Franz Josef Kuhnle

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Auxiliary Bishop Franz Josef Kuhnle (2018)

Franz Josef Kuhnle (born April 27, 1926 in Ravensburg ; † February 4, 2021 in Tettnang ) was a German Roman Catholic clergyman and auxiliary bishop of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese .


Franz Josef Kuhnle was drafted into the Wehrmacht at the age of seventeen before he graduated from high school . In March 1945 he was taken prisoner by the French and, after various transfers, was sent to several prisoner-of-war camps in Chartres . German-speaking priests and seminarians were interned there. Kuhnle entered the Catholic seminary , the so-called barbed wire seminary of Chartres in Le Coudray near Chartres, which existed from 1945 to 1947 , as a seminarist and studied theology and philosophy with Abbé Franz Stock . After returning from captivity, he finished his studies at the University of Tübingen , where he in 1951 member of the Catholic Fraternity AV Cheruskia Tübingen in CV was.

Kuhnle received on 20 July 1952 after Rottenburger Bishop Carl Joseph Leiprecht in Ellwangen the priesthood . He was then vicar in St. Petrus Canisius in Friedrichshafen . Then he was appointed repetitionist in the Konvikt in Rottweil . He then became a diocesan youth pastor in Wernau . He received his first parish position in Künzelsau , where, among other things, he realized the parish church of St. Paulus. In 1969 he became parish priest and dean based in St. Fidelis .

On October 13, 1976, Pope Paul VI appointed him . the titular bishop of Sorres and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. On November 27, 1976, Bishop Georg Moser donated him to the episcopal ordination in the co- cathedral of the Rottenburg diocese, the St. Eberhard Cathedral in Stuttgart . Co-consecrators were former bishop Carl Joseph Leiprecht and auxiliary bishop Anton Herre . His episcopal motto was God is faithful . After the death of Bishop Georg Moser in 1988, Kuhnle was acting head of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese for a year.

On November 7, 1990, Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation. He then continued to work for some time, initially as pastor of two parishes in the Allgäu and from 1997 to 2018 as a retired chaplain . He lived in Oberzell near Ravensburg, most recently in a nursing home in Tettnang. Kuhnle died in early February 2021 at the age of 94.


Franz Josef Kuhnle and Remigius Rudmann, Benedictines in the Abbey of Sankt Ottilien in Eresing , were among the participants in a commemorative event in Chartres in 2017 on the occasion of the closure of the "Barbed Wire Seminar" on May 27, 1947. Both were among the last German "Chartrensers" former members of the "barbed wire seminar" in Chartres.

At the episcopal ordination of Walter Kasper as Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart on June 17, 1989 in Rottenburg, Kuhnle was co-consecrator as auxiliary bishop in Rottenburg-Stuttgart alongside Bishop Karl Lehmann from Mainz ; The main consecrator was the Archbishop of Freiburg im Breisgau, Oskar Saier .

Franz Josef Kuhnle became known nationwide as the spokesman for the ARD broadcast Das Wort zum Sonntag .

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  1. ^ Franz-Josef Kuhnle. témoin historique. In: . Retrieved February 4, 2021 (French).
  2. a b Markus Waggershauser, Thomas Brandl: God man with charm and enthusiasm. In: . February 5, 2021, accessed February 5, 2021 .
  3. ^ Franz Josef Kuhnle is 94 years old. In: Schwäbische Zeitung . May 5, 2020, accessed February 5, 2021 (reproduced on
  4. Tobias Glenz: Rottenburg auxiliary bishop Franz Josef Kuhnle died. In: . February 5, 2021, accessed February 5, 2021 .
  5. Claire Lesegretain: Une manifestation du souvenir au «Séminaire of barbelés" de Chartres. In: . May 26, 2017, accessed February 4, 2021 (French).
  6. Vera Stiller: Walter Kasper celebrates 30 years of episcopal ordination in Wangen. In: August 18, 2019, accessed February 5, 2021 (mentioned in the caption).
  7. Obituary. (pdf; 1.2 MB) In: Malteser Magazin. 3/19, September 13, 2019, p. 15 , accessed February 4, 2021 .