Ricardo J. Vidal
|Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu|
|Appointed||13 April 1981 (Coadjutor)|
|Installed||24 August 1982|
|Term ended||13 January 2011|
|Successor||Jose S. Palma|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santi Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense|
|Ordination||17 March 1956
by Alfredo Obviar
|Consecration||30 November 1971
by Carmine Rocco
|Created Cardinal||25 May 1985
by Pope John Paul II
|Birth name||Ricardo Tito Jamin Vidal|
6 February 1931 |
Mogpog, Marinduque, Philippines
|Motto||VIAM VERITAS ELEGI (I have chosen the way of truth)|
|Coat of arms|
Ricardo J. Vidal
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Ricardo Tito Jamin Vidal (Latin: Ricardus Vidal; born 6 February 1931) is a Filipino Cardinal-Priest and the Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu in the Roman Catholic Church. On 15 October 2010 his resignation as Archbishop of Cebu was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI and he was replaced by Jose S. Palma, formerly Archbishop of Palo, on 13 January 2011.
Born in Mogpog, Marinduque to Faustino S. Vidal of Pila, Laguna and Natividad Jamin of Mogpog, Marinduque, Vidal studied at the Minor Seminary of the Most Holy Rosary (now Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary) in Sariaya, Quezon and the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City, Metro Manila. He also studied Philosophy at the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, Lipa City. Ordained as deacon in 24 September 1955 and as a priest on 17 March 1956 on Lucena,Quezon Province by Bishop and Servant of God Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar, Vidal became the spiritual director of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary in Sariaya, Quezon.
|Ordination history of Ricardo Vidal|
|Ordained by||Alfredo Obviar (Lucena AA)|
|Date of ordination||24 September 1955|
|Place of ordination||Lucena, Quezon|
|Ordained by||Alfredo Obviar (Lucena AA)|
|Date of ordination||17 March 1956|
|Principal consecrator||Carmine Rocco (Philippines Apos. Nunc.)|
|Date of consecration||30 November 1971|
|Elevated by||Pope John Paul II|
|Date of elevation||May 25, 1985|
Vidal was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Malolos in 1971, and was consecrated bishop by Archbishop Carmine Rocco, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. Less than two years later, he was appointed Archbishop of Lipa by Pope Blessed Paul VI. Pope St. John Paul II appointed Vidal Coadjutor Archbishop of Cebu in 1981, becoming Archbishop on 24 August 1982, succeeding Cardinal Julio Rosales.
Cardinal Vidal was a frequent collaborator with the Holy Bishop Teofilo Camomot and bore witness to the native Cebuano prelate's miraculous deed. His Eminence also helped found the Catechist Missionaries of St. Theresa, a Catholic religious order.
The Cardinal was President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) from 1986 to 1987 and became Chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Clergy in 1989. Vidal was appointed as the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences's Convenor of the Standing Committee (1985 to 1994). A delegate to the Synod on Reconciliation (1983), Extraordinary Synod (1985), Synod on Priests (1991), Synod on Religious Life (1994), and President Delegate 1989 Synod on the Laity. Also a member of the Permanent Council of the Synod from 1989 to 1994. Cardinal Vidal's membership in the Roman Curia includes Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for Catholic Education, and Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.
College of Cardinals
On 25 May 1985, he became Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense, and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, the only Filipino Cardinal to do so, due to Cardinal Jaime Sin's poor health.
Leadership in the Philippine Church
Cardinal Vidal is one of the spiritual pillars of the Philippine People Power Revolution, the other being Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin. As Archbishop of Cebu and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines at that time, Vidal led the rest of the Philippine prelates and made a joint declaration against the government and result of the snap election. In 1989, President Corazon Aquino asked the cardinal to convince General Jose Comendador, who was sympathetic to the rebel forces fighting her government, to peacefully surrender. His attempt averted what could have been a bloody coup. In 2001,during the 2001 People Power Revolution Cardinal Vidal stepped forward again and personally asked President Joseph Estrada to step down. On 7 December 2010, the Senate of the Philippines recognized his service to Cebu by Senate Resolution NO. 306: "It is resolved by the Senate, to honor Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, for his service to the people of Cebu, providing spiritual leadership and inspiration, helping the community avert or survive several crises and conflicts, often acting as a peacekeeper and giving the voice of moderation amid clashing views and interests in local and national issues." This followed recognition by the House of Representatives through House Resolution 593. The Province of Cebu give the highest award that a province could give, the Order of Lapu-lapu. Cebu City and Talisay City made him an "adopted son" of their city. In March 2009, the University of the Visayas granted him the title of Doctor of Humanities honoris causa.
- Ricardo Tito Vidal's Birth Register
- Schanche, Don A. "2 Americans Among Cardinals: Pope Installs 28 New 'Princes of the Church'". Los Angeles Times, 26 May 1985. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
- BBC. "Cardinals taking part in the vote". 17 April 2005. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
- Vatican Cardinal Bio
- Biography at catholic-pages.com
- Catholic Hierarchy – Ricardo Jamin Cardinal Vidal
- Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal at cardinalrating.com
- Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal at cbcponline.net
|Catholic Church titles|
Antonio Lloren Mabutas
Leonardo Zamora Legaspi
|Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lipa
|Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu
Jose S. Palma
|Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense