Roman Catholic leaders in St Louis and New Orleans are urging Catholics that the COVID 19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised because it’s produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus.
The New Orleans archdiocese says the decision to get a vaccine is one of personal conscience.
In its statement, it stopped short of urging Catholics not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine but added that Catholics should choose coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer if they’re available.
The Archdiocese of St Louis urged Catholics to seek out the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and to avoid the Johnson & Johnson version if attainable.
Like the New Orleans archdiocese statement, the St Louis statement called the Johnson & Johnson vaccine morally compromised.
However, the St Louis statement emphasised that Catholics could get that vaccine with a good conscience if no other alternative was available.
Later a statement was issued by the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on doctrine and abortion issues reiterating the moral concerns.
It said the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines were better if one can choose a vaccine.
And while not disputing the church officials claim that an abortion derived cell line is used in the production, Johnson & Johnson issued a statement emphasising that there was no fetal tissue in its vaccine adding the company used an engineered cell line system that facilitates the prompt production of new viral vaccines to fight many of the most threatening communicable diseases.
The company did not offer further specifics on its process.
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID 19 vaccine is made using a harmless cold virus, called an adenovirus, the same technology is used to produce a successful Ebola vaccine.
The adenovirus is grown using what’s called an immortalised cell line, and the virus is then pulled out and purified.
Several types of cell lines produced decades ago using fetal tissue exist and are extensively used in medical manufacturing and several cells in them today are clones of the early cells, not the original tissue.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a January statement that abortion derived cell lines were used to test the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines but not in their development or production.
Religion comes in numerous forms – the religion of science, the religion of politics, and the religion of any other God besides Jesus Christ, and yet many Americans spew their religious praises with a gun in one hand and a bible in the other.
And religious sects may be phasing out, but what will be replacing it?
But religion isn’t the issue here. The issue is what the vaccine is composed of, and that should be the concern, and I’m sure there are a number of medicines out there that are made out of illegal or immoral materials.
However, if we’re talking about morality, the Catholic church is only too happy to impose on their congregation with no contraception so that women become baby-making machines to produce more good Catholics.
What about freedom of speech. Oh, I forgot, women aren’t permitted to have freedom of speech, especially when it comes to their body, instead, they’re expected to stay at home with the children and have their feet permanently under the kickboards of the kitchen sink.
And how dare the Catholic church tell people what they can and can’t do, although I’m sure there will be numerous brainwashed people who will believe what they tell them, but people should be allowed to decide for themselves.