Lluís Martínez Sistach

Lluís Martínez Sistach (born 29 April 1937) is a Spanish prelate of the Catholic Church. He is Archbishop emeritus of Barcelona, having served as archbishop there from 2004 to 2015. He has been a cardinal since 2007.

Luis Martínez Sistach
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Barcelona
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Appointed15 June 2004
Installed18 July 2004
Term ended6 November 2015
PredecessorRicardo María Carles Gordó
SuccessorJuan José Omella Omella
Other postsCardinal-Priest of S. Sebastiano alle Catacombe
Ordination17 September 1961
by Gregorio Modrego y Casaus
Consecration27 December 1987
by Narcís Jubany Arnau
Created cardinal24 November 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameLluís Martínez Sistach
Born (1937-04-29) 29 April 1937 (age 83)
Barcelona, Spain
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsJoan Martínez Puig and Maria Sistach Masllorens
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Mottocharitas Christi virget nos
Coat of armsLuis Martínez Sistach's coat of arms
Styles of
Lluís Martínez Sistach
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Ordination history of
Lluís Martínez Sistach
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byNarcís Jubany Arnau (Barcelona)
Date27 December 1987
Elevated byPope Benedict XVI
Date24 November 2007
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Lluís Martínez Sistach as principal consecrator
Francesc-Xavier Ciuraneta Aymi14 September 1991
Jaime Pujol Balcells19 September 2004

Martínez Sistach was born on 29 April 1937 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, the son of Juan Martínez Puig, a commercial representative, and María Sistach Masllorens, a housewife. He had two sisters. The family resided in the neighborhood of Guinardó. He studied at Colegio de la Inmaculada of the Marist Brothers in Barcelona from 1942 to 1953 and at the Major Seminary of Barcelona from 1954 to 1961. He was ordained a priest on 17 September 1961. He studied at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome from 1962 to 1967 where he earned a doctorate utriusque iuris (in both canon and civil law) in 1967. His dissertation, "El Derecho de asociación en la Iglesia", was published by the Theological Faculty of Catalonia.

In 1987 Martínez Sistach was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona with the titular see of Algeciras. He was appointed Bishop of Tortosa in 1991. In 1997 he became Archbishop of Tarragona and in 2004 he became Archbishop of Barcelona.

Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal in the consistory held on 24 November 2007.[1] He became Cardinal-Priest of San Sebastiano alle Catacombe.

He opposed legislation introduced in the Catalonian parliament in December 2007 requiring local governments to set aside land for mosques and other places of worship. He said that "A church, a synagogue or a mosque are not the same thing” and that the law "impinges on our ability to exercise a fundamental right, that of religious liberty."[2]

Martínez Sistach is also a member of various offices of the Roman Curia. In May 2008 Pope Benedict named Martínez Sistach to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.[citation needed] On 12 June 2008, Pope Benedict named him a member of the Apostolic Signatura and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.[3]

Martínez Sistach received Pope Benedict XVI when Pope Benedict visited Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela in 2010.[4]

On 18 September 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Martínez Sistach a Synod Father for the October 2012 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.[citation needed]

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[5]

When some prelates criticized the document that summarized the deliberations of the October 2014 Synod of Bishops, Martínez Sistach defended the document, saying "It is far from being complete, but it is an unbiased summary." He added: "We must all convert ourselves, and conversion is a painful experience."[6]

Pope Francis accepted his retirement on 6 November 2015.[7]


  1. ^ Vidal, José Manuel (25 November 2007). "El anillo de los Príncipes de la Iglesia". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ Burnett, Victoria (16 March 2008). "Spain's Many Muslims Face Dearth of Mosques". New York Times. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts". EWTN. Vatican Information Service. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ Ivereigh, Austen (7 November 2010). "Pope consecrates Sagrada Familia". America. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ Wooden, Cindy (15 February 2013). "Conclave to silence at least nine tweeting cardinals". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service.
  6. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (15 October 2014). "Synod document an 'unbiased summary,' Spanish cardinal says". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ Baquero, Camilo S. (6 November 2015). "Juan José Omella será el nuevo arzobispo de Barcelona". El Pais (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ricardo María Carles Gordó
Roman Catholic Bishop of Tortosa
17 May 1991 – 20 February 1997
Succeeded by
Javier Salinas Viñals
Preceded by
Ramón Torrella Cascante
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tarragona
20 February 1997 – 15 June 2004
Succeeded by
Jaume Pujol Balcells
Preceded by
Ricardo María Carles Gordó
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Barcelona
15 June 2004 – 6 November 2015
Succeeded by
Juan José Omella