Catholic College Vaccine Mandates: Cura Personalis or Needless Oppression?

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

COVID-19 vaccine mandates are being imposed on college students across the nation, including at many Catholic universities. Before returning to campus, students must first scale a vaccination wall or gain a medical exemption. Almost all institutions also provide exemptions for students with religious and conscientious objections. But Creighton University (where I have served on the faculty for over 27 years) has recently clarified that its vaccine wall remains closed; unvaccinated students with religious and conscientious objections to the vaccine are not welcome.  Universities are understandably concerned about providing a safe campus environment. But can an acceptable level of safety be attained without compelling students to violate their consciences? Significantly, no one else in the Big East conference has embraced such a restrictive approach. Schools with a vaccine mandate allow religious and/or personal conscientious exemptions, and one school (Xavier) does not impose a vaccine requirement.  

Catholic College Vaccine Mandates: Cura Personalis or Needless Oppression?

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