The archbishop assigned to the US military has said that Catholic troops should not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines if they violate the individual’s conscience, regardless of whether cells from aborted fetal tissue were used in their creation or testing.
Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio issued his opinion in a statement on Tuesday, seeming at odds with Pope Francis’ strong encouragement for all Catholics to get vaccinated.
‘Notwithstanding the moral permissibility of these vaccines, the Church treasures her teaching on the sanctity of conscience,’ Broglio wrote. ‘Accordingly, no one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience.’
The latest DoD administrative data shows that about 20 percent of active duty troops are Catholic, a similar rate to the general US population.
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Source: Daily Mail