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His Eminence
Karl Lehmann
Cardinal, Bishop emeritus of Mainz

Cardinal Lehmann, 2014
Church Mainz Cathedral
Province Freiburg im Breisgau
Diocese Mainz
Appointed 21 June 1983
Installed 2 October 1983
Term ended 16 May 2016
Predecessor Hermann Volk
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Leone I
Ordination 10 October 1963
by Julius August Döpfner
Consecration 2 October 1983
by Hermann Volk
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Born (1936-05-16) 16 May 1936 (age 80)
Sigmaringen, Germany
Nationality German
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto State in fide (English: “Stand firmly in the faith”) – 1 Corinthians 16:13
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But when one identifies the Church with a cultural and political bloc, there is the danger of making difficult the Church's contact with all those outside the bloc.
Karl Lehmann
There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency, and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility.
Karl Lehmann
I believe that Orthodoxy has been thinking lately, and despite other impressions, that we can't have full sacramental communion if we don't first have a fundamental agreement on the question of the primacy, that still isn't there.
Karl Lehmann
The interest in the supernatural in a very generic sense and in the spiritual is not in itself a factor that helps the communication of the Christian faith.
Karl Lehmann
The Synod of Bishops has existed for forty years. In that long span of time it has been for all of us a good school for introducing us to the universal dimension of the Church.
Karl Lehmann
For the future, I would suggest avoiding subjects of too vast a scale. It would be useful to make out a list of fundamental questions on the matter to be dealt with, and discuss only those.
Karl Lehmann
Christians who have influence in political life must feel as individuals responsibility in front of their own faith. And the duty of encouraging laws that are not in contradiction with the Commandments comes within the mission of the Church.
Karl Lehmann
The mission proper to the Church is that of proclaiming the Gospel.
Common participation in the Eucharist can only be a final outcome of ecumenic dialogue, not the starting point.
Karl Lehmann