The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has released a statement declaring the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to be “morally compromised,” asking people not to take the vaccine which has ties to abortion “in development and production.” 

The Archdiocese said, “the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing.”

Other vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have garnered the stamp of approval from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, however, the New Orleans Archdiocese contends that the Johnson and Johson vaccine makes “extensive use of abortion-derived cell lines.”

“We are aware that, among the dozens of vaccines currently in development, some are being produced using old cell lines that were created from the cells of aborted babies,” the letter read. “For example, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a substantial contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is working on a vaccine that is being produced using one of these ethically problematic cell lines.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese said the decision to publicly rebuke the pro-abortion J&J vaccine came after “a conversation” with the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict were reportedly both inoculated in January by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Vatican.

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