“One must not force anyone to vaccinate, that is quite clear. But one should appeal to the conscience,” Archbishop Gänswein commented.
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In an interview with the Register, the German cardinal also warned against bishops and priests who ‘offer themselves as courtiers to the rulers of this world and make themselves their propagandists.’
Military branches have instituted various deadlines for the vaccination of all troops.
The Register has learned that since the Spring, the Vatican has been holding seminars to “indoctrinate” the guardsmen to take the anti-Covid vaccine.
Spokesman Matteo Bruni was unable to confirm whether it would be needed for public papal events. ‘I think certain decisions are still being made,’ he told the Register Sept. 20.
The bishop wrote his letter to assist his clerics who are receiving requests from parishioners seeking “religious exemption” from mandatory vaccination for COVID-19.
Under the new order, Catholics attending liturgical celebrations at the Vatican will be an exception to the vaccine rule. People will be allowed to access a liturgy “for the time strictly necessary for the conduct of the rite,” while also following distancing and masking rules.
The Pew Research Center conducted the survey from Aug. 23-29, more than a year and a half into the pandemic.
The goal is to get students back in the classroom with a strong academic and religious program, but mask and vaccine mandate controversies are roiling Catholic-school communities across the nation.