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The EPISCOPAL LINEAGE

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HIS HOLINESS

POPE BENEDICT XVI

 

Joseph Ratzinger, Archbishop of München und Freising, the future Pope Benedict XVI.  Consecrated 28 May 1977 at München, in the Cathedral, by Josef Stangl, Bishop of Würzburg, assisted by Rudolf Graber, Bishop of Regensburg, and by Ernst Tewes, C.O., Titular Bishop of Villamagna in Proconsulari et Auxiliary of München und Freising.

Josef Stangl, Bishop of Würzburg. Consecrated 12 September 1957 at Würzburg, Neumünsterkirche, by Josef Schneider, Archbishop of Bamberg, assisted by Joseph Schröffer, Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Josef Zimmermann, Titular Bishop of Cerynia and Auxiliary of Augsburg.

Josef Schneider, Archbishop of Bamberg. Consecrated 13 July 1955 at Bamberg, in the Cathedral, by Josef Cardinal Wendel, Archbishop of München und Freising, assisted by Joseph Schröffer, Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Arthur Michael Landgraf, Titular Bishop of Eudocia and Auxiliary of Bamberg.

Josef Wendel, Titular Bishop of Lebessus and Coadjutor of Speyer. Consecrated 29 June 1941 at Speyer, in the Cathedral, by Ludwig Sebastian, Bishop of Speyer, assisted by Matthias Ehrenfried, Bishop of Würzburg, and by Josef Kolb, Titular Bishop of Velicia and Auxiliary of Bamberg.

Ludwig Sebastian, Bishop of Speyer. Consecrated 23 September 1917 at Speyer, in the Cathedral, by Johann Jakob von Hauck, Archbishop of Bamberg, assisted by Max von Lingg, Bishop of Augsburg, and by Johann Leo von Mergel, O.S.B., Bishop of Eichstätt.

Johann Jakob von Hauck, Archbishop of Bamberg. Consecrated 25 July 1912 at Bamberg, in the Cathedral, by Ferdinand Schloer, Bishop of Würzburg, assisted by Johann Leo von Mergel, O.S.B., Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Michael von Faulhaber, Bishop of Speyer.

Ferdinand Schloer, Bishop of Würzburg. Consecrated 22 May 1898 at Würzburg by Josef von Schork, Archbishop of Bamberg, assisted by Leopold von Leonrod, Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Josef Georg von Ehrler, Bishop of Speyer.

Josef von Schork, Archbishop of Bamberg. Consecrated 24 May 1891 at Bamberg by Franz Josef von Stein, Bishop of Würzburg, assisted by Leopold von Leonrod, Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Josef Georg von Ehrler, Bishop of Speyer.

Franz Josef von Stein, Bishop of Würzburg. Consecrated 18 May 1879 at Würzburg by Friedrich Josef von Schreiber, Archbishop of Bamberg, assisted by Josef Georg von Ehrler, Bishop of Speyer, and by Josef Franz von Weckert, Bishop of Passau.

Friedrich Josef von Schreiber, Archbishop of Bamberg. Consecrated 5 September 1875 at Bamberg, in the Cathedral, by Gregor von Scherr, O.S.B., Archbishop of München und Freising, assisted by Fanz Leopold von Leonrod, Bishop of Eichstätt, and by Johann Valentin Reissmann, Bishop of Würzburg.

Gregor von Scherr, O.S.B., Archbishop of München und Freising. Consecrated 3 August 1856 at München, in the Cathedral, by Antonio Saverio de Luca, Titular Archbishop of Tarsus and Apostolic Nuncio in Baveria, assisted by Heinrich von Hofstätter, Bishop of Passau, and by Valentin von Riedel, Bishop of Regensburg.

Antonio Saverio de Luca, Bishop of Aversa. Consecrated 8 December 1845 at Rome, SS. Trinità a Montecitorio, by Giacomo Filippo Cardinal Fransoni, assisted by Giovanni Brunelli, Titualr Archbishop of Thessalonica, and by Giovanni Battista Rosani, Titular Bishop of Erythrae.

Giacomo Filippo Fransoni, Titular Archbishop of Nazianzus. Consecrated 8 December 1822 at Rome, Church of the Benedictines (Campo Marzio), by Pier Francesco Cardinal Galleffi, assisted by Gianfrancesco Falzacappa, Titular Archbishop of Athens, and by Giuseppe Della Porta Rodiani, Titular Archbishop of Damascus.

Pier Francesco Galleffi, Cardinal and Titular Archbishop of Damascus. Consecrated 12 September 1819 at Rome, Church of Saints Dominic and Sixtus, by Alessandro Cardinal Mattei, Bishop of Ostie e Velletri, assisted by Meraldo Macioti, Titular Bishop of Elusa, and by Francesco Albertini, Bishop of Terracina, Sezze e Piperno.

