July 27, 2021

French bishops call out Holocaust comparison from anti-vaxxers

In the days before the French parliament passed a bill tightening vaccine requirements and making a “green pass” mandatory for access to certain public spaces and events, protestors took to the streets, with some comparing the vaccine requirements to Jewish persecution under the Nazi regime.


“The Shoah represents an absolute horror from which our political conduct must be judged, and not become a toy for the benefit of any cause,” they said, insisting that anti-COVID vaccines are “the medical response available to deal with an epidemic which risks further paralyzing economic life but, above all, social life and exchanges of affection and friendship.”

“It does not deny the dignity of human beings by justifying their elimination,” they said.

The comparison between vaccine requirements and the Jewish Holocaust has drawn widespread criticism in France, including from Holocaust survivors themselves.

In their statement, the French bishops said that by making vaccines compulsory and by requiring a health pass for certain activities, and by imposing restrictions on those who refuse the vaccines, “the government is fulfilling its legitimate responsibilities under the control of the parliament.”

“It is up to the judicial bodies of our state of law to verify that the imposition of the health pass is in accordance with the law, limited to the duration of the epidemic in a seriously contagious form and that the restrictions on the freedoms to come and go are proportionate,” they said.

The bishops urged citizens to not confuse freedoms such as traveling or going out to eat with “the freedom to exist, nor the freedom to go to the cinema or to the café and the freedom to praise God or not to praise him, even if it is clear that neither the state nor the citizens must neglect that all freedoms are held.”

“This epidemic makes us all feel how responsible we are to one another. It is like an announcement of the unity of mankind and of intimate union with God,” they said.

The statement was signed by Archishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, President of the Conference of Bishops of France, as well as the conference’s two vice-presidents, Bishop Olivier Leborgne of Arras and Bishop Dominique Blanchet of Créteil, and the conference’s secretary general, Father Hugues de Woillemont.

Source: Angelus news