Jose Tomas Sanchez

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His Eminence
José Tomás Sánchez
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy
Province Nueva Segovia
See Nueva Segovia
Installed July 1, 1991
Term ended June 15, 1996 (Retired)
Predecessor Antonio Innocenti
Successor Dario Castrillon Hoyos
Other posts
Ordination May 12, 1946
Created Cardinal June 28, 1991
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born (1920-03-17)March 17, 1920
Pandan, Catanduanes, Philippine Islands
Died March 9, 2012(2012-03-09) (aged 91)
Manila, Philippines[1]
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto "Doce me facere voluntatem" ("Teach to do thy will")
Coat of arms José Tomás Sánchez's coat of arms
Styles of
Jose Tomas Sanchez
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Nueva 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 1991–1996. 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[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 Biishop 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.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
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  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. ^

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Alfredo Obviar
Bishop of Lucena
25 September 1976 – 12 January 1982
Succeeded by
Ruben T. Profugo
Preceded by
Juan C. Sison
Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
12 January 1982 – 22 March 1986
Succeeded by
Orlando Beltran Quevedo
Preceded by
Antonio Innocenti
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
July 1991 – June 1996
Succeeded by
Darío Castrillón Hoyos
Preceded by
Luigi Dadaglio
Cardinal-Priest of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna
(Previously a Cardinal-Deacon)

Succeeded by
James Michael Harvey