Josef Stangl

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Josef Stangl
Bishop of Würzburg
Appointed27 June 1957
Installed12 September 1957
Term ended8 January 1979
PredecessorJulius August Döpfner
SuccessorPaul-Werner Scheele
Ordination16 March 1930
Consecration12 September 1957
by Josef Schneider
Personal details
Josef Stangl

(1907-03-12)12 March 1907
Died8 April 1979(1979-04-08) (aged 72)
Schweinfurt, West Germany
DenominationRoman Catholic
Mottodomino plebem perfectam
Coat of armsJosef Stangl's coat of arms

Josef Stangl (German: [ˈʃtaŋl̩]; 12 March 1907 – 8 April 1979) was a Roman Catholic bishop of Würzburg, Germany.

Born in Kronach, Bavaria, Stangl became a priest on 16 March 1930, and he was appointed by Pope Pius XII as Bishop of Würzburg on 27 June 1957.

He approved the exorcism on Anneliese Michel in 1975 and 1976, ordering total secrecy,[1] "after careful consideration and good information" by Father Arnold Renz. She died of malnutrition from almost a year of semi-starvation while the rites of exorcism were performed.

Stangl consecrated Father Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, as a bishop on 28 May 1977.

On 8 January 1979, Stangl withdrew as a bishop of Würzburg, and died in Schweinfurt in April 1979.


  1. ^ "Priests convinced woman was possessed". The Windsor Star. 4 April 1978. Retrieved 14 May 2011.

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Preceded by Bishop of Würzburg
Succeeded by