Antonín Liška

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Liška's coat of arms as Bishop of Budweis

Antonín Liška CSsR (born September 17, 1924 in Bohumilice , † October 15, 2003 in Budweis ) was a Czech clergyman and Roman Catholic bishop of Budweis .


Antonín Liška attended a Redemptorist high school . On August 15, 1944, he entered the Redemptorist order and then studied Catholic theology at the religious college in Obořiště . Together with the other members of the order, he was interned in the buildings of the former monastery in Grulich in April 1950 and assigned to a state work unit in the autumn of the same year. On September 22, 1951 he was secretly ordained a priest by the Auxiliary Bishop Kajetán Matoušek from Prague . After his military service, he was assigned various jobs.

It was not until May 15, 1971 that he was able to work as a pastoral administrator in Poříčí nad Sázavou . At the theological college in Leitmeritz he obtained the theological doctorate and later became an official of the interdiocesan church court . On June 1, 1987, he was appointed canon of the Prague Metropolitan Chapter near St. Vitus .

On 19 May 1988 Pope appointed him John Paul II. To the titular of Vergi and ordered him to auxiliary bishop in Prague. The episcopal ordination took place on June 11, 1988 by the Prague Archbishop František Tomášek . Co- consecrators were the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Archbishop Francesco Colasuonno , and Auxiliary Bishop Kajetán Matoušek. The appointment of bishops in 1988 (Antonín Liška, Jan Lebeda , Ján Sokol ) was the first after many years that could be negotiated between state and church. This was seen as a compromise between what the church needed and what the communist regime wanted to allow.

Bishop of Budweis

After the Budweiser Bishop Miloslav Vlk was transferred as Archbishop to Prague in March 1991, Pope John Paul II appointed Antonín Liška as his successor in Budweis on August 28 of the same year. He took office on November 9, 1991. He led the diocese until his resignation on September 25, 2002.

Antonín Liška died in 2003 and was buried in the cemetery of St. Ottilien Church in Budweis.

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Miloslav Vlk Bishop of Budweis
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