38°FFog/MistFull Forecast

Dr. Ken Howell to give presentations

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:08 a.m. CDT

PERU — Nationally known scholar Dr. Ken Howell will speak at 7 p.m. April 19 and at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 20 at St. Joseph’s Hall in Peru. He will offer three presentations: "The Papacy and the Crisis of Christianity in Western Culture';" "Same Sex Marriage: Is it about Equality?" and his conversion to Catholicism and the hope the church offers in the future under the new papacy of Pope Francis I.

The program is a joint effort of the three Catholic parishes in Peru.

“We are very fortunate to have a speaker of Dr. Howell’s caliber. He recently returned from Rome where he had been invited to attend the installation Mass of Pope Francis,” said Father Harold Datzman, OSB, pastor of St. Joseph’s parish.

“With the state of Illinois currently considering legalizing same sex marriage, Dr. Howell’s topics are extremely timely”, said Father William Gardner, pastor of St. Valentine and St. Mary Parishes.

During his talk on western civilization, Howell will address the problems created by the failure of modern culture to understand and live by Christian teachings.

Admission is free, and guests are welcome.

Get breaking news and weather sent to your phone. Sign up for bcralerts!