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Religious Liberty Advocate Archbishop Lori Appointed to Lead Baltimore Archdiocese

by | Mar 21, 2012

By Ernest L. Ohlhoff
NRLC Director of Outreach

Bishop William Lori testified before the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform on the question, "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State: Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Listening is Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop William Edward Lori, 62, of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI  as the 16th archbishop of Baltimore.

Archbishop Lori serves as the Chairman of the newly formed Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty which was established last September by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops President Timothy Cardinal Dolan, to fight political threats to individual consciences and religious liberty. Archbishop Lori’s statements and testimony before Congress have been strong, direct, and eloquent.  Archbishop Lori’s  testimony delivered to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has gone viral on social network all across America: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/lori-testimony-for-oversight-on-religious-freedom-2012-02-16.pdf

The appointment to the Baltimore Archdiocese comes at a crucial time as a result of attacks by the Obama Administration through mandates issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Archbishops Lori’s appointment to Baltimore is viewed by many as a sign of the importance of the religious liberty issue and would seem to indicate appreciation for Archbishops Lori’s leadership, talents, and courage.

Prior to being appointed Bishop of Bridgeport Connecticut, Archbishop Lori served as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington.  Originally from Louisville, KY., he received a bachelor’s degree from St. Pius X Seminary in Kentucky and later  earned a master’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which is in the diocese of Baltimore.  He also received his doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Archbishop Lori was elected the 10th supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic lay fraternal organization with which he has had a  longtime affiliation.

“The Knights of Columbus is an amazing lay organization, predominantly, that already supports family life in very magnificent ways, supports the dignity of human life, and also the vocations of priestly and religious life, as well as a solid healthy patriotism,” then Bishop Lori told CNS in 2005.

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