|His Excellency, The Most Reverend
|Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta|
|Appointed||4 July 2015|
|Ordination||2 July 1989|
|Consecration||15 December 2009
by Tarcisio Bertone, with Renato Raffaele Martino and Giuseppe Molinari
May 5, 1952 |
|Previous post||Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family|
|Motto||Servus Domini Cordis|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Monsignor or Doctor|
Jean Clément Marie Gérard Joseph Françoise Georges Laffitte (born at Oloron-Sainte-Marie in France, 5 May 1952) is a Roman Catholic bishop. He has had an academic career and served in several positions in the Roman Curia. He has been Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since 4 July 2015.
In 1984 he entered the Pontifical French Seminary in Rome where he read philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Theology and Philosophy in 1988. He was ordained as a priest on 2 July 1989 in the diocese of Autun and is a member of the Community of Emmanuel.
He pursued his studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and earned a doctorate in moral theology.
Since 1994 he has taught at the Institute as a professor of conjugal ethics, anthropology and spirituality. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Vice-Dean. He has also taught at the Lateran University. Beginning in 2003 he was a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 28 January 2005, he became Deputy Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, before being named Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life on 24 January 2006.
He was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Titular Bishop of Entrevaux on 22 October 2009. Laffitte was consecrated as a bishop on 12 December 2009 by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, SDB. His work as Secretary ended when that body ceased its operations on 1 September 2015 and its operations were merged into the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.
- The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness (Image, 2015)
- "4 Consultors Appointed to Doctrinal Congregation". Zenit News Agency. 3 April 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
- "Theologian Is New Undersecretary for Council on Family". Zenit News Agency. 28 January 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "No. 2 Post Filled at Academy for Life". Zenit News Agency. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "New Secretary Named for Family Council". Zenit News Agency. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
- "Cardinal Bertone Ordains 3 Bishops in Vatican". Zenit News Agency. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
- Wooden, Cindy (17 August 2016). "Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Pope Francis Nominates the New Prelate of the Sovereign Order of Malta". Vatican News Agency. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family
22 October 2009–1 September 2016
|Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
4 July 2015–Present