Monday, October 20, 2008

Cardinal Cottier, OP visits the Dominican Community

Georges Marie Martin Cardinal Cottier O.P., (born on April 25, 1922 in Carouge (Switzerland)) is a Dominican, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household and theologian. He celebrated Mass Sunday October 20, 2008 at 12:00noon with the Dominican community in the choir section of the Church of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus.

His eminence is a Cardinal deacon. Cardinal deacons are the lowest-ranked of the three orders of cardinals of the Catholic Church. Cardinals elevated to the diaconal order are either officials of the Roman Curia or priests elevated after their eightieth birthday. Cardinal deacons derive originally from the seven deacons in the Papal Household and the seven deacons who supervised the Church's works in the districts of Rome during the early Middle Ages, when the Church administration was effectively the government of Rome and provided all social services. Cardinal deacons are given title to one of these deaconries. The Deaconry of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus, the title of the Church at the Angelicum, has been entrusted to his eminence.

Georges Cottier joined the Dominican Order in 1945 and was ordained priest in 1951. He was a professor at the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg. He became secretary of the International Theological Commission in 1989. He was nominated Pro-Theologian of the Pontifical Household in 1990. He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Tullia in 2003 and consacrated on 20 October 2003. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of October 21, 2003.