The Vatican urges everyone concerned for the sanctity of life to protest the use of abortion-derived cell lines and advocate for the development of vaccines with no connection to abortion. To make it easier to take this action, the United States Catholic Bishops provided sample letters to pharmaceutical companies that are using abortion-derived cell lines to produce and/or test vaccines.
U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine
March 2, 2021
WASHINGTON – On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States.
The Catholic Bishops have issued a letter concerning the Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5) making its way through Congress. The United State's Catholic Bishops are encouraging all of us to write to our senators and congressman asking them not to support the act because of the numerous legal and social harms that would result.
February 23, 2021 United States Senate United
States House of Representatives
As chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Religious Liberty, Pro- Life, Marriage, Catholic Education, and Domestic Justice committees, we write to share our support for laws that protect the dignity and ensure the respect that is due all people, as well as our grave concerns with the Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5).
Human dignity is central to what Catholics believe because every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion. This commitment is reflected in the Church’s charitable service to all people, without regard to race, religion, or any other characteristic. It means we need to honor every person’s right to gainful employment free of unjust discrimination or harassment, and to the basic goods that they need to live and thrive. It also means that people of differing beliefs should be respected. In this, we whole-heartedly support nondiscrimination principles to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected.
The Spirit Fire Global Broadcast Series on Abuse and Faith
Envisioned and organized by Spirit Fire, the conference adapted to deliver a message of healing and hope in the midst of difficult and dark times around the globe, re-launching in February 2021 with an extended schedule of experts and interviews that reflected the generous welcome and many collaborations that arose during the pandemic period.
In the recent years, I have been approached by many parents, young adults and youth about the deluge of information flowing on social media, the television and internet regarding gender identity. In the Book of Genesis, we clearly see that out of a Divine act of love God created the man and woman. All of who man is and all of who the woman is was God’s idea from the beginning, and he declared them in their sexual identity as good. God got it right from the beginning.
However, there seems to be confusion regarding gender theory. Yes, the confusion involves very real and complicated circumstances amidst some challenging dynamics that requires a pastoral response. However, this does not change the profound beauty, goodness and truth woven into the very gender of each person at birth by God’s design.
I urge you to go to a recently developed website that reflects our Catholic understanding of the human person. Also, I have included a pastoral guideline to our diocesan policy regarding gender identity.