Should Catholics obey Archbishop Jason Gordon on the vaccine?
To God, we submit and forever obey,
Unfortunate indeed, a cleric stands in our way!
This article is published here solely for our Catholic readers who are reluctant to receive the current Covid19 vaccine(s). The article does not apply to Catholics who choose to take these vaccines, yet such individuals should consider both the moral and medical reasons that make others disagree with them and the authorities. Should a non-Catholic be in a similar situation, one where a legitimate authority is compelling them to take the vaccine against their will, the arguments of this article may apply.
Should Catholics obey Bishop Gordon on the vaccine?
The Roman Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon claimed that it is a moral responsibility for Catholics to receive the Covid19 vaccine(s). The archbishop said that those who refuse the vaccine put the rest of the population at risk by encouraging Covid19 to mutate, become more vicious, and increase in severity. To justify these statements the archbishop advised Catholics to read the Vatican guideline note on the morality of using anti-Covid19 vaccines. These pro-vax sentiments are in perfect union with those of the current Pontiff who called vaccines an ethical obligation.
These statements made by the highest Catholic authorities both in Rome (the Pope) and Trinidad (the bishop) are clear and thus, Catholics who are skeptical about receiving the Covid19 vaccine now find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Such Catholics ask “should I disobey my bishop?” or, they may think to themselves “No way! I do not have the right to disobey the Pope!” Unfortunately, many Catholics will not be able to elevate themselves from this situation, their conscience will condemn them so long as they do not blindly submit to their rightful authorities. Essentially, Catholics believe that only two options can be taken in relation to this issue. Either Catholics depart from the Church since they cannot agree, or, they suppress their own judgment and blindly obey the Church officials. Yet this dilemma is not necessary! When one properly understands the true concept of obedience one finds that not only does a third option exist, but that it is very much within reason to utilize such an option.
First, one must consider that the reasons for which Catholics may refuse the Covid19 vaccine are very legitimate. If there existed no legitimate reason for prudential skepticism or open reluctance, obedience would be morally necessary. However, this is not the case, both from a moral and medical standpoint. Logical reasons exist that give Catholics good reason to resist the Covid19 vaccine and thus stand in opposition to their superiors, hence the need for this article.
Briefly put, moral reasons to oppose the vaccine(s):
On the moral side, a Catholic is faced with the reality that many of the Covid19 vaccines are derived from aborted babies. Pamela Acker a vaccine researcher said “they will actually deliver these babies via cesarean section. The babies are still alive when the researchers start extracting the tissue; to the point where their heart is still beating, and they’re generally not given any anesthetic, because that would disrupt the cells that the researchers are trying to extract. So, they’re removing this tissue, all the while the baby is alive and in extreme amounts of pain.”
Even if these vaccines, (derived through murder) are lifesaving, the ends cannot justify the means. Murder of the innocent is always objectively evil and therefore no intention or “good” can come from such an act, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it. An entire book has been published by Catholic thinkers, (including bishops) against the vaccines for this reason. The book is titled “Mors Tua Vita Mea” which reads: “Your death is my life.”
It is undisputed that the Moderna, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are derived from aborted fetuses since they come directly from either HEK-293 or Per.C6 cell lines. Although the Sinopharm vaccine does not have its origin in a cell line tied to abortion(s) its producers may have utilized aborted fetuses to conduct tests or could still use illicit cells in the stages which remain to be carried out. This being unknown is enough to make it too morally suspect.
Briefly put, medical reasons to oppose the vaccine(s):
The other reason why Catholics are opposed to receiving the Covid19 vaccine is due to the medical research that exists which supposedly proves the vaccine(s) to actually be dangerous to one’s health. America’s Frontline Doctors published a detailed whitepaper on “Experimental Vaccines For COVID-19.” In this paper, great medical evidence is provided against the Covid19 vaccines. Listed controversies include:
- The use of Brand-New Technology
- The Failure of Previous Coronavirus Vaccines
- That no animal studies were conducted
- Known Complications exist
- Unknown Complications may exist
- Pharmaceutical Companies are Immune from All Liability
- An Experimental Vaccine is Not Safer than a Very Low IFR
- No Proof the Vaccine Stops Transmission of the Virus
- Unknown Mortality or Hospital Admission Benefit
- The Vaccine Lasts Unknown Duration
- The Data Has Not Been Independently Peer-Reviewed & Published
America’s Frontline Doctors are not the only ones speaking out against the currently available Covid19 vaccines. Covid19 researcher Steve Kirsch has published perhaps the best vaccine-related article titled “Should you get vaccinated.” In it, Kirsch provides compelling evidence to back up the claim that the currently available Covid19 vaccine(s) are “the most dangerous vaccine(s) in the last 30 years.” Kirsch says “What I find deeply disturbing is the lack of transparency on how dangerous the current COVID vaccines are. The stopping condition of a typical vaccine is 25-50 deaths. But there isn’t a stopping condition for this vaccine! It appears we’ve killed over 25,800 people (based on CDC “unexplained deaths”) and nobody is batting an eye.”
