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Jesuit to head US bishops’ doctrine office

May 30, 2013

Father Peter French Ryan, a Jesuit who serves as professor of moral theology and director of spiritual formation at Kenrick-Gennon Seminary in St. Louis, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Father Ryan replaces Capuchin Franciscan Father Thomas Weinandy, who has served in that position since 2005.

A onetime board member of the Cardinal Newman Society, which seeks to strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities, Father Ryan recently coauthored an article with moral theologian Germain Grisez in defense of the indissolubility of marriage.

“Father Ryan's considerable expertise on bioethical issues is vital as contemporary society addresses moral challenges inherent in biotechnology, medical ethics and environmentalism,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the USCCB. “He brings a depth of theological knowledge to these and other areas, including the study and teaching of systematic theology, that are critical to the Church today and to the strategic priorities adopted by the bishops.”


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  • Posted by: Jim.K - May. 30, 2013 7:22 PM ET USA

    ell, this could be O.K. The Pope's a Jesuit!

  • Posted by: Ken - May. 30, 2013 6:02 PM ET USA

    A few more appointments like this and I might start taking the USCCB serious again.