Welcome to St Joan of Arc Catholic Parish, Haberfield.
While you are welcome, please note that, along with some other venues, it is required of Places of Worship to ensure that all who enter the Church make use of QR codes or sign-in and also use face masks. There are no capacity limits so there is no need to book in advance for Mass.
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC continues with the OMICRON VARIANT.
Vaccination still remains the primary defence against the spread of the virus, however, since the pandemic emerged, questions have been asked about the ethics of the development of vaccines for protection against the virus. The questions arise because it is known that some research laboratories use cell lines generated from cells taken from known aborted foetuses in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted foetuses.
The article from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith can be found at: Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines (21 December 2020) (vatican.va) (ctrl/Left click to access the link)
This article observes that each individual has responsibility for their own safety and for the common good. So if a person chooses not to be vaccinated, they must ensure that they take all the recommended precautions to stay safe and keep others safe.
A number of articles on this matter have been written by reputable authorities including Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, who is highly specialized in medical bioethics. Archbishop Fisher’s article, published in The Catholic Weekly, can be found at https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/archbishop-welcomes-cdf-statement-on-covid-vaccines/
Another article explores the same question: You asked, we answered: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells? | Nebraska Medicine Omaha, NE (ctrl/Left click to access the link). This article includes the observation that these “current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue. They do not contain any tissue from a fetus”.
A further article, written 20 December 2020, the day before the Vatican note, also addresses the issue https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/the-facts-about-the-pfizer-and-moderna-vaccines-and-fetal-cell-lines/
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