Colorado Bishops' letter on COVID-19 vaccines

March 8, 2021

A Letter to the Faithful from the Bishops of Colorado

The Colorado Bishops affirm that Catholics should consider how a vaccine was created and tested before
receiving it.

In Letter to the Faithful on COVID-19 Vaccines (December 14, 2020), the Colorado bishops wrote:
“The bishops of Colorado affirm that the use of some COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable
under certain circumstances.... At the same time, we must remember that a good end cannot
justify evil means. Vaccines need to be developed according to ethical criteria. Human cell lines
that come from aborted fetuses should not be used in the design, development, production, or lab
testing of vaccines. The development of vaccines and other medicines using aborted fetal cells is
ethically unacceptable.”1

The Catholic Church recognizes the incredible potential of the COVID-19 vaccines to eliminate suffering
and potentially lead to an end to the current health crisis. Already, there has been progress from the
vaccines to bring about lower infection rates in Colorado and nationwide. The rapid development of
effective vaccines for COVID-19 is an astounding medical accomplishment, and government leaders
across the world should be working to ensure that every person who desires it, be vaccinated.    To read the full letter click here.