Be a loving Christian—get your shots!
Such is the message from Pope Francis and several Western Hemisphere cardinals promoting the safe and effective coronavirus vaccines:
Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from covid-19. They bring hope to end the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we collaborate with one another.
…Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. And helping the majority of people to do so is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for our families and friends, and love for all peoples.
Love is also social and political. There is social love and political love, it is universal, always overflowing with small individual gestures, capable of transforming and improving societies. Getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.
I pray to God that each one of us can make his or her own small gesture of love. No matter how small, love is always grand. Small gestures for a better future [Pope Francis, video, English transcription provided by Vatican News, 2021.08.17].
Amen, Father! Vaccines are small doses of love, and love is always grand. Catholic or not, show some social love, some political love, some Christian love—get your shots!
Don’t forget, back in January, Pope Francis said getting vaccinated for coronavirus was an ethical obligation, while refusing to get vaccinated to stop the pandemic was both inexplicable and sinful:
In an interview with the newscast TG5 that is expected to air Sunday evening, Francis called on everyone to get the vaccine. A transcript of the pope’s vaccination remarks, which were not immediately confirmed by the Vatican, was provided by Fabio Luca Marchese Ragona, the TG5 Vatican reporter who conducted the interview.
“It’s an ethical choice, because you are playing with health, life, but you are also playing with the lives of others,” Francis told the station. “I’ve signed up. One must do it.”
According to the transcript, the pope added, “I don’t understand why some say, ‘No, vaccines are dangerous.’ If it is presented by doctors as a thing that can go well, that has no special dangers, why not take it? There is a suicidal denial that I wouldn’t know how to explain” [Jason Horowitz, “Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation,” New York Times, 2021.01.09].
At least we know we count on the SDGOP’s Catholic spin blogger to try talking some sense into the irresponsible and obviously unChristian members of his party who keep trying to discourage vaccinations.