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August 28, 2011

Report: Archbishop to leave Baltimore for Rome

Pope Benedict XVI is set to name Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien to a Rome-based order of knights charged with protecting the Christian community and sacred sites of the Holy Land, a prominent Catholic blogger is reporting.

Blogger Rocco Palmo writes that O’Brien, 72, could be named pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as early as Monday.

The Baltimore Sun has been unable to confirm the report independently. Messages left for the archdiocese have not been returned.

By tradition, Palmo writes on his Whispers in the Loggia blog, the “pro-” designation indicates that the individual is next in line to be named a cardinal, at which point the prefix disappears.

O’Brien arrived in Baltimore in 2007, succeeding Cardinal William Keeler as archbishop of Baltimore and spiritual leader of the area’s 500,000 Catholics.

He presided over the restructuring of the archdiocesan school system last year, closing 13 of 64 schools, consolidating those that remained and introducing new programs in the hope of attracting more families.

More recently, he urged Gov. Martin O’Malley last month against supporting same-sex marriage, which he described in a letter as “a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith.”

O’Brien joined Benedict in 2008 to concelebrate a Mass at Nationals Park in Washington during the pope’s visit to the United States.

A former archbishop for the military services, he gave a widely noted speech in 2009 outlining Catholic teaching on nuclear disamament to an audience of military leaders at a conference sponsored by the Pentagon.

Palmo writes that O’Brien is likely to continue as the church’s apostolic administrator in Baltimore until Benedict names a successor.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 4:27 PM | | Comments (9)


Sister Jeanine Gramick would make an awesome replacement. Oh wait, Rome has a problem with her gender.

Her understanding of the total indefensibility of same-sex sexual activity is also lacking...I'm not religious at all myself,but homosexual orientation is no more of an excuse for homosexual activity than alcoholism is for getting drunk,and on this O'Malley should admit that O'Brien is totally right.


I'll grant you that, but only if you grant that your (I'm presuming here) immutable heterosexual orientation is no excuse for heterosexual activity. Just seems fair. Orientation, after all, is just that: the way the creator made us.

BankStreet,there is no excuse for treating homosexual relationships as if they were of as much worth to society as heterosexual relationships...right and wrong are not "equal",nor are impulses toward them.A responsible government will favor right over wrong.


While I would agree with you that the relationships are morally wrong. It is not the role of the secular government to enforce that morality. Neither you nor I are harmed in anyway by someone else's sexual activity.


I agree with what you said.

Thank you, CC.


You are welcone, however, thanks are necessary. I did nothing special. If I expect to be accorded the right to live my life according to what I believe is moral and right who am I to deny that to anyone else.

Ah Louis E homosexual orientation is not an excuse for homosexual activity but the reason for it. Is heterosexual orientation an excuse for heterosexual activity? You are a nincompoop. Alcoholism may be an actual reason for getting drunk, not merely an excuse for getting drunk. The trouble with you Louis is dogmatism. Dogmatism is no excuse for blanket condemnations of groups of people you choose to hate.
R Anon

Good riddance to that guy.

He was a one-trick pony on the subject of gay marriage.

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About Matthew Hay Brown
Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.

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