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Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi

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Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi
Cardinal, Archbishop of Osaka
InstalledDecember 14, 1941
Term endedFebruary 23, 1978
PredecessorJean-Baptiste Castanier, M.E.P.
SuccessorPaul Hisao Yasuda
OrdinationDecember 22, 1928
ConsecrationDecember 14, 1941
Created cardinalMarch 5, 1973
by Pope Paul VI
Personal details
Taguchi Yoshigoro

(1902-07-20)July 20, 1902
DiedFebruary 23, 1978(1978-02-23) (aged 75)
Osaka, Japan
BuriedCathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Osaka
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi (田口芳五郎, Taguchi Yoshigoro, July 20, 1902 – February 23, 1978) was a Japanese prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Osaka from 1941 until his death in 1978, and was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1973.

Taguchi was born in Sotome, Nagasaki (now part of the city of Nagasaki). After graduation from Sapientia University, now St. Thomas University, Japan, he studied at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and Pontifical Athenaeum S. Apollinare in Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood on December 22, 1928.[1] After finishing his studies in 1931, he returned to the Archdiocese of Tokyo, where he served as a seminary professor and director general of the Catholic Press Centre until 1936. From 1936 to 1940, he was secretary of the Apostolic Delegation to Japan.[2]

On November 25, 1941, Taguchi was appointed Bishop of Osaka by Pope Pius XII.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 14 from Apostolic Delegate in Japan Archbishop Paolo Marella, with Archbishop Peter Doi and Bishop Johannes Ross, S.J. serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of Tokyo.[1] He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and was promoted to the rank of metropolitan archbishop on July 24, 1969. He also served as President of the Japanese Episcopal Conference from 1970 to 1978.[2] Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Via in the consistory of March 5, 1973.[2]

During the Second World War, he was mobilized by the Japanese authorities to establish contacts for the government with the Catholics of the Philippines.[3] Apparently, this move alerted the American Archbishop of Manila, Michael J. O'Doherty, who claimed that this was an attempt to supplant his authority as the Primate of the Philippines.[4] Then, correspondence between Washington, Vatican, and Manila cleared up the misunderstanding since Taguchi's visit to Manila served no political purpose.[3]

Taguchi died in Osaka, aged 75; he is buried in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Osaka.[2]

His most accessible writing in English is "The study of Sacred Scripture".[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Yoshigoro Cardinal Taguchi". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Miranda, Salvador. "TAGUCHI, Paul Yashigoro (1902-1978)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  3. ^ a b Le cardinal Maglione au délégué apostolique à Washington Cicognani. Vatican, 8 October 1942. Tel. nr 734 (A.S.S. Guerra, Varia 69). Acts and Documents of the Holy See Relative to the Second World War Vol. 8 pp. 711-712
  4. ^ Le délégué apostolique à Washington Cicognani au cardinal Maglione. Washington, 7 September 1942, 14:30 received, 8 September, 9:00. Tel. nr. 844 (A.S.S. 54876). Ibid. pp. 673
  5. ^ ACTS/1722 - The study of Sacred Scripture By Cardinal Paul Y. Taguchi. 1979 "The Study of Sacred Scripture". Archived from the original on 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-06-14.