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A note released yesterday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and approved by Pope Francis, says “It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.” The note adds that vaccinations can be used in good conscience “with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion” from which the cells used in production or testing of the vaccines derive.

The Iowa bishops’ statement on vaccines earlier this month explained that “people may in good conscience use the vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, which made only limited use of those unethical cell lines (for lab testing of the vaccine). Morally speaking, the vaccine offered by these two companies is relatively remote from the evil of abortion, and so need not trouble anyone’s conscience to use either one.”

The bishops also said that the common good of public health “takes precedence over any reservation about being treated with vaccines; they will not be effective if people do not use them.” Here’s a link to the full statement.