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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

May 26, 2021

Michael Pakaluk and Jay Richards join host Thomas V. Mirus for a discussion of the moral issues involved with the production and testing of vaccines using illicitly-obtained fetal cell lines, and the reasons for freedom of conscience for those who do not wish to take them.


Read a full transcript of this discussion:

Thomas Mirus's apology and retractions

Church documents discussed:

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dignitas Personae (relevant paragraphs are 34-35)

CDF, Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 Vaccines (2020)

The Pontifical Academy for Life’s 2005 statement on vaccines, emphasizing freedom of conscience

Commentary discussed:

“To Awaken Conscience”

Michael Pakaluk, “Why I Signed ‘To Awaken Conscience’”

Jose Trasancos, “The Cell Lines Used for COVID-19 Vaccines Came from Carefully Planned Abortions, Not Miscarriages”

Bishops Schneider, Strickland, et al, “COVID Vaccines: ‘The Ends Cannot Justify the Means’”

Ethics & Public Policy Center, “Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines”

Roberto de Mattei, On the Moral Liceity of the Vaccination

Richards, Briggs, and Axe; The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe

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