Josef Karel Matocha

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Archbishop Josef Karel Matocha (1948)
Matocha's Archbishop's Coat of Arms

Josef Karel Matocha (born May 14, 1888 in Pitín , † November 2, 1961 in Olomouc ) was a Czech Roman Catholic theologian, professor of theology, Archbishop of Olomouc and Metropolitan of Moravia .


Josef Karel Matocha studied philosophy and theology in Olomouc and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University . After obtaining the theological doctorate , he completed his habilitation and taught Christian philosophy and dogmatics from 1931 to 1939 and 1945 to 1948 at the Olomouc Faculty of Theology, of which he was dean twice.

Pope Pius XII appointed Josef Karel Matocha Archbishop of Olomouc in 1948. He received his episcopal ordination on May 2, 1948, by the then Archbishop of Prague and later Cardinal Josef Beran .

Josef Karel Matocha was unable to hold the office of archbishop for long because he was interned by the communist rulers in 1950 and then imprisoned and isolated in his apartment. He was allowed to B. do not read the newspaper or listen to the radio. After Matocha's death, the communist authorities prevented the appointment of a successor. It was not until 1973 that the diocese was administered by the administrator Josef Vrana , who was compatible with the regime .

For his services, Josef Karel Matocha was posthumously awarded the Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk Order, First Class. He found his final resting place in the Pitín cemetery.


  • Compendium philosophiae christianae
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Leopold Prečan Archbishop of Olomouc
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