UK government lobbying religious leaders to promote abortion-tainted coronavirus vaccines
“We have been asked to encourage parishioners to accept the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Father Neil McNicholas of St Mary and St Romuald Parish in England wrote in a newsletter sent out to his congregation on Jan. 17.
His parish also announced earlier: “We’ve been asked by the Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force – Cardinal Nichols is one of the Church’s representatives on that group – to try to encourage parishioners to accept the opportunity to be vaccinated when that offer comes along.”
Established by the U.K. government in May last year, the Places of Worship Task Force (PWTF) is tasked with ensuring that churches and other places of worship could safely re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force includes leaders from all major faiths and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Some vaccines, including the AstraZeneca and University of Oxford vaccine, were made using human fetal cells. But British bishops said that receiving these jabs is permissible given the present situation. Other clergymen, however, protested that the use of abortion-tainted vaccines is morally wrong under any circumstance.
UK government colluding with religious leaders
The MHCLG declined numerous requests to confirm that the government is lobbying religious leaders. But LifeSiteNews was able to obtain confirmation from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), the permanent assembly of Catholic bishops and personal ordinaries in those two countries.
“The U.K. government is encouraging all faiths to promote the take-up of the vaccine among their congregations,” CBCEW said in a statement.
In response, members of the CBCEW have taken to social media to spread the word. Vincent Cardinal Nichols, president of the CBCEW and a member of the PWTF, recently posted a picture of him receiving the vaccine and encouraged people to get vaccinated too.
“First dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday! Such a kind and cheerful experience. I strongly encourage everyone to take the vaccine,” the cardinal wrote on Twitter on Jan. 21.
This is not the first time that British bishops conspired with the government during the pandemic. In March 2020, the CBCEW volunteered to shut down churches even though the government originally okayed leaving churches open for private prayer. Weeks later, Cardinal Nichols said that it would be a “scandal” to have churches re-opened in response to a petition to have them so.