The National Catholic Reporter is not happy. The American bishops have appointed someone of “conventional views on marriage and sexuality” as the new head of their secretariat of doctrine and canonical affairs. Conventional means, as you will have guessed, Catholic.
Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J., has been the director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at the Archdiocese of St. Louis’s Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and senior fellow at the Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Catholic here meaning what the NCR would call conventional).
He replaces the Franciscan Fr. Thomas Weinandy, who was not so popular with the Catholic theological establishment. They’re probably going to be no happier with Fr. Ryan than they were with Fr. Weinandy.