Skip to comments.Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares
Posted on 10/13/2021 8:44:45 PM PDT by FreedomVsControl
Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares “No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Broglio wrote.
Catholic U.S. troops should be allowed to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine based solely on conscientious objection and regardless of whether abortion-related tissue was used in its creation or testing, the archbishop for the military declared in a new statement supporting service members who are seeking religious exemptions.
“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” said Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio, in a statement released Tuesday.
Broglio previously has supported President Joe Biden’s mandatory vaccination order for U.S. troops, citing the church’s guidance that permits Catholics to receive even vaccines derived from fetal tissue, when no other vaccine option is available. In his new statement, the archbishop said that while he still encourages followers and troops to get vaccinated, some troops have questioned if the church’s permission to get vaccinated outweighed their own conscious objections to it.
“It does not,” Broglio wrote.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services, created by the church in 1985, claims responsibility for 1.8 million service members and their families at 220 installations. Broglio was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.
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He’ll be relieved of duties immediately. Can’t have someone contradicting his “betters”.
If Catholic member can refuse then why can’t everyone? The military has starting allowing religious headwear so why stop there?
I think it’s a pretty big deal that such a prominent church leader has given his endorsement to opposing vaccine mandates. I know I personally don’t need a bishop’s permission to act on my convictions, but this may embolden millions of people to do so, both inside and outside the military.
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