May Catholics Get the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine?

Our world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues to mutate, there is one thing we can be sure of: COVID will be around for quite some time.

At the height of the pandemic, as businesses, schools, and other activities closed down, people clamored for a vaccine—something to make this nightmare go away and to return life to “normal.” Pharmaceutical companies quickly met this need. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson each manufactured a COVID vaccine to “help stop the spread.”

But what’s in these vaccines has become a major concern to many people worldwide.

the johnson and johnson covid-19 vaccine

 

Vaccines Created with Aborted Fetal Cell Lines

Sadly, companies have routinely use aborted fetal cell lines in the development of many vaccines and medications for years (get a list of those vaccines and medications here).

Why? And what is a fetal cell line?

In the 1950s and 1960s, when vaccine manufacturing was in its infancy, researchers used cells from monkeys to create vaccines. But they soon found that these cells often contained viruses that would contaminate the vaccine. They also found that some human viruses would not grow well in non-human cells. So they came up with an alternative to produce vaccine viruses: human fetal cells and their resultant cell lines. Cells lines were first used in 1962. Today, the two most widely used cell lines come from babies aborted in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

What exactly does a cell line involve? According to National Geographic:

Fetal cell lines are cells that grow in a laboratory….

Individual cells from the 1970s and 1980s have since multiplied into many new cells over the past four or five decades, creating the fetal cell lines…. Current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue. They do not contain any tissue from a fetus.

Regarding the COVID vaccine, another author states:

The human fetal cells are used as miniature “factories” to generate vast quantities of adenoviruses, disabled so that they cannot replicate, that are used as vehicles to ferry genes from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. When the adenoviruses are given as a vaccine, recipients’ cells begin to produce proteins from the coronavirus, hopefully triggering a protective immune response.

young woman getting a vaccine

Vaccine manufacturers commonly use fetal cell lines either during research and development or in the production and manufacturing.

Two cell lines—HEK 293 and PER.C6—were used in the creation of the three main COVID vaccines. The HEK 293 cell line came from the kidney of a baby aborted in the 1970s. Pfizer and Moderna used these cell lines for confirmatory testing of their COVID vaccine “to confirm that the genetic instructions for making the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein worked in human cells. This was like a proof-of-concept test…and the fetal cells were not used to produce either of these mRNA vaccines.”

Johnson & Johnson used the PER.C6 cells. These cells were derived from retinal cells from a baby aborted in 1985. Because Johnson & Johnson used the fetal cell lines in development and design, production, and confirmatory testing, many faithful Christians refuse to accept this vaccine.

In 2020, scholars James Sherley and David Prentice wrote an article entitled “An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs.” Both men work for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an organization whose goal is to “promote deeper public understanding of the value of human life, motherhood, and fatherhood, and to identify policies and practices that will protect life and serve both women’s health and family well-being.” In their article, Sherley and Prentice write that the manufacturer’s use of cells from aborted fetuses would likely cause some people to refuse to accept any vaccine that used these cell lines. They state:

While some may see no ethical problem, for many a straight line can be drawn from the ending of a human life in an abortion to a vaccine or drug created using cells derived from the harvesting of the fetal tissue. Even if the cells have been propagated for years in the laboratory far removed from the abortion, that connection line remains.

Indeed, the connection remains. And it’s a bitter pill for many to swallow. Having to choose between getting a vaccine that could mitigate the symptoms of a dangerous disease in those who contract it or receiving a vaccine with ties to cell lines derived from the organs of aborted children is an extremely difficult decision. That is why we must look to the Church for an answer to this dilemma.

 

What Is the Catholic Church’s Position on the Use of Aborted Fetal Cell Lines?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is wrong in all instances. Abortion is “gravely contrary to the moral law.” Further, the “formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.”

Abortion takes the life of an innocent child each and every time. Therefore, anyone who has an abortion or participates in an abortion commits a very serious sin.

In 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote Dignitas Personae, which teaches about human dignity from creation until death. Among other things, the document discusses the use of “‘biological material’ of illicit origin,” in other words, fetal cell lines used to develop and test certain vaccines. Dignitas Personae addresses different degrees of responsibility when it comes to the taking of a vaccine.

The document states:

Grave reasons may be morally proportionate to justify the use of such “biological material.” Thus, for example, danger to the health of children could permit parents to use a vaccine which was developed using cell lines of illicit origin, while keeping in mind that everyone has the duty to make known their disagreement and to ask that their healthcare system make other types of vaccines available. Moreover, in organizations where cell lines of illicit origin are being utilized, the responsibility of those who make the decision to use them is not the same as that of those who have no voice in such a decision. (Emphasis added)

quote from Dignitatis Personae showing the teaching of the Catholic Church on vaccines derived from aborted fetuses

In December 2020, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith specifically addressed concerns about COVID vaccines and aborted fetal cell lines:

The fundamental reason for considering the use of these vaccines morally licit is that the kind of cooperation in evil (passive material cooperation) in the procured abortion from which these cell lines originate is, on the part of those making use of the resulting vaccines, remote. The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent—in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. It must therefore be considered that, in such a case, all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.

To that end, regarding the COVID vaccine, the Church teaches two things. One, we must continually advocate for and demand the use of ethical vaccines. Human beings, including preborn children, are not commodities to be bought, sold, or exploited. The inherent dignity we all have as humans must be respected and upheld during all stages of life. Two, we must look at all the vaccine options. In situations when we have a choice between a vaccine produced with fetal cell lines and one not produced with them, we must choose the one that didn’t use them. However, the Church teaches that it is permissible to accept vaccines with connections to aborted fetal cell lines if we have no other choice, for example, if an ethically produced vaccine is not available or if preexisting conditions necessitate a person receiving one vaccine over the other.

According to the USCCB: “If one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s” (emphasis added).

USCCB quote showing the position of the Catholic Church on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine

Further, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s document says: “The licit use of such vaccines does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses.”

While a person should absolutely be free to decide what to put into his body, the Church stresses that those who morally object to a vaccine created from fetal cell lines should take precautions to keep others safe and healthy.

The CDF states:

Practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent. In particular, they must avoid any risk to the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons, and who are the most vulnerable.

 

Final Thoughts

Abortion is a grave evil. Human beings are not things to be bought, sold, or exploited. That is why we must never promote the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines. Nor should we just accept their use as the “norm.”

quote on the use of aborted fetuses for making vaccines

When possible, we should advocate for and accept only ethical vaccines (when they are available), and those who work in the scientific sector should work toward creating vaccines that do not use aborted fetal cells. Pharmaceutical and research companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson, have a responsibility to human beings—both born and preborn—to treat them with dignity and respect.

As the Catechism teaches, “Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them.”

This includes human beings after and before birth.

 

If you have questions about the ethics of accepting a coronavirus vaccine in a real-life situation, please contact our partners at the National Catholic Bioethics Center.



23 Comments

  1. Maria Chaves on December 16, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    It has been discovered that fetal cell lines were also used to create the Pfizer vaccine. The company didn’t want to disclose this fact knowing that many people would not want to take it.

  2. Barbara on December 16, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    I would rather die from getting the virus than to take a “vaccine” that has used aborted baby parts, regardless of how long ago this took place. We Catholics are made for battle, not for comfort. We are made to give up our lives for our friends. Didn’t John 15:13 say, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”? John didn’t add, “Unless you’re afraid to die”. Let us not forget that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Who are the heroes of today? Certainly, not the Bishops who mandate their priests get the shot or lose their faculties. If, through these insane and absurd times of Covid, God is asking how much we love Him and what we’re willing to give up for Him, we have failed Him. We will be held to a higher standard by God because we know what abortion is about and we know what evil the vaccines contain. Either we cooperate with evil or we cooperate with God. When we do what God wants, He will help us. When we don’t, God help us.

    • HLI Staff on December 17, 2021 at 11:49 AM

      Well said, Barbara.

    • Ann K. on December 18, 2021 at 11:54 AM

      Hi Barbara, Do you use any of these?

      Tylenol
      Advil
      Aspirin
      Aleve
      Sudafed
      Benadryl
      Claritin
      Robitussin
      Mucinex
      Tums
      Maalox
      Pepto-Bismol
      Lidocaine
      Levothyroxine
      Synthroid
      Lipitor
      Prilosec
      Albuterol
      Zithromax
      Azithromycin
      Zithromax
      hydroxychloroquine
      Remdesivir

      If so, you will want to stop. This is just a short list. But these adn more also are created after being tested on fetal cell lines. It’s a terrible evil, yes, but you would have to avoid so many things. This list does not even include shampoos, food, colorings. where is your indignation about these?

