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Bishop Baker’s statement on cloning of human embryos

  With the announcement of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) of Worcester, Mass., that it has cloned a human embryo for research in “regenerative medicine,” society is faced with a new attack on innocent human life. In its 1987 document, Donum Vitae (“The Gift of Life”), the Catholic Church formally taught that attempts “for obtaining a […]

St. Joseph Residence campaign to aid retired diocesan clergy

  Bishop Robert J. Baker has launched a campaign to fund the building of St. Joseph Residence, special living quarters for retired clergy to be added on to the Carter-May Home in Charleston. The goal of this effort involves an upgrading of the Carter-May facility and two additional wings added to the building, one for […]

Liturgical and pastoral approaches to cremation

  By FATHER H. GREGORY WEST Cremation has been permitted since 1963 when the Holy Office (now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) lifted its ban but allowing its use only under certain circumstances and only after all liturgies had been celebrated. Since the Holy See granted permission in 1997 to U.S. bishops […]

Father Coehlo ordained to the priesthood

  ROCK HILL — Oratorian Father Adilso Coehlo was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David B. Thompson at St. Anne Parish last Saturday, Nov. 24. However, the young priest’s journey to religious life started much earlier. Father Coehlo was born on March 18, 1969, in a small town in southern Brazil, Anitapolis. As a […]

St. Anne students seek to aid and educate community

By PAUL A. BARRA ROCK HILL — When the middle schoolers at St. Anne School decided to help other children, they went one step further than collecting toys for the holidays. Although they did that, too. All 60 members of Teens For Peace, a service club at the school, held a Children’s Sabbath service on […]

Annual feast carries patriotic theme

  By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — The Rhino Room on Gervais Street was busy on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, almost like a Friday night. Yet co-owners Mike Fusco Jr. and his father were up early the next morning for another busy day. Only this time they didn’t make any money for their work. The […]

Principals learn more about their role as mentors

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — This fall’s fifth annual conference for Catholic school principals focused on the principal as a spiritual and academic mentor. The meeting was sponsored by the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association and was held at the North Charleston Sheraton. About 200 principals from 34 states […]

Teachers learn their fill at Catechist Day

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA – Anticipating next year’s 40th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council, the Diocese of Charleston scheduled a Council expert for its annual Catechist Day on Nov. 11. Timothy Mullner of Texas told about 60 Catholic school teachers and parish catechists in a hotel meeting room: “Vatican II […]

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