Blog & Pastor Letters

Revocation of Covid-19 Decree General Absolution


Whereas, on April 2, 2020 I issued a decree allowing for general absolution within the Diocese of Phoenix when the priest could not gain access to the faithful as a result of restrictions...Now therefore, with this decree, I hereby revoke the decree of April 2, 2020.


Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the Rosary on Friday in Midst of Tensions Over Leaked Draft Supreme Court Opinion


WASHINGTON - In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. 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 invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:


Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Join USCCB in Call to Prayer


Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix join Archbishop William E. Lori and the USCCB in urging the faithful to pray for life and the Supreme Court.


Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement On Governor Ducey Signing Bill to Improve Religious Accommodations for Dying Patients


For the first time since 2014, Arizona is currently preparing to resume executions in the very near future. Unfortunately, once these executions begin it is likely many more will come in relatively quick succession.