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Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

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By NICOLE WINFIELD

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Pope Francis is a good man. Long may he live!

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To be clear, this is what was said:

Bohumil Petrik, **Denník Štandard:** Vaccination has divided Christians, also in Slovakia. You say that getting the vaccine is an act of love. And when you do not get the vaccine, what would you call it? Some believers have felt discriminated against and there are different approaches in the different dioceses on this point. Even before your visit, this visit could only be accessed if [someone was] vaccinated, then it was changed, even those who did rapid tests could attend and so on... So, we would all like to know how to get along, how to reconcile on this issue.

Pope Francis: Humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines. As children, we got them for measles, for other things, for polio. All the children were vaccinated and no one said anything. Then this [opposition] happened. This was perhaps due to the virulence, the uncertainty not only about the pandemic, but also about the different vaccines, and also the reputation of some vaccines which are nothing more than distilled water. This created fear in people. Then others who say that it is a danger because with the vaccine you are infected. So many arguments that have created this division. Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers and one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus. I do not know how to explain [the opposition] well. Some say it comes from the diversity of where the vaccines come from, which are not sufficiently tested and they are afraid. We must clarify and speak with serenity about this. In the Vatican, everyone is vaccinated except a small group which they are studying how to help.

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/full-text-pope-francis-in-flight-press-conference-from-slovakia

Same Q&A, he answered a question about giving Communion to politicians who have supported pro-abortion laws, and one regarding same-sex marriages. . .

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Obviously a religious figure is not the person to ask about scientific matters, they are out of his field of expertise; but he still has a responsibility to clearly say to the believers that the science is clear and they should be vaccinated if they can. This may not convince those that are irrationally opposed to vaccines because of personal reasons, but at least it will take the religion excuse out of the way, now antivaxxers can't try to convince Catholics saying the vaccine is against their religion.

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Obviously a religious figure is not the person to ask about scientific matters, they are out of his field of expertise; but he still has a responsibility to clearly say...

He has the responsibility to say something he is not qualified to say? OK...

You say that getting the vaccine is an act of love.

An act of love should never be forced.

As children, we got them for measles, for other things, for polio. All the children were vaccinated and no one said anything. Then this [opposition] happened.

Yes, different illness, different vaccines, and different manipulation of the narrative.

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Perhaps his holiness would like to educate a few of our fellow commenters on the responsibilities of Christians in an interconnected society......

Also, how no main-line religion is arguing for religious exemptions.....

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He has the responsibility to say something he is not qualified to say? OK...

He has the responsibility to say that those that are quialified have reached a conclusion. It is not so hard to understand.

An act of love should never be forced.

And he is not saying it should, just that for members of his religion it is a desirable thing to do for which everybody should aim. It may be surprising for those that only put importance on their own desires, but there are actually people that like to do things for others, just because is the right, decent thing to do.

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He has the responsibility to say something he is not qualified to say? OK...

It's never bothered you when you spread vaccine disinformation.

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But he is not qualified to know who is qualified...

How are you qualified to know who is qualified to, say, fix your car, check your medical exams, or do your taxes?

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