Vaccines and Catholic Bioethics

Talk by Fr. Kevin Vogel explaining the Church’s teaching on the use of illicit biological materials and cooperation in evil, specifically as it applies to vaccines. (First published 19 December 2020.)

This video was taken down by YouTube on 17 October 2021 for violating their medical misinformation policy, my guess in particular “Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will contain substances that are not on the vaccine ingredient list, such as biological matter from fetuses (e.g. fetal tissue, fetal cell lines) or animal products.”  In the video I don’t claim the vaccines contain the fetal cell line material, but do say the cell lines were utilized in their production or testing, as those companies themselves have confirmed.

Here are some original sources from the Vatican:

Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 17 December 2020.

Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 20 June 2008.

Moral Reflection on Vaccines Prepared from Cells derived from Aborted Human Foetuses, Pontifical Academy for Life, 9 June 2005.