Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa

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Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago de Chile
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Province Santiago
Diocese Santiago
Appointed 24 April 1998
Installed 17 May 1998
Term ended 15 December 2010
Predecessor Carlos Oviedo Cavada
Successor Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria della Pace
Member of the Council of Cardinals
Ordination 16 July 1961
by Manuel Larraín Errazuriz
Consecration 6 January 1991
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa
Born (1933-09-05) 5 September 1933 (age 84)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa[pronunciation?] (born 5 September 1933) is a Chilean prelate of the Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Santiago from 1998 to 2010. He has been a cardinal since 2001 and a member of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals since its creation in 2013.

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See Santiago de Chile (emeritus)

Early life[edit]

Born in Santiago, second of the six children of Pedro Errázuriz Larraín and Marta Ossa Ruíz. He studied at the Liceo Alemán de los padres del Verbo Divino and later at the Faculty of Engineering of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1953.

For eight years, he was a member of the Student Center and of Federation of Students and joined different university groups of the nascent Schönstatt Movement. Errázuriz befriended the Servant of God Mario Hiriart Pulido and with him and other students originated this Marian apostolic movement in Chile.

Errázuriz attended the State University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where he obtained a licentiate in philosophy and doctorate in theology. Besides his native Spanish, he speaks Italian, German and French.


He was ordained as a priest for the Schönstatt Fathers on 16 July 1961,[1] in Fribourg, by Manuel Larraín Errázuriz, bishop of Talca. In October 1962, he met the Rev. Josef Kentenich, founder of the secular Institute of Fathers of Schönstatt, whose spiritual paternity he considers a special gift from God. From 1963 to 1965, Errázuriz was consultor of youth communities and university students in several cities in Chile.

He served from 1965 to 1971 as regional superior in Chile of the Fathers of Schönstatt. From Chile he directed the community of the institute in the Iberian peninsula and in Ecuador. As regional superior, he participated in the conference of clergy in Chile and was elected its vice-president. During those years he worked with Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez, who had welcomed the institute, then in its organizational phase, in his archdiocese. In 1971, he was called to serve his community's general council in Germany.[1]

He became a member of the general council of the institute from 1971 to 1974. In 1974, he was elected superior general of the Schönstatt Fathers, and president of the International Council of the Work of Schöntatt, and re-elected in 1980 and 1986. Because of his post, he conducted multiple pastoral visits to Europe, America, Africa and Australia. and then became a chaplain in the Schönstatt Movement.


On 22 December 1990, Errázuriz was appointed titular Archbishop of Hólar and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He was consecrated on 6 January 1991 in the Lateran Basilica by Pope John Paul II.[1] The principal co-consecrators were Giovanni Battista Re, then the Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State and Justin Francis Rigali, secretary of the Congregation for Bishops. Errázuriz adopted the motto: Ut vitam habeant. He attended the IX Ordinary Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, in the Vatican City, 2–29 October 1994, as an appointee of Pope John Paul.

Errázuriz was named bishop of Valparaíso, Chile, on 24 September 1996. He attended the Special Assembly for America of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, 16 November – 12 December 1997. He was transferred to the metropolitan see of Archdiocese of Santiago, on 24 April 1998.[1] He became the Grand chancellor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile the same year. He was elected president of the Chilean Episcopal Conference for three years, on 20 November 1998; and reelected, on 16 November 2001. He was elected first vice-president of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), on 13 May 1999.


He was created cardinal in the consistory of 21 February 2001 by Pope John Paul II and was assigned as Cardinal-Priest to the titular church of S. Maria della Pace.[2][3][4] In May of the same year he was named a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life[5] and of the Pontifical Council for the Family.[6]

He attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, 30 September – 27 October 2001. He was inducted as a member of the Academy of Social, Political and Moral Sciences of the Institute of Chile, Santiago, on 19 December 2002. He was elected president of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM) on 16 May 2003 to serve from 2003 to 2007.[7] He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.[8] He attended the XI General Ordinary Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, 2–23 October 2005 as a papal appointee.[9]

He was President of the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops, which met in Aparecida, Brazil, from 13 to 31 May 2007.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI accepted Errázuriz's resignation as Archbishop of Santiago on 15 December 2010.[10] His successor is Ricardo Ezzati Andrello. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[11]

On 13 April 2013 Pope Francis appointed him to the Council of Cardinal Advisers to advise him and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus.[12][13]

Sexual abuse cases[edit]

During his time as cardinal, Errázuriz refused to meet with those who claimed to have been abused by clergymen. He refused public calls for an investigation of Father Fernando Karadima and the issue of clergy sexual abuse more generally. In 2010, Father Fernando was found by Chilean court and church investigations to have been an abuser and was forced into retirement.[14] In court testimony, Errázuriz asserted that he did not act on allegations he received because he believed them to be untrue.

In 2015 documents published in Chile showed that Errázuriz and Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello tried to prevent Juan Carlos Cruz, one of Chile's best known survivors of clerical abuse, from being nominated to the Vatican's newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Errázuriz Ossa Card. Francisco Javier". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "24 New Cardinals Installed by Pope". New York Times. 29 June 1988. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Suro, Roberto (30 May 1988). "Pope Chooses 25 New Cardinals, Including Two American Prelates". New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Pope John Paul II (21 February 2001). "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la creazione dei nuovi Cardinali" [Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals]. The Holy See (Homily) (in Italian). Libreria Editrica Vaticana. Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali. Retrieved 16 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 58.05.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 18.05.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 May 2001. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Chilean Cardinal Errazuriz Elected New President of CELAM". Zenit. 16 May 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Los 115 cardenales del cónclave". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 12 April 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Pontiff Names 36 to Synod on Eucharist". Zenit. 8 September 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.12.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  11. ^ Miranda, Oriana (11 March 2013). "Cardenal Errázuriz se defiende de acusaciones de víctimas de Karadima". Radio Uchile (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Comunicato della Segretaria del Stato" [Communication from the Secretariat of State]. Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pope's eight cardinal advisors say the Curia is not the only thing they'll be reforming". Vatican Insider. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  14. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (26 February 2013). "Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Survivor blocked from child protection commission". 13 September 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  16. ^ McGarry, Patsy (15 October 2015). "Collins says abuse survivor not blocked from Vatican body". Irish Times. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jorge Medina
Bishop of Valparaíso
Succeeded by
Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar
Preceded by
Carlos Oviedo Cavada
Archbishop of Santiago
Succeeded by
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello