The bishop wrote his letter to assist his clerics who are receiving requests from parishioners seeking “religious exemption” from mandatory vaccination for COVID-19.
The New Brunswick rules apply to those 12 and older seeking to attend “indoor organized gatherings,” including weddings, funerals, conferences, workshops and parties, excepting parties at a private dwelling.
The Philippines on Friday reported 20,336 new COVID-19 cases, with more than 300 deaths, the highest in almost a month.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center has opposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates without exemptions for conscience.
The Pew Research Center conducted the survey from Aug. 23-29, more than a year and a half into the pandemic.
To go or not to go? That is the COVID-times question for Catholic universities with study-abroad programs.
Bishop Sweeney recalled that Pope Francis has called receiving vaccination “an act of love,” and that most of the diocese’s clerics and their staff have already been vaccinated.
The Pope may have been referring to Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was placed on a ventilator in August after testing positive for the coronavirus. Afterward, Cardinal Burke had continued to improve.
The mandate covers staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other care settings, and did not include a religious exemption.