Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, calls in to talk about certain bishops in diocese around the country requiring that all their employees get vaccinated. Fr. Tad talks about conscience exemptions with vaccines throughout history and how they should be applied in terms of any COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Earlier, debates with caller, Rob in D.C. who identifies himself as a frontline health care worker. He objects to Gus having Fr. Tad Pacholczyk on the program today to talk religious exemptions to the vaccine for Catholics. Rob states that he and several other health care workers are tired and upset over the lack of people getting vaccinated and quotes Pope Francis by saying receiving the vaccine is an "act of love." Gus defends himself by saying that he and Fr. Tad are merely having a conversation about religious exemptions and states that there's a disturbing trend in society today where people want to shut down any dissenting or contradictory thought from the start and that we learn and grow as a society by hearing all sides on a contentious issue. Afterwards, Gus takes other callers' opinions on COVID, the vaccine and people who don't choose to take it.