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Cardinal Jean Daniélou
Birth: May 14, 1905
Neuilly-sur-Seine
Departement des Hauts-de-Seine
Île-de-France, France
Death: May 20, 1974
Paris
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France

Roman Catholic Cardinal. One of the twentieth century's most renowned theologians, Jean Guénolé Louis Marie Daniélou was born at Neuilly-sur-Seine to an anticlerical politician, several times minister and an educator and foundress of institutions for women's education. His brother Alain was a noted Indologist while his sister Ménie Grégoire was a well known exponent of popular feminism. Frequenting the University of Sorbonne, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1929, and concluding his theological studies in Lyon was ordained priest on August 20, 1938. Serving in the French Air Force between 1939 and 1940, he was demobilized and returned to civilian life, leading on with his studies, earning a doctorate in theology in 1942. Chaplain to the École Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles at Sèvres, it was during this period that he began his work on Patristics, co-founding along with fellow Jesuit Henri de Lubac the "Sources Chrétiennes" series, a collection of bilingual, critical editions of early Christian texts and of the Fathers of the Church that has revolutionized both the study of Patristics and the doctrine of sacred tradition. Appointed to lecture early Christian history at the Institut Catholique of Paris in 1944, through the 1950's he produced several historical studies which provided a major impetus to the development of covenantal theology of Roman Catholicism. Staff member of the renowned Jesuit journal "Etudes" between 1941 and 1969, he served as its redactor from 1944 till 1969. Serving as an expert during the Second Vatican Council at the request of Pope John XXIII, he was elected archbishop of the titular see of Taormina on April 11, 1969 by Pope Paul VI, receiving his episcopal consecration eight days later at Saint-Joseph-des-Carmes's Catholic Institute of Paris. A week later, in the consistory of April 28, the named Pontiff created him cardinal deacon with the deaconry of Santa Saba. Elected to the Académie Française on November 9, 1972, he was furthermore appointed knight of the Légion d'honneur. His unexpected death at Rue Dulong 56 on May 20, 1974 in the home of a prostitute was very diversely interpreted. Having provided pastoral care to poor people living in the slums of Paris for years, his cardinalitial appointment did not stop him from leading on with such ministry. In spite of having passed away while rendering his priestly duties, the fact that such passing occurred on the stairs of a brothel saw his reputation ending in tatters with his fellow Jesuit confrères unwilling to offer any defense for his actions, while Cardinal Gabriel-Marie Garrone's words from his eulogy to the fellow Frenchman member of the Sacred College: "God grant us pardon. Our existence cannot fail to include an element of weakness and shadow", ended up giving a indirect confirmation on the way he died, especially in the eyes of the press worldwide. Only forty years later a conference broke the silence shrouding the mystery of his death and saw anew the promotion of his works who still hold an extraordinary richness and freshness. His remains are found buried in the tomb of the Society of Jesus in Vaugirard's Cemetery. (bio by: Eman Bonnici) 
 
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Cardinal Jean
DANIELOU
1905 - 1974
 
Burial:
Cimetiere de Vaugirard
Paris
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
Plot: Tomb Of The Society Of Jesus.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: May 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26616237
Cardinal Jean Daniélou
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Cardinal Jean Daniélou
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