Fr. Ezra Sullivan: Dominican Moral Theologian: Why Vaccine Mandates Are Unreasonable

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By Fr Ezra Sullivan OP, Posted by Edward Pentin, January 28, 2022

Father Ezra Sullivan OP is professor of moral theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and the author of “Using Abortion-Derived Vaccines: A Moral Analysis” (2021 Nova et Vetera)

First, a basic principle of morally sound medical care is “informed consent.” No one should be coerced to receive experimental medical procedures or treatments. Vaccine mandates violate this basic principle by placing heavy burdens upon people to receive the mRNA vaccines, which are undoubtedly experimental because of their newness and very short-term track record, with unknown long-term effects.

Second, there’s no health justification for any kind of mandate at this point. The Omicron variant is not mortally dangerous for the vast majority of people who contract it. This is not the Black Death; it’s not even Smallpox or the Spanish flu. In fact, overall deaths and hospitalizations continue to fall even in places where there is no vaccine mandate whatsoever. …

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