William E. Lori
|The Most Reverend
William Edward Lori
|Archbishop of Baltimore|
|Predecessor||Edwin Frederick O'Brien|
|Ordination||14 May 1977
by William Wakefield Baum
|Consecration||20 April 1995
by James Aloysius Hickey
6 May 1951 |
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
|Motto||In Caritate Servire|
|Coat of arms|
William E. Lori
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
William Edward Lori (born May 6, 1951) is an American Roman Catholic bishop, currently serving as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He had previously served as the fourth Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Before succeeding Edward Egan in 2001 he was an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.
He attended the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Kentucky where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1973. He holds a M.A. from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and a S.T.D. from The Catholic University of America, where he is now chairman of the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and is the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.
Lori was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal William Baum on May 14, 1977. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Landover, MD. Lori then held a number of positions in the archdiocese's chancery including vicar general, moderator of the Curia, and secretary to Cardinal James Hickey.
Lori is member of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 2001 he invited Sister Mary Nirmala Joshi, M.C., superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, to Bridgeport for the opening of the Sisters' first convent in Connecticut.
- Lori is seen as an orthodox cleric who has enforced church mandates in controversial ways. While an auxiliary bishop in Washington D.C., he led an investigation at the behest of Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey into the activities of a "liberal" parish in Georgetown. Investigators questioned priests, staff and volunteers in the parish, taping their interviews and asking them to pledge their honesty. The investigation revealed that two Protestant ministers had been allowed to deliver and receive communion. Two of the parish priests apologized publicly for violations of canon law.
- Lori has been credited with establishing a new attitude and local policy toward sex abuse after being appointed Bishop of Bridgeport. The Diocese of Bridgeport had been trying to cope with the sudden onslaught of abuse cases that had occurred under the tenure of Bishop Edward Egan. In 2002, Lori was one of seven members of the ad hoc, bishops' committee tasked with writing a new policy (known as the Dallas Policy) on how to deal with abusive priests. Once approved by the USCCB, Lori was one of four bishops picked to travel to the Vatican and work out compromises that would make the proposed Dallas Policy (now known as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People), which established a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual abuse, more palatable to the Pope. Lori emerged as the de facto spokesman. The group also included Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, Ill., Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco. Lori also enacted many of the provisions in the charter before all the bishops accepted them as a whole. He was one of the first bishops to establish a local review board and acted swiftly against priests who have been accused of abuse under his watch. One of the priests, the Rev. Alfred J. Bietighofer, committed suicide soon after he was suspended.
- In 2004 Lori blessed and dedicated "Villa Maria Guadalupe" on the grounds of the former Villa Maria Retreat Center in Stamford, CT. The property was purchased by the Knights of Columbus, who invited the Sisters of Life, a religious community dedicated to protecting and advancing a sense of the sacredness of all human life, to offer retreats for families and married couples, for women facing problem pregnancies, for pro-life leaders, and for knights and their families.
- In 2007, he announced a doctrinal investigation of American theologian Peter C. Phan, who has written about an Asian perspectives on interreligious dialogue. Nothing has since come of this investigation.
- Lori has opposed legislation in Connecticut proposed by State Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald that would remove control of the diocese from the bishop and place it in the control of the laity. The legislation had been written with help from such Catholics as Connecticut attorney Thomas Gallagher, a contributor to the group Voice of the Faithful.
- A Catholic News Service news story article by Nancy Frazier O'Brien, posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, stated that:
Lori, appointed in late September to chair the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, testified before a House subcommittee on Oct. 26, 2011. He asked for Congressional action in response to regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in August requiring coverage of contraception and sterilization in most private health insurance plans; rules that would deny government funding to the bishops' Migration and Refugee Services if it does not provide the "full range" of reproductive services, including abortion and contraception, to human trafficking victims and unaccompanied refugee minors; the U.S. Agency for International Development's requirement that Catholic Relief Services and other contractors include condom distribution in their HIV prevention activities and provide contraception in a range of international relief and development programs; the Department of Justice's refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act; the Justice Department's efforts to modify the "ministerial exception" that exempts religious institutions from some civil laws with respect to employment; certain state actions of a similar nature.
- "NOMINA DELL’ARCIVESCOVO DI BALTIMORE (U.S.A.)" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2012-03-20.
- Biography of Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Bishop William Edward Lori Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Bishop William Lori Elected Chairman of Catholic University’s Board of Trustees Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Bishop Lori Elected as New Supreme Chaplain Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Q & A/Bishop William E. Lori; 'A Different Mix of Talents, A Different Personality' Retrieved 2010-03-04
- Pope Names Washington Auxiliary Bishop William Lori as Bishop of Bridgeport, CT Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- New York Times: "Portrayal of the Church Causes Unease" March 19, 2002
- New York Times: "Bridgeport Bishop Joins Group Developing Policy on Abuse" May 4, 2002
- Hartford Courant: "Bishop `Law And Order' Lori Takes The Point" November 13, 2002
- American Catholic: "U.S. Bishops Approve Revised Sex-Abuse Policy" 2003
- New York Times: "After Accused Priest's Suicide, Shock and Second Thoughts" May 18, 2002
- Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Why is Fr. Peter Phan under investigation?
- Religious Freedom Under Attack in Connecticut
- Goodstein, Laurie (13 June 2012). "Bishops Defend Fight Against Obama’s Policy on Birth Control Coverage". New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
|Catholic Church titles|
Federico Bonifacio Madersbacher Gasteiger OFM
|Titular Bishop of Bulla
28 February 1995–23 January 2001
Percival Joseph Fernandez
|Bishop of Bridgeport
23 January 2001–20 March 2012
Frank Joseph Caggiano
Thomas Vose Daily
|Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus
Edwin Frederick O'Brien
|Archbishop of Baltimore
20 March 2012–present