(TheRedWire.com) – COVID mandates are not just a thing for governments and companies. Apparently, the Catholic Church is on board with them as well. On October 1, the Vatican mandated that all employees and high members of the Catholic Church must show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to come to work. The Church will not allow those who don’t meet the requirements to work or pay their salaries while they are out of compliance. There are no exemptions as of October 1, but the Secretariat of State is reviewing the issue.
The Vatican will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to testing beginning Oct. 1. https://t.co/vaE5vZCv6L
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While the Vatican employs a small number of people, this sends a clear message to Catholics worldwide. In January, Pope Francis received an inoculation against COVID-19. The Holy Father regularly makes the case he believes getting vaccinated is a moral duty and obligation despite pleas from some who want an exemption based on religious grounds. The Holy See says vaccinations are still acceptable to use for those concerned about vaccines created from aborted fetuses.
According to the Pew Research Center, it may not be a big issue for most Catholics. The survey says that 82% of Catholic American adults say they are at a minimum partially vaccinated.
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