Irish Examiner Saturday

Diocesan secretary’s vaccine theory

Letter claims WHO is attempting ‘to reduce the global population’

- Eoghan Dalton

The diocesan secretary for the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore wrote that the World Health Organizati­on was engaged in a conspiracy to “reduce the global population” just weeks before being appointed to the role.

In a letter published by The Irish Catholic magazine in July 2019, Lee Walsh disagreed that parents should be welcoming of vaccines and raised concerns over the measles one, in particular.

“The World Health Organisati­on is promoting abortion, homosexual­ity and radical feminism in a bid to the global population. Forgive us Catholic parents if we are a little bit sceptical of their zealous concern for our unvaccinat­ed children.”

Mr Walsh was responding to an article titled ‘Parents are morally obliged to vaccinate their children’.

A few weeks later, in August 2019, he took up the position of diocesan secretary, which involves overseeing finance and administra­tive duties and being the de facto press officer for Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan.

The bishop came in for criticism this week for an alleged breach of Covid guidelines at a Mass in Tramore, after a screenshot was circulated depicting Bishop Cullinan in close proximity to a number of other priests on the altar, with no masks worn by any of the men at the time.

Gardaí in Waterford spoke to the bishop about the incident, but no formal warning was issued and it is underreduc­e stood the matter is closed.

Earlier this year, Bishop Cullinan declined to answer questions from the Waterford News and Star on whether he would take the vaccine himself.

Bishop Cullinan did not comment when contacted about Mr Walsh’s remarks of 2019.

Mr Walsh declined to comment on his own views on vaccines for Covid-19 and whether he still holds the views expressed in the letter to the Irish Catholic.

“My opinions are not in any way relevant to the job,” Mr Walsh said. I don’t want to be dragged into public life or have any public scrutiny — I’m not in the public sphere.”

He said he “definitely” applied for the role after writing the letter and was appointed in “mid-August” of 2019.

“I totally withdrew [from public life], I understood I can’t really have an opinion on things because it wouldn’t be appropriat­e,” he said.

Writing in The Irish Catholic, Mr Walsh said, “Many Catholic parents choose not to allow their children to be vaccinated.

“Many of the vaccinatio­ns used, including the measles jab contain foetal cells from aborted babies. This violates the principle of co-operation in evil and the principle of the integral good.

“There are many adverse side effects [including death] that have been widely reported from the prescribed vaccines. Finally, Catholic parents just do not trust the state any more when it comes to healthcare.”

When contacted, a spokeswoma­n for the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference said there have been a number of statements from the Church’s leadership showing support for vaccines as “an essential aspect of the prevention of disease”.

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