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Clockwise from left: Pope Francis meets participants in a congress promoted by the Italian Society of Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Services of Health Authorities at the Vatican Oct. 14. COVID vaccine being administered by a nurse. Father Serafino Lanzetta, a professor of dogmatic theology. Cardinal Wilhelm Eik speaking at Saturday's conference. Professor Roberto de Mattei, a lecturer in Church history at the European University of Rome (photo: Courtesy photos / Vatican Media/Unsplash/Voice of the Family)

Catholic experts: The Holy Father’s arguments in support of conscientious objection for health professionals might also have an application in the context of abortion-tainted vaccines.

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, October 26, 2021

Edward PentinVATICAN CITY — Could a health-care worker’s right to conscientiously object to assisting in an abortion be licitly extended to those who object to taking abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccines, therefore allowing them a religious exemption?

In a recent address to Italian pharmacists, Pope Francis firmly upheld the right to conscientious objection for health professionals in the context of abortion, arguing that such a right “should never be negotiated” and acts as a “denunciation of the injustices done to the detriment of innocent and defenseless life.” …

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