Spokane diocese is complying with state vaccination mandate for teachers, bishop clarifies
August 26, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: “While we encourage vaccination, we do not intend on violating the consciences of our Catholic school teachers nor do we intend on vouching for another person’s conscience,” Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane said on August 19.
Five days later, he clarified, “We continue to comply with Governor Inslee’s mandate that all school employees receive one of the approved vaccines.” He added, “A Catholic school employee could . . . exercise his or her right to a religious exemption. This exemption places the burden on the individual’s conscience rather than on Church approval.” (See also this story on Bishop Daly’s earlier statement.)
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