Thursday, September 26, 2019

RIP Cardinal William Levada - Death of the 1st American Cardinal Prefect of the CDF at age 83


Cardinal William Levada,  has died at the age of 83. He was the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was the first American to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), one of the most senior positions in the Curia. 

UPDATE: Vatican News reports excerpt: In a telegram to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, the Pope offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the archbishop, the faithful, religious and clergy of the archdiocese.
The Holy Father recalled with “immense gratitude the late Cardinal’s years of priestly and episcopal ministry among Christ’s flock in Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, his singular contributions to catechesis, education and administration, and his distinguished service to the Apostolic See”.  
Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", was born on 15 June 1936 in Long Beach, California. He was ordained a priest on 20 December 1961 and holds a degree in sacred theology.
After five years of pastoral ministry in Los Angeles, he was appointed as an official of the 
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1976.
On 25 March 1983 he was appointed titular Bishop of Capri and Auxiliary of Los Angeles.
 He received episcopal ordination on 12 May of the same year.
On 1 July 1986 he was appointed Archbishop of Portland, and from 1986-93 he belonged 
to the editorial committee of the Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
On 17 August 1995 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of San Francisco and was 
named as the Archbishop of San Francisco on 27 December of that year.
In 2000, he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
On 13 May 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Levada as his successor as Prefect
 for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is also president of the Pontifical 
Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission.
On 24 June 2008 he was appointed President Delegate of the XII Ordinary General 
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”
 (5-26 October 2008).
On 8 July 2009, he was nominated President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President emeritus of the 
Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President emeritus 
of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, 2 July 2012.
He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.
Created and proclaimed cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 
March 2006, of the Title of Santa Maria in Domnica (St. Mary in Domnica), 
Deaconry elevated pro hac vice to Presbyteral title.
Biography Source: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/documentation/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_bio_levada_wj.html

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