Catholic bishops express concern about Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

(Photo supplied/Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese)

Hoosiers who are Catholic are encouraged to get vaccinated for coronavirus, but The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is also urging parishioners to be fully informed about how the available vaccines were made.

Research shows that the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine was developed from abortion-derived cell lines.

“If I had a choice I’d rather take the choice I’d rather take Moderna or Pfizer than Johnson & Johnson, but one is not obligated,” Rhoades said. “The Vatican has said that it is ‘morally licit’ to to use these vaccines.”

Rhoades said the reason the Vatican says it is morally okay for Catholics to get vaccinated, even if it is the J&J shot, is because it is a remote material cooperation with abortion. The J&J shot was developed from cell lines of an aborted fetus from the 1980’s.

Nevertheless, Rhoades and other Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. said parishioners should not be put out the use of abortion cell lines. He said Catholic theology already exists making it morally okay to take part things such as this as long as the cooperation between it and abortion is remote.

He added that getting a COVID shot is an act of charity.

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david March 4, 2021 at 1:39 pm

I want to get the vaccine, but WILL NOT take the J&J version. It that is all that is offered, I WON’T take it!!!

Charles U Farley March 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm

As bad as the J&J vaccine is, it’s still better than the mRNA versions by Pfizer and Moderna. Those literally modify your body’s RNA, which is (loosely put) the thing that manufactures the blueprints carried in the DNA. Scary stuff! I’ll pass.

Shoppy March 5, 2021 at 4:43 pm

Let’s kill some more babies to help out planned parenthood and Johnson & Johnson .
I would not get the J&J shot for this reason
Whether it was from last week or 20 years ago.


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