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Date: June 24, 2022
USCCB Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson

WASHINGTON - In response to the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born.

“America was founded on the truth that all men and women are created equal, with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This truth was grievously denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life. We thank God today that the Court has now overturned this decision. We pray that our elected officials will now enact laws and policies that promote and protect the most vulnerable among us. Read more.

Bishop Thomas' 2022 CSA Reflection

Journeying Together ~ The Diocese in Mission

Don't give up hope for peace, keep providing aid, pope tells charities
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians must have faith that God will bring peace to Ukraine, Ethiopia, Syria and other parts of the world suffering from violence even if, for now, "everything seems to be going in the opposite direction," Pope Francis said.

"Let us not stop praying, fasting, helping and working so that the paths of peace find space in the jungle of conflicts," the pope said June 23 during a meeting with a Vatican coalition of funding agencies, known by its Italian acronym, ROACO.

Coordinated by the Dicastery for Eastern Churches, ROACO assists Eastern-rite churches around the world as well as the Latin-rite church in North Africa and the Middle East. The agencies include the U.S.-based Catholic Near East Welfare Association and Catholic Relief Services, as well as Aid to the Church in Need, Caritas Internationalis and Catholic charities in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. Shares USCCB’s Statement on
School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
 “There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent. Our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who have died and to bind the wounds of others, and we join our prayers along with the community in Uvalde and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller. As we do so, each of us also needs to search our souls for ways that we can do more to understand this epidemic of evil and violence and implore our elected officials to help us take action.”

Catholic Charities Honors Bishop Daniel F. Welsh and
Sally Ann Bedotto

Catholic Charities recognized the longstanding partnerships with the Most Reverend Daniel F. Walsh and Sally Ann Bedotto have had with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the greater community by honoring them at the 2022 Heart of Hope Awards Luncheon, held May 13th at the Red Rock Resort. From left to right, Auxillary Bishop Gregory W. Gordon, Bishop George Leo Thomas, Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop Daniel F. Walsh, and Bishop Richard B. Higgins.

Bishop Thomas releases statement encouraging Catholics to intensify prayers for the protection of the unborn.  

As Catholics, we believe in the sacredness of every human life, beginning at conception until natural death.   

We hold that every child, born and unborn, has the right to life.   

As we await the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the possible reversal of Roe and Casey, we urge everyone to intensify their prayers for the protection of God’s innocent unborn children, who are the most vulnerable among us.    

We are hopeful the recent leak from the Supreme Court is a positive bellwether for the protection of unborn life.  

Cautious optimism is the order of the day.  

Our Lady of Guadalupe, hear our prayers as we endeavor to protect the innocent, unborn lives across our land.  

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+George Leo Thomas
Bishop of Las Vegas

Diocese of Las Vegas Implements Updated Covid Protocals
In accordance with Governor Sisolak’s February 10, 2022 Emergency Directive No. 52 (“Directive 52”), the Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council and Bishop Thomas direct that the following protocols are to be implemented effective immediately, February 10, 2022: Masks:

Pursuant to the Governors recent update Directives 24, 45, 47, 50 and 51 are hereby terminated. What this means for us:

The current mask mandates in all Diocesan buildings and schools has been rescinded. Masks will continue to be a useful tool and encouraged in times of high transmission for people with underlying health conditions, and for those who make a personal decision for the added protection of wearing a mask. Any employee/student or visitor may continue to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

If an outbreak of COVID-19 is identified by the local health authority on Diocesan property, masks and other mitigation measures may be required for all students and staff, and must be immediately implemented. Those mitigation measures will continue to be in effect until the local health authority determines the outbreak is concluded.

Quarantines and Isolations procedures for Positive Cases based on CDC guidance are still in effect. Any person, vaccinated or not, who tests positive will still be required to isolate for a five-day period. Upon returning after that five-day isolation period, the use of a face mask is still recommended indoors and outside for days six through day 10.

We ask your continued cooperation and patience as the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and the State of Nevada Governor’s Office continue to update and modify their requirements.

Please continue taking all of the necessary precautions, including frequent hand washing, and keeping your hands away from your face, etc. For schools, this mandate becomes effective at the end of the school day today, February 10, 2022.
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Date: September 28, 2021
Notice to the Roman Catholic Clergy and Faithful of the
Diocese of Las Vegas

On July 28, 2021, Father Adam Kotas abandoned his parish in the Diocese of Santa Rosa and defected from the Roman Catholic Church. At present, he is a member of the schismatic Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) founded in 1897 by Reverend Francis Hodur, who led Pennsylvania parishioners away from the Roman Catholic Church.

For a period of three years, Father Kotas was “on loan” to the Diocese of Las Vegas before voluntarily returning to his home Diocese of Santa Rosa. He is using his prior association and charismatic preaching style to entice uninformed Catholics into the PNCC. Read more/sequin leyendo

Statements regarding Adam Kotas Click HERE

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