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​Statement of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on religious exemption letters for vaccination against

September 17, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: Archbishop, In the Press, Breaking News


Statement of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on religious exemption letters for vaccination against COVID-19

Unless prevented medically from doing so, the Archdiocese of San Antonio encourages everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has stated: “Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good” (USCCB, Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines.)

The Archdiocese upholds the right of all individuals to inform and follow their conscience regarding vaccination, while recognizing such personal decisions should not be dependent upon documentation by a member of the clergy. Therefore, the clergy of the Archdiocese of San Antonio will not be providing nor signing religious exemption letters for COVID-19 vaccination.

The links below, from the Vatican and the USCCB, offer further guidance, as to the reason the Archdiocese does not consider the COVID-19 vaccine to be morally objectionable and the reason all faithful, if medically able to do so, are encouraged to be vaccinated:

https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20201221_nota-vaccini- anticovid_en.html

https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/us-bishop-chairmen-doctrine-and-pro-life-address-use-johnson-johnson-covid-19- vaccine

Let us continue to pray for those affected by COVID-19, for those who have died from this virus, for our health care personnel and for an end to this pandemic.

Declaración de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio sobre cartas de exención de vacunación contra COVID-19 por motivos religiosos

A menos que se esté impedido médicamente, la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio exhorta a todos a recibir una vacuna contra el COVID-19. Como ha declarado la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) “recibir una de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 debe entenderse como un acto de caridad hacia los demás miembros de nuestra comunidad. De esta manera, vacunarse de manera segura contra el COVID-19 debe considerarse un acto de amor al prójimo y parte de nuestra responsabilidad moral por el bien común” (USCCB, Consideraciones Morales con Respecto a las Nuevas Vacunas Contra el COVID-19).

La Arquidiócesis defiende el derecho de todas las personas a informar y seguir su conciencia con respecto a la vacunación, al mismo tiempo que reconoce que tales decisiones personales no deben depender de documentación emitida por algún miembro del clero. Por lo tanto, el clero de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio no proporcionará ni firmará cartas de exención religiosa para la vacunación contra COVID-19.

Los enlaces del Vaticano y la USCCB que se ofrecen a continuación ofrecen más orientación, en cuanto a la razón por la que la Arquidiócesis no considera que la vacuna COVID-19 sea moralmente objetable y la razón por la que todos los fieles, si son médicamente capaces de hacerlo, deben ser vacunados:

https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20201221_nota-vaccini-anticovid_sp.html

https://www.usccb.org/es/news/2021/los-presidentes-de-los-comites-de-doctrina-y-actividades-pro-vida-de-la-usccb-se

Sigamos orando por los afectados por el COVID-19, por los que han muerto a causa de este virus, por nuestro personal sanitario y por el fin de esta pandemia.