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Friedrich Wetter (born 20 February 1928) is a German cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany, from 1982 to 2007. He was Bishop of Speyer from 1968 to 1982. Pope John Paul II made him a cardinal in 1985.
Archbishop Emeritus of Munich and Freising
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Archdiocese||Munich and Freising|
|See||Munich and Freising|
|Appointed||28 October 1982|
|Installed||12 December 1982|
|Term ended||2 February 2007|
|Other posts||Cardinal Priest of Santo Stephano in Coelio Monte (1985-)|
|Ordination||10 October 1953|
by Clemente Micara
|Consecration||29 June 1968|
by Isidor Markus Emanuel
|Created cardinal||25 May 1985|
by Pope John Paul II
|Birth name||Friedrich Wetter|
|Born||20 February 1928|
Landau, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
|Denomination||Catholic (Roman Rite)|
("Peace to you")
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
|See||Munich and Freising (emeritus)|
At age 91, Cardinal Wetter is the oldest living cardinal from Germany.
Early life and ordinationEdit
Born in Landau (Rhineland-Palatinate), Wetter studied in Landau and then, from 1948 to 1956, at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology and in the Gregorian University in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in theology. In 1953, he was ordained a priest in Rome.
After being chaplain for two years (1956–1958) in Speyer, teaching in the seminary in the same city for another two years (1958–1960), and being assistant parish priest for a year in Glanmünchweiler, he became Professor of Fundamental Theology in Eichstätt for five years (1962–1967) and Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 1967, a post he held for only one year before being appointed bishop.
He was Bishop of Speyer (1968–1982) and became Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1982.
He was made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1985, with the title of Cardinal-Priest of Santo Stefano Rotondo. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict accepted his resignation on 2 February 2007.
Rights of Catholic politiciansEdit
In an open letter in 2004, Wetter wrote that anonymous informers reporting liturgical abuses would labour in vain in the Archdiocese of Munich. "Blackening people's names, especially when the talebearer wishes to stay anonymous, will not get anyone anywhere in our archdiocese," Wetter warned. His comments followed the promulgation of the Vatican instruction on abuses in the liturgy, Redemptionis Sacramentum.
- "Wetter Card. Friedrich". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
|Catholic Church titles|
Isidor Markus Emanuel
| Bishop of Speyer
| Archbishop of Munich and Freising