“This circumstance raises the question of whether the moral permissiveness of the vaccine prevents an individual from forming a sincere religious belief that receiving the vaccine would violate his conscience,” he wrote. “It’s not.”
Broglio has expressed support for President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for the military in the past – citing advice from Pope Francis, the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that Covid injections are morally acceptable. The Archbishop has expressed his preference for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines due to the distant link to human cells derived from abortions.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed, tested and produced from cell lines derived from abortions. This vaccine is therefore more problematic, ”he said in the statement. “If this were the only vaccine available, it would be morally acceptable, but the Catholic faithful must make known their preference for more morally acceptable treatment.”
The issue of religious exemptions is being raised across the country as states and businesses institute Covid vaccine requirements, which matches Biden’s new requirements for millions of American workers. A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York could not impose such warrants on healthcare workers without allowing employers to review requests for religious exemptions – a first test case as challengers oppose vaccine warrants .