Archbishop in Charge of Military Does About Face; U.S. Troops Can Refuse Covid Vaxx

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October 13th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC (FBN) - In a stunning statement, the Catholic archbishop tasked with overseeing the spiritual well-being of all U.S. troops has broken ranks with the lockstep approach to greenlighting Covid RNA injections.

“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” said Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio, in a statement released Tuesday. The archbishop sidestepped some, but not all, of the controversy surrounding the fact that aborted fetal cell lines were used in the testing and development of all of the vaccines currently being pushed by drug makers and governments around the world.

Broglio singled out the J&J brand as being especially problematic: "The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed, tested, and is produced, with abortion-derived cell lines." His statement focused mainly on the sanctity of conscience of all Christians. “Conscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths.”

The archbishop, perhaps anticipating pushback from the White House, also laid out his objections in legalistic terms saying, "individuals possess the civil right not to be hindered in leading their lives in accordance with their consciences. Even if an individual’s decision seems erroneous or inconsistent to others, conscience does not lose its dignity. This belief permeates Catholic moral theology as well as First Amendment jurisprudence. As stated by the United States Supreme Court, '[R]eligious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection.'"

The statements are in marked contrast to ones issued in August when Broglio was quoted as saying the church and Pope Francis, “had recognized the morality of the vaccine.” At that time, Broglio even voiced specific support for the Pentagon’s vaxx edict. “Certainly, no vaccine is an absolute, but the military is bound to live, work and recreate together,” he said. “It seems prudent to ensure they do not infect each other.”

But now the archbishop is making it clear that not only do troops have the right to reject the RNA shots he's also warning the military not to abuse the flock over it. “The denial of religious accommodations, or punitive or adverse personnel actions taken against those who raise earnest, conscience-based objections, would be contrary to federal law and morally reprehensible,” said Broglio, in his letter.

The Archdiocese for the Military Services, created by the church in 1985, claims responsibility for 1.8 million service members and their families at 220 installations. Broglio was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

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