Vatican says it’s ‘morally acceptable’ to get vaccine despite fetal tissue use

The Vatican says it’s “morally acceptable” for faithful to receive COVID-19 vaccines whose research used cell lines from tissue obtained from abortions.

The Vatican office on doctrinal orthodoxy notes in a statement that bishops and Catholic groups have made conflicting pronouncements on the matter. The statement says “it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetus” in the research and production process when “ethically irreproachable” vaccines aren’t available to the public.

Pope Francis ordered the publication of the statement, which also stressed that the licit use of such vaccines “does not and should not in any way imply” moral endorsement of such cell line use.

The statement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cites the circumstance of citizens not being allowed by health authorities to choose which vaccine to be inoculated with. It also notes that vaccination “is not, as a rule, a moral obligation” and therefore must be voluntary. Still, the Vatican cites the “duty to pursue the common good” by protecting the weakest and most exposed to the virus through vaccination.