ICYMI: We Were Made for This Fight, by Austin RuseDecember 23, 2020
Saint of the Day for December 23: Saint John of KantyDecember 23, 2020
COMMENTARY: The Pontifical Academy for Life has said that Catholics may use, in a narrowly defined limit, vaccines prepared with cell lines derived from aborted children, but with strong warnings regarding our obligation to protest. Here’s how to demand ethical options in biomedical research.
By Stacy Trasancos, National Catholic Register, December 21, 2020
Stacy Trasancos Stacy Trasancos is the Executive Director of Bishop Strickland’s St. Philip Institute in Tyler, Texas. She has a doctorate in chemistry, a master’s in dogmatic theology, and seven children….
The 2005 guidance from the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), “Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared From Cells Derived From Aborted Human Fetuses,” told us to end the practice of using abortion-tainted vaccines and demand ethical alternatives. These same principles are reaffirmed in the new statement the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines that are now becoming available.
But, as the COVID-19 pandemic and response has shown, the issue is still very much unsettled, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in the ethical considerations among Catholics. How do we object to an abortion-tainted vaccine if for grave reason we accept the shot? …