Use of COVID-19 Vaccines With Abortion Cell Lines is ‘Morally Acceptable,’ Vatican Says

The Vatican told Roman Catholics on Dec. 21 that receiving the COVID-19 vaccines that employed cell lines drawn from tissue of aborted fetuses in its research and production is “morally acceptable.”

The Vatican told Roman Catholics on Dec. 21 that receiving the COVID-19 vaccines that employed cell lines drawn from tissue of aborted fetuses in its research and production is “morally acceptable.”

“It is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process” when “ethically approachable” vaccines are not publicly available, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) of the Vatican said in a statement that Pope Francis approved and ordered to be made public.

The CDF also noted that vaccines without “ethical problems” are not made available in some countries and that “health authorities do not allow citizens to choose the vaccine with which to be inoculated.”

“The use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive,” the CDF stated, without naming any of the COVID-19 vaccines already being administered or has been authorized in some countries.

“Vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good,” the CDF also stated.

The statement came as CDF had received several requests for “guidance” on the use of such vaccines in recent months and that bishops, Catholic groups, and experts had given “diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements” and “questions about morality” on using such vaccines.


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