The chair of an Alberta Catholic school board has angrily rejected renewed calls to let his students be immunized against HPV in school, suggesting vaccine advocates were tempting children to defy teachings of the Church’s “Magistarium” and the word of Jesus himself.
Peter Grad, chair of the Medicine Hat Catholic School Board, concluded a terse email by urging a member of the group HPV Canada to stop “harassing” him.
The advocate had earlier asked him and the board to “save the children in your schools from getting cancer and other maladies.”
The exchange highlights the emotions that continue to swirl around the issue, and differing approaches to the human papillomavirus shots from various Catholic organizations. The vaccine protects against strains of the virus that cause 70% of cervical cancer.
Medicine Hat is among seven publicly funded boards in Alberta and one in Ontario — all Catholic — that…
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