CDO Archbishop Says Vaccines Are “Morally Acceptable”


PRIEST COUNCILS. In his letter of August 23, 2021 addressed to the clergy, religious and faithful of the archdiocese, Archbishop José Cabantan affirms that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is “morally acceptable” (Jigger Jerusalem /

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As many members of the Roman Catholic Church appear divided over vaccination against the virulent COVID-19, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese here reiterated saying that obtaining the jab is “morally acceptable “.

In his letter of August 23, 2021 to the clergy, religious and faithful of the archdiocese, Archbishop José Cabantan declared that he supported the position of the church.

As there have been varying opinions about the vaccination campaign, this, he said, created confusion in secular society and even among Catholics.

Divergent views within local Roman Catholic communities prompted the prelate to publish the letter to clear doubts among church members about the vaccination.

“In this directive, I would like to clarify that the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro affirms the declarations of Pope Francis, of the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith (CDF) as well as those of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines (CBCP), as well as Episcopal Conferences around the world, ”said Cabantan.

Cabantan cited a CDF statement in December 2020 stating that “vaccination is morally acceptable against the Covid virus”.

“Any vaccination recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience knowing that the use of vaccines does not constitute a formal cooperation with abortion from which cells used in certain aspects of research and production may be derived. vaccine. ” he said.

In the absence of other means to stop and prevent the pandemic, he added, the common good may recommend vaccination especially the weakest and most at risk.

Act of charity

“Vaccination not only serves to protect one’s own health, but also to promote good in society,” he said.

Quoting a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cabantan said: “The act of vaccination can be ‘an act of charity… an act of love for our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for good. common.’ “

Of course, he said, some people with co-morbidities and following the advice of their doctors might not benefit from the vaccination.

“To those, and to those who for reasons of conscience do not wish to be vaccinated, they must all the same do their best to avoid becoming vectors of transmission of the infectious agent”, declared the ‘archbishop.

Cabantan said that earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that “people have a moral obligation to receive any of these vaccines. It is a moral choice, a moral duty because it is about your life and that of others.

“Just recently, through a video message, Pope Francis urged people to get vaccinated. First of all, he thanked God for the vaccines – our hope to end the pandemic only if it is available to all, ”he said.

The Pope, added Cabantan, stressed that vaccination is a simple but profound way to promote the common good and take care of each other, especially the most vulnerable. He also added that it is an act of love for oneself, for his family and friends and for all.

In their pastoral letter of January 8, 2021, said Cabantan, the country’s bishops “have recognized the role of conscience in all our decision-making and repeat the teaching of the Vatican that when ethically flawless Covid-19 vaccines are not not available, it is morally acceptable to receive the offered Covid-19 Vaccines.

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