Sunday, March 11, 2018

#BreakingNews RIP Cardinal Karl Lehmann - Bishop of Mainz Germany - former Head of German Bishops

Karl Lehmann was born on the 16th May 1936 – and died on the 11th March 2018. was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Bishop of Mainz, Chairman of the Conference of the German Bishops, the highest representative post of the Catholic Church in Germany, and Professor of theology at the University of Mainz and the University of Freiburg. From 1971, he was the co-editor of the international journal Communio. He was a member of the board of the Synod of the Dioceses of the Federal Republic of Germany 1971-1975, as well as a member of the International Theological Commission 1974-1984.
Lehmann was born in Sigmaringen and grew up in Veringenstadt. His father was a local teacher and his mother educated as a bookseller. During his high school years, he lived in the Catholic student home Erzbischöfliche Studienheim St. Fidelis in Sigmaringen.[1] He studied at the Seminary of Freiburg 1957-1964[2] and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a doctorate in philosophy, summa cum laude in 1962, with a thesis titled "Vom Ursprung und Sinn der Seinsfrage im Denken Martin Heideggers". He also received a doctorate in theology summa cum laude in 1967, with a thesis titled "'Auferweckt am dritten Tag nach der Schrift' — Exegetische und fundamentaltheologische Studien zu 1 Kor 15, 3b-5". He was ordained to the priesthood on 10 October 1963 in Rome by Cardinal Julius Döpfner.During the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, he served as an assistant to Karl Rahner, and he was also assistant to Rahner at the Seminar for Christian worldview and philosophy of religion at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1964 to 1967.[1] In 1968 he became Professor of dogmatic theology at the University of Mainz, a position he held until 1971 when he became professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at the University of Freiburg.
In September 2017, Lehmann suffered a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage which left him in need of care, first at hospital and later at home. He died on 11 March 2018.
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