Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru

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Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru
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Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru (born 10 April 1951) has been secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts since 15 February 2007.[1][2]

Born in Vitoria, Spain in 1951, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Prelature of the Holy Cross (Opus Dei) on 23 August 1977. He received doctorates in Canon Law and jurisprudence and served as professor of canon law, first at the University of Navarra (Spain) and then in Rome and Venice.

Arrieta was Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, from its creation in 1984 until 1993, and again in 1995-1999. He founded and until 2002 directed the review Ius Ecclesiae. From 2003 he was Dean of the Institute of Canon Law of Saint Pius X, Venice. He held the positions of canon prelate of the Apostolic Penitentiary, legal secretary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, judge of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the State of Vatican City, and served as a consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

Bishop Arrieta has written many published works, including treatises, monographs, commentaries and research in canon law.[3][4] In addition to Spanish and Italian, he speaks French and English.

Arrieta was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts on 15 February 2007. Named Titular Bishop of Civitate on 12 April 2008,[5] he received episcopal consecration on 1 May 2008 at the hands of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, with Cardinal Agostino Vallini and Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio as co-consecrators.[6]

In June 2013 Pope Francis issued a chirograph naming Bishop Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru as coordinator on the five member Pontifical Commission investigating the Institute for the Works of Religion.[7][8] The other members are,Monsignor Wells as secretary, Cardinal Farina, S.D.B., is president of the commission and Cardinal Tauran is a member and Professor Mary Ann Glendon is the final member.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bruno Bertagna
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
15 February 2007–incumbent
Succeeded by