The “Common Good” citation isn’t in that clip, but in the Gospel of John 11:41-53 we read:
- “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.”
Yes, I’m very happy that Jesus laid down His life for us, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, but for Caiaphas to abuse his office and condemn the Innocent for the guilty was a great sin.
Caiaphas wanted to achieve a good end – civil peace in the country – but at the cost of doing something evil. That will actually only make things worse, the good end never being obtained. Witness the disintegration of all things and the destruction of Jerusalem like none other.
Saint Paul condemns doing something evil so as to achieve a good end (Romans 3:8):
- “And why not do evil that good may come? — as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.”
People think that sophistries claiming that we are distanced from an evil action so that we may rightly partake of the good end, but ignoring that that good end was wrought by an evil means are rightly condemned.
Covid 19 vaccines like Johnson and Johnson / Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna have directly, purposely aborted healthy children so as to obtain a good end, whether developing or testing their vaccines or both on human beings executed exactly for this purpose, tested to be healthy, tested to make sure all their organs were fully developed.
To enjoy the good end of the vaccine is to mock these human beings for your convenience.
And don’t think that this is all expedient for the common good. Society will disintegrate all the more into hell.
HERE’S THE POINT: Doing something that will hurt someone so as to benefit the common good refers to things pertaining to individuals, not to those persons themselves. Thus, an airport might be built even if a particular farmer doesn’t like it, as long as he is compensated justly. But the farmer himself cannot be directly executed in order for some project to benefit you.
Those pro-life people who promote the common good to be brought about by any vaccines obtained by the direct execution of individuals are actually pro-abortion, pro-death, anti-God, anti-neighbor.
Jesus says: “What you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” Are you going to slash Mary open and experiment on Jesus? No? But you glibly think you are clever in getting yours, murdering the image of God for your own benefit?
2 responses to “Pro-Life News, Vaccines, Common Good, Abortion, Jesus, Caiaphas: “Better that one man die than that a whole nation perish””
I get this Father, and THANK YOU for stating this so clearly. But now I feel complicit in this vaccine push because I don’t say anything when someone tells me they “got the vaccine!” or that they are awaiting it. When asked if I will get it, I say heck no but don’t give the reason. Yes, I will go to Confession. Anyway, you are helping us cowards. Deo gratias.
I am in the same situation, nancyv. One of my cohort said he got his first shot. I felt sad but said nothing. I think of Jesus when he was silent before Herod. But I was not on trial or being judged by the wicked. I wondered, “What can be said after the fact?” “Go to confession” is all I can think of, -now-, that I might have said that would have been of benefit to that person.
Let us, you and I, decide right now, to simply say “now you should go to confession.” Then wait for them so ask why. Let us trust the Holy Spirit to provide us with both the courage and the words to persuade them. If we cannot be trusted with one talent, it may be taken from us and given to another. We do have skin in this fight.
Father, I think your main audience is other Priests! What if the faithful go to one of your brothers worried about the vaccine only to be scoffed at? Or worse, a penitent seeking forgiveness for taking the vaccine and told “it’s not a sin.” But perhaps I am not being “nice?”