Francisco Robles Ortega

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His Eminence
José Francisco Robles Ortega
Cardinal Archbishop of Guadalajara
President of the Mexican Episcopal Conference
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Province Guadalajara
See Guadalajara
Appointed 7 December 2011
Installed 7 February 2012
Predecessor Juan Sandoval Íñiguez
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Presentazione
Orders
Ordination 20 July 1976
by José Maclovio Vásquez Silos
Consecration 5 June 1991
by Alfredo Torres Romero
Created Cardinal 24 November 2007
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name José Francisco Robles Ortega
Born (1949-03-02) 2 March 1949 (age 65)
Mascota, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Francisco Robles Ortega (born 2 March 1949) is a Mexican Cardinal of the Catholic Church, having been elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. He currently serves as Archbishop of Guadalajara.[1] Cardinal Robles had previously served as archbishop of Monterrey from 2003 to 2011. He is also, as of November 2012, the incoming president-elect of the Roman Catholic Mexican Episcopal (Bishops') Conference, to replace the outgoing president, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life and ordination[edit]

Francisco Robles Ortega was born in Mascota, as the third of the sixteen children of Francisco Robles Arreola (b. 1917) and Teresa Ortega de Robles (b. 1927). He studied humanities at the minor seminary in Autlán, philosophy at the seminary in Guadalajara, and theology at the seminary in Zamora.

Robles was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop José Vásquez Silos on 20 July 1976, and then studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome until 1979, obtaining his licentiate in theology. Upon his return to Mexico, he served as vicar general of Autlán and taught philosophy and theology at its seminary. He was made diocesan administrator of Autlán following the death of Bishop Vásquez Silos in July 1990

Bishop[edit]

On 30 April 1991, Robles was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toluca and Titular Bishop of Bossa by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 5 June from Bishop Alfredo Torres Romero, with Bishops José Hernández González and Javier Lozano Barragán serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Toluca.

Robles was later named diocesan administrator of Toluca following the death of Bishop Torres Romero on 15 October 1995. He finally became Bishop of Toluca on 15 June 1996, and was installed on 15 July of that same year. On 25 January 2003, he was advanced to Archbishop of Monterrey.

Cardinal[edit]

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See Guadalajara

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Presentazione in the consistory of 24 November 2007, he took possession of the titular church on 25 October 2008 [2]. Cardinal Robles Ortega will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves until he reaches the age of eighty on 2 March 2029 unless he dies before.

On 5 January 2011 he was appointed among the first members of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.[3]

On 7 December 2011 Cardinal Robles was appointed to replace the retiring Juan Sandoval Íñiguez who had reached the age limit. As a result, the see of Monterrey fell vacant. On 24 November 2012 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.[4]

He was appointed as a member of the Congregation for Bishops on 16 December 2013 for a five year renewable term.

Views[edit]

Drug politics[edit]

The archbishop of Monterrey has called on the country's political parties and organizations to take action to avoid infiltration in their ranks by drug traders.[5]

Secularism in education[edit]

Cardinal Robles said "we are against the change proposed by the decree to reform Article 3" of the Constitution because it seeks to encourage secularism in private educational institutions, eliminating the subject of religion, which trains young people in moral values.[6]

Poverty and humility[edit]

In naming archbishop Francisco Robles of Monterrey as one of 23 new Roman Catholic cardinals, analysts say the Vatican chose a clergyman who advocates for the poor and beseeches the faithful to embrace humility.[7]

Family policy[edit]

Cardinal Robles has said that the family is “an institution that is natural, that is the basis of society”, and he warned those who oppose a new law that would protect it not to attempt to “supplant such an important institution as the family.”[8]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Alfredo Torres Romero
Bishop of Toluca
1996–2003
Succeeded by
Francisco Chavolla Ramos
Preceded by
Adolfo Suárez Rivera
Archbishop of Monterrey
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Rogelio Cabrera López
Preceded by
Juan Sandoval Íñiguez
Archbishop of Guadalajara
7 December 2011 – present
Incumbent