Ennio Antonelli

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His Eminence
Ennio Antonelli
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Family
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See S. Andrea delle Fratte
Appointed 7 June 2008
Term ended 26 June 2012
Predecessor Alfonso López Trujillo
Successor Vincenzo Paglia
Orders
Ordination 2 April 1960
by Ilario Alcini
Consecration 29 August 1982
by Decio Lucio Grandoni
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
Rank Cardinal-Priest Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Personal details
Birth name Ennio Antonelli
Born (1936-11-18) 18 November 1936 (age 77)
Todi, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
Motto voluntas dei pax nostra
Coat of arms
Styles of
Ennio Antonelli
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Florence (emeritus)

Ennio Antonelli (born 18 November 1936) is an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and retired President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Born in Todi, he first attended seminary there, and then in Assisi and the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he was awarded a licentiate in sacred theology. He later earned a doctorate in classics at the University of Perugia. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Todi in 1960.

Cardinal Antonelli's coat-of-arms on the basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. His episcopal motto is Voluntas Dei pax nostra, "The will of God is our peace".

Bishop[edit]

He eventually became rector of the Seminary of Perugia and a professor of classics in Assisi before being ordained a bishop in 1982, when Pope John Paul II named him to head the diocese of Gubbio. In 1988 he was advanced to Archbishop of Perugia-Città del Pieve, from which see he stepped down in 1995 to become Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

Cardinal[edit]

He served in this position until March 2001, when he was named to the see of Florence, whose archbishop is traditionally named a cardinal, and he was duly elevated in the consistory of 2003, becoming Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.

He resigned as Archbishop of Florence on 7 June 2008, on becoming President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.[1]

On 29 January 2011 Cardinal Antonelli was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.

Cardinal Antonelli was considered an Italian papabile heading into the 2005 papal conclave in which Pope Benedict XVI was elected and at which Antonelli was a cardinal elector. Cardinal Antonelli remains eligible to vote in any future papal conclaves that occur before his 80th birthday on 18 November 2016. He retired as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family on 26 June 2012.[2]

On 15 September 2012 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a five-year term.[3]

On Saturday, 19 July 2014, according to the Vatican web site's daily Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, where papal appointments are listed, Cardinal Antonelli was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as his Special Envoy to the consecration of the new Shrine of St. Gabriel in Teramo.[4]

Views[edit]

Cardinal Antonelli is generally seen as a moderate, with a strong interest in social justice and peace issues. In response to demands that the Church denounce divorcees who were candidates for political office in the 1990s, he said the Church should be more concerned with their voting record.[5] When in 2009 the Italian Court of Cassation declared there was no substantial difference in law between a family based on marriage and one resulting from cohabitation, he reacted by saying that, in the light of recent sociological studies that reveal the benefits to society of what is called the traditional family and the disadvantages for society of single-parent families and those of cohabiting couples, the traditional family is needed more than ever today both for family members and for society as a whole.[6]

In January 2012 Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba said there was a conspiracy by the United Nations. "Cardinal Antonelli told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools."[7]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Dionigi Tettamanzi
Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
26 May 1995 – 5 April 2001
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Betori
Preceded by
Silvano Piovanelli
Archbishop of Florence
2001 – 2008
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Betori
Preceded by
Alfonso López Trujillo
President of the Pontifical Council for the Family
2008 – 2012
Succeeded by
Vincenzo Paglia