A message from Bishop McKenna on Covid vaccination

Dear Friends in Christ,

May I encourage everyone, unless they have a medical condition which would preclude it, to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated against Covid-19: both to protect their own health and the health of others.

These were my own reasons for receiving vaccination many weeks ago. I relied on reputable medical advice about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines; and on the teaching of the Catholic Church that it was morally lawful.

Indeed, Catholic doctrine guides me to understand this as an act of solidarity and care for the common good.

Everyone is responsible for his or her own conscience, before God. That entails a responsibility to make it well-informed.

While some people who are Catholics may, for personal reasons, decide not to be vaccinated, that would be their own choice, not one directed by Church teaching.

In the meantime, please join me in praying for one another, especially those who are suffering the most in this pandemic. May this experience lead us to turn closer to Christ and find in him the way to compassion and service for our sisters and brothers.

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst