Military archbishop says Catholic troops can refuse Covid vaccines on religious grounds

“This raises the question of whether the moral permissibility of the vaccine prevents a person from developing a sincere religious belief that taking the vaccine would harm his conscience,” he wrote. “It doesn’t.”

Broglio has in the past expressed support for President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate for the military – citing guidelines from Pope Francis, the Holy See, and the U.S. Bishops’ Conference that the Covid shots are morally acceptable. The Archbishop gave preference to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is remotely linked to human cells derived from abortions.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was designed, tested, and manufactured using abortion-derived cell lines. This vaccine is therefore more of a problem, ”he said in the statement. “If it were the only vaccine available, it would be morally acceptable, but the devout Catholic must show his preference for more morally acceptable treatment.”

The question of religious exemptions is being raised across the country as states and companies introduce Covid vaccine requirements that match Biden’s new requirements for millions of American workers. A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York could not impose such mandates on health care workers without allowing employers to consider requests for religious exemption – an early test case as challengers oppose vaccine mandates.

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