California Bishop Urges Catholics To Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Because Stem Cells

California Bishop Urges Catholics To Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Because Stem Cells November 20, 2020

Anti-Science Ignorance: California Bishop Joseph Brennan of the Diocese of Fresno is urging fellow Catholics to reject the COVID-19 vaccine because he believes fetal stem cells were used in its development.

Los Angeles Times reports:

Citing ethical concerns about the use of fetal cells in vaccine development, Bishop Joseph Brennan of the Diocese of Fresno is urging Catholics not to “jump on the COVID-19 vaccine bandwagon.”

In a video shared by the diocese this week, Brennan said that some of the researchers racing to produce a coronavirus vaccine have made use of cells derived from an aborted fetus, and perhaps other “morally objectionable” materials.

In the video Bishop Brennan declares:

I try to maintain a joyful spirit, so I don’t like to rain on anyone’s parade. But I’m going to rain on a parade today: the vaccine parade.

I won’t be able to take a vaccine, brothers and sisters, and I encourage you not to, if it was developed with material from stem cells that were derived from a baby that was aborted, or material that was cast off from artificial insemination of a human embryo. That’s morally unacceptable for us.

Bishop Brennan is not the only Catholic leader preaching anti-vaccine non-sense rooted in ignorance and religious superstition. 

CBS News reports Bishop Joseph Strickland from the Catholic Dioceses of Tyler, Texas, is making a similar warning to Catholics. In a tweet, the bishop declared:

Moderna vaccine is not morally produced. Unborn children died in abortions and their bodies were used as ‘laboratory specimens.’ I urge all who believe in the sanctity of life to reject a vaccine which has been produced immorally.

Bottom line: California Bishop Joseph Brennan of the Diocese of Fresno is urging fellow Catholics to reject the COVID-19 vaccine because he believes fetal stem cells were used in its development.

California Bishop Urges Catholics To Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Because Stem Cells (Image via Screen Grab)
California Bishop Urges Catholics To Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Because Stem Cells (Image via Screen Grab)
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