Source: Kennedy Hall

Bishop Ronald Fabbro’s edict forces diocesan priests, employees, and volunteers to take the COVID-19 shot or be removed from ministry.

WINDSOR, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) – A Canon Law challenge has been launched by Taunia  Phillips, a parishioner in the Diocese of London, Ontario, against Bishop Ronald Fabbro over his recently announced vaccine mandate for employees, priests, and volunteers.

The mandate from Bishop Fabbro stipulated that volunteers will be removed from their posts, and “clergy who refuse vaccination will be removed from current duties.” In addition, employees may be assigned to work remotely, but it is not guaranteed. Anyone who loses a position, whether lay or clerical, is not guaranteed they will be placed back in the same position if the mandate is rescinded.

Phillips is a devout Roman Catholic and gave an exclusive interview to LifeSiteNews outlining her fight against the Diocese of London mandate. Phillips has long volunteered in various roles for her parish but is no longer allowed as a result of the mandate.

Her main area of concern is what she views as an inappropriate response by Bishop Fabbro, who, she believes, has gone beyond what is encouraged by the Holy See. Phillips cited the document from the VaticanNote on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines, which stated that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Phillips shared that she was troubled at the fact that the language surrounding the push to jab people with the abortion-tainted medication focuses on the “common good” and “love” for your neighbor. She believes there is a contradiction between the mandate that Bishop Fabbro has promulgated and the truths of the Catholic faith found in the Bible.

In addition to the fact that the Vatican has already clarified that vaccination against COVID must be voluntary, Phillips referred to the first book of Corinthians, where the Apostle Paul wrote a treatise on Christian love.

“I know what love is. And it is not coercive,” she said. “It is not manipulative. It does not use shame. It does not try to impose itself on others. It is meek and gentle and respects the freedom of others. I recognize manipulation when I see it.”

Phillips did not deny that COVID-19 is a serious issue in her interview with LifeSiteNews, and said that it should in “no way be understood that we do not take the virus seriously or that we do not care for the vulnerable or otherwise be reckless with God’s gifts.”

Her point of contention is that it seems to her that the bishop “does not seem at all to have any supernatural faith.”

“Part of what terrifies me is the utter lack of supernatural faith from our leaders … We believe in the Resurrection. We live for the world to come. So many of these policies and procedures by church leadership seem more grounded in the fear of death than in Resurrection faith. This is central to our Christian faith. But that’s not what I see. Instead, I see fear. Following fear, I see oppression, suppression, manipulation, coercion, and shame. I don’t recognize faith, hope, or love in any of that.”

She said that she felt it was “scary” to see Church leadership acting in this manner. “I’m going to be mandated to go to take it at my work and I’m going to take a stand, I’m not taking it. I’m going to lose my job and I can’t go to my bishop.”