Maurice Feltin

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.

Maurice Feltin
Archbishop Emeritus of Paris
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed15 August 1949
Term ended1 December 1966
PredecessorEmmanuel Suhard
SuccessorPierre Veuillot
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Pace (1953-75)
Ordination3 July 1909
by Léon-Adolphe Amette
Consecration11 March 1928
by Charles-Henri-Joseph Binet
Created cardinal12 January 1953
by Pope Pius XII
Personal details
Birth nameMaurice Feltin
Born15 May 1883
Delle, Besançon, France
Died27 September 1975(1975-09-27) (aged 92)
Thiais, Paris, France
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MottoAnimam pro ovibus
SignatureMaurice Feltin's signature
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Maurice Feltin
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeParis (Emeritus)


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.

He died in Thiais, outside Paris, at age 92, and was buried in Notre Dame Cathedral.


  • Feltin condemned the legend of Santa Claus, claiming that it debased the "Christian significance of Christmas".[1]
  • In 1959, Feltin requested of the Holy Office that the Worker-Priest movement be revived, albeit under strict controls; his request, however, was denied.[2]
  • In 1963, Feltin denied Édith Piaf a religious funeral due to her "controversial" life.[3] 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.


  1. ^ Time Magazine. Death to Santa Claus 7 January 1952
  2. ^ Time Magazine. End of the Worker-Priests 28 September 1959
  3. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (8 November 2003). "The love of a poet". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2007.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Laurent-Marie-Etienne Monnier
Bishop of Troyes
Succeeded by
Joseph-Jean Heintz
Preceded by
Jean-Victor-Emile Chesnelong
Archbishop of Sens
Succeeded by
Frédéric Lamy
Preceded by
Pierre Andrieu
Archbishop of Bordeaux
Succeeded by
Paul-Marie-André Richaud
Preceded by
Emmanuel Célestin Suhard
Archbishop of Paris
Succeeded by
Pierre Veuillot
Preceded by
International President of Pax Christi
Succeeded by
Bernard Alfrink
Preceded by
Achille Liénart
President of the French Episcopal Conference
Succeeded by
François Marty
Preceded by
August Hlond
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Pace
Succeeded by
Joseph Asajiro Satowaki