Johnson & Johnson vaccine raises concerns for members of the Catholic faith

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is the newest vaccine to be made available to the public. Although this vaccine has been approved by the FDA for emergency use, this specific vaccine has raised some concerns with members of the Catholic faith.

The vaccine uses stem cells not only in its testing, but also in the production of the vaccine itself. Which the diocese of Rapid City does not agree with.

Father Mark Horn, Diocese of Rapid City said, “Not only has it used fetal tissue cell line to test the vaccine, it has also been used in its production. Whereas the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have used fetal tissue in its testing but not in its production.”

Father Mark Horn hopes one day that pharmaceutical companies can produce a safe and effective vaccine that has no connection to abortions at all.

“Obviously the church wants the end of the pandemic. But one of the main concerns we have about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in particular is its close, its more, closely connected to the act of abortion,” said Father Mark Horn.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith have both said that there could be moral reasons why this vaccine could still be used, but they suggest looking for more ethical alternatives such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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