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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Aug 25, 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

Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock warns his priests they should not endorse a parishioner’s request for a religious exemption from Covid vaccination requirements, because “signing off on such a ‘religious exemption’ would indicate your support for the proposition that the Catholic Church teaches that receiving the vaccine is fundamentally immoral and impermissible.”

But isn’t there an obvious way out of that problem? The priest could write:

The Catholic Church does not teach that receiving the vaccine is fundamentally immoral and impermissible.

That would seem to satisfy the bishop’s concern, wouldn’t it? But the priest might then go on to say:…

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