On May 18, Activist Administrator Bishop Hurley released a letter to priests of the Diocese of Gaylord listing his concerns of unvaccinated priests.
The full letter can be read here. (https://www.churchmilitant.com/pdf/Bp_Hurley_COVID_directives.pdf)
In the letter, Bishop Hurley states the following:
“It has become clear that the vaccines are helping to stop the spread of the virus and provide protection for ourselves, as well as those with whom we come in contact.”
Here he touts the mainstream media/CDC/big pharmaceutical industry mantra of vaccine effectiveness even though there is NO long term scientific evidence that the vaccines are doing anything for the spread of COVID-19 or protecting others. This is not to state the vaccines could be shown to have some impact in decreasing the spread of COVID-19, but there is no scientific evidence that these vaccines will protect people from infection even 6-12 months after vaccination. Due to the low infection rate of the virus overall compared to those who are exposed to it, some researchers state that the vaccines may have no impact on the incidence of COVID-19 infection over the next 24 months. (A full discussion of this can be heard with Dr. Peter McCullough, a leading COVID-19 researcher.)
The Church has stated that vaccination is voluntary when there is not a serious health risk in getting the infection related to the vaccine. The overall survival rate of COVID-19 in the United States is over 99%. This hardly makes it a “serious health risk.” What is not mentioned is that there have been over 4,000 deaths associated with the experimental COVID-19 gene therapy vaccines. When 53 deaths associated with the swine flu vaccine were noted, the vaccine was taken off the market.
Bishop Hurley goes on to state the following:
“This decision not to be vaccinated has created a pastoral problem in parishes in which unvaccinated priests are prohibited from visiting hospitals and nursing homes (due to hospital and nursing home regulations).”
But how can these institutions prevent unvaccinated individuals from visiting family and friends when these same institutions cannot force their staff to receive these experimental vaccines? Why not demand that these rules, which make no sense if your staff is not forced to be vaccinated, be dropped? After all, if you believe these vaccines are effective, why would you worry about a non-vaccinated individual?
But what is much more concerning for Catholics is the absence of any discussion regarding the morality of receiving an abortion-tainted vaccine. Bishop Hurley doesn’t even discuss the classification of vaccines into those manufactured with fetal tissue and those not manufactured with fetal tissue but tested on fetal tissue. All of the currently available experimental gene therapy vaccines fit into one or more of these categories. Why would Bishop Hurley push such vaccines?
He goes on to state:
“As a part of our revised protocols, it should be noted that unvaccinated priests (and Eucharistic Ministers) are expected to wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion as has been required in our earlier protocols. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are also expected to wear a mask as before, i.e. during the entrance procession, recessional and during the distribution of Holy Communion. Those who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask. We owe it to our people to provide full and complete pastoral care and to do so in a safe manner.”
What evidence is there that any of these interventions, which have cost thousands of dollars and resulted in turning away thousands of churchgoers, is of any use whatsoever? Priests should be setting an example in “complete pastoral care” by NOT being vaccinated.