Estanislao Esteban Karlic

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Estanislao Esteban Karlic
Archbishop Emeritus of Paraná
The cardinal in 2019.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed1 April 1986
Term ended29 April 2003
PredecessorAdolfo Servando Tortolo
SuccessorMario Luis Bautista Maulión
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Beata Maria Addolorata a piazza Buenos Aires (2007–)
Ordination25 October 1942
by Zenobio Lorenzo Guilland
Consecration15 August 1977
by Raúl Francisco Primatesta
Created cardinal24 November 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Estanislao Esteban Karlic

(1926-02-07) 7 February 1926 (age 98)
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
Coat of armsEstanislao Esteban Karlic's coat of arms
Styles of
Estanislao Karlic
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeParaná (emeritus)

Estanislao Esteban Karlic (born 7 February 1926) is an Argentine cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Paraná from 1986 to 2003, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.


Estanislao Karlic was born in Oliva, Villa María, to an immigrant Croatian family. He studied at the Major Seminary of Córdoba, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he obtained a licentiate in theology. Following his ordination to the priesthood on 8 December 1954, Karlic served as superior of the philosophy section of the Major Seminary of Córdoba, where he was also professor of theology.

On 6 June 1977, Karlic was appointed titular bishop of Castrum by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 15 from Cardinal Raúl Francisco Primatesta, with Bishops Alfredo Disandro and Cándido Rubiolo serving as co-consecrators. Karlic was later named Coadjutor Archbishop of and Apostolic Administrator of Paraná on January 19, 1983, eventually succeeding to the post of its Archbishop on April 1, 1986. From 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the commission for the redaction of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. In 1999, Karlic called for unity among the people of the Western Hemisphere and for the respect of small nations' cultures.[1] He served as President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for two successive terms (1996–1999, 1999–2002) before resigning as Paraná's archbishop on April 29, 2003, after seven years of service.

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of Beata Maria Vergine Addolorata a piazza Buenos Aires in the consistory of November 24, 2007. As he was beyond the age of 80 at the time of his elevation, Karlic will never be eligible to participate in a papal conclave.

Cardinal Karlic is seen as theologically moderate and as a conciliator between conservative and liberal factions in the Argentine Church.[2] He believes that “the family is the sanctuary of love and of life” and that “the human community is destined for fraternity”.[3] Cardinal Karlic celebrated his 45th episcopal anniversary on 15 August 2022 with a Mass of thanksgiving. The 97-year-old cardinal resides in the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of Paraná, in Aldea María Luisa.[4]


  1. ^ The Observer. Bishop hopes for united world October 11, 1999
  2. ^ Latinamerica Press. Catholic bishops tend to be progressive on social issues but conservative in all other areas Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine September 11, 2000
  3. ^ Catholic News Agency. First and primary mission of disciple is to proclaim God, Argentine archbishop says[permanent dead link] May 17, 2007
  4. ^ "Cardenal Karlic: "Quiera el Señor que podamos ser santificación del mundo como Iglesia"". 20 August 2022.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Cándido Genaro Rubiolo
Auxiliary Bishop of Córdoba
6 June 1977 – 19 January 1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edgar Aristide Maranta
Titular Bishop of Castro
6 June 1977 – 19 January 1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Adolfo Servando Tortolo
Archbishop of Paraná
1 April 1986 – 29 April 2003
Succeeded by
Mario Luis Bautista Maulión
Preceded by President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference
1996 – 2002
Succeeded by
Eduardo Vicente Mirás
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of Beata Maria Addolorata a piazza Buenos Aires
24 November 2007 –