(LifeSiteNews) – A Holocaust survivor has drawn a parallel between COVID-19 restrictions and the policies of Nazi Germany.
In a March 9 interview with Rebel News, Holocaust survivor Vera Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, drew a comparison between COVID restrictions, particularly those imposed on the unvaccinated, and the dehumanization campaign led by the Nazis against the Jews before and during World War II.
“The Nazis used the fearmongering [tactic] of Jews [being] spreaders of infectious diseases, and that’s exactly the accusation against the unvaccinated, that they’re the spreaders of the virus, which they are not,” Sharav stated during her 36-minutes long interview with Rebel News reporter Drea Humphrey.
Sharav was three-and-half-years old when she was deported from her home in Romania and herded into a concentration camp in Ukraine. Her father died there of an infectious disease. In 1944, her mother managed to ransom her through an orphan organization, and she was sent back to Romania.
The Holocaust survivor explained that having been disobedient at one point during that period and having refused to follow the dictates of government authority saved her life and was “a big lesson” for her.
Drawing a parallel with the current situation, she called on more people not to comply with COVID restrictions imposed by “government dictates.”
“I wish that most people would stop obeying because by obeying … you are allowing the dictators to flourish. They couldn’t do it without obedience,” she argued.
Sharav insisted that restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated are unjustified as the experimental COVID vaccines have proven inefficient in stopping the spread of COVID-19; vaccinated people are still able to pass on and contract the disease.
As Sharav pointed out in her interview, this is made obvious by the fact that the countries with the highest vaccination rates also have higher numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
By all accounts, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres' diocese of Arecibo in Puerto Rico is flourishing because of his adherence to the perennial teachings of the Church.
But, without any formal proceedings, Bishop Fernández Torres has been summarily 'relieved' of his episcopal duties allegedly because he championed conscience rights in the face of a Church vaccine mandate in Puerto Rico.
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To be clear, COVID-19 is a serious disease, oftentimes with debilitating consequences, or worse, for those who contract it.
However, all coronavirus vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been tested on or produced with cell lines of aborted babies. And, the vaccines have been linked to serious side effects, while none has yet completed long-term testing.
Given the complexity of this issue, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment which each individual must make after informing his or her conscience.
As such, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to be vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Church's teaching authority where faith and moral are concerned, issued a statement to that effect in December, 2020.
Specifically, the CDF's, “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” of December 17, 2020, n. 5 states: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”
Therefore, it would appear that for simply restating the current teaching of the CDF and for opposing his brother bishops in Puerto Rico on this seminal matter of conscientious objection, Rome is now attempting to "cancel" Bishop Fernández Torres.
This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory!
And, Bishop Fernández Torres is hardly the first bishop to defend Church teaching on conscientious objection on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Both the Colorado and South Dakota bishops' conferences released similar statements, and like Bishop Fernández Torres, they also offered to validate religious exemptions for member of their flock who asked to be exempted from vaccination.
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For his part, Bishop Fernández Torres, 57, a staunch defender of life and family, protested his removal as "totally unjust" in a statement released Wednesday (3/9/2022).
The bishop, who led his diocese for nearly 12 years, noted that Pope Francis’ apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico verbally requested that he resign, but said that he refused to do so, as he "did not want to become an accomplice of a totally unjust action."
"No process has been made against me," Bishop Fernández Torres wrote, "nor have I been formally accused of anything, and simply one day the apostolic delegate verbally communicated to me that Rome was asking me to resign."
“A successor of the apostles is now being replaced without even undertaking what would be a due canonical process to remove a parish priest,” the bishop added.
“I was informed that I had committed no crime but that I supposedly ‘had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion with my brother bishops of Puerto Rico,’” he said. “It was suggested to me that if I resigned from the diocese I would remain at the service of the Church in case at some time I was needed in some other position; an offer that in fact proves my innocence.”
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Sharav also drew a parallel between the segregation imposed on Jews during the 1930s to the one imposed on the unvaccinated now with the vaccine passports deciding “who may go to the public square, who is allowed to go into a restaurant, etc.”
She compared the vaccine passport to the requirement to show “papers” in Nazi Germany and during World War II, which allowed the Nazis to set aside and demonize a whole segment of the population.
“I’m talking about the period in the 30s before the Final Solution started to be carried out,” Sharav said. She argued that all such measures taken at the time were “stages” to slowly bring about the Holocaust.
“The Holocaust happened in stages; it didn’t happen overnight,” she said.
Sharav identified eugenics as the ideology behind both the Holocaust and the current COVID tyranny and described it as “the devaluing of some human beings.”
“These edicts that essentially resulted in deaths were issued for both financial reasons and eugenics,” she said.
Sharav opined that this eugenics-based ideology has “never been repudiated” by the elite layers of society.
She also stressed the role of the medical establishment in enabling laws or restrictions that violate freedom and can ultimately lead to genocides.
“The medical establishment, during the [time of] the Nazis and now, are the pivotal enablers,” Sharav stated.
“Without the medical establishment neither regimes would have been able to get away with it,” she dontinued.
“The medical establishment provide the veneer of legitimacy [for] genocides,”