The New Orleans Archdiocese called the new one-shot vaccine “morally compromised”
The Roman Catholic organization called J&J’s vaccine, the first one-shot preventative against the coronavirus, “morally compromised” because it was developed using cloned stem cells originally derived from two fetuses aborted in the 1970s and 1980s.
“The archdiocese must instruct Catholics that the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing,” the archdiocese wrote in a statement last week.
“We advise that if the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is available, Catholics should choose to receive either of those vaccines rather than to receive the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of its extensive use of abortion-derived cell lines,” the archdiocese continued.
The Washington Post noted that the Vatican has already approved use of vaccines “that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process” and called them “morally acceptable.”
Also yesterday from the New Orleans Archdiocese: