Uncommon Sense

October 13, 2021

They Just Make This Shit Up

Filed under: History,Reason,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 9:57 am
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From an article in Politico:

The archbishop of the U.S. military said on Tuesday that Catholic troops could refuse the mandated COVID vaccine on religious grounds.

“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the military services, said in a statement.

Since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a military-wide vaccine mandate this summer, Broglio said, some service members have requested a religious exemption through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While he said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had determined that being vaccinated was “not sinful,” the church valued its teachings on the “sanctity of conscience.”

“This circumstance raises the question of whether the vaccine’s moral permissibility precludes an individual from forming a sincerely held religious belief that receiving the vaccine would violate his conscience,” he wrote. “It does not.”

Broglio has expressed support for President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for the military in the past — citing guidance from Pope Francis, the Holy See and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the COVID shots are morally acceptable.

According to Merriam-Webster the noun conscience refers to “a state of awareness or a sense that one’s actions or intentions are either morally right or wrong, along with a feeling of obligation to do the right thing.”

So, the Pope and all of the Catholic hierarchy have declared that being vaccinated was not only “not sinful” meaning that it does not go against their god’s will, but that it is moral, too. (Could it be immoral and not sinful both? I don’t think so.”) But an individual Catholic can trump those positions and say that his “conscience” forbids getting vaccinated.


These people making this claim need to be required to explain and support their “religious exemption” since their religious leaders are claiming there is no such thing. And, of course, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, not just some vague voice in their head or vague “feeling.”

Conscientious objectors to military service, if their status was accepted, were required to do public service. Maybe we need these “conscientious objectors” to do the same; maybe helping to dig graves for the COVID dead or clean hospital wards, etc.

And, the archbishop of the U.S. military should know better. His church only supports individual’s consciences when they are in line with Catholic doctrine or pronouncements. If you doubt this, look up “Catholic liberation theology” as it played out in Central and South America. The individual consciences of those priests and nuns amounted to nada and they received no support whatsoever and many were killed for their principled stand.


  1. Signing up for US military service means getting a whole boatload of vaccinations. Way more than the average civilian gets. When my spouse was in the Army, in a unit that was subject to quick deployment anywhere in the world, they routinely got vaccinated for all kinds of tropical diseases. Saying “no, I have a moral objection to this particular vaccine” isn’t part of the deal. If you sign up for a job where you might get ordered to shoot people, you don’t get to nitpick about “moral qualms” for a vaccine.

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    Comment by Ubi Dubium — October 13, 2021 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • “If you sign up for a job where you might get ordered to shoot people, you don’t get to nitpick about “moral qualms” for a vaccine.”


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 13, 2021 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  2. Funny how they only seem to speak up and oppose things when there’s a Dem president…

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    Comment by john zande — October 13, 2021 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  3. The Catholic church doesn’t give a flying fig about the “sanctity of his or her conscience”. The church has spent 2,000 years declaring itself the ultimate authority on matters of faith, no matter what you may personally believe. The church has literally killed thousands of people they branded as “heretics” for the simple reason that the “sanctity of his or her conscience” did not conform to church teaching.

    It was just estimated that in France alone about 300,000 children were sexually assaulted or abused by clergy since 1950. No one will ever know the exact number. Add to that the hundreds of thousands of indigenous peoples who were killed directly or indirectly by the church.

    people like Broglio have no moral or ethical right to make any kinds of claims about “sanctity of conscience”.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — October 13, 2021 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

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