Man in the know thinks archbishop will be good fit for Holy Land

Bishop Denis J. Madden (second from right) joins archdiocesan leaders at an Aug. 29 press conference highlighting Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien's appointment to a Vatican office. (CR Photo/Bill McAllen)

Bishop Denis J. Madden knows something about the Holy Land.

From 1994-1996, Bishop Madden was the Director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine office in Jerusalem before serving as director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association from 1996-2005.

Among his duties while with the CNEWA, Bishop Madden was the chief negotiator among the three ecclesiastical authorities responsible for repairing the dome of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.

As Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien prepares to take on a new role defending Christianity in the Holy Land as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, he will find a knowledgeable friend in Bishop Madden.

I asked Bishop Madden about the news of Archbishop O’Brien’s appointment and the challenges the archbishop will face in the Holy Land. Bishop Madden praised Archbishop O’Brien for showing courage in addressing difficult challenges in Baltimore. He also described the archbishop as a good fit for the Holy Land. Take a listen to Bishop Madden’s responses below.

About George P. Matysek Jr.

George P. Matysek Jr. is the assistant managing editor of The Catholic Review in Baltimore. View all posts by George P. Matysek Jr.

One response to “Man in the know thinks archbishop will be good fit for Holy Land

  • Harold M. Frost, III

    Dear Mr. Matysek: Thank you for your blog, “Man in the Know…,” and for the associated audio recording of Bishop Dennis J. Madden’s response to Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien’s appointment recently as Pro-Grand Master of the EOHSJ. His Excellency, now serving as Apostolic Administrator, has asked for prayers during his transition as the new leader of the Equestrian Order who will reside now at the Vatican but will promote and defend the Catholic faith in the Holy Land and surrounding region and travel all over the world to visit the various Lieutenancies of the Order, plus prayers during the process of selecting and installing a new shepherd for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. I have responded to his needs and respectfully ask others, too, to consider supporting him spiritually as they can through their own prayers and related efforts. Thank you. Sincerely, Harold M. Frost, III, Vermont, September 15, 2011, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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