Archbishop William E. Lori

Birthday: 6 May 1951
Education:

Bachelor’s Degree – Seminary of Saint Pius X, Erlanger, KY
Master’s Degree – Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 14 May 1977
Episcopate: 20 May 1995
archbishop@archbalt.org

Archbishop William E. Lori on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Archbishop Lori said he “applauds” Cardinal DiNardo’s decision to “call for a Vatican investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCormick.” Lori also claimed “Pope Francis has demonstrated his leadership on the issue of abuse in the church by holding bishops accountable and by extending pastoral love and care for survivors of abuse.” (Archdiocese of Baltimore)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Archbishop Lori lead a Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday in 2018. The procession marched to a Planned Parenthood facility in Baltimore. At the facility, the Rosary was prayed. The Archdiocese’s website stated that the procession was a “public witness with our shepherd of our desire to ask for God’s grace to end abortion.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Lori lead a crowd of more than 100 Catholics in a Stations of the Cross procession to a Planned Parenthood facility in Baltimore on Good Friday 2017. Bishop Mark Brennan joined in the procession as well. (TFP Student Action)

Homosexuality

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  • In 2012, Archbishop Lori directed every priest in his diocese to read during their Sunday sermon a strongly worded letter he wrote that called on lay Catholics to vote down a state-wide ballot proposal that would redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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Contraception

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  • On the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Bishop Lori published a document titled “Celebrating the Marriage of Love and Life.” The document defended Church teaching and provided laity with extensive resources on natural family planning, birth control, and human sexuality. (Archdiocese of Baltimore)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Archbishop Lori added his name to a statement released by the pro-life, pro-family Colson Center for Christian Worldview in 2016. The statement opposed civil protections for “gender identity” and affirmed that people “are created male and female” and that “the family is the wellspring of human flourishing.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2013, Archbishop Lori co-wrote a letter on behalf of the USCCB withdrawing its support of the Violence Against Women Act because the Obama administration added language protecting ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ into the law. The added classifications “undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the letter said. (LifeSiteNews)

Liturgy

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  • Archbishop Lori allows weddings in his diocese to be performed outdoors and in locations other than inside churches. Lori approved the one-year experimental policy in 2018 after having conversations with young people about what they would like to see change in the Archdiocese. (Archdiocese of Baltimore)

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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  • In May 2015, Franciscan University in Ohio awarded Archbishop Lori an honorary doctorate for his living out the Catholic faith in the public square and for defending religious freedom and fighting religious oppression (Franciscan University)