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2020 Elections and Catholic Social Teaching Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
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Elecciones 2020 y enseñanzas sociales católicas Obispo George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
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Monsignor Greg: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Fox 5 Interview: Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. says Pope's comments won't change church position (click image below)

Bishop Thomas’ Reflection on Pope Francis’
“Civil Unions” Statement
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Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass


Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - October 25, 2020 through November 29, 2020

While I have granted permission to begin the reopening of public Masses, due to the ongoing gravity of the present moment and the restrictions being placed on us during the civil reopening plan, I hereby extend the dispensation for all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses up to and including November 29, 2020.

While we recognize that many are eager to return to Mass in our churches, it remains important for those who are elderly and otherwise at risk to refrain from returning to public Liturgies until it is manifestly safe to do so. For all the faithful, especially those who are sick, at high risk of becoming sick, and their caregivers, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is hereby dispensed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Revered George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Date: October 22, 2020

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September 30, 2020

Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas:

Yesterday we received official notice from Governor Steve Sisolak that Houses of Worship have been given permission to congregate in greater numbers – 250 attendees per gathering or fifty-percent (50%) of posted capacity, whichever is less. This 250 does not include clergy, ministers at the altar, staff, or volunteers working at the gathering. The Governor is also allowing churches to gather in additional on-site venues, provided there is no danger of cross-pollination of the COVID virus.

These more expansive numbers reflect the favorable medical metrics resulting from the public’s cooperation with the preventive and precautionary measures outlined by health officials. The new mandate is effective 12:01 AM, Thursday, October 1, 2020. In a letter to Governor Sisolak dated September 11, 2020, I once again assured the Governor that the Diocese of Las Vegas would continue to strictly observe the guidelines that were issued by our own Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council.

It is still incumbent upon all of us to continue to observe the strict protocols that are currently in place, including:

• Screening temperatures
• Mandatory wearing of masks
• Limited congregational/choral singing
• No physical contact during the Sign of Peace 

• Hand sanitizing
• Social distancing
• No Communion from the Chalice
• Disinfecting between Masses

We will continue our current registration practices in order to comply with the approved capacity limits. The Dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass remains in effect through October 25, 2020 as these new numbers still do not allow for full capacity, and as we want to protect the elderly and medically vulnerable members of our parish families.

On behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas, I want to express our gratitude to Governor Sisolak, our State health experts, and County Commissioners for all they have done to lead us to the present moment, and to safeguard the health of our communities well into the future

Asking God’s abundant blessings upon you and your communities, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

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As election nears, 'split' Catholic voters try to find dialogue amid rancor
By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Both are Catholic, but their views couldn't have been more different.

One woman said she was voting for a particular candidate because of her beliefs against abortion. The other said she was voting for his opponent because the incumbent had harmed life for many in a variety of ways and it went against her religious beliefs.

The views expressed by the two women showed the divide among Catholics about whom to vote for when the nation casts ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election. Read more.

 'Black lives matter!' says Las Vegas bishop in pastoral on racism

By Catholic News Service
LAS VEGAS (CNS) -- The "tragic death" of George Floyd, an African American killed while in the custody of a white police officer, "has torn the scab away from the gaping wound of racism that still infects communities across the globe," said Bishop George L. Thomas of Las Vegas. He made the comments in a pastoral letter, "When Words Fall Short: A Pastoral Letter on Racism," issued June 10. "What is needed in this critical moment is a genuine conversion of heart and a commitment to renew our communities," Bishop Thomas said. "The words of Pope Francis ring true in our hearts: 'Let no one think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.'" Read more.

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Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
Diocese of Las Vegas
June 10, 2020

The tragic and inhumane death of Mr. George Floyd has enraged the nation and galvanized people across the globe to cry out together for justice in his name.

In fewer than nine minutes, we witnessed breathtaking footage of an unarmed black man receiving capital punishment for a petty crime, pleading for his life while crying out those infamous words that haunt the soul of this nation. “I can’t breathe.” Read more

Bishop George Leo Thomas’ Statement on the
Killing of George Floyd
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Bishop Thomas' (DACA) Dreamers:  We are With You! June 18, 2020 Click HERE.

Pope Francis Prays for Las Vegas April 02, 2020 Click HERE

Bishop Thomas visits Catholic Charities Encountering the Gospel 
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Diocese of Las Vegas COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Bishop Thomas' Letters
COVID-19 News Updates

Bishop Thomas' 2020 CSA Reflection

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