“Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective” is the title of a short book by Pamela Arcker published by the Kolbe Center for the Study on Creation (www.kolbercenter.org). The author has a master’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of America, has been a longtime teacher of natural sciences, and has participated in genome research at Washington University in St. Louis and on vaccines.
We are offering a brief presentation of this concise and informative booklet recently published in December 2020, because it projects a particular perspective quite different from those now in vogue, and can be useful in the current discussion on vaccination. Our Observatory does not deal directly with these issues. However, since vaccination also takes on – especially these days – political significance, we take the liberty of bringing this to your attention.
Ms Arcker is anti-vaccination and addresses the various aspects of the problem with precision and documentary support. She analyzes the history of vaccination and its biological dimension, focusing on the problems that may arise from it, and explaining that having antibodies through the vaccine does not mean becoming immune. She then illustrates the limits of vaccination: the immunity induced by vaccination is temporary, and in some cases vaccination is ineffective,
Of considerable interest is the chapter on vaccination in the evolutionary paradigm, the framework of which, according to the author, underlies current vaccination policies. Are vaccines safe? That is the title of a subsequent chapter. In this regard, the author is very skeptical and believes that vaccination weakens the immunity of the population.
The issue of the morality of vaccination is then addressed. In addition to the problem of the cells of aborted fetuses used in the production of the vaccine, the author examines the concept of herd immunity, according to which it would be necessary to vaccinate in order to guarantee the most fragile members of the population, and points out some weaknesses in such an approach.
Finally, ample space is dedicated to vaccination as a response to Coronavirus. The latter belongs to the SARS-CoV-2 for which – says Ms Arcker – it has not proven possible to find a vaccine over the last 17 years. The author warns against vaccines made and approved too quickly.
The last part of the booklet is dedicated to what to do, and we would refer you to it.
As mentioned above, our Observatory does not delve into this specific issue in its own right. Nonetheless, we do bring this book to your attention because we found it interesting and do believe it can be useful in the discussion now underway. Especially interesting is the global perspective from which the author analyzes the vaccination, namely that of Creation. For this reason we offer below the closing words of Ms Arcker’s book:
“God’s works are wonderful beyond our imagining, and the human body is undoubtedly one of His greatest works. With that in mind, I would like to conclude this brief study of vaccination by acknowledging how little we really understand about the working of the divinely-designed immune system and how salutary it would be for mankind if medical researches devoted less time to developing vaccines and more time to studying natural immunity. We should learn how to optimized this marvelous system, instead of trying to tinker with it or bypass it in ways that compromise the health of the whole body for the sake of gaining a dubious advantage in the fight against a specific infectious disease.
When scientific and medical researchers approach the immune system within the Creation-Providence framework, they will no longer presume that the immune system is the product of millions of years of random mutation and natural selection, but a system intentionally fashioned by the Creator to keep the human body in a state of good health. Abandonment of the evolutionary hypothesis will allow researchers to discard the bankrupt notion of the body as a collection of disparate parts that are somewhat defective and must be modified to achieve their proper function, and to search for the causes of illness in dietary, genetic, physiological, spiritual, or environmental factors.
This, in turn, will focus their attention on trying to discover much more thoroughly how the divinely-designed immune system actually works so that medical practitioners can help to optimize its God-given efficiency rather than bypassing it in ways that seriously weaken the whole system. When this paradigm shift happens, we will see a dramatic recovery of health on a national and global scale”.