Baltimore Gets a New Archbishop

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You could hardly blame Cardinal Edwin O’Brien for leaving his post as Baltimore’s archbishop last summer. He was named grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and that’s a hard gig to turn down. But O’Brien’s ascension has meant that Baltimore has been archbishop-less for nearly a year — leading, no doubt, to even more untrammeled vice and revelry than usual.

That can all stop, though — thank you-know-who! — because we’ve finally got a new archbishop. William E. Lori, soon to be the 16th archbishop of Baltimore, comes to Charm City from Bridgeport, where he  was in the tough position of dealing with a sex abuse scandal. He instituted a zero-tolerance policy (there wasn’t one before?), tried to block the public release of church documents, and fought Obama on the religious exemption to the health care law. He’s a busy man!

But don’t look for any big shake-ups. Lori is widely considered to be more into discipline and doctrinal orthodoxy than anything else. “You’re not going to get some radical reformer,” said Rev. Thomas Reese of Georgetown’s Woodstock Theological Center. “You’re going to get someone who will work with the Vatican’s positions on the various controversial issues.”



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