Joseph Listl

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Joseph Listl SJ (born October 21, 1929 in Mariaort ; † August 23, 2013 in Unterhaching ) was a German religious and legal scholar.


Joseph Listl entered the Jesuit order after graduating from high school. He studied philosophy and theology at the Berchmanskolleg in Pullach and at the Philosophical-Theological University of St. Georgen . In 1958 he was ordained a priest . From 1960 Listl studied law at the University of Bonn . He completed his studies in 1966 with the first state examination in law. In 1970 he received his doctorate from Ulrich Scheuner in Bonn .

In 1977 habilitated to Listl at the University of Bochum in Paul Mikat .

From 1971 to 1997 Listl was the founding director of the Institute for State Church Law of the Dioceses of Germany in Bonn. From 1977 until his retirement in 1998 he was professor of canon law at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Augsburg .

In 1999 Listl was honored with a commemorative publication for his scientific work. Listl received another commemorative publication on his 75th birthday.

Listl dealt in his academic work with the relationship between state and church - on the one hand from the perspective of state law and on the other hand from the perspective of Catholic canon law . In addition to his purely academic work, Listl also worked as a legal advisor to the Catholic Church. After his death, the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference , Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, praised him as an "authoritative Catholic state church lawyer of the 20th century".


  • Church in the free state. Writings on state church law and church law (= treatises on state church law . Vol. 25). 2 volumes. Edited by Josef Isensee and Wolfgang Rüfner in conjunction with Wilhelm Rees. Duncker and Humblot, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-428-08455-1 .
  • as editor with Dietrich Pirson : Handbook of State Church Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. 2 volumes. 2nd, completely revised edition. Duncker and Humblot, Berlin 1994-1995, ISBN 3-428-08031-9 (vol. 1), ISBN 3-428-08032-7 (vol. 2).
  • as editor with Hubert Müller , Heribert Schmitz : Handbook of Catholic Church Law. Pustet, Regensburg 1983, ISBN 3-7917-0860-0 .
  • as editor, plan of post-conciliar church law , Pustet Regensburg 1980, ISBN 978-3-7917-0609-2 .
  • Church and state in the more recent Catholic canon law studies (= treatises on state church law. Vol. 7). Duncker and Humblot, Berlin 1978, ISBN 3-428-04212-3 (At the same time: Bochum, University, habilitation paper, 1977: The basic ideas of Roman canon law on the relationship between church and state from the end of the Enlightenment to the Second Vatican Council. )
  • The basic right of religious freedom in the jurisprudence of the courts of the Federal Republic of Germany (= treatises on state church law. Vol. 1). Duncker and Humblot, Berlin 1971, ISBN 3-428-02534-2 (At the same time: Bonn, Universität, Dissertation, 1970).

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  1. Josef Isensee , Wilhelm Rees , Wolfgang Rüfner (ed.): To the state what is the state - what the church is to the church. Festschrift for Joseph Listl on the occasion of his 70th birthday (= treatises on state church law. Vol. 33). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-428-09814-5 .
  2. ^ Wilhelm Rees (Ed.): Law in Church and State. Joseph Listl on his 75th birthday (= canonical studies and texts. Vol. 48). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-428-11673-9 .
  3. ^ Wolfgang Rüfner: Joseph Listl on his 80th birthday. In: Church and Law . 2, 2009, p. 272, ISSN  0947-8094 .
  4. Press release of the German Bishops' Conference of August 23, 2013