American bishops raise ‘moral issues’ in the use of J&J vaccine

American bishops raise ‘moral issues’ in the use of J&J vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, which is said to be more convenient to use because it requires only a single dose against Covid-19.

Sourced from UCA News by Tracy Cabrera
WASHINGTON D.C., USA — The chairmen of two bishops committees in the United States has raised moral concerns in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine which was approved recently by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alleging that the vaccine was “was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines.”

US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on doctrine chair Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana and Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann made the comments in a joint statement.

The two bishops concluded, however, that “while we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.”

In December, the prelates addressed concerns over the newly approved BioNTech and Moderna vaccines because “an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them,” but “not used in their production.”

However, the Johnson & Johnson Janssen one-shot Covid-19 vaccine raises “additional moral concerns” because it was “developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines,” Naumann, who is also chairman of the USCCB’s committee on pro-life activities pointed out.

In their December statement, the bishops noted that cell lines used were derived from fetuses aborted in the 1970s.

In their March 2 statement, the bishops quoted the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which judged that “when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available . . . it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”

Amidst these concerns, though, the bishops enthused that “if one can choose among equally safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen.

“Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,” Rhoades and Naumann ended in conclusion. (AI/MTVN)

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