Alessandro Mattei, Archbishop of Ferrara. Consecrated 23 February 1777 at Rome, Church of Santa Maria Regina Coeli, by Bernardino Cardinal Giraud, Archbishop emeritus of Ferrara, assisted by Marcantonio Conti, Titular Archbishop of Damascus, and by Giuseppe Maria Carafa, Bishop of Mileto.

Bernardino Giraud, Titular Archbishop of Damascus. Consecrated 26 April 1767 at Rome, in a chapel of the Apostolic Palace of the Quirinale, by His Holiness Pope Clement XIII, assisted by Scipione Borghese, Titular Archbishop of Theodosia, and by Ignazio Reali, Titular Archbishop of Athens.

Carlo Rezzonico, Cardinal Bishop of Padova, the future Pope Clement XIII. Consecrated 19 March 1743 in the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles, Rome, by His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV, assisted by Giuseppe Cardinal Accoramboni, Bishop of Frascati and Antonio Saverio Cardinal Gentili.

Prospero Lambertini, Titular Archbishop of Theodosia, the future Pope Benedict XIV. Consecrated 16 July 1724 in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace of the Quirinal, Rome, by His Holiness Pope Benedict XIII, assisted by Giovanni Francesco Nicolai, O.F.M.Ref., Titular Archbishop of Myra and Nicola Maria Lercari, Titular Archbishop of Nazianzus.

Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P., Cardinal Archbishop of Manfredonia, the future Pope Benedict XIII. Consecrated 3 February 1675 in the Church of SS. Domenico e Sisto, Rome, by Paluzzo (Paluzzo degli Albertoni) Cardinal Altieri, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide, assisted by Stefano Brancaccio, Archbishop-Bishop of Viterbo e Tuscania and Costanzo Zani, O.S.B., Bishop of Imola.

Paluzzo (Paluzzi degli Albertoni) Altieri, Cardinal Bishop of Montefiascone e Corneto. Consecrated 2 May 1666 in the Church of San Silvestro in Capite, Rome, by Ulderico Cardinal Carpegna, assisted by Stefano Ugolini, Titular Archbishop of Corinth and Giovanni Tommaso Pinelli, Bishop of Albenga.

Ulderico Carpegna, Bishop of Gubbio. Consecrated 7 October 1630 in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace of the Quirinal, Rome, by Luigi Cardinal Caetani, assisted by Antonio Ricciulli, Bishop emeritus of Belcastro and Vicegerent of Rome, and Benedetto Landi, Bishop of Fossombrone.

Luigi Caetani, Titular Patriarch of Antioch. Consecrated 12 June 1622 in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, by Lodovico Cardinal Ludovisi, Archbishop of Bologna, assisted by Galeazzo Sanvitale, Archbishop emeritus of Bari and Vulpiano Volpi, Archbishop emeritus of Chieti.

Lodovico Ludovisi, Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna. Consecrated 2 May 1621 in the private chapel of his consecrator, near Saint Peter`s Basilica, Rome, by Galeazzo Sanvitale, Archbishop emeritus of Bari and Prefect of the Apostolic Palace, assisted by Cosmo de Torres, Titular Archbishop of Hadrianopolis and Ottavio Ridolfi, Bishop of Ariano.

Galeazzo Sanvitale, Archbishop of Bari. Consecrated 4 April 1604 in the chapel of the Apostolic Sacristy, Rome, by Girolamo Cardinal Bernerio, O.P., Bishop of Albano, assisted by Claudio Rangoni, Bishop of Piacenza and Giovanni Ambrogio Caccia, Bishop of Castro di Toscana.

Girolamo Bernerio, O.P., Bishop of Ascoli Piceno. Consecrated 7 September 1586 in the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles, Rome, by Giulio Antonio Cardinal Santoro, assisted by Giulio Masetti, Bishop of Reggio Emilia and Ottaviano Paravicini, Bishop of Alessandria.

Giulio Antonio Santoro, Archbishop of Santa Severina. Consecrated 12 March 1566 in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace by Scipione Cardinal Rebiba, Titular Patriarch of Constantinople, assisted by Annibale Caracciolo, Bishop of Isola and Giacomo de`Giacomelli, Bishop emeritus of Belcastro.

Scipione Rebiba, Titular Bishop of Amicle and Auxiliary Bishop of Chieti. Elected Titular Bishop of Amicle and Auxiliary to Gian Pietro Cardinal Carafa, Archbishop of Chieti, 16 March 1541. To date, after extensive research, no record of his consecration has been found.

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