|Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura|
|See||Santi Urbano e Lorenzo a Prima Porta|
|Appointed||26 November 1994|
|Term ended||5 October 1998|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santi Urbano e Lorenzo a Prima Porta|
|Ordination||20 April 1946|
|Consecration||6 January 1987
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||26 November 1994|
26 July 1922 |
|Motto||christus spes gloriae|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
|See||Caprulae (titular see) 1986–1994|
Agustoni was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and had four brothers and one sister. Two of his brothers were also priests. Their mother came from a village on the shores of Lake Constance. He was educated at the Seminary of Lugano; because of the war, his bishop, Angelo Jelmini, kept his student in Switzerland and had him continue his studies at the University of Fribourg, but later sent him to the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he earned licentiates in theology and law.
Roman Curia appointments
In 1950, Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani asked Jelmini for the young Agustoni, whom he had met on several occasions, to work in the Holy Office, while continuing his studies. Agustoni began his service there on 1 July 1950 and eventually became Ottaviani's secretary.
On 18 December 1986 Pope John Paul II appointed Agustoni Titular Archbishop of Caprulae and Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy. On 2 April 1992 he was appointed Pro-Prefect of Apostolic Signatura, becoming Prefect when created Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Urbano e Lorenzo a Prima Porta on 26 November 1994.
He was secretary to Ottaviani at the time of the Ottaviani Intervention. Jean Madiran, a critic of the reforms of Vatican II and founder-editor of the French journal Itinéraires, claimed that this letter was fraudulently presented to the elderly and already blind cardinal for his signature by his secretary Agustoni, and that Agustoni resigned shortly afterwards. No confirmation of this story by the cardinal himself was published. Agustoni resigned as Ottaviani's secretary in 1970 to join the Ecclesiastical Magistrature as Prelate Auditor of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and there is no evidence to suggest his departure was anything more than a routine change of assignment. Furthermore, Madiran admits that he was not in the room to see this alleged deception of Ottaviani.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
2 April 1992 – 5 October 1998