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Jean Jadot

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Jean Jadot
President of the Secretariat for Non-Christians
Jean Jadot
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeTitular See of Zuri
In office1980–1984
PredecessorSergio Pignedoli
SuccessorFrancis Arinze
Ordination11 February 1934
Consecration1 May 1968
by Leo Joseph Suenens
Personal details
Born(1909-11-23)23 November 1909
Died21 January 2009(2009-01-21) (aged 99)
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium
Previous post(s)Priest

Jean Jadot (23 November 1909 – 21 January 2009) was a Belgian Catholic prelate who served as apostolic delegate to the United States (the first non-Italian to do so) from 1973 to 1980, and as president of the Secretariat for Non-Christians from 1980 to 1984.


Jean Jadot was born in Brussels. He was born to a well-known aristocratic family, and his father, Lambert, was a noted electrical engineer who worked around the world, including China and the Congo. In 1926, he entered the Catholic University of Leuven, from where he obtained his doctorate in philosophy magna cum laude in 1930. His thesis was on the work of Alfred Edward Taylor.

Jadot, despite his father's opposition, then entered the seminary of the Archdiocese of Mechelen, and was ordained to the priesthood by Jozef-Ernest Cardinal van Roey on 11 February 1934.

On 28 February 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed him titular archbishop of Zuri and apostolic delegate to Thailand, Laos, and the Malay Peninsula (Malaysia and Singapore).[1] He was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens on 1 May 1968.[2]

He was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Thailand on 28 August 1969.[3] On 15 May 1971, Jadot was appointed apostolic pro-nuncio to Gabon and Cameroon as well as apostolic delegate to Equatorial Guinea.[4] On 23 May 1973 he was appointed the apostolic delegate to the United States.[5]

Jadot was considered a progressive leader in the American Church and was at times polarizing in the statements he made and decisions he took. Jadot was seen favorably by the Vatican under Pope Paul VI, who rejected Jadot's initial offer to resign as apostolic delegate.[6]

On 27 June 1980, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Pro-President of the Secretariat of Non-Christians,[7] a position normally held by a cardinal. Jadot's progressive views were the main obstacle to his being made a cardinal by Pope John Paul,[citation needed] who did not include him when he created cardinals in February 1983. Pope John Paul accepted his resignation on 8 April 1984, a few months shy of his 75th birthday when he was required to submit his resignation.

Jadot died in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium, on 21 January 2009.[8]


  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LX. 1968. p. 365. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archbishop Jean Jadot [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXI. 1969. p. 599. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXIII. 1971. p. 398. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXV. 1973. p. 349. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  6. ^ Dick, John A. (21 January 2009). "Cleric who shaped U.S. 'pastoral church' dead at 99". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXII. 1980. p. 769. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Archbishop Jadot, former apostolic delegate in US, dies in Belgium". Catholic News Service. 21 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013.
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