SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
COVID-19 vaccines
February 08, 2021
"Fraternity is the true cure for the pandemic and the many evils that have affected us," Pope Francis told the Vatican diplomatic corps Monday morning. "Along with vaccines, fraternity and hope are, as it were, the medicine we need in today’s world.” What does fraternity require of us during the coronavirus pandemic?
January 11, 2021
Pope Francis also discussed the increasingly diffuse social tendency to judge persons’ worth on the basis of “productivity” and to discard anyone “unproductive” – especially the sick, the elderly, and the unborn – a tendency he identifies as the chief characteristic of the “throwaway” culture.
December 30, 2020
"It is important to oppose ethically compromised science," says Ron Belgau, "but it’s also important to cheer scientists who produce ethical research."
December 15, 2020
The testing will take place at the Diocese of Metuchen’s Unity Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 15, 2020
The bishops also said it is morally permissible in some circumstances to receive a third vaccine, developed in close connection with aborted cell lines, but that Catholics cannot allow the pandemic to “desensitize” or “weaken our determination” to oppose the evil of abortion.
December 11, 2020
"Without better alternatives," Bishop Brennan now says, "Catholics may ethically decide for serious reasons to utilize such vaccines."
November 22, 2020
Recently, a very well regarded prelate of the Church — whom I happen really to believe to be a very good and holy man — tweeted about the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. He wrote that vaccine “is not morally produced,” owing to the use in some phases of its production of biological specimens obtained originally through