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Fresno bishop encourages faithful not to take an unethical Covid vaccine

November 19, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “I won’t be able to take a vaccine, brothers and sisters, and I encourage you not to, if it was developed with material from stem cells from a baby that was aborted or material that was cast off from artificial insemination,” said Bishop Joseph Brennan, whom Pope Francis named bishop of Fresno in 2019.

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  • Posted by: JimKcda - Nov. 20, 2020 7:44 PM ET USA

    Where can we learn which vaccinations are NOT derived from aborted stem cells or artificial insemiation?

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Nov. 20, 2020 7:38 PM ET USA

    Shouldn't the "proportionate reasons" analysis that applies in the abortion context (to allow a Catholic to vote for pro-abortion pols like Biden as long as the voter doesn't do so BECAUSE of the pols' pro-abortion policy) apply here?

  • Posted by: filioque - Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 PM ET USA

    I was rooting for him until the end when this came: "'Let's find out if this material was used. And if you have any problem with it, then don't use it,' Brennan replied." He is a Bishop, he is supposed to teach whether there is a problem with using cells from aborted babies or discarded embryos. Of course there is a problem. So he shouldn't be throwing it back into our laps as if it were a matter of personal opinion.