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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — After nearly two years, the Vatican has announced an end to its vaccine mandate and mandatory masking policies for visitors and most employees.
In a decree published by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on June 2, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin announced that “entry to the dicasteries, bodies and offices that make up the Roman Curia and the institutions connected with the Holy See is permitted without the obligation” of having the proof of vaccination certificate known as the “super green pass.”
Parolin also stated that the Vatican would be relaxing its masking protocols, saying that masking was no longer required but still “strongly recommended.”
While the rescinding of the vaccine mandate will apply to visitors and most employees, Parolin did clarify that the policy has “remained in effect for the Pontifical Swiss Guards.”
The decree also outlined that unvaccinated employees will be required to quarantine for 10 days if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, while vaccinated employees are free to return to work immediately.
As reported extensively by LifeSiteNews, the Vatican’s decision to impose a vaccine mandate was highly controversial given that all of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines have links to the grave evil of abortion.
Bishop Robert McElroy (right) is to be made a cardinal in August, despite his inaction on allegations against notorious ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
We all have a responsibility to speak up when serious wrongs are being brought to our attention, but McElroy didn't.
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The Bishop of San Diego was told about serious sexual wrongdoing by McCarrick in 2016 when psychotherapist Richard Sipe, who had interviewed numerous victims of McCarrick, sent him a detailed letter, but McElroy sat on that information and is now being made a cardinal.
Appointing him to the College of Cardinals is not only an insult to those who suffered clerical sex-abuse, but also to those who are intent on ridding the Church of such evil.
This decision to make McElroy a cardinal must be reversed, and the only way to make that happen is with pressure from the laity.
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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.
"I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick," the psychotherapist told McElroy in the 2016 letter, adding: "None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation."
McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.
It would take another year for the truth about McCarrick to slowly emerge in public.
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Turning a blind eye to serious allegations of sexual wrongdoing is reprehensible in any context, but particularly when a bishop, a shepherd of souls, does so.
He also supports giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, contrary to the Church's teaching, while he has concelebrated LGBT Masses as bishop and claimed Fr. James Martin's attempt to normalize the LGBT ideology is "fully consonant with Catholic teaching".
The sad truth is that McElroy is not fit to continue as a bishop, let alone become a cardinal.
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We must do what we can to clean up this mess now.
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Photo: Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Robert McElroy (Lisa Bourne/LifeSiteNews & Diocese of San Diego/YouTube)
In February 2021, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, publicly opposed the Vatican’s stance on the shots, and called for a “new phase” of the pro-life movement that specifically pleads for the eradication of abortion-derived medicine.
“But I think there now comes a new time, a new phase, a new period of all pro-life movements to protest, clearly and unambiguously, against abortion-tainted medicines, against the abuse of the body parts of the unborn,” stated Schneider.
The bishop also expressed sadness for his fellow Church leaders, especially those connected to the Holy See, “who, unfortunately, do not see the grievousness” of the matter.
“The first crime is the murder, the assassination, of the unborn child. Then there is the extraction of the cells – it’s a crime, it’s horrible. And then there is the recycling of these body parts. And then there is the commercialization, and so on. And then there is the fabrication of medicines and the fabrication of the vaccines,” lamented the bishop.
“These are all connected. You cannot separate them,” he added. “When you take this medicine in your body or this vaccine, you cannot say, ‘Oh, all these evils disappear, and I am very far away [from them all].’ This is not true. You are entering this chain.”
“The hour has now come that all people of goodwill, especially believing Catholics, all pro-life organizations have to stand up and make a fiery protest with one voice and say, ‘We will never agree [with], we will never admit [into our lives] these evils.’”