PERU — The parishes of St. Joseph, St. Mary and St. Valentine in Peru recently hosted a series of presentations by Kenneth Howell, a well known Catholic theologian and speaker. Howell discussed the current crisis in western culture, whereby people no longer think it’s possible to judge whether something is right or wrong. As a remedy, Howell suggested that Catholic schools rededicate themselves to the study of philosophic realism and logical reasoning and that the beauty of the Catholic Church be shared with others.
He also offered explanations in defense of the Catholic Church’s position against the redefinition of marriage based on natural moral law; namely, that there is a natural intrinsic meaning of marriage which cannot be altered by civil law or by judicial decree.
Finally, Howell described his own journey from being a Presbyterian minister to his reception into the Catholic Church.
The presentations were followed by questions and answer sessions. More than 120 persons were in attendance. A free-will offering was collected. The event was sponsored by the Peru Catholic parishes in response to the recommendations of the GIFT planning program of the Diocese of Peoria.