Loading
Jesuit priest appointed to lead US bishops' doctrinal office
By Adelaide Mena
Fr. Peter F. Ryan, S.J. Credit: EWTN.
Fr. Peter F. Ryan, S.J. Credit: EWTN.

.- Fr. Peter Ryan, a Jesuit priest known for his defense of Church teaching, is slated to step up in August as the executive director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs.

“Father Ryan's considerable expertise on bio-ethical issues is vital as contemporary society addresses moral challenges inherent in biotechnology, medical ethics and environmentalism,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference.

“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,” Msgr. Jenkins added.

Fr. Ryan will replace the retiring Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a Capuchin priest, as the executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The appointment will be effective August 19.

The Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs is responsible for executing directives of the U.S. bishop's committee on doctrine, ensuring that work done by Catholic theologians in the country upholds Church teaching.

In addition, the executive director of the office also helps the bishops' Subcommittee on Health Care Issues and Subcommittee on the Translation of Scripture Texts.

Fr. Ryan received his licentiate and doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and holds numerous degrees in English, divinity, philosophy and political science from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

In addition, Fr. Ryan has served as a professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Gennon Seminary, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, and an assistant professor of theology at Loyola College in Maryland.

Fr. Ryan has gained attention for a defense of the Church's prohibition of divorce and remarriage, co-authored by Fr. Peter Ryan and Dr. Germain Grisez, and supported by the Vatican.

He has also written on ethical and theological issues such as “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” the Eucharist, and the moral obligation to embryos abandoned following in-vitro fertilization.

He has been published in a number of journals, including Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, the National Catholic Bioethical Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly and American Journal of Jurisprudence.

Fr. Ryan is a former member of the board of directors of The Cardinal Newman Society, a three-time member of the executive board of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and a prior senior fellow with the Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person.

The incoming executive director is able to read and speak English, Italian, French and German, and is also able to read Latin and Spanish.

Tags: US Bishops Conference


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: