Hans Ludvig Martensen

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Hans Ludvig Martensen SJ (born August 7, 1927 in Copenhagen ; † March 13, 2012 there ) was a Roman Catholic Bishop of Copenhagen .


Hans Ludvig Martensen joined in 1945 the Congregation of the Jesuits in and received on 15 August 1956 in Vesterbro the priesthood . Martensen studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was with a thesis on the theology of Martin Luther doctorate . He was considered an expert on Luther. He completed a degree in religious studies and Danish.

Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Copenhagen on March 22, 1965 , at the age of 37 the youngest in the country. The bishop emeritus of Copenhagen, Johannes Theodor Suhr OSB , donated him episcopal ordination on May 16, 1965 ; Co- consecrators were John Willem Nicolaysen Gran OCSO , Bishop of Oslo , and Paul Verschuren SCI , Coadjutor Bishop of Helsinki . He was the council father of the last session of the Second Vatican Council . His resignation for health reasons was granted by John Paul II on March 22, 1995.

He was a long-time member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity . He was co-chair of the official dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church . He was the main initiator of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg in 1999.

Hans Ludvig Martensen is considered to be a pioneer of the Roman Catholic Church in Denmark in a Lutheran society. For his work he was honored with honorary doctorates from Loyola University Chicago (1969), the University of Bonn (1984) and the University of Copenhagen (1993). In 1993 he was also appointed honorary professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen. In 1994 he was appointed knight 1st class in the Dannebrogorden .

Works (selection)

  • Dåb og kristenliv ("Baptism and the Christian Life")
  • Dåb og gudstro ("Baptism and Faith in God")
  • Martin Luther - Jesu Kristi Vidne ("Martin Luther - Witness of Jesus Christ").

Individual evidence

  1. Danish Catholic bishop Martensen dies aged 84  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.dailybulletin.com  
  2. a b c “Han åbnede den katolske kirke” , Kristeligt Dagblad , March 13, 2012
  3. ^ "Hans Ludvig Martensen" , Den Store Dankse , March 13, 2012

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predecessor Office successor
Johannes Theodor Suhr OSB Bishop of Copenhagen
Czeslaw Kozon