Franz Jachym

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Coadjutor Jachym at the church consecration in Liesing

Franz Jachym , also Franz Jáchym , (born September 3, 1910 in Vienna ; † November 29, 1984 ibid) was a university professor , archbishop-coadjutor and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Vienna and titular archbishop of Maronea .


He attended the Vienna-Meidling grammar school in Rosasgasse from 1923, entered the Hollabrunn boys' seminar in 1925 and passed the final examination at the Hollabrunn grammar school on June 20, 1931 . He then entered the Vienna seminary and studied Catholic theology at the University of Vienna . He was ordained a priest on July 19, 1936 . He then worked as a cooperator in Purkersdorf ( Lower Austria ) . On October 1, 1936, he was appointed archbishop ceremonial . On October 8, 1938, the day after the Rosary demonstration , he was injured when the Hitler Youth assaulted the archbishop's palace. On December 3, 1941 , he received his doctorate in theology , and on May 10, 1947 , he qualified as a lecturer in moral theology . In 1949 he was appointed professor for Catholic moral theology at the University of Vienna.

On January 20, 1950, he was appointed coadjutor of Cardinal Theodor Innitzer and titular archbishop of Maronea . He was to receive his episcopal ordination on April 23 in a solemn service . However, during the ordination Mass he left before issuing the sacrament of the St. Stephen's Cathedral , because he "of honor feel not worthy". The real reason for this very unusual approach has not yet been clarified, but Jachym indicated in conversations that he wanted to distance himself from intrigues against Cardinal Innitzer, which had preceded his appointment.

After a conversation with Pope Pius XII. he was ordained bishop on May 19, 1950 in Rome by Cardinal Innitzer without further incident; Co- consecrators were the Bishop of Munster , Michael Keller , and Curia Bishop Alois Hudal . At the same time he was appointed coadjutor sedi datus . This function, which has meanwhile been abolished in canon law, meant that Jachym was not assigned to the person of Cardinal Innitzer as the designated successor, but to the Archdiocese of Vienna itself (hence sedi datus , ie "attached to the (bishop) s seat") as permanent coadjutor, as which he remained in office under Innitzer's successor, Franz Cardinal König .

From 1952 to 1956 Archbishop Jachym acted as secretary of the Austrian Bishops' Conference . On September 10, 1956, he took over the building department of the Archdiocese of Vienna, which he put his stamp on in the following years. He participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a council father. From September 1, 1969 to December 31, 1980, he succeeded Jakob Weinbacher as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vienna. On September 30, 1972 he was appointed Provost of St. Stephen and Chancellor of the Catholic-Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna . On September 15, 1983, his resignation was accepted.

In 1992 the Franz-Jachym-Platz in Vienna- Favoriten was named after him.

His grave is in the bishop's crypt under St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.


Web links

Commons : Franz Jachym  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The press: The world until yesterday: Bloodthirsty priesthood