  3. Mark Manno on December 16, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    There are problems regarding the use of fetal material with all of the Covid vaccines – although some may be more egregious than others. Actually, the fetal cell lines have been used in almost all vaccines manufactured over the last 40+ years. Everyone accepts the pharmaceutical/medical industries contention that vaccines are ‘safe and effective’. Most vaccines are effective, but many of them are decidedly unsafe, although that information is well hidden from the general public. None of the mRNA vaccines are safe! The manufacturers refuse to disclose what is in them. The VAERS data (a matter of public record) indicates that about 20,000 people have died from the vaccines to date – and yet they are still considered ‘safe’. The mRNA jabs are really gene therapy, and not properly vaccines as normally defined. A vaccine protects you from being a victim of the virus, and from spreading the virus to others. These gene therapies don’t claim to do that! Everything I’m saying is fully documented – but all the major media, the CDC, FDA, and AMA have all been ‘captured’, therefore are censoring the truth. Go check the VAERS data yourself if you are skeptical.

    • HLI Staff on December 17, 2021 at 11:50 AM

      Excellent points, Mark. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also states, “The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent—in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.” While there is grave danger to some in society, there is debate whether current COVID-19 vaccines prevent the spread of the virus.

      • Kelly on January 21, 2022 at 10:37 AM

        Abortion wont stop until we stop making excuses . It’s ok to get a shot because we don’t have other choices? Hmmm..
        We don’t have other choices because the Vatican is silent on abortion. If the Vatican said no! We are not getting shots that are derived by killing babies. But they can’t because they are not prolife. There’s no pressure on the pharmaceutical business to make ethical shots. Go ahead take your shots , a baby has been slaughtered so that you can live. We will have to answer for our weakness.

        • HLI Staff on January 21, 2022 at 11:10 AM

          Kelly, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Joe Crow on December 16, 2021 at 5:19 PM

    I understand the point but I have used homeopathic medicine in India that was derived from Nazi experimentation on the Jews. It is controversial that people are burning ivory that is worth millions of dollars because it may have come from elephants that were killed.

  5. Joe Crow on December 16, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    The Holocaust is an unfortunate tragedy. It is also unfortunate that too many elephants are being killed. Yet the discovery of medicines from the experimentation may be used to help all. Once the elephants have passed away, the ivory can be used to make many things we use such the piano keys on the keyboard. The medicines would have been discovered anyway even if the Holocaust had never taken place. The elephants would have died anyway and the ivory could have been used.

  6. John Gentry Canfield on December 16, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    What does it matter what stripe of religion you follow? Protestant or Catholic or Orthodox, the taking of innocent life is MURDER.

    The use of fetal cells only emphasizes there’s enough of a supply to embolden the dark forces of this world to use them.

    This is a NO-BRAINER. LIFE IS NOT A BARGAINING CHIP, LIFE IS GOD’S PRECIOUS GIFT. END ABORTION!

  7. Celeste Bontemps-Geiser on December 16, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    I can not ANYWHERE in the inerrent Word that agrees with this article. 6 things God hates, 7 He despises…..the shedding of innocent blood…..50 years and 1000 cell generations DOES NOT REMOVE the innocent blood from these vaccines and medications. The false narrative that the danger of this virus outweighs the evil involved in the injection is horrifying and maddening. The fact that a unit of the Bride of Christ would endorse accepting the evil involved is sickening.
    This kind of falsehood is EXACTLY why I removed myself from the Catholic church after the Lord Jesus Christ saved me.

