Jesuit priest appointed to lead US bishops’ doctrinal office

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 … [Read more...]

Advocate says fight to defend marriage in Illinois continues

Chicago, Ill., Jun 5, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state's failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes. “We need to redouble our efforts to contact lawmakers and express opposition to that bill. Not only that, but we also need individuals contacting other people in districts,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of … [Read more...]