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Below are some statements from Pope Francis and Archbishop Vigneron in support of getting vaccinated.
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See how Pope Francis and other church leaders have reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Please share this important message
with others, and prayerfully consider if you have not yet received your vaccination (Spanish with English subtitles):
While many organizations like the CDC, the FDA, and many other medical and health authorities have offered recommendations in favor of getting the vaccine, as a Catholic school and one of 38 schools in the Cristo Rey Network, we also follow the direction of the Vatican and the USCCB:
See this article which includes a useful summary of the position of the Catholic Church (paragraph 4):
"Both the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have said Catholics can receive the vaccines in good conscience given the lack of alternatives and the goal of alleviating suffering — even while objecting to research with even a remote connection to abortion."
Here are two links obtained from the USCCB. Note that in one of them, the 7 page paper from December 2020, the USCCB makes explicitly clear at the bottom of page 4, top of page 5 that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use morally compromised cell lines in the design, development or production of those vaccines. They also note that confirmatory tests did involve such lines. But the vaccines do not come from aborted embryos. Those same confirmatory tests are used on many and varied everyday medicines.
Pope Francis suggests people have moral obligation to take coronavirus vaccine
Jan 11, 2021
by Joshua J. McElwee | Vatican
ROME — Pope Francis suggested that people have a moral obligation to receive one of the new coronavirus vaccines as soon as possible, revealing in a new interview that he expects to get his own first dose this week.
"I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine," the pontiff said in a Jan. 10 interview for Italy's TG5 news program. "It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others."
The pope, who said he has already made an appointment with the Vatican's health service for his own inoculation, also lamented that some people are saying they will not take a vaccine.
"I do not understand why some say that this could be a dangerous vaccine," said Francis. "If the doctors are presenting this to you as a thing that will go well and doesn't have any special dangers, why not take it?"
"There is a suicidal denialism that I would not know how to explain but today people must take the vaccine," the pontiff continued.
Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron joined his brother bishops of the Michigan dioceses to release the following statement on March 3, 2021:
“It is morally permissible to receive the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Neither of these vaccines has used cell lines originating in tissue taken from aborted babies in their design, development, and production. However, both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine did use such a cell line in the confirmatory testing. This connection to abortion is very remote, however, and it is important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of responsibility. Greater moral responsibility lies with the researchers than with those who receive the vaccine. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has indicated that it is morally permissible to be vaccinated if there are no alternatives and there are serious health risks. Such serious health risks are present due to the current pandemic."
Vaccine Information Sessions Replays
Kingdom Apostolic Ministries Vaccination Education Forum:
Watch this informative vaccine education discussion that was organized by our neighbors from Kingdom Apostolic Ministries on W. Fort St. and Junction.
It features Dr. Jonathan Williams, M.D., a Detroit Native and graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who is currently an Infectious Disease Control Specialist with Henry Ford Health Systems, & Mr. Stonish Pierce, the Chief Operating Officer of Holy Cross Health in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school a safe and secure environment providing an exceptional in-person learning experience for your children. If we all work together, and all do our part, we will get through this as a stronger community.
Be seen with the vaccine! ~ ¡Viva con la vacuna!
¡VIVA CRISTO REY!
Christopher J. Lynch
Detroit Cristo Rey High School