Protesters Picket Event
Group Accuses Retired Bishop of Misconduct

By Jill Jedlowski
The Herald News
March 20, 2002

It was all smiles and laughter inside the Cathedral of St. Raymond as James E. Fitzgerald was ordained auxiliary bishop. But outside, a small group protested the ceremony.

Stephen Brady, president of Petersburg-based Roman Catholic Faithful Inc., and a handful of others picketed near the church before the afternoon Mass began.

Opponents' signs accused one of the ceremony's co-consecrators, retired Bishop Daniel Ryan of Springfield, of sexual misconduct. They cited a civil suit filed a couple of years ago as their basis.

"It's just a disgrace that he's here," Brady said. "It's such a travesty with ... Cardinal (Francis E. George) here."

No one officiating commented directly on the protest.

Ryan became a Joliet diocesan auxiliary bishop in August 1981. Three years later, at age 53, he became a bishop downstate, where he led the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese.


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