Press Release

Archbishop Lori Greets Marie Collins Prior to U.S. Speaking Tour

For Immediate Release Thursday, September 12, 2019 On Tuesday, September 10, Archbishop William E. Lori met with Marie Collins, who was in Baltimore to kick off her U.S. speaking tour to discuss the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The Archbishop invited Ms. Collins, who is an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse...
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More than 1,300 educators and administrators gather for annual Catholic Schools Convocation

More than 1,300 Catholic school administrators and educators gathered on Thursday, August 29th, for the annual Convocation of Catholic Schools at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium.
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Retired Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minor in mid-1970s

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 A man has informed the Archdiocese of Baltimore that in the mid-1970s he was sexually abused by now-retired priest, Ronald Belschner. The man claims Belschner abused him on multiple occasions while serving at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in West Baltimore. Belschner has not been in ministry for over 25...
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Statement of Archbishop Lori on Appointment of New Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston

Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, issued the following statement on the appointment of Bishop Mark Brennan as Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston.
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Catholics Concerned about Health Risks Posed by Excessive Heat Excused from the Obligation to Attend Mass this Weekend

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Archbishop William E. Lori is reminding Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore that Church law excuses them from fulfilling the Sunday obligation to attend Mass due to a grave cause, such as the health risks posed by severe weather. Forecasters are predicting excessive heat for this coming weekend, posing a health...
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Letter to Priests and the Faithful of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 To the Priests and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, As you know, last September, upon the Holy Father’s acceptance of the resignation of former Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, I was appointed by the Holy See to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese and assigned to commission a...
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Archbishop Lori offers prayers for city leadership

"At this challenging time in the life of our City, we pray that God gives strength and wisdom to our acting mayor and to the leaders of our community in order that they might bring the residents of Baltimore together in confronting our challenges, while also asserting those aspects that represent our promise and true...
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Names of 23 Deceased Priests Previously Reported to Law Enforcement Added to Archdiocese’s Online List of Clergy Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

Archbishop William E. Lori, announced today the addition of the names of 23 deceased priests and brothers previously and credibly accused to the online list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse.
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Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori makes statement on bombings in Sri Lanka

Archbishop William E. Lori made the following statement in the wake of the bombings in Sri Lanka:
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Archbishop Lori Welcomes Appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory as Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release Thursday, April 4, 2019 “On behalf of the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I extend heartfelt best wishes and prayers to Archbishop Wilton Gregory on his appointment as the next Archbishop of Washington,” Archbishop William E. Lori said. “Our two local Churches enjoy a uniquely collegial history...
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