Jean Laffitte

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Jean Laffitte
Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed4 July 2015
PredecessorAngelo Acerbi
Ordination2 July 1989
Consecration15 December 2009
by Tarcisio Bertone, with Renato Raffaele Martino and Giuseppe Molinari
Personal details
Born (1952-05-05) 5 May 1952 (age 72)
Previous post(s)
MottoServus Domini Cordis
Styles of
Jean Laffitte
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleMonsignor or Doctor
Religious styleMonsignor

Jean Clément Marie Gérard Joseph Françoise Georges Laffitte (born 5 May 1952) is a French prelate of the Catholic Church. A bishop since 2009, 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.


Laffitte was born on 5 May 1952 in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France. He attended the Toulouse 1 University Capitole, graduating with a degree in Political Science in 1973. He was also educated at the Universities of Cambridge in 1979 and Salamanca in 1980.[1]

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.[a] He pursued further studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and earned a doctorate in moral theology.[1]

From 1994 to 2009 he taught at the Institute as a professor of conjugal ethics, anthropology and spirituality. From 1999 to 2001, he served as its Vice-Dean.[1] He has also taught at the Lateran University. Beginning in 2003 he was a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.[3][4] On 28 January 2005, he became Deputy Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family,[5] before being named Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life on 24 January 2006.[6]

He was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Titular Bishop of Entrevaux on 22 October 2009.[1][7] Laffitte was consecrated as a bishop on 12 December 2009 by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, SDB.[8] 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.[9]

On 7 April 2015 Pope Francis appointed him Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to succeed Angelo Acerbi.[10]


  • The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness. New York: Image Books, 2015.
  • "The Sacramental Reality of Human Love". In Not Just Good, but Beautiful: The Complimentary Relationship Between Men and Women, edited by Steven Lopes. Walden, NY: Plough Publishing, 2015.


  1. ^ His sister Martine Laffitte-Catta was one of the founders of this charismatic movement committed to evangelization.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rinunce e nomine, 22.10.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Histoire de la Communauté de l'Emmanuel" (PDF). Communauté de l'Emmanuel (in French). 31 January 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 03.04.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 3 April 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "4 Consultors Appointed to Doctrinal Congregation". Zenit News Agency. 3 April 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Theologian Is New Undersecretary for Council on Family". Zenit News Agency. 28 January 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  6. ^ "No. 2 Post Filled at Academy for Life". Zenit News Agency. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ "New Secretary Named for Family Council". Zenit News Agency. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Cardinal Bertone Ordains 3 Bishops in Vatican". Zenit News Agency. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Pope Francis Nominates the New Prelate of the Sovereign Order of Malta". Order of Malta. 7 April 2015. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family
22 October 2009 – 1 September 2016
Dicastery suppressed
Preceded by Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
4 July 2015–present