  8. Kari M on December 17, 2021 at 12:24 AM

    Thank you for having the courage to bring up this topic. I also hope in the future you will speak of the other moral dilemmas with the vaccines, especially the fact that many are dying as a result of their experimental use.
    The current COVID vaccines are 800x more deadly than any other vaccine, and have 71x the heart attack risk. https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/11/04/the-covid-vaccines-are-the-most-dangerous-vaccines-in-human-history-by-a-long-shot/ In one day in a hospital in B.C., THIRTEEEN babies were delivered stillborn from mothers who had received the vaccine. The average number of stillbirths in that hospital was about 1 per month, not 13 in 1 day. Politifact, paid for by one of the biggest proponents of the highly profitable vaccine industry (Gates) vehemently denies this, but please watch the video of the doctors involved… https://truthbasedmedia.com/2021/11/23/whistleblowers-expose-13-stillborn-deaths-in-24-hours-at-lions-gates-hospital-caused-by-covid-vaccines/ Looking at the VAERS data of over 19,500 reported deaths of human beings, and the Eudravigilance data that reports over 31,000…. how is the main concern with the vaccines whether or not their were aborted fetal cells – which should be a serious red flag in the first place for all followers in Christ that a product would need the death of another to extend another’s life!? There have been safe and effective early treatment options this entire time that could have ended this pandemic, and instead, those in power chose to allow hundreds of thousands of people to die without early treatment for a year while pushing to do nothing and wait for the highly profitable vaccine to be our SAVIOR. Instead, studies are showing that we extended the pandemic by mass-vaccinating for one specific spike protein and pushing the virus to evolve. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c03380 Jeremiah 16:5 says “Cursed is the man who trust in and relies on mankind, Making [weak, faulty human] flesh his strength.” I am 34 and healthy, and was coerced – and regret not doing my own research – into taking the vaccine last February/ March because of propaganda and false claims that I was helping others, and because everyone wanted a solution due to the fears and lockdowns and control we had survived, as well as the Pope being so complicit with the vaccines as if I was doing my Christian duty in potentially sacrificing my body, but where was the Vatican science council to issue warnings on mRNA vaccine technology and its potential harms? All the while, those in power knew this was a leaky vaccine, like the ones used in Marek’s disease in chickens, and is really only used to lessen symptoms and not to stop infection or transmission. The CDC recently changed its definition of vaccine from something that provides immunity, to something that provides protection in September 2021. Not only are these experimental vaccines causing an enormous amount of damage on our youths through heart damage, death, reproductive and neurological damage, but it is ending lives. The whole premise of this vaccine is that “for the greater good” some will die. Right now we will kill 117 children ages 5-11 through vaccination for every 1 that could be saved from dying from COVID. https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/we-will-kill-117-kids-to-save-one This is like sacrificing our children to Molech to appease his wrath. We are appeasing the wrath of the “Sars-CoV-2 virus” god through sacrificing our children and young people at no risk of this virus. You quoted the CDF saying, “In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed.” There are SO MANY OTHER OPTIONS and have been this entire time, so this quote is not valid. No, we do not need to kill others through experimental vaccines or being connected to death through taking an injection that used aborted fetal cells. Why is Uttar Pradesh, 5.8% vaccinated, 210 million people, considered virtually covid-free? Please HLI, investigate and speak about those who have died from the vaccines, as well as the moral outcry of what is happening to children. I appreciate you speaking against mandates.
    My friends teenage nephew died of a cardiac event after the vaccine.
    Does anyone care? Most people respond that that sometimes happens to kids and it cannot be proved. What?
    Teenage boy deaths were up 68% in the UK.
    Does anyone care?
    Steve Kirsch estimated the true number of deaths from the vaccines at 200,000 souls 3 months ago, and likely more than that. If the CDC does no follow-up or perform autopsies of reported deaths, how can we know the true number? Church, these are human beings!! A vitamin D level of 50 ng/ mL is associated with a theoretical 0% COVID mortality. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13103596 Use Vitamin D and go outside and exercise instead, and be prepared with other vitamins, nasal rinses, mouth rinses, antivirals, anticoagulants, steroids and early treatment options. http://www.c19early.com http://www.earlycovidcare.org http://www.truthforhealth.org http://www.treatearly.org You don’t have to compromise and use a vaccine that might end your life, or the life of another that is potentially pushing the virus to evolve to be worse!

    Other questions to ponder:
    Why in pg. 47-49 of the 174 page Pfizer trial documents were trial participants told to avoid touching or breathing near a pregnant women? Why, if this was breached in the trial period, should that woman be monitored for birth defects and miscarriage of her child for 6 months? If so, why should these shots be given to pregnant women, given the low risk of death from COVID and the fact that the shots were never studied in pregnant humans in trials? Why are miscarriages and stillbirths, of which over 3,000 have been reported, the true number being about 41x that amount from anaphylaxis data at about 120,000 being ignored? Why is the reproductive harm these vaccines are causing, which the NIH has a 1.6 million dollar grant to study not being mentioned?

