President Biden again tried to use his (fake) Catholic faith for political purposes by claiming that Pope Francis said getting the Covid vaccination was a “moral obligation.”
It’s clear that Biden is appealing to both the authority of the Catholic Church and that of the Pope himself to bolster his position on the vaccine. He’s doing this because there are still sizeable chunks of Americans who are hesitant to get it for a variety of reasons, one of them being the objection based on the fact that the vaccines were developed and/or tested using the cells of an aborted fetus.
In fact, within Catholic circles, there is quite a bit of consternation about this issue. Leading authorities within the Church have determined that since the connection to the evil of abortion is sufficiently remote and there is no morally unproblematic alternative available, one can in good conscience take the vaccine. (Still others have serious moral misgivings about the issue, however.)
But, one thing the Pope never said is that it was a “moral obligation” to get vaccinated. In fact, the Vatican’s office in charge of determining such matters explicitly affirmed in December that it is NOT a “moral obligation” and that the choice to get it is strictly “voluntary,” if strongly advised.
Pope Francis did say it was the “ethical” responsibility to get the vaccine, but it is not correct, accurate, or ethical to claim he said it was a “moral obligation.” Yet another lie from the Biden administration, which will not only go unpunished by the media, but will be repeated by the press as being as true as Georgia’s new election law being worse than Jim Crow….
But, for the sake of argument, let us consider that the President of the United States is claiming that because the Catholic Church said the vaccine is a “moral obligation,” we as citizens should listen to this admonition and trust in the Church’s ability to adjudicate such issues.
Hmmm. Do you think that President Biden will afford the Church’s position on, say, abortion the same weight? After all, the Church has been firmly against the barbaric practice of abortion since the First Century and has never changed its position. In fact, it affirms that it is a moral obligation to not only oppose abortion as an individual, but to oppose it as a politician by refusing to pass any law that seeks to legitimize it.
Many influential Church leaders have stated that such politicians, like President Biden, who claim to be Catholic yet support abortion rights should be denied communion, a position which I happen to agree with.
So I’m hoping that if Biden gives such weight to the Pope’s and Church’s statement on vaccines, that he would be consistent and do so on the issue of abortion as well.
But I’d be a very foolish betting man if I wagered he would. Instead, he’ll do what many Democrat politicians do and cherry pick Christianity to suit their political agenda, and roundly ignore if not oppress it when it doesn’t.
I’m pretty sure if one asked themselves, “What would Jesus do?”, it would not be that.
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