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WINCHESTER, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — An Emergency Room nurse fired for not taking the shot after his religious exemption was denied has spoken candidly to LifeSiteNews about what he saw on the so-called frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. 

In a video interview published yesterday, former Valley Health System nurse Brad McDowell spoke to LifeSite correspondent Jim Hale about the contrast between what he has witnessed and the story being told by the media regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 


“The narrative that we’re being told didn’t really line up with reality,” McDowell stated. “Most people of working age aren’t of a risk [for contracting COVID].” 

Addressing the COVID vaccine lobby’s position that receiving the experimental jab is doing your obligatory part “for humanity,” McDowell said that the potential benefits don’t outweigh the risks associated with receiving the injections. 

“I have a family,” he said. “And what good am I to my family if I get injured from a vaccine?” 

The vaccines, which have been touted by the media and public health officials around the world as “safe and effective” have been linked to millions of injuries worldwide and, in at least a few tens of thousands of cases, death.  

Per the World Health Organization’s own database for logging vaccine adverse effects, the COVID-19 vaccines have been linked to over 2 million adverse effects in 2021 alone. 

More alarming, the WHO data shows that young people aged 18-44 are the group with the highest reported incidences of COVID vaccine related injury, whereas the risk of them dying from COVID, barring those with comorbidities, is close to zero 

Additionally, according to European Union (EU) data, the abortion-tainted shots have been linked to over 20,000 deaths in that part of the world, with more than 1 million “serious” injuries reported in those countries since the start of the vaccine rollout.  

Specifically, the “FDA-approved” Pfizer jab, per the EU data, has potentially caused a whopping 22,844 blood disorders, 148,477 nervous system disorders, and 910 adverse events related to “pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions.” 

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Please SIGN this critical petition which urges the Catholic Church to demand that Big Pharma develop, produce and distribute ethical (non-abortion tainted) COVID vaccines for Catholics...and, anyone else who feels morally obliged to refuse abortion-tainted vaccines!

Over the past 10 months, the Catholic Church's teaching office (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - CDF) has quietly directed the Catholic faithful to protest against the use of aborted babies in the production or testing of available COVID vaccines in the West -- all of which use aborted fetal cell lines in either their development or testing phase.

Sadly, this direction has been so quiet that almost no-one knows about it.

At the same time, however, the Pope (see below), along with many other senior prelates, has been loudly promoting the uptake of these same unethically-produced vaccines amongst the Catholic faithful with only a whisper of protest.

It's clear that there is a major disconnect in the Church between word and action on this major moral issue.

But, instead of being a follower, the Church should be a leader in this area -- demanding the development of ethical vaccines (and, other ethically-developed products) for Catholics.**

In fact, there are already Catholic scientists, like Dr. Alan Moy, who are working with adult stem cells to help achieve ethical alternatives, but they have received "very little interest" from the Church, to-date.

And, to be fair, some individual bishops, like Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, Canada, have vocally supported non-abortion tainted vaccines, with Archbishop Miller going so far as to donate towards ethical research.

But, it's time to try again and ask Church leaders in the Vatican and its US counterpart, the USCCB (the Catholic bishops' conference in the United States), to be fully consistent in word and deed on the issue of aborted fetal cell lines used to produce vaccines.

Jews have kosher foods and Muslims have halal foods. And, people from both traditions demand such foods - and, their demands are respected. As an example, please click and scroll down here to see all of the halal certificates which McDonald's needs to operate in Saudi Arabia.

So, certainly the Catholic Church could and should loudly demand that pharmaceutical companies develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics.

Indeed, the Church could and should ask the faithful to loudly demand ethical vaccines from Big Pharma (by providing phone numbers and email addresses, for example). And, or, the Church could and should commit to sponsoring the development of pro-life pharmaceuticals.

It should be noted here that the Catholic Church teaches that there is NO moral obligation, whatsoever, to accept a vaccine.

But, regrettably, for those who wish to take an ethically-produced COVID vaccine, even the Church's direction is hard to understand, precisely because it is contradictory.

On the one hand, the CDF says that acceptance of an abortion-tainted vaccine constitutes passive/remote material cooperation in the evil of abortion.

On the other hand the CDF also says that the acceptance of abortion-tainted vaccine is morally permissible when no ethically developed and tested vaccine is available.

At the same, however, the CDF paradoxically says that those who accept an unethical vaccine have the moral obligation to protest against it.

But then...there's the recent video of Pope Francis and other senior bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals promoting the COVID vaccines, without protesting against their gravely immoral development and testing, nor calling on Big Pharma to produce an ethical alternative.

So, where the current slate of COVID vaccines is concerned, the Church is apparently saying that you can cooperate with evil if some good may result...if you have no ethical alternative...but, you have to protest the evil...while participating in it.

And, well, the very people who are telling us to protest the unethical vaccines are, themselves, actually promoting them as, "an act of love."

That's confusing!

This kind of contradiction - saying one thing and doing another - is unacceptable because it assumes as normal the situation where only unethical vaccines are available for Catholics.

We are asking the Church to stop this seeming servility towards Big Pharma, and start a loud and active campaign promoting the development and production of ethical vaccines.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging Pope Francis and other Vatican authorities, as well as USCCB authorities, to loudly demand that Big Pharma develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics, untainted by abortion.

Thank you!


'‘Wholly unethical’: US ‘personhood’ org condemns COVID vaccines derived from aborted babies' -

'In ‘rupture’ with Church’s ‘absolute opposition’ to abortion, Vatican hosting pro-aborts at pro-COVID jab conference' -

'‘I will never comply with evil’: Pro-lifer Abby Johnson on abortion-tainted vaccines' -

'Canadian archbishop donates to ethical coronavirus vaccine research' -

**Actually, to be fully consistent with the Church's teaching on this issue, the Catholic Church should demand that Catholics be offered an "ethical" choice for every major product, from food to cosmetics, from to clothing to medicine, and beyond.

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Prefacing McDowell’s further comments, LifeSite’s Jim Hale tells viewers that the healthcare worker shortage, which officials claim is due to the stress on the system created by the COVID virus, in reality is a symptom of the strict vaccine mandates that have been imposed, leading to the resignation and firing of thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide.  

“They can’t open a bed that they don’t have a nurse and a tech to staff,” McDowell told LifeSiteNews, confirming Hale’s statement. “I can tell you that all those beds [at Valley Health] are not open, and I know that for a fact.”  

“There are beds closed, and they’re saying they’re … at capacity, but it’s not because there’s not enough beds,” he continued.

“It’s not because of the patient load. It’s because of the [diminished] workforce load.” 

McDowell’s religious exemption was denied despite the hospital already facing a worker shortage that has led to patients being turned away and sent to other hospitals.”

The professional nurse cannot reconcile the claim made by the health system that the vaccine mandates are for the health and safety of patients with the system’s mandate-caused inability to care for all those who enter the hospital in need of treatment.  

“If you think about it, you have the political elite, the media elite, the people at the highest levels of the CDC, the pharmaceutical industry, they are running, they run the whole narrative,” stated McDowell. 

“They’re the ones pushing it, they’re the ones who benefit the most from everyone taking a vaccine,” he explained. 

The shortage at Valley Health System in Virginia is not an isolated problem according to other whistleblowers in the country.  

Last month, the husband of a former nurse in upstate New York, who left her post after refusing to comply with vaccine coercion, told LifeSite the same shortage is occurring in their state, which led to the closure of the entire maternity ward at his wife’s ex-hospital. 

As reported by LifeSite, as many as 94,000 healthcare workers are facing termination in New York as a result of the statewide mandate, leaving many questioning if the measures are really about health. 

McDowell, in a final statement of encouragement, told other people facing dictatorial COVID mandates to, “Stand your ground; I know everybody has financial obligations… I do too… Put your faith in God,”  

“Stand your ground, and a way will be made for you.” 

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.