Phoenix, Ariz., Aug 28, 2021 / 15:00 pm
Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix said on Friday that he encourages the faithful to prayerfully consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but assured those who have chosen not to receive the vaccine that they can do so in good conscience.
“As Bishop of a diverse flock, I continue to encourage the prayerful consideration that each individual must make in regard to receiving the vaccine. For those who have discerned to receive one, they can be assured that they can do so in good conscience. For those who have discerned not to receive one, they too can do so in good conscience,” Olmsted wrote in an Aug. 27 press release.
Olmsted referred to vaccination guidance he issued in December of last year where he affirmed that receiving the vaccine is morally acceptable.
“This message is consistent with guidance given by the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” he wrote.