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COVID Vaccinations: A Scientific and Theological Discussion

July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

NACC Webinar Series 2021, Quarter 3 – Spiritual Accompaniment focus
COVID Vaccinations: A Scientific and Theological Discussion
Presented by Ruth Mullowney-Agra MD and Brian M. Kane PhD
July 15, 2021 ~ 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time

Every year, NACC reports notable developments and outcomes to the USCCB’s Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. In response to our report, the USCCB provides commendations and recommendations to NACC. This quarter’s theme is in direct response to a recent recommendation of the USCCB to articulate and develop the chaplain’s role in spiritual accompaniment.

Overview and Objectives
There’s been a tsunami of information relative to COVID-19 and vaccinations. Unfortunately, not all of the information is based on science. What does Catholic Social Teaching tell us about the duty to uphold the Common Good relative to public health? Does individual formation of conscience play a role in the decision to get vaccinated? This webinar explores both the science and the theology surrounding COVID-19 and vaccinations. The presentation will include pastoral guidelines for chaplains when dealing with people who are hesitant to get vaccinated.

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain contemporary science related to the SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, as well as the efficacy of available US vaccines (ITP2, OL1).
  • Articulate Catholic theological and moral teachings supporting the importance of vaccinations (ITP2.1, ITP4.1).
  • Address ethical concerns related to vaccinations (OL4).
  • Demonstrate how chaplains can pastorally engage with people who are hesitant to get vaccinated (OL4.1).

NACC Certification Competencies Addressed in this Webinar
ITP2, ITP2.1, ITP4.1, OL1, OL4, OL4.1

Presenter Information

Brian M. Kane is senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Dr. Kane serves as a resource for CHA members, including theologians, ethicists and executives within the ministry, as well as CHA staff and other individuals and groups with shared interests. Click here for more on Dr. Kane.

Ruth Mullowney-Agra, MD ~ bio and photo coming soon

Information and Registration – click here


July 15, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm