Darío Castrillón Hoyos

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Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (born July 4, 1929 in Medellín , Colombia , † May 18, 2018 in Rome , Italy ) was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church .


Darío Castrillón Hoyos studied Catholic theology and philosophy at the Seminary of Antioquia in Medellín and at the Seminario de Santa Rosa de Osos and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He received a PhD in Canon Law . He also specialized in the areas of religious sociology , business ethics and political science and studied at the Faculty of Sociology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven , Belgium. In 1952 he received the sacrament of ordination in Rome from Archbishop Alfonso Carinci , secretary of the Congregation for the Holy Rites . Castrillón Hoyos spoke eight languages, including German. He was initially employed as a chaplain in two rural parishes and then as a lecturer in canon law. He was director of the Cursillo, director of the National Pastoral Program and the Legión de María and official at the diocesan curia of Santa Rosa de Osos . He was director of radio schools, diocesan delegate of Catholic Action (1959), church assistant to the Catholic youth workers, diocesan director of catechesis, inspector of the diocesan office for popular culture (1962) and general secretary of the Colombian episcopate.

In 1971 Darío Castrillón Hoyos was appointed by Pope Paul VI. appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Pereira and Titular Bishop of Villa Regis . On July 18, 1971, the then Apostolic Nuncio of Colombia, Angelo Palmas , donated his episcopal ordination ; Co -consecrators were Aníbal Muñoz Duque , Coadjutor Archbishop of Bogotá, and Baltasar Álvarez Restrepo , Bishop of Pereira. His motto was Christ in vobis spes gloriæ .

In 1976 he became Bishop of Pereira . From 1983 to 1987 he was general secretary, from 1987 to 1991 president of the Latin American Bishops' Council (CELAM) . 1992 Pope named him John Paul II. To the Archbishop of Bucaramanga , near the border with Venezuela. In 1996 Castrillón Hoyos was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy . He also participated in the publication of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church .

On 21 February 1998, he was a cardinal deacon with the title Diakonie Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano into the College of Cardinals received. In April 2000 he also took over the leadership of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei . From 2004 to 2010 he was Grand Prior of the Order of Constantine . Cardinal Castrillon attended the 2005 conclave , but not the 2013 conclave because of the age limit of 80 years .

On October 31, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI. the Cardinal's resignation from the post of Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. From February 23, 2007 to March 1, 2008 he held the office of Cardinal Protodiac . On March 1, 2008, Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos was elevated to cardinal priest pro hac vice . Pope Benedict XVI accepted on July 8, 2009 Darío Castrillón Hoyos's motion to resign from the office of President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei for reasons of age .

He died on the morning of May 18, 2018.


Since 2000 he had been entrusted with the negotiations with the four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, excommunicated in 1988 , which led to the recognition of the papal authority and thus, according to canon law, resulted in the withdrawal of the excommunication on January 24, 2009 - if the suspension continues and the associated prohibition to act as bishops, since their episcopal ordinations are still regarded as unauthorized and they cannot therefore act as bishops of the Catholic Church.

After worldwide protests because of Richard Williamson's denial of the Holocaust, which was again made public on the same day , he declared that he had not known about this attitude beforehand. In mid-2009, the Swedish Bishop Anders Arborelius declared that in November 2008 he had already informed “everyone who is responsible for the Pius Brotherhood” in the Vatican about Williamson's Holocaust denials.

Darío Castrillón Hoyos, as Bishop of Pereira, walked through the streets of Pereira, the capital of the coffee region of Colombia, at night, giving “beggars and madmen hot coffee and bread”; this was reported by the Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Márquez in 2001 in a report about Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos. Even after the homeless disappeared without a trace, he intervened in his sermons and brought down the local police chief; the dead homeless could be located. Disguised as a milkman, he was able to gain access to the drug baron Pablo Escobar , who was later shot and whom he wanted to persuade to give up.

Castrillón Hoyos was friends with Father Werenfried van Straaten OPraem , founder of the international aid organization Church in Need . Darío Castrillón Hoyos held the obituary at the memorial service for the death of Father Werenfried on February 7, 2003 in Limburg Cathedral.

In April 2010, a letter dated September 2001 came to light in which Cardinal Hoyos thanked the French Bishop Pierre Pican , who had failed to report a serious case of sexual abuse of children by the diocesan priest René Bissey and had been convicted of it, for “ preferred prison to betrayal of a brother priest ”. Vatican spokesman Lombardi distanced himself from the content of this letter.

Memberships in the Roman Curia

Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos was a member of the following congregations and councils of the Roman Curia :

Web links


  • Heinz-Joachim Fischer , heard nothing: Darío Castrillón Hoyos. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 26, January 31, 2009, p. 10.

Individual evidence

  1. Murió el cardenal colombiano Darío Castrillón Hoyos. In: El Espectador . Holy See Press Office , May 17, 2018, accessed May 18, 2018 (Spanish).
  2. ^ Nomina del nuovo Presidente della Pontificia Commissione "Ecclesia Dei". In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , April 13, 2000, accessed February 13, 2016 (Italian).
  3. ^ Rinuncia del Prefetto della Congregazione per il Clero e Nomina del nuovo Prefetto. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, October 31, 2006, accessed February 13, 2016 (Italian).
  4. ^ Nomina del nuovo Presidente della Pontificia Commissione "Ecclesia Dei". In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, July 8, 2009, accessed February 13, 2016 (Italian).
  5. ^ Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos died , domradio.de , May 18, 2018
  6. ^ Paul Kreiner: Hidden. With the rehabilitation of ultra-conservative bishops, Benedict XVI angered. even Catholics. What is the Pope doing? Tagesspiegel, February 2, 2009, accessed on February 13, 2016 .
  7. Peter Wensierski: Bishop Williamson: The Vatican was previously known about Holocaust denial. Spiegel Online, September 23, 2009, accessed February 13, 2016 .
  8. a b c fighters against poverty. Die Zeit, April 14, 2005, accessed on May 18, 2018 .
  9. S. Stein: In the beginning there was the horse. Church in Need, July 3, 2009, archived from the original on April 28, 2015 ; accessed on May 18, 2018 .
  10. Bishop hushes up abuse - Cardinal thanks. In: Die Welt , April 16, 2010 ( online )
  11. ^ Nomina di Membro della Congregazione per i Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, February 17, 2001, accessed February 13, 2016 (Italian).
  12. ^ Nomina di Membri della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, May 2, 2002, accessed February 13, 2016 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Baltasar Alvarez Restrepo (es) Bishop of Pereira
Fabio Suescún Mutis
Héctor Rueda Hernández Archbishop of Bucaramanga
Víctor Manuel López Forero
José Tomas Cardinal Sánchez Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Cláudio Cardinal Hummes
Angelo Cardinal Felici President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”
William Joseph Cardinal Levada
Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estévez Cardinal Protodiacon
Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan