Bishop Calvo’s Homilies
February 20, 2019
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
With some urgency I bring to your attention a bill that is rushing through the Nevada legislature to make doctor prescribed suicide legal in our state. The bill is SB 165. It provides that a person over 18 years of age may request a doctor to give a prescription designed to end his or her life, provided there is a diagnosis of a terminal illness and the opinion of two physicians that the person will live six months or less.
While people may view this bill as allowing for personal choice to end one’s life, there are consequences that could actually take away from patients their choice to sustain their lives or to seek further medical treatment. For example, it is a fact that in states such as Oregon and California that have enacted doctor prescribed suicide, insurance companies have denied payment for potentially life-saving medical treatments, offering instead to pay for assisted suicide. What will be next? Will people with disabilities be similarly vulnerable to pressure to utilize the assisted suicide option over funding for necessary equipment or treatment? And will the elderly face a choice to take a deadly poison so as not to be a burden on family? When does the “right to die” turn into a “duty to die”?
What message would passage of this bill send? Suicide among teenagers is on the rise; what impact would this have on young people struggling with emotional issues or, for that matter, persons battling depression or suffering from traumatic brain injury? What about our veterans, approximately 20 of whom are committing suicide each week? Do we give up on them? Will we say there’s no help or that life with tough challenges is not worth living? In Oregon the general suicide rate increased by more than twice the national suicide rate in the fifteen years since assisted suicide was passed. Some may view this as success for their law; I think it is a defeat for human compassion.
I rarely write a letter asking your help to inform our lawmakers about a particular bill. But our conviction in the value of human life compels me to make this urgent request. Go to the official website of the Nevada Legislature and click on the 80th Session (2019). Scroll down to “Share Your Opinion with Your Legislators.” On the Select Bill, click SB 165, go to “Your Opinion of the Bill” and click on “Against” and then fill in the “Your Information” section. Or call your legislator. Thank you.
Bishop Randolph R. Calvo Diocese of Reno
Letter from Bishop Randolph Calvo To the Faithful of the Diocese of Reno August 18, 2018
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
The release this week of the report of the Grand Jury investigating clergy sex abuse of minors in six dioceses in Pennsylvania was extremely painful for me to hear. I am filled with deep shame and disgust to hear and read about the terrible injury inflicted on so many innocent children and young people by priests and how church authorities handled these incidents.
The report impels me to review our commitment as a diocese to safeguard all minors and vulnerable adults in our church. We have in place protocols for reporting abuse to law enforcement, background checks for any adult working with youth, ongoing training in awareness and prevention of abuse, and policies to ensure appropriate interactions with youth and adults in all our programs. Now I want a full review of all our protocols, practices and policies to determine how effective they’ve been and how to improve our commitment. I also want a review of the mechanisms of accountability of anyone who holds a position of authority and responsibility in the diocese, and this will include me the bishop. I will be asking our Diocesan Review Board, comprised of lay women and men of diverse expertise, to lead this review. It will be a concerted effort that will involve all the institutions of our diocese. At the conclusion of this review, a report will be published.
Finally, let us turn to the Lord in prayer for all who have suffered the terrible devastation of sexual abuse by the church’s ministers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Randolph R. Calvo
Bishop of Reno
Statement in regards to Fr. Ernest Paone
It was reported in the Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania of allegations towards Fr. Ernest Paone, and it was noted that he had served in the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas.
Fr. Ernest Paone, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, requested to serve in the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas after serving a number of years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Fr. Paone served at St. Anne’s in Las Vegas for one month, from February of 1992 to March of 1992. He then requested to return to Los Angeles for health issues.
Fr. Paone was never a priest of the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas. There was no prior information provided to Bishop Walsh of any past allegations until 1994, two years after Fr. Paone had left the diocese. We have no record of any allegations made during his one month of service in the Diocese of Reno--Las Vegas. Fr. Paone died in 2012.
Bishop Randolph Calvo and the Diocese of Reno, with great pain, have heard of the Grand Jury Report from Pennsylvania and the terrible injury to so many innocent young people. The Diocese remains diligent in enforcing our Safe Environment protocols and the protection of our children and vulnerable adults