Celebration at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines

There was a large gathering yesterday at the Shrine of the Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois. This celebration happens every year, and is led by the Archdoicesan Office of Hispanic Catholics. Father Marco Mercado, the director of the Archodiocese, led the gathering in prayer yesterday. The celebration numbered in the upper tens of thousands and could have reached 100,000.

The celebrations began around 4 PM and ran until the final service Mass at 8 PM. The celebration is in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is the Patroness of the Americas. This has been happening in Des Plaines for 25 years now, and it marks the date that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to an Aztec Indian in 1531.

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Professor Fired for Teaching Catholic Views in a Catholicism Course

This article found on Fox News was really alarming to me, a professor of nine years was fired over teaching his students what the Catholic Church teaches. He had been teaching a course on Catholicism and was supposed to teach what goes on in the Church. He did not tell any of the students that they have to believe in or follow the religion itself, and they are all entitled to argue with his views without any negative effects of their grades. I just think that this is pretty outrageous that he would lose his job, just like that over one complaint from a college student. Touchy world we live in isn’t it?

“The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church’s teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

The professor, Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also lost his job at an on-campus Catholic center.

Howell, who taught Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, says he was fired at the end of the spring semester after sending an e-mail explaining some Catholic beliefs to his students preparing for an exam.” – “University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs”

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