106—Abortion-Linked Vaccines: A Moral Analysis—Michael Pakaluk, Jay Richards
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Michael Pakaluk and Jay Richards join host Thomas V. Mirus for a discussion of the moral issues involved with the production and testing of vaccines using illicitly-obtained fetal cell lines, and the reasons for freedom of conscience for those who do not wish to take them.
Church documents discussed:
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dignitas Personae (relevant paragraphs are 34-35) https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html
CDF, Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 Vaccines (2020) https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20201221_nota-vaccini-anticovid_en.html
The Pontifical Academy for Life’s 2005 statement on vaccines, emphasizing freedom of conscience https://www.immunize.org/talking-about-vaccines/vaticandocument.htm
“To Awaken Conscience” https://mailchi.mp/7742dd12483f/statement-of-conscience-to-awaken-conscience
Michael Pakaluk, “Why I Signed ‘To Awaken Conscience’” https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/why-i-signed-to-awaken-conscience
Jose Trasancos, “The Cell Lines Used for COVID-19 Vaccines Came from Carefully Planned Abortions, Not Miscarriages” https://stream.org/the-cell-lines-used-for-covid-19-vaccines-came-from-carefully-planned-abortions-not-miscarriages/
Bishops Schneider, Strickland, et al, “COVID Vaccines: ‘The Ends Cannot Justify the Means’” https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/covid-vaccines-the-ends-cannot-justify-the-means
Ethics & Public Policy Center, “Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines” https://eppc.org/news/statement-from-pro-life-catholic-scholars-on-the-moral-acceptability-of-receiving-covid-19-vaccines/
Roberto de Mattei, On the Moral Liceity of the Vaccination https://libri.edizionifiducia.it/on-the-moral-liceity-of-the-vaccination/
Richards, Briggs, and Axe; The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe https://www.regnery.com/9781684511419/the-price-of-panic/
Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.
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Posted by: Thomas V. Mirus -
May. 28, 2021 5:04 PM ET USA
Kevin, thanks very much for your comment. I'm sorry you were coerced. I would think threat of job loss suffices for grave reason as far as your conscience is concerned, but it's still terrible.
Posted by: Kevin01 -
May. 27, 2021 7:02 PM ET USA
Simply put, great work. Listen to this before it gets memory holed. This podcast has become my favorite. It was painful listening to me because I immediately regretted getting the vaccine. I was one of the first "offered" (coerced on threat of job loss) in early January as a healthcare provider with a very high viral load exposure. Like Thomas, I read the CDF statement in a very simple way. And prudentially, I was by far sicker from the shot than the virus.