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Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota Regarding Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota Regarding Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

Joint Statements
We have recently received a significant number of inquiries from the faithful concerning general requirements for some persons to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.We addressed many moral aspects of choosing a vaccine in a statement on December 30, 2020. As we said then, one may accept Covid-19 vaccines in good conscience if certain conditions are met, but doing so is not a universal moral duty. We echoed the Vatican, which explained in a doctrinal note that “practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation.” Rather, with attention to the common good, the decision to receive a Covid-19 vaccination should be discerned in light of many factors, several of which we described in that statement.Now, recent inquiries from the faithful raise the corollary question of whether…
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COVID Vaccinations: Must I, May I?

COVID Vaccinations: Must I, May I?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHsCSJh2FNU Bishop Donald DeGrood along with Bishop Peter Muhich of the diocese of Rapid City, have put together documentation on whether or not the current COVID vaccinations meet a standard of obligation or morality as a faithful catholic. [icon name="file-pdf-o" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Joint Statement on COVID Vaccinations from the South Dakota Catholic Conference [icon name="file-pdf-o" class="" unprefixed_class=""] FAQ Documentation on the COVID Vaccines
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Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota Regarding recently reported remarks of the Holy Father

Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota Regarding recently reported remarks of the Holy Father

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On October 21, 2020, media reported on a 20-second video clip from a Spanish-language documentary film about Pope Francis. In the film, the Holy Father was shown stating, as translated into English, “Homosexual people have a right to be part of a family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it. What we have to create is a [convivencia civil]. That way they are legally covered.” Later reporting indicated this video was compiled from several separate segments in a 2019 interview the Holy Father gave to a Mexican journalist. This footage had never before been played publicly. Yesterday, we became aware of several clarifications offered at the direction of the Holy Father through his representatives…
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Plan for resuming public Mass once social distancing and hygiene practices are in place

Plan for resuming public Mass once social distancing and hygiene practices are in place

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JOINT STATEMENT: THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESES OF SIOUX FALLS AND RAPID CITY [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignleft" width="400"] Very Reverend Michel Mulloy & Bishop Donald E. DeGrood[/caption] May 1, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our decision on March 17, 2020 to suspend public Masses was made after much prayer, consultation, and after having reviewed the recommendations of public health authorities. This decision was focused on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus especially for the most vulnerable. We know this extraordinary measure has been difficult for all the faithful. We are grateful for the acts of charity and expressed understanding that we have witnessed in our midst during this time. This makes us all the more pleased to bring you good spiritual news in this Easter…
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Suspension of all public Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic

Suspension of all public Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic

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JOINT STATEMENT: THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESES OF SIOUX FALLS AND RAPID CITY [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignleft" width="400"] Very Reverend Michel Mulloy & Bishop Donald E. DeGrood[/caption] Suspension of all public Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic March 17, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relying on data that shows the real progression of the COVID-19 virus, has now updated its recommendation to limit gatherings to ten people.  The recommendation limits the potential for transmission of the virus.  Ultimately, the recommendation is rooted in serving the common good, including those most vulnerable to the virus and its devastating effects on the body. Mindful of our own call as Catholics to seek the common good, we have directed that all…
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Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Sunday Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus until further notice

Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Sunday Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus until further notice

Joint Statements, Statements and Documents
JOINT STATEMENT: THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESES OF SIOUX FALLS AND RAPID CITY [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignleft" width="400"] Very Reverend Michel Mulloy & Bishop Donald E. DeGrood[/caption] Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Sunday Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus until further notice Earlier this week and in our respective capacities as spiritual leaders of the two dioceses in South Dakota, we announced measures for limiting the spread of illness during Masses. These statements were circulated within parishes and can be accessed on the two diocesan websites. With public health officials providing additional guidance this week that has led to the cancellation of sporting and cultural events, we write to offer further clarification and guidance. While the Church has not been asked by government officials at this time to…
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