Monday, November 24, 2008


Last week, Beaufort County Councilwoman Laura Von Harten's criticism of Roman Catholic Church policies overshadowed a debate about a local church's expansion plans.

On Monday, the County Council will vote on a zoning request from St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton that would allow the church to add a new school building and expand its sanctuary.

Von Harten initially said she would oppose the zoning request, citing the church's policy barring women from becoming priests and its opposition to abortion. She later apologized and said she would abstain from votes affecting the church.

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