Yes, you read that sentence correctly. It seems that in order to be admitted into archdiocesan schools, Catholic students must be vaccinated against various diseases. However, many of these vaccines are derived from the bodies of aborted babies. Moreover, contrary to USCCB guidelines, these vaccines are mandatory and parents - at present - cannot opt out of these.
It beggars belief that a Catholic archdiocese would become complicit in making profitable the usage of the bodies of aborted babies. Can one imagine German bishops in the 1930s purchasing lamp shades made with the skins of prisoners slain in Nazi death camps? The thought is horrid; no less despicable is the compulsion of Catholic parents to participate in the evil of abortion by having their own children injected with cells from murdered babies. To add insult to already grievous moral injury, parents are not being permitted to opt out of these vaccines - again, contrary to USCCB guidelines.
It is inconceivable that we should have to petition the Archdiocese to allow parents to opt out of these vaccines - to not cooperate with the mortal sin of abortion. But alas, such is the state of affairs in the Archdiocese of Washington. The petition is here. Please sign and circulate - and pray.