STATEWIDE — Maine’s Roman Catholic bishop on Thursday gave the OK for Catholics to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement released Thursday, Bishop Robert Deeley said because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed using cell lines from aborted fetuses, many people are asking whether it’s OK for Catholics to receive the vaccine.
According to Deeley, “it is morally acceptable to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”
Deeley said the Catholic philosophy remains opposed to the use of abortion-derived cell lines.
The bishop said the suffering caused by the pandemic had to be considered when reaching the decision to approve the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
He called the use of the vaccine a charitable act serving humanity.