The archbishop of the U.S. military says Catholic troops should refuse the mandates COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds, if they feel so inclined.
“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio said Tuesday in a statement .
In August, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a military-wide vaccine mandate for which some service members have requested a religious exemption.
Broglio wrote in response: “This circumstance raises the question of whether the vaccine’s moral permissibility precludes an individual from forming a sincerely held religious belief that receiving the vaccine would violate his conscience. It does not.”Broglio personally supports President Biden’s vaccine mandate and points out that the church has determined that being vaccinated is “not sinful,” but writes the church values its teachings and the “sanctity of conscience.”Some Catholics object to the vaccines because of their links to […]
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