Braulio Rodríguez Plaza (24 January 1944) is a Spanish Catholic prelate, the current Archbishop of Toledo and therefore Primate of Spain (and thus a more likely candidate for the cardinalate) since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 16 April 2009, which was Pope Benedict's 82nd birthday. [1] He previously served as Archbishop of Valladolid from 2002.

His Excellency

Braulio Rodríguez Plaza
Archbishop of Toledo
Primate of Spain
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Appointed16 April 2009
PredecessorAntonio Cañizares Llovera
Ordination3 April 1972
by Vicente Enrique y Tarancón
Consecration20 December 1987
by Mario Tagliaferri
Personal details
Birth nameBraulio Rodríguez Plaza
Born (1944-01-24) 24 January 1944 (age 75)
Aldea del Fresno, Community of Madrid, Spanish State
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Rodríguez Plaza was born in Aldea del Fresno, Community of Madrid, and now in the diocese of Getafe. He studied in the seminary in Madrid, obtaining a licentiate in theology at the Comillas Pontifical University.


He was ordained priest on 3 April 1972 and was appointed as pastor of two rural parishes, vice parish priest in San Miguel de Carabanchel and then parish priest in San Fulgencio, a large parish in Madrid, and then became a formator at the major seminary in Madrid.

After spending two years in Jerusalem, he received there a degree in Sacred Scripture at the Biblical School. On 6 November 1987 he was appointed Bishop of Osma-Soria, receiving episcopal consecration on 20 December. He obtained a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Faculty of Burgos. On 12 May 1995 he was transferred to the diocese of Salamanca. On 28 August 2002 he was promoted to the metropolitan see of Valladolid. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Spanish Bishops' Conference. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict on 29 June 2009, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome.[2]


In February 2010, Archbishop Rodríguez Plaza received media attention when he dismissed a priest in the Toledo diocese as a result of accusations of prostitution.[3][4]

In January 2016, some media and social media users reported Archbishop Rodríguez Plaza to have recently stated in a sermon that women who suffered from domestic violence often would suffer due to disobedience to their husbands, which turned out to be a canard. After some German bloggers translated the entire sermon, the Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur withdrew a corresponding news item due to the fact that the Archbishop of Toledo had been apparently misquoted. Furthermore, some other statements were "apparently wrongly or incompletely spread over Spanish media". The Archbishop reacted surprised, rejected the accusations resolutely and denounced the quotations as false. In fact he said analogously that a serious problem in such marriages with men who mistreat or even kill their wives is rooted in the fact that there had never been a real marriage, a statement that directly contradicts the accounts of those present. He was saddened to see how Spanish parties were trying to tackle the problem of domestic violence only with the tightening of the laws and with better protection mechanisms in their electoral programs. This seems to be good but misses the quintessence of the problem.[5]


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  3. ^ Govan, Fiona (25 February 2010). "Spanish priest offered sexual services and spent church funds on pornography". Telegraph.
  4. ^ Priest offered sex for sale on internet The Irish Examiner. 2010.
  5. ^ "Zurückgezogen: Kampf gegen die Macho-Kultur". (in German).

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