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In the past few weeks I have received questions regarding having the vaccine for COVID-19. The concern was whether as Catholics we should be getting the vaccine. If eligible we should. I know the Holy Father has been vaccinated as well as our Bishop the priests eligible in the diocese and the Sisters at the Mount. So I requested more information from the chancellor of the diocese and he gave me the link to what I was sure I had read at an earlier date.

U.S. bishop chairmen for pro-life and doctrine address ethical concerns on the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades December 2020

Washington- On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne -South Bend, Indiana, Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States have some connection to cell lines originated with tissue taken from abortions.

In regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines they concluded:

In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternate vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.

Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new CIVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”

You may find the entire statement on the Diocesan website: https://diocese.org/u-s-bishop-chairman-for
pro-life-and-doctrine-sddress-ethical-concerns-0n-the-new-covid-19-vaccines/
AND FROM THE VATICAN //www.vatican.va/romancuia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc/con cfaith doc 20201221 nota-vaccina-anticovid en.html

Please note the Bishops warning to keep on guard and continue to pray for an end of abortion.

I put this in the bulletin because there were many in the parish who expressed concern.

Please continue to wear a mask to church. It is a must if we are to protect our neighbor.
We will also continue to distance ourselves, and follow the guidelines of the Diocese.
Please be safe and keep others safe.

-Father Fisher