Josef Stangl

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Josef Stangl
Bishop of Würzburg
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Appointed 27 June 1957
Installed 12 September 1957
Term ended 8 January 1979
Predecessor Julius August Döpfner
Successor Paul-Werner Scheele
Ordination 16 March 1930
Consecration 12 September 1957
by Josef Schneider
Personal details
Birth name Josef Stangl
Born (1907-03-12)March 12, 1907
Kronach, German Empire
Died April 8, 1979(1979-04-08) (aged 72)
Schweinfurt, West Germany
Nationality German
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto domino plebem perfectam
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Josef Stangl [ˈjoːzɛf ˈʃtanɡl̩] (12 March 1907 – 8 April 1979) was 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 1975-1976, 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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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Julius Cardinal Döpfner
Bishop of Würzburg
Succeeded by
Paul-Werner Scheele