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Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori

Bishop William E. Lori of the diocese in Bridgeport, Conn., was named the 16th archbishop of Baltimore on March 20, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI. In his 2015 book, “The Joy of Believing: A Practical Guide to the Catholic Faith,” Lori talked about how Catholics can best put their beliefs into practice.

“The joy comes when we apply the faith to our lives, when it makes a critical difference in how we live,” he said in an interview. “The joy comes when the light comes on and we say, ‘This is what the church is teaching me.’ ” He said he hopes the book and its message help people deepen or rediscover their faith during troubled times.

In January, before the Vatican’s child sex abuse summit, Lori was proactive and introduced an online portal for people who need to report allegations of criminal or ethical violations about bishops.

After the summit, Lori sent a message to Catholics that said, in part, “In the Archdiocese of Baltimore … zero tolerance means zero tolerance for any person who commits a criminal act of sexual abuse against a minor, who sexually harasses another person or who enables such heinous conduct. … We have no more urgent priority or solemn task than to rid our Church of this scourge which can only be characterized as criminal and evil, and to walk the long, arduous journey toward healing with victims and all whose mental, emotional and spiritual health has been harmed by criminal acts of abuse by representatives of the Church.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Influential Marylanders awards.

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