Luis Ladaria Ferrer

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The Most Reverend
Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer
S.J.
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 1 July 2017
Predecessor Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Other posts
Orders
Ordination 29 July 1973
Consecration 26 July 2008
by Tarcisio Bertone
Rank Archbishop
Personal details
Birth name Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer
Born (1944-04-19) 19 April 1944 (age 73)
Manacor, Spain
Previous post
  • Secretary-General of the International Theological Commission (2004-2008)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2008-2017)
Styles of
Luis Ladaria Ferrer
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer SJ (born 19 April 1944) is a Spanish Jesuit and a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. After a thirty-year career teaching theology, he joined the Roman Curia in 2004 as Secretary-General of the International Theological Commission. An archbishop since 2008, he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in 2017.

Biography[edit]

Luis Ladaria Ferrer was born in Manacor, on the island of Majorca, Spain. He studied at the University of Madrid, graduating with a degree in law in 1966. He entered the Society of Jesus on 17 October 1966. After attending the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid and the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Ladaria was ordained to the priesthood on 29 July 1973.

In 1975 he obtained a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with a thesis entitled, The Holy Spirit in St Hilary of Poitiers,[1] and became professor of dogmatic theology and the history of dogma at the Comillas Pontifical University. In 1984, he assumed the same position at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was vice-rector from 1986 to 1994. He became a member of the International Theological Commission in 1992 and a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1995.

In March 2004, Ladaria Ferrer was named Secretary-General of the International Theological Commission. He led the Commission's evaluation, beginning in 2006, of the concept of limbo and the prospects for salvation of infants who die unbaptized. The Commission concluded, in his words, that "there are more appropriate ways to address the issue of the fate of children who die without having received baptism, for whom a hope of salvation cannot be ruled out."[2]

On 9 July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ladaria Ferrer Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and made him an archbishop[3] with the titular see of Thibica. His episcopal consecration took place on 26 July 2008. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, his predecessor as Secretary of the CDF. The co-consecrators were Cardinal William Joseph Levada and Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, one of the founders of the Community of Sant'Egidio. His appointment was criticized by some who considered his writings like Theology of original sin and grace and Theological Anthropology unorthodox. He told an interviewer: "I don't like extremisms, either progressive, or traditionalist ones. I believe that there is a via media, which is taken by the majority of professors of Theology in Rome and in the Church in general, which I think is the correct path to take.... Everyone is free to criticize and make the judgments they want. If you ask me if I'm concerned I have to say that these opinions don't concern me too much. Besides, if I was appointed to this office, I must presume that my works do not deserve these judgments."[2]

He continued to be general secretary of the International Theological Commission[4] until 22 April 2009, when he resigned and was succeeded by Charles Morerod, O.P. On 13 November 2008, he was appointed a consultor of the Congregation for Bishops and on 31 January 2009, a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.[5] He was named a member of the Holy See's team charged with the dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X that began on 26 October 2009.[6]

On 2 August 2016, he was named President of the Study Commission on the Women’s Diaconate, formed by Pope Francis to consider the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons.[7]

Ladaria Ferrer is considered to be theologically orthodox.[1] He also has a predilection for the early Church fathers, patrology, and Christology.[1] When asked in August 2008 to describe the issues facing the CDF he said: "I can't go into details. Our Congregation always moves with discretion and speaks exclusively through its acts."[2]

Prefect[edit]

On 1 July 2017, Pope Francis appointed Ladaria Ferrer as Prefect of CDF succeeding Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller.[8] Ladaria Ferrer also succeeded to the offices held ex officio by the Prefect: President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and President of the International Theological Commission.[9]

Selected writings[edit]

  • El espíritu en Clemente Alejandrino: estudio teológico-antropológico (The Spirit in Clement of Alexandria: a theological-anthropological study), ISBN 9788485281244, 1980
  • Introduccion a la antropologica teologica (Introduction to Anthropological Theology), ISBN 9788471519306, 1993
  • El Dios Vivo y Verdadero: El Misterio de La Trinidad (The Living and True God: The Mystery of the Trinity), ISBN 9788488643407, 1998
  • Jesucristo, salvación de todos (Jesus Christ, the salvation of all), ISBN 9788428531306, 2007
  • Teologica del pecado original y de la gracia (Theology of Original Sin and Grace), ISBN 9788479145828, 2007
  • Jesús y el Espíritu: la unción (Jesus and the Spirit: the anointing), ISBN 9788483535509, 2013
  • La unción de la Gloria: en el Espíritu, por Cristo, al Padre (The anointing of Glory: in the Spirit, through Christ, to the Father), ISBN 9788422017233, 2014
Editor
  • Diccionario de San Hilario de Poitiers, 2006
  • Hilario de Poitiers, Comentario al Evangelio de San Mateo (Commentary on the Gospel of Saint Matthew), ISBN 9788422014874, 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Allen Jr., John L. (11 July 2008). ""Kind" and "reliable" Jesuit Named To Vatican's Top Doctrinal Post". National Catholic Reporter. 
  2. ^ a b c Cardinale, Gianni (August 2008). "A Jesuit at the former Holy Office [interview]". 30 Giorni. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Wooden, Cindy (9 July 2008). "Pope names Archbishop Amato as prefect of saints' congregation". Catholic News Service. Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Confirmed: New Prefect for Congregation for Saints". Catholic World News. 9 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "La commission romaine : Mgr Luis F. Ladaria Ferrer". Riposte Catholique (in French). 31 October 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Traditionalist bishop cites lack of progress in talks with Vatican". Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. 
  7. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (2 August 2016). "Francis institutes commission to study female deacons, appointing gender-balanced membership". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  8. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (1 July 2017). "Pope Francis appoints Spanish Jesuit Ladaria to replace Müller at CDF". America. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 01.07.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Georges Cottier
General Secretary of the International Theological Commission
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Charles Morerod
Preceded by
Angelo Amato
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
2008–2017
Succeeded by
Giacomo Morandi
Preceded by
Gerhard Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
2017-
Incumbent