Wojciech Giertych

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Wojciech Giertych, O.P.
Born (1951-10-27) 27 October 1951 (age 67)
Tottenham (London), England
EducationSt Ignatius' College
Adam Mickiewicz University
The Angelicum
Parent(s)Jędrzej and Maria Giertych
ChurchCatholic Church
Congregations served
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Offices held
Theologian of the Papal Household (2005 – present)
TitlePapal Theologian

Wojciech Giertych, O.P. (pronounced [ˈvɔjt͡ɕɛx ˈɡʲɛrtɨx]; born 27 September 1951) is a Polish Roman Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. He has served in the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household as Theologian of the Pontifical Household since 2005 during the pontificates of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


Giertych, one of nine children, was born in London, England in 1951 to writer Jędrzej Giertych and his wife Maria, six years after his family emigrated from Warsaw.[1][2] His brother is Polish politician Maciej Giertych.[2] Two of his sisters entered religious life.[2]

Giertych began his studies at St Ignatius' College in Stamford Hill.[2] After completing his studies at St Ignatius' in 1970, he studied history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.[2][3] After graduating from the university, he joined the Dominican novitiate in 1975.[2] He was ordained to the priesthood in 1981 in Kraków.[1][3] He is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, Italy, from which he obtained a licentiate in spiritual theology in 1983 and a doctorate in 1989[2] with a dissertation titled The new law as a rule for acts. Giertych has been a professor of moral theology at the Angelicum since 1994.[1][2] Since 1998, he has held various roles as a member of the General Council of the Dominicans.[3]

He was appointed theologian of the Papal Household on 1 December 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.[1] This post, which since the Middle Ages has most often been held by Dominicans, is tasked with providing advice to the pope on theological issues, as well as checking papal texts for theological clarity.[1] Giertych also serves on the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and as a consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the International Theological Commission, and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.[2]

Giertych speaks Polish, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian[1] and Latin.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "New theologian appointed for papal household". Catholic World News. Catholic Culture.org. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mickens, Robert (10 December 2005). "Vatican names new papal theologian". The Tablet. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Prof. Wojciech Giertych OP". John Paul II Pontificate Center. 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Georges Cottier
Theologian of the Pontifical Household
Succeeded by