This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Charleston by Pope Pius VII. This makes it the seventh oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States. At that time, the diocese comprised the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In spite of a ban on Catholicism in the Colonial era, it arrived in Carolina much earlier than 1820 via both colonists and enslaved persons.
Dr. Patrick Cary, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Marquette University, and Dr. Alison McLetchie, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at S.C. State University, join Walter Edgar to talk about the history of Catholicism in South Carolina, and its journey from prohibition to a thriving Christian tradition.
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