Braulio Rodríguez Plaza

Braulio Rodríguez Plaza (27 January 1944) is a Spanish Catholic prelate, who was Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 16 April 2009 to 27 December 2019. A bishop since 1987, he was Archbishop of Valladolid from 2002 to 2009.

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 (1944-01-27) 27 January 1944 (age 76)
Aldea del Fresno, Community of Madrid, Spanish State
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop


Rodríguez Plaza was born in Aldea del Fresno, Community of Madrid, which is now in the diocese of Getafe. He studied in the seminary in Madrid, obtaining a licentiate in theology at the Comillas Pontifical University.[1]

He was ordained a 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. He then became a formator at the major seminary in Madrid.[1]

After two years in Jerusalem, he earned a degree in Sacred Scripture at the Biblical School.[1] On 6 November 1987, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Osma-Soria.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on 20 December 1987 from Archbishop Mario Tagliaferri.[citation needed]

He obtained a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Faculty of Burgos.[1] On 12 May 1995 he was transferred to the Diocese of Salamanca.[3] On 28 August 2002 he was promoted to Archbishop of Valladolid.[4] He received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2009.[5]

On 16 April 2009, Pope Benedict named him Archbishop of Toledo,[1] the oldest diocese in Spain, whose head is accorded the title Primate of Spain. In February 2010, Rodríguez Plaza dismissed a priest in the Toledo diocese as a result of accusations of prostitution.[6][7] In January 2016, Rodríguez Plaza was misquoted as saying that women who suffered from domestic violence had often been disobedient to their husbands. Discussing the issue further in response to being misquoted, he said that domestic abuse is rooted in the lack of a real marriage, a fact he thought Spanish parties missed when trying to formulate political programs to address the problem of domestic violence.[8]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation on 27 December 2019.[9]

Within the Spanish Episcopal Conference, he was a member of the Standing Committee.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e nomine, 16.04.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXIX. 1987. p. 1523. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXXVII. 1995. p. 596. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 28.08.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 August 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Udienza agli Arcivescovi Metropoliti che hanno Ricevuto il Pallio nella Solennità dei Santo Apostoli Pietro e Paolo, 30.06.2009". Holy See Press Office. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Govan, Fiona (25 February 2010). "Spanish priest offered sexual services and spent church funds on pornography". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  7. ^ Worden, Tom (25 February 2010). "Priest offered sex for sale on internet". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Zurückgezogen: Kampf gegen die Macho-Kultur". (in German).
  9. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 27.12.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
José Diéguez Reboredi
Bishop of Osma-Soria
6 November 1987–12 May 1995
Succeeded by
Francisco Pérez González
Preceded by
Mauro Rubio Repullés
Bishop of Salamanca
12 May 1995–28 August 2002
Succeeded by
Carlos López Hernández
Preceded by
José Delicado Baeza
Archbishop of Valladolid
28 August 2002–16 April 2009
Succeeded by
Ricardo Blázquez Pérez
Preceded by
Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Archbishop of Toledo
16 April 2009–27 December 2019
Succeeded by
Francisco Cerro Chaves (Archbishop elect)