Maurice Feltin (15 May 1883 – 27 September 1975) was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Paris from 1949 to 1966, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.
Archbishop Emeritus of Paris
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||15 August 1949|
|Term ended||1 December 1966|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Pace (1953-75)|
|Ordination||3 July 1909|
by Léon-Adolphe Amette
|Consecration||11 March 1928|
by Charles-Henri-Joseph Binet
|Created cardinal||12 January 1953|
by Pope Pius XII
|Birth name||Maurice Feltin|
|Born||15 May 1883|
Delle, Besançon, France
|Died||27 September 1975 (aged 92)|
Thiais, Paris, France
|Motto||Animam pro ovibus|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Born in Delle, Territoire-de-Belfort, Maurice Feltin studied at the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris before being ordained a priest on 3 July 1909. He then did pastoral work in Besançon until 1914, at which time he was made an officer in the French Army during World War I. For his work, he was awarded with the Croix-de-Guerre, the Médaille militaire, and the Légion d'honneur.
On 19 December 1927, Feltin was appointed Bishop of Troyes by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on 11 March 1928 from Cardinal Henri-Charles-Joseph Binet, with Bishops Paul-Jules-Narcisse Rémond and Jean-Marcel Rodié serving as co-consecrators. Feltin was promoted to Archbishop of Sens on 16 August 1932, and was later named Archbishop of Bordeaux on 16 December 1935. On 15 August 1949, he became the twenty-third Archbishop of Paris.
He was created Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria della Pace by Pope Pius XII in the consistory of 12 January 1953. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1958 papal conclave and the 1963 papal conclave. He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. He resigned as Paris' archbishop on 21 December 1966.
- Feltin condemned the legend of Santa Claus, claiming that it debased the "Christian significance of Christmas".
- In 1959, Feltin requested of the Holy Office that the Worker-Priest movement be revived, albeit under strict controls; his request, however, was denied.
- In 1963, Feltin denied Édith Piaf a religious funeral due to her "controversial" life. However, on 10 October 2013, fifty years after her death, the Roman Catholic Church gave Piaf a memorial Mass in the St. Jean-Baptiste Church in Belleville, Paris, the parish into which she was born.
- Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
- Newspaper clippings about Maurice Feltin in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Troyes
| Archbishop of Sens
| Archbishop of Bordeaux
Emmanuel Célestin Suhard
| Archbishop of Paris
| International President of Pax Christi
| President of the French Episcopal Conference
| Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Pace
Joseph Asajiro Satowaki