Catholic troops can refuse Covid vaccine, archbishop declares
October 13, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: “Notwithstanding the moral permissibility of these vaccines, the Church treasures her teaching on the sanctity of conscience,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the Military Services, said in an October 12 statement. “Accordingly, no one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience. . . . The denial of religious accommodations, or punitive or adverse personnel actions taken against those who raise earnest, conscience-based objections, would be contrary to federal law and morally reprehensible.”
The prelate added, “Those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine must continue to act in charity for their neighbors and for the common good by undertaking means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through wearing face coverings, social distancing, undergoing routine testing, quarantining, and remaining open to receiving a treatment should one become available that is not derived from, or tested with abortion-derived cell lines.”
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