It should also be mentioned that the Covid19 vaccine(s) cannot be classed with the other common vaccinations since these vaccines are still experimental. Additionally, Bishop Gordon attempted to justify Covid19 vaccination by using fearmongering, saying we must take it in order to go back to normal. This is unjust since it places desperate people who need to work in an unfair moral dilemma and a seriously bleak position: either take the vaccine or be locked up without income! One can hardly expect people oppressed in this way to make a sound decision.
The main point here however is that there exists a large body of credible information, moral and medical, against the Covid19 vaccine. This alone is reason enough to prudentially delay vaccination or outright resist it. No authority can diminish this reality simply because they are in agreement with one side of the story.
Compelled to disobey
So what do we do? Surely disobedience is not Catholic! For Catholics it is a serious matter, one must obey. Still, in order to obey, one must understand where the authority comes from and how exactly it is that one can sin against obedience.
All authority, be it the natural authority of parents over children, the legal authority of the state over the people, or the ecclesiastical authority of the Pope over the Church comes from God. No authority can therefore command or demand that a rightful subject do something which contradicts this higher authority. If such a case were to exist, it is obedience to the higher authority that would compel the subject to disobey that particular wish of the secondary authority (so as to obey the authority above).
Obedience is like all virtues, one can either err by deficiency or excess, “in medio stat Virtus.” While most Catholics are aware that they can sin against obedience by doing nothing their rightful authority demands, very few are conscious of the fact that they can sin likewise by doing everything the authority asks. While ideally those in authority should be educated and virtuous enough to know the limitations of their authority, it can happen that people (including the Pope) with such authority demand things that would require blind obedience since the demand either goes against reason or the higher authority, namely God.
Perfect obedience is not to be found in a subject who blindly does whatever his superiors ask. Rather, perfect obedience is to be found in someone who obeys his superiors so long as the commands do not go against the higher authority or put himself in unnecessary danger.
With the above considered, one cannot deny that it is obedience to God that demands disobedience (in this particular case) to both Pope Francis and Bishop Jason Gordon. No authority, not even the highest authority on earth can compel a Catholic to partake in the benefits of the murder of innocent children! No authority, not even the highest authority on earth can compel men to potentially put themselves at risk of death! It is this that makes vaccine refusal morally fine and objectively sound.
His Holiness Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical Libertas (June 20, 1888) that “If, then, by anyone in authority, something be sanctioned out of conformity with the principles of right reason, and consequently hurtful to the commonwealth, such an enactment can have no binding force of law, as being no rule of justice, but certain to lead men away from that good which is the very end of civil society.” In paying no heed to something, therefore, that has no binding force, Catholics are not in the sin of disobedience and they should then rid themselves of any unnecessary unease they experience in relation to this matter.
Some other quotations by Saints and Holy men on the subject of obedience will help show that what is argued here is nothing new, odd, or strange:
“We must not mind insulting man if by respecting them we offend God.”
-St John Chrysostom 347-407AD
“Just as it is licit to resist a Pontiff who attacks the body, so it is licit to resist him who attacks souls, or who disturbs the civil order, or above all, him who tries to destroy the Church. It is licit to resist him by not doing what he orders and by impeding the execution of his will.”
–St Robert Bellarmine 1542 – 1621
“Obedience is a virtue intended to direct us toward good, not toward evil. To pretend not to see evil in order not to appear disobedient, is a betrayal of truth and a betrayal of our own selves.”
–Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre 1905 – 1991
Your Holiness, it is obedience to God that demands disobedience.
May God Bless our Nation!