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Catholic doctors discuss conscientious objection at physicians meeting in Rome

Sep 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The 26th World Congress of Catholic Physicians was put on Sept. 15–17 by the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations. Read more


Bioethicists highlight greater threshold for medical decisions for children

Apr 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

As Moderna asks the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for children under 6, the National Catholic... Read more


Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for federal employees

Jan 21, 2022

By Kate Olivera

A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees. Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Portland archdiocese asks its schools to follow COVID vaccine mandate, but will consider conscience exemptions

Aug 31, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon responded Monday to a new state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, noting that Catholic schools in... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. CNA file photo.

Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix encourages vaccination, supports conscience exemptions through employers

Aug 28, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix said on Friday that he encourages the faithful to prayerfully consider getting... Read more

Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane. CNA file photo.

Spokane bishop asks Catholic schools to follow state vaccine mandate, affirms exercise of religious exemption

Aug 26, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane wrote on Tuesday that Catholic schools in the diocese will be expected to comply with... Read more

Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane.

COVID vaccines: Spokane bishop supports conscience rights, but says priests won't provide religious exemption

Aug 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones, Jonah McKeown

After Washington state announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school employees, the Bishop of Spokane said that conscience rights should... Read more

Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago.

Chicago, Philly archdioceses tell priests not to provide religious exemption from COVID vaccines

Aug 19, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The archdioceses of both Philadelphia and Chicago have instructed their clerics not to assist parishioners seeking religious exemptions from receiving... Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup greets parishioners following Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Gallup.

Bishop Wall encourages COVID-19 vaccination, while opposing state mandates

Aug 18, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico released a letter Wednesday reiterating that COVID-19 vaccines can be taken by Catholics... Read more

Puerto Rican bishop recognizes right to conscientious objection to COVID vaccines

Aug 18, 2021

By David Ramos

The Bishop of Arecibo has recognized the right to conscientious objection to vaccines against COVID-19, and announced that clerics will... Read more

NCBC: Church teaching calls for respect of both common good and conscience with vaccine mandates

Aug 17, 2021

By Autumn Jones, Joe Bukuras

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Tuesday recalled that its guidance on vaccination against the coronavirus is drawn from the... Read more

Fr. Daniel Garcia, who was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Austin Jan. 21, 2015.

Monterey bishop prohibits religious exemption from Covid vaccine mandates

Aug 16, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Daniel Garcia of Monterey on Friday directed clergy not to provide letters of religious exemption for Catholics wishing not... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles archdiocese won't provide religious exemption from Covid vaccines

Aug 16, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has said it is not providing religious exemption letters to individuals who object to receiving... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy . Credit: Archdiocese of San Francisco

Catholic vaccine exemptions take the wrong path, San Diego's Bishop McElroy says

Aug 13, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has asked that priests in his diocese not sign religious exemption letters from coronavirus... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the USCCB religious liberty committee

‘Dereliction of its duty’: US bishops rebuke Biden administration for dropping conscience rights lawsuit

Aug 12, 2021

By Joe Bukuras, Christine Rousselle

The U.S. bishops on Thursday criticized the Biden administration for dropping a conscience rights lawsuit. Read more

Cardinal Cupich reportedly 'leaning hard' on bioethics center to retract stance on Covid vaccine exemptions

Amid disagreement among Catholic leaders over whether there is a moral obligation to receive a coronavirus vaccine, board members at... Read more

South Dakota bishops support conscientious, religious exemptions from Covid vaccine mandates

Aug 11, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

In response to questions from Catholics about COVID-19 vaccine mandates being imposed by employers or other authorities, the bishops of... Read more

St. John's Seminary, Boston

Catholic seminaries requiring vaccines, with exemptions, for fall semester

Aug 11, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic seminaries in the northeast are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for their seminarians before the coming semester begins.  Read more

40 Days for Life in Mexico says its volunteers are free to get vaccinated against Covid or not

Aug 7, 2021

By David Ramos

40 Days for Life In Mexico said Wednesday that "regarding the issue of vaccines, each of the volunteers and people... Read more