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Kenrick-Glennon theologian named to U.S. bishops' post

Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat For Doctrine and Canonical Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Father Ryan, a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, joined the Kenrick-Glennon staff in 2012. Prior to that, he had served for 10 years at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and for seven years at Loyola College in Maryland.

USCCB briefs in two cases urge court to uphold traditional marriage

WASHINGTON -- In "amicus" or friend-of-the-court briefs in two Supreme Court cases that weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops argues that redefining marriage as other than between one man and one woman is not required under the Constitution.

In separate briefs submitted Jan. 29, the USCCB urged the court to uphold California's Proposition 8, in which voters said marriage should be limited to the traditional definition of one man and one woman and to uphold the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA.

USCCB's strategic plan responds to church's call for new evangelization

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives a thumbs up as U.S. bishops consider a proposal to establish a new position of director for public affairs for the bishops' conference. The bishops' approved the proposal Nov. 13 during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's call for a new evangelization will guide the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next four years under a strategic plan adopted during the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Operating under the theme "Journey with Christ: Faith/Worship/Witness," the plan offers a "road map" for the conference to shape programs and activities to strengthen the faith of Catholics and position them to be active witnesses to their faith in all aspects of life.

Archbishop joins voices urging Obama to 'seize moment' on immigration

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration joined the broadening chorus calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to "seize the moment" and pass comprehensive immigration reform next year.

In a statement issued Nov. 13 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, committee chair, called on Obama and congressional leaders to work together on a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Bishops OK new document on preaching

U.S. bishops discussed a proposed document on preaching during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore Nov. 13. The document, which was approved, encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.

The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes. There were four abstentions.

Internal matters top agenda of bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- Statements on preaching and ways that bishops can respond using new technologies to modern-day challenges to their teaching authority are among the items the U.S. bishops will consider when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly.

Set for Nov. 12-15, the assembly also will consider a statement on work and the economy proposed by the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles that unemployed people are experiencing.

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