A/Shingles vaccines are not the cells of an aborted fetus. WI-38 and MRC-5 are 50-year-old cell lines maintained in hundreds of cultures in labs around the world. The cells used to grow the viruses never, themselves, formed a part of the fetus.

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  7. And yet Mr Wakefield has a medical degree… He should know that the original cell lines, what 40 years ago, were aborted fetal cells. This does not mean that any cells or DNA are contained in a vaccine.

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  8. Shame on the Bishops. This is human sacrifice and they have a duty to say so. They are not true representatives of Jesus Christ if they won’t defend the truth in order to help the Christians of this world make the right choice.

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  9. “In this situation, the aspect of passive cooperation is that which stands out most. It is up to the faithful and citizens of upright conscience (fathers of families, doctors, etc.) to oppose, even by making an objection of conscience, the ever more widespread attacks against life and the “culture of death” which underlies them. From this point of view, the use of vaccines whose production is connected with procured abortion constitutes at least a mediate remote passive material cooperation to the abortion, and an immediate passive material cooperation with regard to their marketing. Furthermore, on a cultural level, the use of such vaccines contributes in the creation of a generalized social consensus to the operation of the pharmaceutical industries which produce them in an immoral way.

    Therefore, doctors and fathers of families have a duty to take recourse to alternative vaccines13 (if they exist), putting pressure on the political authorities and health systems so that other vaccines without moral problems become available. They should take recourse, if necessary, to the use of conscientious objection14 with regard to the use of vaccines produced by means of cell lines of aborted human foetal origin. Equally, they 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 foetus, and requesting rigorous legal control of the pharmaceutical industry producers.”

    http://www.immunize.org/concerns/vaticandocument.htm

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