Léon Arthur Elchinger

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Léon-Arthur Elchinger,1980.

Léon-Arthur Elchinger (2 July 1908, Soufflenheim - 30 June 1998 Strasbourg) was the Archbishop of Strasbourg from 1967 to 1984


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  • By Léon-Arthur Elchinger :
    • Urgence du vrai, Cri d'un évêque - Mame, collection Religion
    • Je plaide pour l'homme - Fayard, collection Religion
    • Liberté d'un Evêque - Centurion
    • David contre Goliath aujourd'hui - Fayard, collection Christianime
    • Risquer la vérité, les racines de l'avenir - Fayard, collection Christianime
    • L'âme de l'Alsace et son avenir - La Nuée Bleue
    • Paroles pour la France - Salvator


In April 1981, Elchinger remarked at a press conference, 'I consider homosexuality a sickness'. This prompted the concentration camp deportee, Pierre Seel, to write an open letter to the Bishop on 18 November, and to speak publicly for the first time about his experiences and wartime abuses he had faced as a homosexual.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean Julien Weber
Bishop of Strasbourg
Succeeded by
Charles Amarin Brand