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Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine December 16, 2020, at St. John's Nursing Center for Care & Rehab in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a part of Catholic Health Services of the Archdiocese of Miami. Archbishop Wenski said he is encouraging coronavirus vaccinations as morally ethical and a public good as the pandemic continues to rage. Photo: CNS/Tom Tracy

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, April 16, 2021

 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 See full bio.


Better late than never? Not in this case.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced a letter-writing campaign, urging Catholics to write to pharmaceutical companies and ask them to produce Covid vaccines that are not tainted by involvement with abortion. One year too late.

This might have been a good idea, twelve months ago. In fact it was just twelve months ago that I made the point: “There is no scientific reason why we can’t have a morally acceptable vaccine. The question is: Will we demand it?”

We didn’t demand it, and now we haven’t got it.

Oh, a few lonely voices joined me in calling for pressure on the pharmaceutical companies back in early 2020, when the rush to develop vaccines was just beginning. But our voices were lost in the clamor for action. If our bishops had launched a letter-writing campaign in April of last year, it might have made a difference.  …

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