Roman Catholic Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
|Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Freiburg|
|Area||19,514 km2 (7,534 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||16 August 1821|
|Cathedral||St. Martin's Cathedral, Rottenburg|
|Co-cathedral||St. Eberhard Co-Cathedral, Stuttgart|
|Patron saint||Martin of Tours|
Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Archbishop of Freiburg|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Thomas Maria Renz, Matthäus Karrer (Auxiliary Bishop-elect), Johannes Kreidler (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus)|
|Vicar General||Clemens Stroppel|
|Emeritus Bishops||Franz Josef Kuhnle, Bernhard Rieger|
The Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (lat: Dioecesis Rottenburgensis-Stutgardiensis) is a suffragan diocese of the Latin Rite, in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Freiburg of the Roman Catholic Church, in Baden-Württemberg Bundesland (federated state) in southwestern Germany.
- The Diocese of Rottenburg was established on 16 August 1821 through the Papal Bull De salute animarum, on territory split off from the suppressed Diocese of Konstanz. With the enthronement of the first bishop, Johann Baptist von Keller, on May 20, 1828, the formation of the diocese was complete.
- On 18 January 1978, the bishopric was renamed to the current title Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
- The St. Martin's Cathedral is the episcopal see in Rottenburg
- The Co-cathedral is St. Eberhard in Stuttgart
- It also has three Minor Basilicas :
- Another World Heritage Site (now secular) is the monastery Kloster Maulbronn, in Maulbronn.
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Suffragan Bishops of Rottenburg
- Johann Baptist von Keller January 28, 1828 - death October 17, 1845; previously Auxiliary Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Augsburg|Augsburg]] (Germany) (1816.06.15 – 1828.01.28) and Titular Bishop of Evaria (1816.07.22 – 1828.01.28)
- Josef von Lipp June 14, 1847 - death May 3, 1869
- Karl Joseph von Hefele June 17, 1869 - death June 5, 1893
- Wilhelm von Reiser June 5, 1893 - death May 11, 1898; succeeded as former Titular Bishop of Ænos (1886.08.31 – 1893.06.05) and Coadjutor Bishop of Rottenburg (1886.08.31 – 1893.06.05)
- Father Franz Xaver von Linsenmann July 20, 1898 - September 21, 1898; never consecrated Bishop
- Paul Wilhelm von Keppler November 11, 1898 - death July 16, 1926
- Johannes Baptista Sproll March 29, 1927 - death March 4, 1949; succeeded as former Titular Bishop of Halmyrus (1916.03.03 – 1927.03.29) and Auxiliary Bishop of Rottenburg (1916.03.03 – 1927.03.29)
- Carl Joseph Leiprecht July 4, 1949 - retired June 4, 1974, previously Titular Bishop of Scyrus (1948.10.07 – 1949.07.04) as Auxiliary Bishop of Rottenburg (1948.10.07 – 1949.07.04); died 1981
Suffragan Bishops of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
- Georg Moser March 12, 1975 - death May 9, 1988; previously Titular Bishop of Thiges (1970.10.12 – 1975.03.12) as Auxiliary Bishop of Rottenburg (1970.10.12 – 1975.03.12)
- Walter Kasper April 17, 1989 - retired May 31, 1999; also Secretary of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (1999.03.16 – 2001.02.21), created Cardinal-Deacon of Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova (2001.02.21 [2001.03.25] – 2011.02.21), President of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (2001.03.03 – 2010.07.01), President of Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (2001.03.03 – 2010.07.01), promoted Cardinal-Priest of above Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova as pro hac vice Title (2011.02.21 – ...)
- Gebhard Fürst July 7, 2000 - ...) incumbent
Statistics and extent
The Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart is located in the Württemberg part of the German State of Baden-Württemberg. As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,872,849 Catholics (37.0% of 5,068,000 total) on 19,500 km² in 1,096 parishes and 40 missions with 1,016 priests (829 diocesan, 187 religious), 283 deacons, 3,368 lay religious (228 brothers, 3,140 sisters) and 26 seminarians.
It comprises 45 deaneries :
- Rottenburg am Neckar
- Schwäbisch Gmünd
- Schwäbisch Hall
- Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
- Stuttgart-Mitte (centre)
- Stuttgart-Nord (north)
- (in German) Diocesan website
- Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Rottenburg". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
- Some information in this article is based on that in its German equivalent.