19:00 / 13.11.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatian Bishops' Conference opposes mandatory COVID-certificates

The Most Reverend Želimir Puljić

The Most Reverend Želimir Puljić

Foto: Patrik Macek / PIXSELL

Croatian Bishops’ Conference says vaccines must be mandatory and epidemiological measures must be enforced without coercion or conditions on people’s lives.

The Croatian Bishops' Conference issued a statement yesterday in which it addressed current events regarding the epidemic. The conference reiterated that it is morally acceptable to get the vaccine against the coronavirus for those that want it, but expressed serious concern about pressure being applied against the unvaccinated. The bishops emphasized that vaccination has to be voluntary, and that all epidemiological measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus have to be implemented without coercion or by placing conditions on citizen’s everyday lives. This comes in direct response to recently announced plans on the part of the National Civil Protection Directorate to introduce mandatory COVID-certificates as proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus, for public sector employees.


Here's how President Zoran Milanović commented on the statement issued by the Bishop's Conference: “I agree with them. The position of the Croatian Bishop's Conference is the same as that of Swedish Protestants. Smart Christians. There are dumb ones as well, but these are smart. Let people be. As my grandfather Ante used to say, live and let live.”


Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was less receptive to their sentiments: “I saw their statement yesterday. I am continuously inspired by what Pope Francis is saying with regard to vaccination. He couldn't have been clearer in his efforts to encourage the faithful to get vaccinated. I don't see testing as an invasive procedure. I also believe that a lot of our bishops have received the vaccine given their age and the fact that we have the vaccine.”


According to the National Civil Protection Directorate 6 315 new positive coronavirus test results have been registered in Croatia over the past 24 hours. This is down by roughly 800 from last week. 6 100 people with positive test results have been given a clean bill of health since Friday. Currently there 39 995 active positive test results in the country, of which less than 5% are receiving treatment in hospital, while less than 0.7% are on ventilators. As of yesterday 54.73% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.


Source: HRT

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