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The McCarrick Report: A Tragic Chapter, A Full Accounting
Two years after Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through church ranks and promised to make the report public, the McCarrick Report, issued Nov. 10, is a devastating portrait of personal deception and institutional blindness, of opportunities missed and faith shattered.

At the same time, it is also the story of an unparalleled effort at transparency, revealing a church that is committed to the accountability of its leaders at all levels. Today and in the week ahead, Catholic News Service is examining all aspects of the report. It is also reminding readers of the vulnerability of victims who will suffer further pain as incidents of abuse are brought to light.

https://www.catholicnews.com/mccarrick-report-called-needed-step-toward-accountability-transparency/
https://www.catholicnews.com/fighting-abuse-what-pope-francis-has-done-during-his-pontificate/

 Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass

DECREE

Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - November 29, 2020 through December 31, 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 December 31, 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: November 17, 2020

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Bishop Thomas’ Reflection on Pope Francis’ “Civil Unions” Statement
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Pope tells young economists, entrepreneurs they must make a difference

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although the task is daunting, young economists, researchers and entrepreneurs can hone their skills and share them in a way that will impact the world and create a brighter future for all, Pope Francis said..

"History teaches us that no system or crisis can completely suppress the abilities, ingenuity and creativity that God constantly awakens within us," the pope told 2,000 professionals under the age of 35.

As part of the Economy of Francesco project, the young adults had been meeting online since March to conduct research and develop action plans for promoting an economy focused on human flourishing in a way that helps the poor and the planet. 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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