|Cardinal-Archbishop of Florence|
|Appointed||8 September 2008|
|Installed||26 October 2008|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of San Marcello|
26 September 1970
by Siro Silvestri
6 May 2001
by Camillo Ruini
18 February 2012
by Pope Benedict XVI
|Birth name||Giuseppe Betori|
25 February 1947 |
|Motto||Deo et Verbo Gratiae|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Giuseppe Betori (born 25 February 1947 in Foligno, Italy) is an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the current archbishop of Florence and the former Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
- Early life 1
- Archbishop of Florence 2.1
- Life and family issues 3.1
- Ordination of homosexuals 3.2
- Relationship with Benedict XVI 3.3
- External links 4
- Sources 5
Ordained priest in 1970. He received a licentiate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a doctorate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He was Professor of anthropology biblical exegesis; Dean of the Theological Institute of Assisi. He also served as undersecretary of Italian Episcopal Conference.
He was nominated by Pope John Paul II as Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference and was simultaneously appointed Titular Bishop of Falerone. He received episcopal consecration on 6 May 2001. He was confirmed as Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference, for a further five-year term, on 6 April 2006.
Archbishop of Florence
Betori was appointed to replace Ennio Antonelli, who had been appointed as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as archbishop of Florence by Pope Benedict XVI on 8 September 2008. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict on 29 June 2009, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome. 
On 5 November 2011 Archbishop Betori survived an apparent assassination attempt. An unidentified man confronted the archbishop outside his office, shot and wounded the prelate's secretary, and waved a gun at the archbishop before escaping. Fr Paolo Brogi, the archbishop's secretary, was reportedly in satisfactory condition after surgery to repair an abdominal wound. Archbishop Betori and witnesses stated that the gunman said something as he gestured toward the prelate with his firearm, but they could not understand his intent.
On 10 December 2011 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture for a five-year renewable term.
On 6 January 2012 it was announced that Betori would become a cardinal on 18 February. He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Marcello and will having voting rights in a possible conclave until his 80th birthday. In addition to his duties at Culture, Cardinal Betori was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. On 17th May, 2014, Pope Francis nominated him a member of the Pontifical Council of the Laity.
Life and family issues
In a 2007 speech, he identified as the new enemies of Christianity: abortion, euthanasia, the negation of sexual duality and of a family based on marriage.
Ordination of homosexuals
Betori has favoured a ban on the ordination of homosexuals, saying the word discrimination can be used where there is a right, but that a vocation is not a right but a gift.
Relationship with Benedict XVI
According to Abbé Claude Barthe, Betori is a member of the paleoliberal wing of the Roman Curia, who along with Giovanni Battista Re, has constituted a kind of internal curial opposition to the decisions and policies of Pope Benedict XVI.
- Catholic HierarchyProfile of Giuseppe Betori on
- "Nomina dell’Arcivescovo di Firenze (Italia)" (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
- Italian archbishop survives shooting attempt
- NOMINA DI MEMBRI DEL PONTIFICIO CONSIGLIO DELLA CULTURA
- di Membro del Pontificio Consiglio per i Laici
- Bp. Betori on the new enemies of Christianity
- Vatican document bans most gays from priesthood
- http://eucharistiemisericor.free.fr/index.php?page=0402092_curie L’opposition au Pape Benoît XVI dans les allées du pouvoir
|Catholic Church titles|
Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
5 April 2001–8 September 2008
Archbishop of Florence