|Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Dakar|
|Appointed||2 June 2000|
|Term ended||22 December 2014|
|Predecessor||Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiandoum|
|Successor||Archbishop-elect Benjamin Ndiaye (previously, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaolack)|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santa Lucia a Piazza d’Armi|
|Ordination||28 May 1964
by Hyacinthe Thiandoum
|Consecration||24 November 1974
by Hyacinthe Thiandoum
|Created Cardinal||24 November 2007|
28 November 1936 |
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Théodore-Adrien Sarr (born 28 November 1936) is a Senegalese cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is currently the Archbishop Emeritus of Dakar, having previously served as Archbishop of Dakar from 2000 to 2014, and before that as Bishop of Kaolack from 1974 to 2000. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Dakar, in accordance with Canon 401.1 of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law, on Monday, 22 December 2014, and appointed Bishop Benjamin Ndiaye, who until then had been serving as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaolack, in Kaolack, Senegal, as Archbishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dakar. Cardinal Sarr had himself served as Bishop of Kaolack before coming to Dakar. Cardinal Sarr, 78, will retain his membership in the departments of the Roman Curia and will have the right to vote in a papal conclave until his 80th birthday in November 2016. Archbishop-elect Ndiaye will be installed as Archbishop of Dakar at a date in the near future.
Early life and ordination
Théodore-Adrien Sarr was born in Fadiouth to Rôg (baptised Edouard or Roger) and Louise (maiden name : Louise Diakher Diouf) Sarr, as one of seven children  (including two sons and four daughters)[clarification needed]. He was born to a Serer family and has many families members in Gambia. He completed his secondary studies at the minor seminary in Hann, where he received a baccalaureate. Sarr then studied philosophy and theology at the Major Seminary of Sébikhotane and the University of Dakar.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Hyacinthe Thiandoum on 28 May 1964, and furthered his studies at the University of Dakar, from where he obtained his licentiate in the classical languages of Latin and Greek.
Sarr then did pastoral work at the parish of Saint-Thérèse in Dakar, as assistant to the groups of Catholic Action. He also served as a professor at the Minor Seminary of N'Gasobil, later as its superior from 1970 to 1974.
On 1 July 1974, Sarr was appointed the second Bishop of Kaolack by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 24 November from Archbishop Thiandoum, with Bishops Théophile Cadoux, MSC, and Augustin Sagna serving as co-consecrators, in an open-air ceremony at the grand square of Collège Pie XII in Kaolack. Bishop Sarr was later named the third Archbishop of Dakar on 2 June 2000.
In addition to his duties as Archbishop, he also serves as President of the Episcopal Conference of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, and Guinea-Bissau, and the first Vice-President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.
Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Lucia a Piazza d'Armi in the consistory of 24 November 2007. Cardinal Sarr will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves until he reaches the age of eighty on 28 November 2016. On 17 January 2009 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture by Pope Benedict.
Sarr discourages abortion, noting that the synod fathers affirmed that life must be respected from beginning to its natural end. He further stated that pastoral ministers in Africa must seek to help women with unwanted pregnancies, and that there are ways to deal with a difficult maternity other than abortion.
HIV/AIDS and condoms
In 2009, Cardinal Sarr defended the Pope over a controversy surrounding the latter's refusal to approve any sort of condom use in the fight against AIDS.
- (French) Benoist, Joseph-Roger de, Histoire de l'Eglise catholique au Sénégal du milieu du XVe siècle à l'aube du troisième millénaire", KARTHALA Editions (2008), p 511-16, ISBN 2811141774  (Retrieved : 16 July 2012)
- (English) All Africa : "Professional Information" of Théodore-Adrien Sarr (in) All Africa (Retrieved : 16 July 2012)
- (English) Mwakikagile, Godfrey, "The Gambia and Its People: Ethnic Identities and Cultural Integration in Africa", p 137, ISBN 9987160239
- Sarr, Théodore-Adrien [in] EWTN (The College of Cardinals) (Retrieved : 16 July 2012)
- (English) Catholic Culture.org "The Chosen" (Retrieved : 16 July 2012)
- Anti-life ideology decried as rule of world
- Cardinal stunned at media manipulation of Pope's comments
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|Catholic Church titles|
Théophile Cadoux MSC
|Bishop of Kaolack
|Archbishop of Dakar