“Be very careful about this vaccine. If I were you, I would not touch it with a 10-foot pole. And I never will because it leads to complications. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say what needs to be said.
“I need you to pray for me as I take this bold and courageous step. I was ordained to be bold and courageous and to speak the truth.
“My brothers and sisters, you are under absolutely no obligation to take a vaccine that is made, produced, manufactured, tested even in the most remote ways with aborted, fetal cells. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
“Our ultimate answer and word is the word of Jesus Christ, who emphasizes that the flesh is important. The flesh of aborted cells are important and they are not to be put into our body in any way, shape, or form.
“Do not let anyone confuse that for you. We must look to the laws of God first and foremost. If they’re going to kick me out of a restaurant come September 13th, so be it. I can cook at home.
“And if they’re not going to allow me to go and buy groceries at the store because I’m unvaccinated, then so be it. I can grow my own vegetables and fruit.
“But I cannot grow my own human soul, and I cannot justify to God why I am possibly contributing or allowing an evil to take place.” – Brooklyn priest Michael Panicali, addressing his congregation on Sunday.
The Diocese of Brooklyn reacts:
Unfortunately, Father Panicali used a homily to express a personal opinion which is in conflict with the position of the Vatican and the Diocese of Brooklyn. The issue will be addressed by diocesan officials. The Diocese of Brooklyn has been seriously committed to addressing the spiritual and material needs of the faithful in the midst of this deadly pandemic.
Here’s his January letter to The Tablet:
I was present at the “Save America Rally” in D.C. on Jan. 6 along with six of my parishioners. It is a truly sad day when hundreds of thousands of peaceful American citizens, young and old, go all the way to Washington, D.C. to tell our U.S. government that we want the Supreme Court to actually hear the evidence before being told it didn’t exist, to actually do the fact-checking to explain the really strange results, and that we want fair and free elections.
It is truly sad when we, prayerful people, are not shown, the thousands of us, and when we are labeled Trump-supporters instead of patriots; when the media only shows some activists (always present when any protest happens — think of all the recent protests!) who pushed their way into the Capitol building, and largely ignores the fatal shooting of an unarmed veteran of our country.
It is truly sad when Catholic leadership does not applaud the prayer, patriotism and goodwill of so many, and instead focuses on the actions of a select few, and places all of us in the same category.
Pope Francis called getting vaccinated an “act of love” in a video message on Wednesday, adding his voice to a campaign to dispel vaccine skepticism and assure that they are safe and effective. https://t.co/GwLjzVIMtB pic.twitter.com/wx3NsQMWmv
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 18, 2021