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UnivIllinois.jpgA Roman Catholic professor, employed both by the Newman center and by the Univ of Illinois, was fired when it was determined that his teaching on homosexuality was contrary to standards at the Univ of Illinois. I first read at the Tribune. This event has led Univ of Illinois to reconsider its relationship with the Catholic Church. Also see here (from links below).

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Faculty at the University of Illinois will review the case of a religion professor removed from the classroom after a student labeled his explanation of the Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality as “hate speech.”

Chancellor Robert Easter has asked the University of Illinois’ Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure to determine whether the university violated the academic freedom of adjunct associate professor Kenneth Howell by barring him from teaching classes on introduction to Catholicism and modern Catholic thought.

Howell, who has taught on the Urbana- Champaign campus since 2001, was barred last month after explaining during class why the church believes that homosexual behavior violates natural moral law. He elaborated later in an e-mail to students, which lawyers say circulated around campus and prompted complaints.
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