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Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: "Heartbeat" law adds to Texas’ respect for mothers and families

September 3, 2021

AUSTIN — Texas' new "heartbeat" law adds to a growing network of support for pregnant mothers and their families, the bishops of Texas said in a statement released Sept. 3. The full statement follows.

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Bishop Olson joins the Catholic Current on The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio to discuss the Texas Heartbeat Law

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on Supporting Pregnant and New Mothers

Bishop Olson Decree Implementing the Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, promulgated by Pope Francis on July 16, 2021

Bishop Olson's Coat of Arms

September 1, 2021

Dear Fathers,

Please find under cover of this letter my Decree Implementing the Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, promulgated by Pope Francis on July 16, 2021. Please post my decree in your parish bulletin and on your parish website, as well as with links to the Holy Father's motu proprio and accompanying letter to bishops...

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Bishop Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding Continued Safety Protocols and Renewed Vigilance

Crest of Bishop Michael Olson

August 20, 2021

"Our protocols for safety and good health have proven to be successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 within our community. This was true even before the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. This summer, we experienced that our revised guidelines were successful in mitigating the spread of the virus during summer activities and camps. We anticipate that our guidelines will likewise effectively mitigate the spread of the virus and help protect the vulnerable from illness, especially now that we have a safe, effective vaccine available to us should we decide to receive it." (Pastoral Letter 8-20-21)

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For current protocols and guidelines, pastoral letters, and helpful COVID-19 resources, please visit our Coronavirus Precautions web page.

Para obtener los protocolos y directrices actuales, cartas pastorales y recursos útiles del COVID-19, visite nuestra página web de Precauciones por Coronavirus.

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