Jose Tomas Sanchez
José Tomás Sánchez
|Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy|
|Installed||July 1, 1991|
|Term ended||June 15, 1996 (Retired)|
|Predecessor||Antonio Innocenti †|
|Successor||Dario Castrillon Hoyos|
|Ordination||May 12, 1946|
|Created Cardinal||June 28, 1991
by Pope John Paul II
March 17, 1920|
Pandan, Catanduanes, Philippine Islands
|Died||March 9, 2012
|Motto||"Doce me facere voluntatem" ("Teach to do thy will")|
|Coat of arms|
Jose Tomas Sanchez
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
José Tomás Sánchez (March 17, 1920 – March 9, 2012) was a Filipino cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who held several posts in the Roman Curia, the highest of which was Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy from 1991–1996. Prior to his appointment to the Roman Curia, he held several diocesan bishop positions in the Philippines, the last of which was Archbishop of Nueva Segovia from 1982–1986. He was ordained a priest on May 12, 1946. He was consecrated bishop on May 12, 1968, following his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Cáceres, and was elevated to cardinal on June 28, 1991, by Pope John Paul II.
Early life and education
After an early ambition to become an engineer, Sánchez almost did not enter the priesthood when Imperial Japan temporarily closed the seminary during the Second World War; his friends from the seminary encouraged him to continue his studies. Sanchez was ordained on May 12, 1946 as a priest from Sorsogon, where he was asked to teach at the Peñafrancia Seminary. According to him, he taught Latin, Spanish and, because no one else could ably teach the subjects, Geometry and Algebra. He was appointed Auxiliary Biishop of Nueva Caceres on February 5, 1968 at 47 years old, and became Titular Bishop of Lesvi.
Bishop of Lucena
Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
On June 12, 1982 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, succeeding Most Rev. Juan C. Sison. He resigned from the seat on March 22, 1986 due to his appointment to the Roman Curia as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Roman Curia and cardinalate
On October 30, 1985 he was appointed to the Roman Curia as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. On June 28, 1991 he was elevated by Pope John Paul II to the College of Cardinals as Cardinal-Deacon of San Pio V a Villa Carpegna. On July 1, 1991 he was also appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. He retired as Prefect on June 15, 1996. He was elevated to Cardinal-Priest after 10 years on February 26, 2002.
Return to the Philippines and death
Sánchez returned to the Philippines in December 2010, ostensibly to fight the Reproductive Health Bill, which he believed will destroy the Filipino family due to the promotion of extramarital sex and premarital sex that comes with the distribution of contraceptives.
"His constant prayer was that Europe’s loss of its Christian faith would never happen in the Philippines," wrote former Senator Francisco Tatad. "And he would contribute his last strength to the fight of the Filipino family against the international reproductive health lobby, which has destroyed the family and killed the Christian faith in many parts of the world."
Cardinal Sánchez died on March 9, 2012 at the age of 91 due to multiple organ failure.
- "José Tomás Cardinal Sánchez". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.[self-published source]
- Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2011.
- Francisco Tatad, In Memoriam Cardinal Jose Tomas Sanchez, March 9, 2012.
- Vatican Cardinal Bio
- Cardinal Sanchez bio
- https://web.archive.org/web/20120325092035/http://www.bicolmail.com/issue/2012/mar22/xjose.html Bicol Mail
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Lucena
25 September 1976 – 12 January 1982
Ruben T. Profugo
Juan C. Sison
|Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
12 January 1982 – 22 March 1986
Orlando Beltran Quevedo
|Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
July 1991 – June 1996
Darío Castrillón Hoyos
|Cardinal-Priest of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna
(Previously a Cardinal-Deacon)
James Michael Harvey