Where is Your Bishop on Vaccine Exemptions?

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Where are our Bishops on conscience protections against the experimental injections being forced? on the public?

They’re all over the place.

Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich has said that vaccine exemptions “violate the authentic moral teaching” of the Church. So there’s that.

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles has also dropped the ball, and totally rejected any exemptions from the regime’s new experimental injections.

The bishops of El Paso has required all diocesan employees to be injected.

The Bishop of Spokane has issued a strange statement, declining to speak for “the conscience of others” and endorse any injection exemptions. From the Diocese:

The governor also announced mandatory vaccination for all employees working in K-12 schools and higher education. This includes private and religious schools. While we encourage vaccination, we do not intend on violating the consciences of our Catholic school teachers nor do we intend on vouching for another person’s conscience. We are in conversation with civic and health officials about government mandated vaccination requirements and will offer further guidance to parish and school personnel in due time.

New York and Philadelphia have followed, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Wednesday became the latest to declare a position. In a letter to clergy obtained by The Inquirer, it ordered priests not to assist parishioners seeking religious exemptions, joining some of the nation’s largest Catholic dioceses, including New York and Los Angeles, which have implemented similar policies in recent days.

That’s Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philly, El Paso, and Spokane in the Fauci camp. The Diocese of Charlotte has mixed messages, one Cathedral having offered exemptions to the faithful. From the Charlotte Observer:

The Cathedral of St. Patrick has also offered a sample religious exemption form to parishioners who are seeking a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination, the church announced in a Facebook post.

Pope Francis has been vaccinated and has encouraged others to do the same, said Liz Chandler, a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte…

“The Vatican and the U.S. bishops have advised that it is acceptable for Catholics to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” Chandler said. She added that, according to the church, those who don’t get vaccinated “must do their utmost to avoid transmitting the virus.”

In contrast, we know that both Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas, and Colorado’s bishops have defended the faithful’s legitimate protections under Church teaching. From LifeSite News:

Colorado’s Catholic bishops released a religious exemption letter template from the COVID-19 experimental injections for Catholics, with the bishops stating that they “continue to support religious exemptions from any and all vaccine mandates.”

The August 5 letter, signed by Denver’s Archbishop Samuel Aquila, along with Bishops Stephen Berg of Pueblo and James Golka of Colorado Springs and Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of Denver, opened by repeating the Colorado hierarchy’s previous statements that “the use of some COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable under certain circumstances.” However, the bishops swiftly added that they were aware and “understand” that many people decide not to get the injections based on “well-founded convictions.”

The letter comes after Denver mayor Michael Hancock declared August 2 that “all city employees” along with private-sector employees in “high risk settings” would be subject to mandatory vaccination by September 30…

Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland also took to Twitter to express his support for his brother clergy: “Thank you bishops of Colorado for standing for freedom of conscience. I stand with you.”  

South Dakota’s bishops have done the same. From LifeSite as well:

‘We support any Catholic who has come to this conviction in seeking religious exemption from any Covid-19 requirement,’ Bishop Donald E. DeGrood of Sioux Falls and Bishop Peter M. Muhich of Rapid City wrote last week.

The fact is, the bishops are all over the place on this issue, but the Church is not.

Stay safe and pray for the Church.