Texas Supreme Court considers request for clarity on exemptions to abortion ban Pope planning to withdraw Cardinal Burke’s Vatican salary, sources say St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School confirms closure Conference puts pope’s call for ‘outgoing theology’ into action Indiana bishop asks Catholic women’s college to correct transgender admissions policy Local News St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School confirms closure George P. Matysek Jr. November 29, 2023 Determining that it is not feasible to keep St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School open as an independent Catholic school, leaders of the Hagerstown school announced Nov. 28 that the coeducational institution will close at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. Hope and Promise: Catholic Charities marks centennial, honors long-time director Christopher Gunty November 29, 2023 As Catholic Charities of Maryland marked its 100th anniversary with a gala dinner Nov. 9, it was fitting that a major award was given to Harold A. “Hal” Smith, who led the agency for a third of its history. Sister Mary Jean Aulenback, former nurse at Bon Secours, dies at 93 Catholic Review Staff November 28, 2023 Bon Secours Sister Mary Jean Aulenback, who served as a nurse in Baltimore and managed her order’s bookstore at its Marriottsville headquarters, died Nov. 17 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Radio Interview: Hope for the holidays Catholic Review Staff November 27, 2023 Paul Jarzembowski offers inspiration and some practical advice for celebrating the holidays in a meaningful, hope-filled way. More Local News World News Texas Supreme Court considers request for clarity on exemptions to abortion ban Kate Scanlon November 29, 2023 The Texas Supreme Court Nov. 28 heard arguments in a challenge to the state’s abortion ban after a group of women alleged that the law forced them to continue pregnancies despite grave risks to their health. Pope planning to withdraw Cardinal Burke’s Vatican salary, sources say Cindy Wooden November 29, 2023 Pope Francis told the prefects of Vatican dicasteries that he saw no reason for the Vatican to continue giving U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke a monthly salary and questioned why the Vatican should be providing him with a free apartment in Rome, various sources have confirmed. Conference puts pope’s call for ‘outgoing theology’ into action Justin McLellan November 29, 2023 Theologians, social scientists, historians and artists, including an Indigenous Mexican rapper, met in Bogotá to discuss how religion is represented in popular culture today. Indiana bishop asks Catholic women’s college to correct transgender admissions policy OSV News November 29, 2023 Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend urged the board of trustees of St. Mary’s College to correct a new admissions policy that “departs from fundamental Catholic teaching on the nature of woman.” More World News Commentary Question Corner: Baptismal records, earthly sufferings and Purgatory Jenna Marie Cooper November 29, 2023 The diocesan chancery office would have access to maps of parish territorial boundaries, and would also be familiar with any “quirks” of local sacramental record-keeping. A masterpiece on my windshield Rita Buettner November 27, 2023 I went outside, slipped into the driver’s seat, and glanced up to discover that the windshield was covered. Instead of the frost I’m used to seeing, however, the glass was enveloped in a beautiful, delicate pattern of ice. Thanksgiving Food Stories (7 Quick Tastes) Rita Buettner November 24, 2023 Sometimes when we’re planning the Thanksgiving menu, someone will say, “But of course, it’s not about the food.” It’s about being together. Yes, yes, naturally. But the food stories tell us so much about the traditions and the people we love. ‘Longing’: Learning about Eucharistic desire from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Michael R. Heinlein November 24, 2023 The newly redesigned Elizabeth Ann Seton museum has much to offer any pilgrim. Insta-culture and a powerful Advent lesson on delayed gratification Scott P. Richert November 23, 2023 What economists call “delayed gratification” is simply not part of American life anymore — and that’s as true of Catholics and other Christians as it is of the average American. More Commentary Featured Video Pope Francis, who was suffering from what the Vatican initially described as “flu-like” symptoms, was unable to deliver his Angelus address Nov. 26 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Instead, he sat in the chapel of his Vatican residence, where an aide read the message on his behalf. The pope, who will turn 87 next month, explained his absence due to lung inflammation, which was causing respiratory difficulties. However, he was able to give his blessing via livestream to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.