Ricardo Blázquez

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Ricardo Blázquez
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Valladolid
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseValladolid
Appointed13 March 2010
Installed17 April 2010
Term ended17 June 2022
PredecessorBraulio Rodríguez Plaza
SuccessorLuis Javier Argüello García
Other post(s)
Orders
Ordination18 February 1967
Consecration29 May 1988
by Antonio María Rouco Varela
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Born
Ricardo Blázquez Pérez

(1942-04-13) 13 April 1942 (age 81)
Previous post(s)
MottoResurrexit
(He has risen)
Coat of armsRicardo Blázquez's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Ricardo Blázquez
History
Priestly ordination
Date18 February 1967
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAntonio María Rouco Varela
Co-consecratorsÁngel Suquía Goicoechea
Mario Tagliaferri
Date29 May 1988
Cardinalate
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Ricardo Blázquez as principal consecrator
Carmelo Echenagusia Uribe9 November 1995
Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa12 April 2008
Miguel Olaortúa Laspra, OSA16 April 2011
Ángel Javier Pérez Pueyo22 February 2015
Luis Javier Argüello García3 June 2016
Styles of
Ricardo Blázquez Pérez
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Ricardo Blázquez Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkaɾðo ˈβlaθkeθ ˈpeɾeθ]; born 13 April 1942) is a Spanish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Valladolid from 2010 to 2022. He had been a bishop since 1988 and was made a cardinal in 2015, when he was described as "a theological moderate and perennial counterweight to Spain's more doctrinally conservative and socially combative prelates".[1]

Biography[edit]

Ricardo Blázquez Pérez was born in Villanueva del Campillo (Ávila) on 13 April 1942. He studied in the seminaries of Ávila from 1955 to 1967. He was ordained a priest on 18 February 1967. He then studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning his doctorate in 1972.[2] He also studied in Germany.[3]

From 1972 to 1974 he served as secretary of the Theological Institute of Ávila. From 1974 to 1988 he was a professor and then from 1978 to 1981 the dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He was Grand Chancellor there from 2000 to 2004.[2]

He was named an auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Compostela and assigned the titular see of Germa di Galazia on 8 April 1988.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on 29 May 1988 from Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela.[5]

On 26 May 1992 Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Palencia,[6] and on 8 September 1995 Bishop of Bilbao.[7] His appointment to Bilbao was protested by Basque nationalists.[3]

In 2009, he was one of five bishops charged with conducting an investigation of the Legionaries of Christ, with responsibility for the order's branches in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Austria and Hungary.[8] In September 2010, he was named to conduct an apostolic visitation of that order's lay apostolate, Regnum Christi, as well.[9]

On 13 March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Valladolid.[2] He was installed there on 17 April.[10]

He has served on various commissions within the Bishops’ Conference of Spain including the Doctrine of the Faith, the Liturgical Commission and the Commission for Interconfessional Relations.

He was elected three times to a three-year term as president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference in 2005, 2014, and 2017. He was vice-president from 2008 to 2014.[5] He was elected by that Conference to participate in the Synod of Bishops on the family in October 2014[11] and 2015.[12] On 29 March 2014, Pope Francis made him a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.[13] and he renewed this appointment for another five-year term on 8 July 2019.[14]

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[15] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Santa Maria in Vallicella.[16] He was the first ordinary of Valladolid to become a cardinal since 1919, only the third in its 400-year history.[1]

On 13 April 2015 Pope Francis appointed him a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Council for Culture,[17] and on 27 June 2015 of the Congregation for Oriental Churches.[18] On 8 January 2016, Pope Francis named him a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.[19] He was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 28 October 2016.[20]

In November 2015, the Spanish Episcopal Conference elected him grand chancellor of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, a post he had held once before.[10]

He was one of three prelates the Spanish Episcopal Conference elected to participate in the Synod of Bishops on Youth in October 2018.[21]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as archbishop of Valladolid on 17 June 2022.[22]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mickens, Robert (5 January 2015). "Francis chooses new cardinals from the margins". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Rinunce e Nomine, 13.03.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b Glatz, Carol (12 February 2015). "Spain's new cardinal-designate is advocate of dialogue, reconciliation". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXI. 1989. p. 384. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Monseñor Ricardo Blázquez Pérez". Archdiocese of Valladolid (in Spanish). 5 March 2019. Archived from the original on 30 January 2022. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXIV. 1992. p. 655. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXVII. 1995. p. 819. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Apostolic visit to Legionaries of Christ to begin July 15". Catholic News Agency. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Vaticano ya habría designado consejeros para Legión de Cristo y visitador para Regnum Christi" (in Spanish). ACI Prensa. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Emmo. y Rvdmo. Sr. D. Ricardo Blázquez Pérez". Spanish Episcopal Conference (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 January 2022. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  11. ^ "III Assemblea Generale Straordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (5-19 ottobre 2014): Elenco dei Partecipanti, 09.09.2014" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  12. ^ "XIV Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (4-25 ottobre 2015) - Elenco dei Partecipanti, 15.09.2015" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 29.03.2022" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.07.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  17. ^ "New Cardinals Named to Curial Posts". Zenit. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 27.06.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.01.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 28.10.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  21. ^ "XV Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (3-28 ottobre 2018) – Elenco dei Partecipanti, 15.09.2018" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  22. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 17.06.2022" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Palencia
1992–1995
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bilbao
1995–2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Valladolid
2010–2022
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella
2015–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent