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Cardinals, bishop urge Clinton to pass partial-birth abortion ban

On March 7, the seven active U.S. cardinals wrote to President Bill Clinton asking that he pass the partial-birth abortion ban in light of abortion supporter Ron Fitzsimmons’ admission that he gave false statistics during debate on the issue. Below is the full text of the cardinals’ letter and of the letter Most Rev. David […]

Diary of a Habitat volunteer

‘We clearly felt the presence of God and the power of our prayer’   By JUDY STRAVOLO SAN VICENTE, El Salvador —Bats in the belfry? Perros (dogs) in the pews? Could this be really happening during Mass? Yes, in a tiny Catholic church tucked away in the volcanic hills of nearby San Vicente, El Salvador, […]

Dogs sometime teach difficult lessons in life

By MARY HOOD HART I have always held a soft place in my heart for dog stories The ending of Old Yeller, both the movie and the novel, never fails to bring me to tears. When I was growing up, Lassie was one of my favorite shows and, once old enough to learn that Lassie […]

Moral theologian says church dissent is normal

By MICHAEL RUKSTELIS ROCK HILL — An audience of more than 100 came to hear Father Richard McCormick speak at The Oratory for the 17th Cardinal Newman Lecture. The Oratory’s Newman Lecture has become one of South Carolina’s classic Catholic annual events. The day po ses a unique opportunity for people of faith to listen […]

Youths enjoy sharing their faith at conference

By MARK MOSSA “Pizza Love” was the buzzword for 1997’s Diocesan Youth Conference, March 7-9. Keynote speaker, Mary Beth Nonacci, challenged the 350 youth in attendance asking: “Do you love pizza like you love your family? Do you love God like you love pizza?” It wasn’t just the effects of a bad case of the […]

Tenelle Wright recovering, fighting rejection

CHARLESTON Tenelle Wright had been waiting for the signal for five months, five months of sliding ever closer to liver failure and a lingering death; when the ringer went off it meant that an organ was available for a transplant. Immediately. “When we got the call it was hectic. I dialed 911 and sheriff’s deputies […]

Shepherd, Gnau SCCW Women of the Year

GREENVILLE — SCCCW celebrated its 67th annual convention last weekend by crowning Elizabeth C. “Betty” Shepherd as Catholic Woman of the Year. Runners up for the prestigious award were the Woman of the Year for the Florence Deanery, Olive Kulesa of St. Michael’s Church in Garden City Beach; the Greenville Deanery’s Jane Martin of St. […]

St. Patrick: myth, mystery, mysticism and history

by MOST REV. DAVID B. THOMPSONBishop of Charleston In celebrating the feast of St. Patrick we are actually dealing with myth, mystery, mysticism, and with just a little history. Not much is known about St. Patrick, yet this saint is very well known. It is generally conceded that Patrick did not chase the snakes out […]

St. Ann Center reaches out

KINGSTREE — St. Ann Catholic Outreach Center is one of nine rural centers in the country to be recognized by Save the Children in Williamsburg County, yet their impact is far greater than their numbers indicate. Two Felician Sisters have labored for five years at St. Ann’s; they have seen the parish rolls grow from […]

Spirit of the Renaissance alive at OLR School

GREENVILLE  Students at OLR stand to greet visitors today as they did when nuns in habits ruled parochial schools, and the school uniforms are reminiscent of those golden years in Catholic education. Yet the Piedmont school is as modern as the computers that beep and ping in every classroom. During a visit last week by […]

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