The Vatican on Monday told Roman Catholics that it was morally acceptable to use Kovid-19 vaccines, even though their production employed cell lines drawn from the tissues of aborted fetuses.
A note from the Vatican doctrine congregation, Faith for Religion Theory, stated that the use of such vaccines was allowed as long as there were no alternatives.
According to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of America (USCCB), both Pfizer Inc. and Modern Inc. vaccines have some connection to cell lines, which originated from tissue from abortion in the last century, which last week issued a separate note to American Catholic did.
The Vatican note states that granting moral legitimacy was related to the principle “varying degrees of responsibility for cooperation in evil.”
This meant that because the pandemic is such a serious threat, such vaccines “can be used in good conscience with definite knowledge that (it) does not constitute a formal association with abortion to which vaccines are used in production” The cells are derived, ”said the note.
In the absence of safe vaccines made from other sources, “it is ethically acceptable to obtain the Kovid-19 vaccine, which has used cell lines from embryonic embryos in their research and production process.”
The US diocese stated that the vaccine employed cell lines were drawn from tissue derived from two miscarriages that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s and have often been replicated.
The Vatican note states that the use of such vaccines “is not indirect, even indirect, to the practice of abortion”.
It urged the pharmaceutical industry to develop fully ethical vaccines and governments and international organizations to reach out to poorer nations.
The Vatican note stated that while the use of vaccines was voluntary, “the common good may recommend vaccination, particularly to protect the most vulnerable and the most exposed”.
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