Jose Tomas Sanchez

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José Tomás Sánchez
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy
ProvinceNueva Segovia
SeeNueva Segovia
InstalledJuly 1, 1991
Term endedJune 15, 1996 (Retired)
PredecessorAntonio Innocenti
SuccessorDario Castrillon Hoyos
Other post(s)
OrdinationMay 12, 1946
ConsecrationMay 12, 1968
by Carmine Rocco
Created cardinalJune 28, 1991
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born(1920-03-17)March 17, 1920
DiedMarch 9, 2012(2012-03-09) (aged 91)
Manila, Philippines[1]
DenominationRoman Catholic
Motto"Doce me facere voluntatem" ("Teach to do thy will")
Coat of armsJosé Tomás Sánchez's coat of arms
Styles of
Jose Tomas Sanchez
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeNueva Segovia

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 to 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 to 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[edit]

Sánchez was born in Pandan town in the island-province of Catanduanes. He was the eighth of ten children born to Patricio Sánchez and Paz Tomás, who was said to be of Spanish descent.[2]

He was and attended the Holy Rosary Seminary (then named Seminario del Santísimo Rosario) in Naga City, and afterwards obtained his doctorate in theology at the University of Santo Tomás of Manila.

Early priesthood[edit]

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.[2] 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 Bishop of Nueva Caceres on February 5, 1968, at 47 years old, and became Titular Bishop of Lesvi.[3]


Bishop of Lucena[edit]

On December 13, 1971, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Lucena with the right to succeed as Bishop of Lucena upon the see's vacancy, which he did on September 25, 1976, at age 56.[3]

Archbishop of Nueva Segovia[edit]

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.[3]

Roman Curia and cardinalate[edit]

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.[3]

Return to the Philippines and death[edit]

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.[4]

"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."[5]

Cardinal Sánchez died on March 9, 2012, at the age of 91 due to multiple organ failure and 8 days before his 92nd birthday, making him the Philippines' longest living Cardinal.[6]


  1. ^ "Jose Cardinal Sanchez, 1920-2012". 9 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b Power To Unite with Elvira Cardinal Jose T Sanchez 2of7. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11.
  3. ^ a b c d "José Tomás Cardinal Sánchez". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.[self-published source]
  4. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2011.
  5. ^ Francisco Tatad, In Memoriam Cardinal Jose Tomas Sanchez, March 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Cardinal Sanchez dies at 91 | CBCP News". Archived from the original on March 12, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Lucena
25 September 1976 – 12 January 1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Juan C. Sison
Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
12 January 1982 – 22 March 1986
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
July 1991 – June 1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna
(Previously a Cardinal-Deacon)

Succeeded by