The reception of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict undermines a Catholic's ability to conscientiously refuse the vaccine.
From a theological point of view, I’m trying to resolve in my mind that I shouldn’t have any thoughts of “the greater good” or “collectivism”, as they put it, as far as taking a vaccine. Please keep in mind that I’m just a neophyte.
I understand that we cannot completely trust the actions of big pharm or for scientists to claim to know the full long term outcome of these v’s. Also, these v’s are either made with aborted fetal cells or developed using testing on these cells. This alone should be enough of a reason for most Christians to reject them. But I see how others might be tempted to sacrifice themselves, like Jesus did. We also see how Pope Francis is advocating for this as well. Is it a sin in that I’m not loving my neighbor?
The recent studies showing the fully vaccinated contribute to spread help to alleviate the stress involved with these thoughts.
I’m in no way advocating to take this thing. But, I want to get other’s opinions about how they are making the decision not to get vaccinated as a Catholic when we are supposed to be following the actions of the Pope. Also, the priest at my Church was advocating for them as well, so I haven’t approached him on this topic.