Franziskus von Bettinger

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His Eminence
Franziskus A. von Bettinger
Cardinal, Archbishop of Munich and Freising
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Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Munich and Freising
Province Munich and Freising
Appointed 23 May 1909
Installed 15 August 1909
Term ended 12 April 1917
Predecessor Franz Joseph von Stein
Successor Michael von Faulhaber
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Marcello
Ordination 17 August 1873
Consecration 15 August 1909
by Andreas Franz Frühwirth
Created Cardinal 25 May 1914
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Franziskus von Bettinger
Born (1850-09-17)17 September 1850
Landstuhl, Germany
Died 12 April 1917(1917-04-12) (aged 66)
Munich, Germany
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto pax in virtute
Coat of arms Franziskus A. von Bettinger's coat of arms
Styles of
Franz von Bettinger
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Informal style Cardinal
See Munich and Freising

Franziskus von Bettinger (September 17, 1850 – April 12, 1917) was a German Cardinal and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Munich from 1909 to 1917.


Bettinger was born in Landstuhl in the Palatinate, the eldest of the six children (five sons and one daughter) of Franz Michael Bettinger, a blacksmith, and his wife, Maria Josephine Weber.

He studied philosophy, theology and canon law at the Lyceum of Speyer, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Würzburg, and the Seminary of Speyer. He was ordained to the priesthood August 17, 1873, in Speyer.

Bettinger held a number of pastoral posts in the diocese of Speyer: chaplain in Zweibrücken, 1873-1877; chaplain in Kaiserslautern, 1877-1878; cooperator in Reichenbach, 1878-1879; administrator, and later pastor and school inspector in Lambaheim, 1879-1888; pastor in Roxheim, 1888-1895.

In 1895 he was named a canon of the cathedral chapter and pastor of Speyer. In 1909 he was promoted to the office of dean of the cathedral chapter. Shortly afterwards he was ennobled by Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria; henceforth he had the surname von Bettinger.

On June 6, 1909 Bettinger was elected archbishop of Munich and Freising. He was ordained a bishop on August 15, 1909, in Münich, by Andreas Früwirth, Titular Archbishop of Eraclea, Nuncio to Bavaria.

In the consistory of May 24, 1914, Pope Pius X named Bettinger a cardinal. On May 28 he received the red hat and the title of Cardinal Priest of San Marcello. He participated in the 1914 conclave.

Bettinger died suddenly of a heart attack in Munich, aged 66. His remains are buried in the crypt of the cathedral.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Franz Joseph von Stein
Archbishop of Munich
Succeeded by
Michael von Faulhaber