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(LifeSiteNews) — The former Society of St. Pius X district superior of France has condemned the use of abortion-tainted COVID vaccines and called Catholics to seriously consider the moral implications of receiving the jabs, warning of potential direct cooperation with evil.

In a statement published in French Catholic review Civitas entitled Non Possumus, Fr. Regis de Cacqueray, the former SSPX district superior of France, now a Capuchin monk, provided a detailed explanation of the production process for COVID vaccines and invited Catholics to reflect on the moral permissibility of receiving the jabs.

Fr. Regis de Cacqueray, now known as Fr. Joseph, started by giving details regarding the HEK-293 cell lines in the production and development of the mRNA vaccines were obtained and used. He listed the number and gravity of sins, past, present, and future, involved in the process.

Among the past sins listed were the actual abortion, vivisection of human beings, deprivation of both earthly life and the beatific vision for the aborted fetuses, theft, and usurpation of organs. For present sins, he listed fencing and illegitimate exploitation of human cells, cooperation in the industrialization of the human body, and injection of a vaccine containing human debris. And finally, as a potential future sin, de Cacqueray mentioned encouraging the vicious circle of creating new fetal cell lines.

The Capuchin acknowledged that “ordinarily unlawful, distant material and mediate cooperation can sometimes be lawful for proportionately serious reason,” but went on to question whether this applies to receiving the COVID vaccines.

He stressed the necessity of establishing the existence of a proportionate reason for receiving the HEK-293 vaccine, and establishing that the connection to evil is indeed “distant” or “mediate” as opposed to “immediate.”

“We must ask ourselves if the acceptance of receiving a vaccine that contains DNA fragments does not constitute a material but immediate cooperation with that ‘unspeakable’ sin that consists in accepting that man becomes a ‘consumer’ of elements of the human body derived from crime,” he wrote.

The priest listed five criteria to make that determination:

  1. The gravity of the sins with which we are connected, either those that have been committed or those that continue to be committed.
  2. The evaluation of the scandal caused by the acceptance of the vaccine.
  3. The evaluation of the proximity of the consent to the vaccine with the sins listed.
  4. (and 5.) The hope of avoiding the sin if one does not enter into connection with it and the more or less strict duty to prevent it.

He concluded that the moral cooperation with evil in accepting to receive the mRNA vaccines might be less distant than some have suggested and argued that even if this wasn’t the case, Catholics should still feel encouraged to stand up against this evil following the examples of the saints.

While acknowledging that “individual refusal to receive the vaccine will not prevent the laboratories from continuing to develop their immoral activity [which] we feel quite powerless to oppose,” he also argued that “this realization should not lead us to the perverse reasoning that it is useless to oppose it and to suffer all the damage that may result from it.”

Stressing that point even further, he wrote that “each one of us must act according to his conscience formed according to the divine law and not commit what is evil, even if he is the only one in the world to oppose it … the heroic example that it would give, has in reality an incomparable exemplary scope as the history of heroes and saints shows.”

Fr. de Cacqueray also gave a message of encouragement to Catholics and pointed out that they might not be as powerless as they think in this struggle, as resistance to the vaccine mandates has proven a major setback in the propagation of evil.

“A courageous refusal is already shaking the system and helping to weaken the Goliath of iniquity that challenges the Catholic world.”

Others in the Church have expressed similar sentiments, though Pope Francis remains a fervent supporter of the COVID-19 vaccines.

An English translation of Fr. de Cacqueray’s statement can be found HERE.