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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Jan 19, 2022
Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.
Justice and charity require Christians to take each other seriously—to respect each other’s motives, to listen to each other’s views.
Yes, we understand: most American Catholics favor Covid vaccination. Pope Francis has strongly endorsed the shots, as have most (but not all) Catholic bishops. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has stated that the use of the vaccines is morally justifiable, even if they were produced using immoral means. Even those Catholics who disagree must admit that a strong case has been made for the vaccines.
In return, isn’t it reasonable for us to ask that Catholics who promote the vaccines recognize the existence of strong moral arguments against the shots? Contrary to the popular rhetoric, resistance to Covid vaccination is not based exclusively on selfishness or on misinformation. …