The interview with Archbishop Eijk about the ‘vaccines’

On December 8, 2020, an interview with Cardinal Eijk was published with the title: “To vaccinate or not to vaccinate against Covid-19, what does Catholic teaching say?”

The interview can be found at

In this interview Archbishop Eijk shows himself to be a strong supporter of vaccination and tries to substantiate that it is in line with Catholic teaching.
However, he ignores the facts and just ignores Catholic teaching. The Catholic teaching that forbids twisting, manipulating and – above all – agreeing to abortion.

Read the commentary of the Free Catholics in the text of the interview. The numbers refer to the blue text.
The interview was downloaded Sep 17, 2021.

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As the development of various vaccines against Covid-19 progresses, questions about whether or not to vaccinate are increasing. These questions are also put to the Episcopal Conference. Archbishop Eijk, referee for medical ethics on behalf of the conference, answers some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic. An important question is whether the sponsor advises Catholics to be vaccinated.

– Can the government impose measures in the field of health care as is now happening in connection with the prevention of the spread of Covid-19?

– Many people in our society oppose the measures imposed by the government on the grounds of their individual freedom. Thought purely from the point of view of the individual, in which people place themselves at the center and are inclined to see others as spectators, a government that imposes compelling measures is considered a threat. The common good is easily lost sight of.
When we speak of the common good within Christian social teaching, we are not talking about a general interest of the state to which the individual members of society may or must be sacrificed. The common good ultimately aims at the personal well-being of all members of society. Based on its specific responsibility, the government may and even must impose mandatory measures with a view to the common good if this is necessary to protect the health of all members of society. [1]

[1] Eijk completely ignores the inviolability of the human body integrity here.

– An effective vaccine is getting closer and closer. What requirements would such a vaccine have to meet in order to be acceptable?

The coronavirus can only be stopped through vaccination. [2] However, we have to wait for a vaccine that has the desired effect, namely triggers an adequate immune response against the coronavirus and thus offers the vaccinated person protection against infection with the coronavirus. Man, created in God’s image and likeness, has will and understanding and therefore a certain providence like God, albeit to a very limited extent. This creates a responsibility that he must also fulfill. It is therefore also an ethical task to ensure that a vaccine becomes available as soon as possible.
This vaccine must meet a number of conditions: it must of course be effective and actually prevent an infection of the coronavirus and its spread. In addition, it should have little or no side effects, because the vaccine should in principle be applied to a very large number of healthy people. People who are already at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the corona virus, might be allowed to take more risks. But vaccination aims to make a large part of the population immune against a corona infection. Therefore, the vaccine should not have serious side effects.
Should the government force people to get vaccinated?
In principle, the government cannot force people to be vaccinated on the basis of public welfare. The reason is that vaccination involves an intervention in the integrity of the human person’s body. The person concerned must give permission for this. What the government can and must do is inform members of society as much as possible about the vaccine and the importance of vaccination, with the aim of encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated.
Also, people can be encouraged to get vaccinated by making the vaccination free. The World Health Organization requires a vaccination rate of more than 95%. For some infectious diseases, a vaccination rate of 90% also appears to be sufficient. This already achieves herd immunity, which provides good protection against coronavirus infection for all members of society – including those who have not been vaccinated. If someone who has not been vaccinated then contract a corona infection, it can in any case not lead to an epidemic. [3]

[2] Eijk is completely silent about the fact (also known at the end of 2020) that there are effective medicines against corona (HCQ and Ivermectin).

[3] We now know that the vaccines are not effective and do not prevent new corona infections. For this reason, it is also unnecessary to force people to get vaccinated.

There are many questions about the production method of vaccines and the use of cell lines from aborted fetuses. Is this objection correct and if so how to deal with it?

Sometimes questions are indeed raised about the way in which a vaccine is produced. In a number of cases, cell lines are used that were obtained through induced abortion in the 1960s and 1970s. Is the use of these cell lines a kind of cooperation in this abortion, this is the question. According to Catholic teaching, participation in an inherently wrong or evil act is generally prohibited. But this cooperation can be justified in some cases, namely if the cooperator does not agree with the evil act as such and the act with which one cooperates is not close to, but separate from, the evil act. This is the case if the researchers use the cell lines in question, which come from two human fetuses aborted more than half a century ago. Moreover, according to Catholic teaching, such a form of cooperation in an evil act requires a relatively serious reason. The development of a vaccine against the coronavirus, which is seriously disrupting life in virtually all parts of the world, is one such reason. [4] (cf. a 2005 statement from the Pontifical Academy of Life: note Moreover, if vaccines are available that have been developed without using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, those vaccines must be preferred.

[4] The Catechism of the Catholic Church writes about abortion (2270 - 2275): “Human life must be completely respected and protected from the moment of conception.[…] The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person constitutes a constitutive element of civil society and its legislation. […] The right to life and to physical integrity of every human being, from conception to death. It is immoral to produce human embryos with the intention of using them as bioavailable material.”

An illness no worse than the flu cannot condone abortion!

– So do you advise Catholics to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible?

– Yes, in the interest of the common good, in which the human person is central, I recommend vaccination. People are then not only protected against the virus themselves, but their loved ones are also protected and in that sense vaccination is also an act of charity. The objection that there may be to the use of certain cell lines obtained through an evil act has been balanced against the serious reason there is to stop Covid-19 – and its disruptive effects on global society. [5]

[5] The only disruption has been caused by the measures, not the disease itself, with a death rate comparable to that of the flu.

End of interview