Sunday, February 23, 2014

Protestant Weddings No Longer Allowed At Chicago Loyola's Madonna Della Strada

Loyola University Chicago changed its guidelines for wedding ceremonies on campus, adopting an official policy ahead of Illinois' equal-marriage law on June 1. The new policy, enacted last December, only allows Catholic weddings in the university's Madonna della Strada Chapel. All other civil or religious weddings, including same-sex unions, are banned from campus facilities.
The decision also comes after a Loyola student launched a petition last September, urging university administrators to allow same-sex ceremonies on campus. Christine Irvine, a Loyola junior studying visual communication, started the petition after officials denied her request to use university facilities for her upcoming wedding. 
Irvine said there were no problems until officials learned she would marry a woman. To date, the petition has more than 2,900 signatures. In her first interview about Loyola's new policy, Irvine told Windy City Times that the decision doesn't seem bad to anyone who may not know how it came about. She believes the university made the decision to specifically forbid same-sex ceremonies on campus. "It's really disheartening," Irvine said. "It's a sign of the non-acceptance and non-tolerance of the LGBT students on campus ... a sign of disrespect of our love compared to our peers." Before Loyola enacted its official policy last December, the university's standard practice welcomed ceremonies "legally recognized" in Illinois. But despite legal recognition of same-sex civil unions in Illinois, those ceremonies were still forbidden at Loyola venues.


Qualis Rex said...

Shame on Loyola University for allowing heretic ceremonies within the sanctified walls of their church! Do they not know that ultimately same-sex marriage is a DIRECT PRODUCT of such heresy? The Piskies and other heretic sects allow it, so by allowing heretic ceremonies in a Catholic church, it was only a matter of time until this particular ceremony came out. Shame, shame and more shame on ANY cleric, bishop or any Catholic who associates with such Universities who willing or passively condone this treason to Our Lord's teachings.

Anonymous said...

Why were they even allowing non-Catholic weddings in the chapel?

Anonymous said...

Are you sure that non-Catholic ceremonies were ever permitted in the chapel. There may be new wording for the policy, but materials online more than a year ago (via web archive) show that only Catholic weddings were permitted in the chapel.