    Why are the safety trials for these inoculations being done by the manufacturer itself, which stands to profit billions of dollars? Why does the FDA and CDC accept this and not have a third party tester?

    Should we trust a company that paid 2.3 billion for criminal and civil fraud in 2009 for illegally promoting pharmaceutical products and an additional 1 billion for false claims according to CNN Money and http://www.Justice.gov? As well as 60.2 million for bribery in 8 countries in 2011? Pfizer?

    Why do the unvaccinated Amish believe they achieved herd immunity May 2020 (since they do have interactions with the greater public and believe the virus had already been spread)?

    Why is Uttar Pradesh, 5.8% vaccinated, 210 miliion people, considered virtually covid-free after widespread use of early treatment in its populace?

    • HLI Staff on December 17, 2021 at 6:35 PM

      Thank you for your very thoughtful comments, Kari. This short article is admittedly limited in its scope to what the Catholic Church teaches regarding the use of vaccines derived from abortion, when no other morally produced vaccine exists. Individuals do have the duty to advocate for and demand the use of ethical vaccines. Vaccination, as a rule, is not a moral obligation and must be voluntary. A person, for reasons of conscience, may refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, even when there could be a benefit gained to self or the common good. In this case, other precautions should be taken to protect the safety of all. And, certainly, individuals must weigh what is known about the benefits and risks of a vaccine and whether it’s clinically safe and effective, when determining whether a grave reason exists to accept such a vaccine.

  9. N. Peric on December 17, 2021 at 1:22 AM

    According to Pamela Acker to name just one expert on this subject the way they harvest the cells is absolutely evil. The baby must be live for extraction, intact, undamaged and in the second or third trimester and must be birthed by c- section pre arranged. They do NOT use stillborn or miscarried babies. Tissues must be alive and fresh at extraction. They must use a perfectly healthy viable baby only and it’s never just one baby per cell line. Yes they end up using the cells from only the chosen baby but I think for HEK-293 she said they had to do something like at least 100 abortions to get that one cell line, possibly more. They take the tissue from the baby while still alive without anaesthetics (a vivisection). It seems to me that the Catechism is VERY clear in saying abortion is a great moral evil. I can see the confusion in the church coming from all sides. We must hold fast to the truth that at the root these “vaccines” were created with the aid of infant sacrifice…I just cannot accept that these shots aren’t cursed in some way. They have an evil root and not to mention these big pharma companies have zero liability and they are making billions and billions of dollars off these shots. “You will know them by their fruits” so far I don’t see any good fruit from these cursed shots. Just more covid than ever and more masks and lockdowns and the taking away of people’s medical freedoms and all freedom in general. How can you write this article and not see the correlation that evil begets more evil!? It’s been almost a year since billions have been given these shots and have they worked as promised? I’m tired of people defending these shots. There is nothing to defend. They are cursed and useless and dividing society in an unprecedented way. People losing their jobs and friends and family members- Is that a good fruit? People getting injured by the shots and then left to fend for themselves with no help from these big pharma companies to mend from vax injuries. Wake up! This is an epic disaster. I know so many people who got covid after their shots, they DO NOT WORK as promised or assumed. If God has an antidote for covid do you really truly think he would have used one that has its roots in infant murder and SACRIFICE? These shots are not the way out. We have only just started to see the tip of the iceberg. Evil begets evil. The wages of sin is death. Abortion is always evil and I refuse to partake in these jabs knowing what I know about how they harvest the fetal tissue. Their use can no longer be justified. I’m shocked that many in the are still going along with this and that this article didn’t mention anything about how they get those fetal cell lines. Maybe people just don’t know? I can understand that at first no one knew anything and the fear was everywhere but now? Things are becoming too obvious…something is very off….
    One last thing, does a 99.95% survival rate constitute a “grave danger”?

    • HLI Staff on December 17, 2021 at 4:53 PM

      Your raise some excellent points. These are all serious considerations an individual could weigh when deciding whether to take any vaccine derived from abortion fetal cells.

  10. Margaret Cox on December 17, 2021 at 3:24 AM

    By accepting these tainted vaccines we are first and foremost encouraging and endorsing the use of human tissue in the manufacturing of them. If the Church had taken a stand against this in the beginning I am sure an ethical vaccine would have been developed by now.

