1. Holy Year or holy mess, Vatican and Rome begin dash to 2025 Jubilee with papal bull, construction, The Vatican is crossing a key milestone in the runup to its 2025 Jubilee with the promulgation of the official decree establishing the Holy Year, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, May 9, 2024, 6:43 AM
The Vatican crosses a key milestone Thursday in the runup to its 2025 Jubilee with the promulgation of the official decree establishing the Holy Year. It’s a once-every-quarter-century event that is expected to bring some 32 million pilgrims to Rome and has already brought months of headaches to Romans.
Pope Francis will preside over a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica for the formal reading of the papal bull, or official edict, that lays out the spiritual theme of hope for the year. The event also kicks off the final seven-month dash of preparations and public works projects to be completed by Dec. 24, when Francis opens the basilica’s Holy Door and formally inaugurates the Jubilee.
For the Vatican, the Holy Year is a centuries-old tradition of the faithful making pilgrimages to Rome to visit the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, and receiving indulgences for the forgiveness of their sins in the process. For the city of Rome, it’s a chance to take advantage of some 4 billion euros ($4.3 billion) in public funds to carry out long-delayed projects to lift the city out of years of decay and neglect.

2. Texas says Catholic group should be shut down over ‘criminal enterprise’ at U.S. border, By Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency, May 9, 2024, 10:44 AM
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday filed an injunction against a Catholic nonprofit group in the state, accusing it of “systemic criminal conduct” for allegedly facilitating illegal border crossings from Mexico. 
Paxton announced the filing in a press release on his website, accusing Annunciation House in El Paso of facilitating “illegal border crossings” and of concealing “illegally present aliens from law enforcement.”
Located just a few thousand feet from the U.S.-Mexico border, Annunciation House says on its website that it serves “migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region,” primarily through “several houses of hospitality” in the region.
The group was launched in the late 1970s as a Catholic ministry that quickly became “a house of hospitality for the homeless poor,” primarily illegal immigrants. 
Paxton has been targeting Annunciation House for months, alleging that the organization has been facilitating illegal immigration. In February he filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit, asking the District Court of El Paso County to revoke the organization’s nonprofit registration and prohibit it from continuing to operate in Texas.

3. Court rules North Carolina Catholic school could fire gay teacher who announced his wedding online, By Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press, May 8, 2024, 2:21 PM
A Catholic school in North Carolina had the right to fire a gay teacher who announced his marriage on social media a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, reversing a judge’s earlier decision.
A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, reversed a 2021 ruling that Charlotte Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte had violated Lonnie Billard’s federal employment protections against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The school said Billard wasn’t invited back as a substitute teacher because of his “advocacy in favor of a position that is opposed to what the church teaches about marriage,” a court document said.
U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn determined Billard — a full-time teacher for a decade until 2012 — was a lay employee for the limited purpose of teaching secular classes. Cogburn said a trial would still have to be held to determine appropriate relief for him. A 2020 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court declared Title VII also protected workers who were fired for being gay or transgender.
But Circuit Judge Pamela Harris, writing Wednesday’s prevailing opinion, said that Billard fell under a “ministerial exception” to Title VII that courts have derived from the First Amendment that protects religious institutions in how they treat employees “who perform tasks so central to their religious missions — even if the tasks themselves do not advertise their religious nature.”

4. Catholic radio stations push back on new race and gender reporting rules, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, May 8, 2024, 5:23 PM
A trio of Catholic radio networks has filed a petition against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over new requirements that will soon mandate that all U.S. radio and television stations publish information about the race and gender of their employees.
In a 3-2 ruling in February, the commissioners of the FCC reinstated a requirement that radio stations must annually file a document, known as Form 395-B, that lists the race and gender of their employees.
The FCC governs radio stations transmitting on AM or FM frequencies, satellite radio and TV stations, cable networks, and broadcast TV stations. These entities are required to maintain a summary of publicly accessible information known as a public file, with varying requirements among the types of stations regarding what must be contained in the file.
The FCC had not required Form 395-B since 2004, following a 2001 ruling by the ​​U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

5. After ‘Jewish’ accusations, San Antonio says archbishop’s Twitter is ‘personal account’, By Michelle La Rosa, The Pillar, May 8, 2024, 4:23 PM
The Archdiocese of San Antonio has distanced itself from statements made on twitter.com by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller about the conflict in the Middle East.
In a series of seven consecutive social media posts on May 7, the archbishop criticized the ongoing Israeli military action in Gaza, begun after the Hamas attack on Israel in October 2023.
Some of the posts, which came one day after Yom HaShoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, were inflammatory or unclear.
In one post, the archbishop called on “Jewish brothers and sisters” to “stop killing Palestinians.”
The post drew numerous comments from people criticizing the archbishop for conflating the Israeli government with Jewish people.
In another post, García-Siller asserted that “The Holocaust was already forgotten for Jews and everyone else.”

This week is not the first time García-Siller has sparked controversy on social media.
Last year, the archbishop posted on twitter.com that the government should not be involved in people’s decisions about having children, leading to criticism that his comments seemed to resemble the rhetoric of abortion advocates.

6. The Catholic Association launches video series ‘In a Pro-life Minute’, By Catholic Vote, May 8, 2024
The Catholic Association has launched a pro-life evangelization video series, called “In a Pro-Life Minute.”
Drs. Grazie Pozo Christie and Steven A. Christie are a husband and wife team who are both nationally renowned for their medical and pro-life work. In the video series, they provide short and concise answers to commonly-used pro-abortion arguments. 
Each video is exactly one minute long. So far, the Drs. Christie have addressed pro-life and pro-abortion issues and arguments, including viability, fetal consciousness, religion, life of the mother, women’s empowerment, abortion in the cases of rape and incest, and more.
The Catholic Association stated in a news release that the series allows pro-lifers to be “armed with the facts.”
These sixty second snippets are based on current findings and verifiable truths that enable you to factually dispel pro-abortion propaganda wherever you encounter it,” The Catholic Association stated. “You don’t have to be a political scholar or medical professional to defend the unborn. Go and transform your world … it only takes sixty seconds.”
The video series is hosted for free by EWTN’s streaming service, On Demand.
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