Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, Archbishop emeritus of Munich and Freising (Germany), was born on February 20, 1928 in Landau, Germany. He attended philosophy courses at the advanced institute St. George in Frankfurt. He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was a member of the German-Hungarian College.
He was ordained a priest on October 10, 1953 and completed his studies in Rome with a doctorate in theology, discussing a thesis on the problem of life after death. He then qualified as a university teach with a thesis on the doctrine of the Trinity of John Duns Scoto. In 1962 he was a professor of theology at the advanced institute of philosophy and theology of Eichstatt and in 1967 he was professor of dogmatic theology, University of Mainz.
He was elected Bishop of Speyer on May 28, 1968 and was ordained on the following June 29. After 14 years, on October 28, 1982 he was made Archbishop of Munich and Freising.
Archbishop emeritus of Munich and Freising, February 2, 2007.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985, of the Title of S. Stefano al Monte Celio (St. Stephen al Monte Celio).
- Congregations: for the Evangelization of Peoples; for Catholic Education.