Updated 5th October:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Given the current debate on COVID-19 vaccines, the Diocese of Parramatta will be sharing
information from the Catholic Church on this topic.
We have made available in 12 foreign languages the position of the Catholic Church – from the Holy
Father to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – on COVID-19 vaccines. This information
has been supplied via social media tiles you can share with your faith communities and for those
whom English is a second language.
These tiles can be downloaded here: parracatholic.org/covid19/#vaccine
We know that some Catholics have might have legitimate concerns about the ethical origins of some
vaccines. The Catholic Church, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared
that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with abortion. Therefore, all
vaccines which are recognised as clinically safe and effective may be taken by Catholics in good
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Vincent, and several other bishops have
also been vaccinated.
Of course, any decision regarding vaccines is to be left to the individual and should only be made in
consultation with their doctor and health professional.
I encourage you to share these social media tiles with your parishioners, staff, and volunteers.
Yours in Christ,
Very Rev Peter G. Williams
Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia
The Diocese of Parramatta will be hosting a podcast with Bishop Richard Umbers from the Archdiocese of Sydney about Catholic Teaching around the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday 17 September at 8pm on the Diocese of Parramatta Facebook page. We encourage you to share the attached social media tile and information about the website on your parish social media and within your networks. We suggest the following text: Catholic Teaching and the COVID-19 vaccines
The Diocese of Parramatta is hosting a special discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine and Catholic Teaching. Hear the perspectives of a Catholic doctor, a Catholic lawyer, and a Catholic bishop on this timely matter.
The panellists will be answering questions previously submitted and will seek to provide you with clarity on this important topic.
Hosted by our own Catholic Youth Parramatta team, watch from 8pm on Friday 17 September on the Diocese of Parramatta’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parracatholic/