Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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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.


  • Gus Lloyd: August 27, 2021

    Mary, you do have to have a Sirius XM subscription. You can listen on the Sirius XM app or website. Just look up Seize the Day and listen to the show from Tuesday. It is available for a week after airing. God bless! Gus

  • Mary Van Damme: August 27, 2021

    I would like to listen to the episode with Fr. Tad about religious exemption. How can I listen online. I can’t figure it out.

  • Catholic: August 25, 2021

    A devout Catholic man prayed everyday to be protected from COVID. He was also a proud American and didn’t want to be told what to do.

    When the government ordered a lockdown he reluctantly followed and protested.

    The government ordered a mask mandate, but didn’t wear a mask. So he was careful and washed his hands often.

    When the vaccine became available he decided not to get it. He didn’t want to be forced to get the vaccine and he especially didn’t appreciate being labeled as an “anti-vax”. So he was careful and continued to pray.

    One day he unfortunately got COVID and despite his prayers and the best medical treatment he died. When he arrived in heaven he asked God, “I prayed everyday for you to protect me from COVID, why did you abandon me?”

    God replied, “My dear child, I gave you a lockdown, a mask mandate, and a COVID vaccine. What else did you want?”

    God bless and get vaccinated.

  • eddie: August 24, 2021

    I’m also glad that you are recovering from this virus. I do understanding different opinions about different situtations but keeping the elderly and the young well is very important to the whole world. We are all here due to GOD reason to start life, so I think it important to take care of what we have and to pass it along. Again I glad you are feeling a little better. I had had my first 2 shots and plan on getting the next one. By the way I one of the elderly, “TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY”

  • Peggy : August 24, 2021

    Gus, I am so glad you are on the mend from your COVID diagnosis. After all the talk about vaccines, I am curious … Did Michelle get the vaccine? You did not mention her becoming ill although you did say she had a positive diagnosis.

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