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Jean-Louis Bruguès

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Jean-Louis Bruguès
Archivist and Librarian Emeritus of the Holy Roman Church
Mgr Jean Louis Bruguès.jpg
Appointed26 June 2012
Term ended1 September 2018
PredecessorRaffaele Farina
SuccessorJosé Tolentino Mendonça
Other postsSecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Bishop of Angers
Ordination22 June 1975
Consecration30 April 2000
by Pierre Eyt
Personal details
Born (1943-11-22) 22 November 1943 (age 76)
Bagnères de Bigorre, France
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoLatin: Gloria tua sapientia mea
Styles of
Jean-Louis Bruguès
Coat of arms of Jean-Louis Bruguès.svg
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor

Jean-Louis Bruguès, OP (born 22 November 1943) is a French archbishop of the Catholic Church. He was the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church from 2012 to 2018.


Bruguès was born at Bagnères de Bigorre, in the diocese of Tarbes and Lourdes. He studied at the Faculty of Law of Montpellier (1960-1963) and the Faculty of Arts of Madrid (1963-1964), graduating with Law and Economics degrees. He graduated from the School of Political Science in 1966 with a degree in Political Science. He was selected for the entrance exam to the elite École nationale d'administration, but instead completed a doctorate in theology.

He entered the Dominicans as a novice in Lille (1968-1969). He made his first religious profession on 29 September 1969 and took his solemn vows as a Dominican in 1972. He was ordained a priest on 22 June 1975 in Toulouse.

Bruguès served as prior of the Dominican priories of Toulouse and Bordeaux, and later provincial of the Province of Toulouse. He was also professor of fundamental moral theology at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse and then taught the same subject at the University of Fribourg, where he held the chair in fundamental moral theology from 1997 to 2000.

He was a member of the International Theological Commission from 1986 to 2002 and a member of the National Ethics Consultative Committee of France from 1998 to 2000.[1] He was invited by Jean-Marie Lustiger to preach at the Lenten conferences held at Notre-Dame Cathedral in 1995, 1996, and 1997.

On 20 March 2000, Bruguès was appointed Bishop of Angers by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 30 April from Cardinal Pierre Eyt, with Bishop Jean Orchampt and Archbishop François Saint-Macary serving as co-consecrators.

He was elected to a four-year term as president of the Doctrinal Commission of the French Episcopal Conference in 2002.[1]

On 10 November 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named him Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Roman Curia and bestowed upon him the personal title of archbishop.[1]

In October 2009 he was named a consultor to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.[2] Since 19 November 2009, he has been a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.[3]

On 26 June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church.[4] In March 2014 he announced that the Vatican Library was digitizing approximately 3000 handwritten manuscripts and considering extending the project to cover all its holdings.[5]

Bruguès served as President of the Organizing Committee of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI for the Symposium on "The Gospels: History and Christology - Research of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI", which was held at the Pontifical Lateran University on 24–26 October 2013.[6]

Select writings

  • Dictionnaire de morale catholique, CLD, 1991 révisé en 1996 ISBN 2-85443-320-3
  • Précis de théologie morale générale, Mame, 1995 (volume 1), 2002 (volume 2)
  • L’Éternité si proche. Conférence du Carême 1995 à Notre-Dame de Paris, Cerf, 1995 ISBN 2-204-05222-1
  • Les Idées heureuses, vertus chrétiennes pour ce temps. Conférence du Carême 1996 à Notre-Dame de Paris, Cerf, 1996 ISBN 2-204-05456-9
  • Des combats de lumière. Conférence du Carême 1997 à Notre-Dame de Paris, Cerf, 1997 ISBN 2-204-05682-0
  • Guy Bedouelle, Jean-Louis Bruguès, Philippe Becquart (May 2006). L'Eglise et la sexualité: Repères historiques et regards actuels. Histoire du christianisme. Millau: CERF. p. 263. ISBN 2-204-08060-8.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Chemin faisant. Entretiens spirituels, Cerf, 2016

See also


  1. ^ a b c "French Bishop Named to Education Congregation". Zenit. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Cardinal Levada Named to Latin America Commission". Zenit. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Two Named to Doctrinal Congregation". Zenit. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Mons. Bruguès nuovo archivista e bibliotecario di Santa Romana Chiesa. Mons. Di Noia vicepresidente Commissione Ecclesia Dei". Vatican Radio (in Italian). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Vatican library will digitize its archives and put them online". Reuters. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Anglican Chosen for This Year's Ratzinger Prize". Zenit. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

External links

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean Orchampt
Bishop of Angers
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Delmas
Preceded by
John Miller
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Succeeded by
Angelo Vincenzo Zani
Preceded by
Raffaele Farina
Librarian of the Holy Roman Church
26 June 2012 – 1 September 2018
Succeeded by
Jose Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça
Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives
26 June 2012 – 1 September 2018
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