Pope Francis: COVID vaccines from aborted fetal tissue are “morally acceptable”

Pope Francis: COVID vaccines from aborted fetal tissue are “morally acceptable”
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Pope Francis has approved a statement outlining the moral acceptability for Catholics to take COVID-19 vaccines connected to fetal abortion tissue.

According to the Washington Examiner,

Pope Francis approved a note released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith on Monday, condoning the use of coronavirus vaccines that have an indirect connection to abortion, saying it is "morally acceptable" to receive the vaccine.

"It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process," the CDF wrote. "All vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive."

COVID-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer use Messenger RNA technology, not mammalian cell lines

As explained by the Daily Hive:  

"These vaccines "will contain a piece of the genetic coding for the coronavirus’ spike protein, which officials say has been separated from the virus, synthetically produced, and wrapped in a lipid nanoparticle — a type of molecular envelope."

According to researchers, exposure to spike protein genetic coding will help the body skip the illness and stimulate antibody production.

AstraZeneca's vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford, uses the HEK-293 cell line created using fetal tissue that was harvested from the remains of an aborted child in the 1970s. Another vaccine candidate made by China's CanSino Biologics and the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology with funding from Canada’s National Research Council uses the HEK-293 cell line. 

The Pope also promised Vatican employees earlier today that no one will lose their jobs due to COVID-related financial loses, stating that “no one should suffer” from the “economic factors” of the pandemic. The Vatican also plans to vaccinate all 800 residents and the nearly 3,000 workers at the Vatican using the Pfizer vaccine beginning in early 2021. 

Francis, the spiritual leader to 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, is reportedly set to receive the Pfizer vaccine ahead of his March 2021 visit to Iraq, his first visit abroad since the pandemic hit. 

 

(This story was updated on Dec. 23rd to clarify which vaccines were developed using fetal tissue.)