  11. Robert Bassett on December 17, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    A good consolidation of info, but if you go to the the National Catholic Bioethics Center, they cite the USCCB documents which say its OK to get the vaccine. A better reference for not taking the jab is the letter signed by Bishops Schneider and Strickland and others titled On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted human fetuses on December 12, 2020, Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

  12. Alexandra on December 17, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    This is very disappointing to hear from HLI, succumbing to the lies and not standing strong against the abortion tainted vaccines! Bishop Schneider said: There is NO Exception, We Cannot Use the Abortion-Tainted Vaccines! “We have to be absolutely against the cruelty done to unborn children, and then the unworthy and degrading manner of using their body parts. This is a horrible thing. And we have to always to protest against this. When we admit an exception, in exceptional cases, then our protest is not credible and is weakening all our protest against this horrible industry, and it will be ineffective, de facto:” https://www.knightsrepublic.com/single-post/archbishop-schneider-there-is-no-exception-we-cannot-use-the-abortion-tainted-vaccines

    Even Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, stated the pure evil of the vaccine (All 5 of the Covid vaccines are abortion tainted) not only because they are tainted with the evil of abortion but because the vaccine is killing people, making them sterile and miscarriages are at an all time high for those that take it, read more here in his letter to the US bishops: https://www.knightsrepublic.com/single-post/abp-vigan%C3%B2-releases-letter-he-sent-to-u-s-bishops-on-covid-vaccine-quandary

    After all my years supporting you, this is so sad and I will not be giving another dime for your compromise!
    .

    • Matt on December 21, 2021 at 12:20 PM

      I, for one, applaud the moral courage of Human Life International, adn as soon as I get finances in order this coming year, I will begin to donate. My best friend’s father just died from COVID. He was not vaccinated. We do not know if he would have lived if he had been vaccinated. We can never know. But chances are his symptoms would have been not as bad with a vaccine. All that to say, we will go with what the church teaches, not what some random person on the internet says. Thank you Human Life Initernational for telling the truth!

  13. Ally on December 17, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    So glad to see documentation of churchdocuments and a place that tells the truth. Great article. I hate abortion as much as anyone here, but we have to be practical. My grandparents wouldn’t take the vaccine. its good to have church hinformation. i want them to live. my grandfather had covid and spent 23 days in the hospital. no one wnts this disease. it’s scary. if a vaccine could have kept him from the hospital and almost dying, then i am willing to do it

  14. Leslie Sholly on December 18, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Thanks for this informative article. It’s sad to see so many in the comments who refuse to believe in both science AND definitive Church teaching allowing us to take these vaccines. The fact is that we daily use products that were manufactured with or tested on these same cell lines without a second thought. I bet most of the folks in these comments were vaccinated against measles and had their children vaccinated against measles, for example. Of course completely ethical vaccines should be our goal but in the meantime we need to take what is available to protect ourselves and others. That’s pro-life too.

  15. N. Peric on December 20, 2021 at 2:10 AM

    https://rumble.com/vcq539-the-unborn-babies-used-for-vaccine-development-were-alive-at-tissue-extract.html

    It’s one thing to be ignorant about something and another thing to know the truth about how a product came to be. I try to believe in God first. He created everything and we use science to explain and discover his creations. Questioning the ethics of a human produced biotic product
    (or any questioning in general) is not the same as not believing in science. It’s completely part of science to question and test and investigate everything, to go to the source, origins or roots or beginning of a creation whether natural or man made. To learn about the origins of the HEK 293 cell line and the many other cell lines used in vaccine production is a scientific lesson in a way but it also poses a moral and ethical dilemma. There are some alternative vaccines that do not use these cursed cell lines. This is what the church and all that oppose abortion should be pushing for, ethical medicine. Not complacency to a rushed, untested, non liable bunch of covid shots that have links to child murder and masses of people continuously panicking over a virus that does not pose a “grave” danger to the vast, vast majority of all peoples.
    Before I knew this information I didn’t have a problem with getting vaccinated in general but not anymore and with how things are going it really does seem more and more that these shots are evidently mostly useless and unsafe overall. Also the social division that is occurring is unprecedented and that’s not pro-life and it’s not “protecting” our relationships as many people aren’t allowed to live freely anymore, society and families are being torn apart over this. What are we protecting?

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