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Andrew Fryml excited for ordination to transitional diaconate

Seminarian Andrew Fryml is about to reach a major milestone on the road to the priesthood. On June 3, he will be ordained to the transitional diacon­ate, a rite which will allow him to preach, proclaim the Gos­pel, baptize, assist during the liturgy and witness a mar­riage outside Mass. He’s particularly excited about the first […]

Father Sandy McDonald finds everything that brings him joy

COLUMBIA—A composition teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School made a sugges­tion that sparked Father Sandy McDonald’s vocation to the priesthood. He had been immersed in the faith since birth, raised one of seven children in a strong Catholic home. In high school, McDon­ald became more interested in learning about his faith and when asked to write […]

Gov. Haley signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

COLUMBIA—Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 25, making South Carolina the 14th state to enact the pro-life legislation. The bill, passed last week by the state legislature, protects unborn children from abortions after 20 weeks fetal age and is based on scientific evidence that reveals an unborn child […]

Consider the humanity of the men and women behind bars

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Mt 25:36) I’ve never been inside a prison. The closest I have come to inmates is driving past a highway work crew. Too often, I have failed to give much thought, much less show compassion, to people in prison. Yet Jesus did not overlook the […]

All Catholics have role in renewing marriage, family life, cardinal says

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation encourages a renewal of marriage and family life through a “pastoral accompani­ment” on the part of the church and its members, bringing God’s love and mercy to individuals and families in all stages of life, especially when they are facing difficulties. “For the Holy Father, […]

Chicago Archdiocese announces new parental leave policy

CHICAGO—The Archdiocese of Chicago will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff beginning July 1. The new policy is open to fathers and mothers who just had children or adopted children. Staff who are eligible for benefits — those who work at least 26 hours a week — and who have worked at […]

Issue of transgender access to facilities ‘deeply disturbing’

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration’s May 13 directive on transgender access to bathrooms “that treats ‘a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex’ is deeply disturbing,” said the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops’ committees. “The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by […]

U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts on May 16. The justices’ unanimous decision, explained in a nine-page unsigned opinion, was based on the information that both sides submitted a week after oral arguments were heard in […]

JRS, other groups urge Kenya to keep refugee camps open

NAIROBI, Kenya—Jesuit Refugee Service has urged Kenya to reconsider its plans to close camps that host hundreds of thousands of Somali and South Sudanese refugees. “The directive to close the camps violates the general principle of voluntary repatriation of refugees living in Kenya,” JRS and 10 other humanitarian organizations said in a May 10 statement. […]

What we may see on our back roads reveals our true glamor

South Carolina is glamorous. There are shell-strewn sands running from North Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head. Charleston has its spires, Rainbow Row and out­lying plantations. Columbia displays high culture, USC Gamecocks and all the symbols of government. The Upstate swings into the Blue Ridge and exults in expansive growth and Clemson tiger tails. But there […]

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