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ROME (LifeSiteNews) – The Pontifical Oriental Institute (POI) reportedly penalized a dean and prominent Jesuit scholar for refusing the COVID-19 injections.

Church Militant reported that the POI’s dean of faculty for Eastern Ecclesiastical Sciences, Fr. Massimo Pampaloni, S.J., was recently sent to Brazil due to his conscience objections to the shots.

Fr. Pampaloni, a consultor to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and a leading scholar of Syriac Christology, rejected the mandatory jabs in spite of pressure from authorities and his superiors, a Rome-based oriental studies scholar told Church Militant.

Italy earlier this year made the COVID shots compulsory for residents over 50 years old. The mandate is set to expire June 15. The Vatican also issued a jab mandate for all employees in December.

“For a dean and leading scholar at the world’s most prestigious oriental studies pontifical school to be stripped of his position and shunted to another continent by his own Jesuit community despite the Vatican stating that vaccination is voluntary is unprecedented,” Church Militant’s source said. Fr. Pampaloni previously served as vice rector at the POI between 2010 and 2016.

Virtually every other Jesuit in Rome has taken the abortion-tainted injections, the source added.

“For reasons of privacy protection, we do not give any information about it,” the office of POI rector Fr. David Nazar, S.J. told Church Militant about Fr. Pampaloni’s case.

Fr. Pampaloni is now a visiting professor at The Jesuit School of Philosophy and Theology, a Jesuit college in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The POI’s website still includes him on its faculty page.

“The Pontifical Oriental Institute cannot afford to lose such an outstanding academic for too long. Currently, they simply cannot find a replacement for him — which is why they are playing the game by banishing him and will then allow him to return from exile after making an example of him,” the oriental studies scholar said.

At some point of development, all available COVID-19 shots relied on cell-lines derived from aborted babies who were most likely still alive when their tissue was extracted. The jabs have additionally been linked to serious side effects, including the immune disorder Guillain Barré Syndrome and potentially fatal heart issues, like myocarditis.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stressed in a note last year that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

The Jesuit order has nevertheless pursued severe COVID jab mandates for priests, as well as for students and employees at Jesuit-run schools across the U.S.

Boston College High School (BCHS), a Jesuit college preparatory school, has faced a wave of criticism for segregating unjabbed students behind plexiglass dividers at lunch. Another Jesuit-run high school, Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, required the shots last year for extracurricular activities.

Several Jesuit colleges and universities, including Georgetown University, Fordham University, and Boston College, have mandated COVID injections for students, faculty, and staff. The Jesuits West Province in the United States has also ordered Jesuit priests to get jabbed, Church Militant reported.

The POI’s action against Fr. Pampaloni comes after Pope Francis this month dismissed Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres from the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico after the bishop publicly defended conscience objections to COVID-19 shots and refused to segregate parishioners based on jab status.

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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.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres now.

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.”

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres. Thank you!


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Mother General Marilla, Mother Superior of London’s Tyburn convent, was also recently reported to the Vatican over her opposition to the injections. And last week, the Mother Superior of a Benedictine monastery in Perugia, Italy said that her convent is facing closure by the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life because the nuns remain jab-free.


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