Wolfgang Haas

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The Most Reverend
Wolfgang Haas
Archbishop of Vaduz
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See Vaduz
Installed 2 December 1997
Predecessor none
Successor incumbent
Other posts Bishop of Chur (1990–1997)
Orders
Ordination 7 April 1974
Consecration 22 May 1988
by Johannes Vonderach
Personal details
Born (1948-08-07) 7 August 1948 (age 68)
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Motto
  • Marie Duce Obviam Christo
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Styles of
Wolfgang Haas
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style none

Wolfgang Haas (born 7 August 1948 in Vaduz) is the first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vaduz in Liechtenstein. He was ordained a priest as well as incardinated in Chur on 7 April 1974. At the request of the bishop of Chur Johannes Vonderach, Haas was appointed to the position of coadjutor bishop of Chur on 25 March 1988.

On 22 May 1990 Haas then became bishop of Chur. On 2 December 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed him to archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of Vaduz. Haas is known for his friendly relations with and his support for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

About him, Diarmaid MacCulloch says in A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years: "Centuries of tradition gave the right of election to Chur's cathedral clergy, but the Pope did not trust the Swiss to elect a sound Catholic; he sent his own combative and ultra-conservative nominee, Wolfgang Haas, to 'assist' the old bishop in preparation to replace him on his retirement. The people of Chur were not having it. The new assistant bishop arrived at his consecration to find crowds of the faithful lying down full-length, blocking the cathedral entrance. Haas and his distinguished guests, even the Prince of Liechtenstein, had to clamber as best they could over prone parishioners for what must have been a rather muted celebration. Matters did not end there. Mothers refused to send their children to be confirmed by the Pope's bishop. Church bells tolled in protest when Bishop Haas succeeded the old bishop and appointed his own officials, and the city council even withheld the keys to his palace. Eventually the Pope grudgingly gave way and replaced his unwanted prelate, who got a newly invented archbishopric of tiny Liechtenstein as a face-saver. Haas was not much more appreciated by the good folk of the principality."