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Bishop Guglielmone disappointed by Supreme Court decision

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone said he was “very disappointed” in the Supreme Court’s rule that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause. “The high court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people,” he said in a […]


Sisters of Charity Federation meets

CHARLESTON—The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy from the Diocese of Charleston attended a federation meeting in Leavenworth, Kan., on June 12-16. The theme was “Courageous Charity-Deepening Collaboration”. The Sisters of Charity Federation is a gathering of women religious congregation leaders. Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, general superior of the South Carolina congregation, said […]


Diocese kicks off Fortnight for Freedom

COLUMBIA—Hundreds bowed their heads to pray with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on the steps of the Statehouse on June 22 to kick off the Diocese of Charleston’s observance of the second annual Fortnight for Freedom. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared June 21 to July 4 as a time to call attention to […]


Ministry is a life preserver for seafarers

CHARLESTON — A seemingly endless stream of container ships make their way in and out of Charleston harbor every day, but many people don’t realize that Catholic ministries are also there, providing for the spiritual, social and material needs of the crew members. Father Robert Higgins, who serves as chaplain for the Port of Charleston, […]


Bishop urges fair immigration reform

CHARLESTON — Following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in May, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone joined the rest of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in urging Congress to enact effective change that provides a fair pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. In a May 30 letter sent to […]


Father Paul Nguyen ordained: “The feeling is just incredible”

FORT MILL—Several days after his ordination, the true importance of Father Paul Nguyen’s role in this life really hit home. He was flying to Massachusetts to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in his hometown of Worcester and ended up sitting next to a man who was intrigued to learn he was a Catholic priest. After […]


Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youths to belong to Scout troops

By Seth Gonzales | Catholic News Service GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted late May 23 to allow openly gay youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In a statement, the organization said the decision to review the organization’s ban on accepting homosexuals as members […]


Bishop responds to decision to allow gay youth in Boy Scouts

Leaders in Catholic Scouting encourage careful, prayerful reaction to the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to lift a ban on accepting openly gay youth as members. The BSA’s  national council voted  May 23 at its meeting in Texas to lift the long-standing ban on accepting gay youth as members, but retained a ban on […]


People of all faiths rally at Statehouse to support Medicaid expansion

COLUMBIA – Catholics joined with members of other faiths April 23 to try and convince state lawmakers to support Medicaid expansion that would help more of the state’s poorest citizens gain access to health care. The South Carolina Christian Action Council sponsored an advocacy day with speeches and prayer at Wesley United Methodist Church and […]


Engaged Encounter now available in Spanish

SIMPSONVILLE – Language shouldn’t be a barrier for couples trying to figure out if they are ready for the lifetime commitment of a loving and sacramental marriage. That’s why, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville started offering Catholic Engaged Encounter sessions in Spanish. Organizers said it is the only community in the Southeast currently doing […]


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