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Cardinal Williams
Cardinal Williams

Thomas Stafford Williams ONZ, ChStJ (born 20 March 1930) is a New Zealand Cardinal and the Emeritus (retired) Archbishop of Wellington. His title is Cardinal Priest of Gesù Divin Maestro alla Pineta Saccheti. Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded honour in the New Zealand Honours System. ... This page deals with the order after its revival in the 19th century. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official in the Roman Catholic Church, ranking just below the Pope and appointed by him as a member of the College of Cardinals during a consistory. ...

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Early life and education

Cardinal Williams was born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated at Holy Cross Primary School, Seatoun; SS Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt; St. Patrick's College, Wellington; and St. Kevin's College, Oamaru. Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke in Māori) is the capital of New Zealand, the countrys second largest urban area and the most populous national capital in Oceania. ... Lower Hutt is a city in the lower North Island of the country of New Zealand. ...   Oamaru is the largest town of North Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. ...


He studied for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Victoria University, Wellington, and worked for some years as an accountant. During his studies, he was deeply involved in the Catholic Youth Movement (YCW) and for a period worked full-time for the movement.In 1954 he commenced studies for the priesthood at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College, in Mosgiel, Dunedin. In 1956 was sent to the Pontifical Urban University in Rome where he obtained a licentiate in theology and was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959. Later he receiving a Social sciences degree from University College in Dublin. Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Accountancy (British English) or accounting (American English) is the process of maintaining, auditing, and processing financial information for business purposes. ... Panorama from the summit of Flagstaff Hill, Dunedin, with Mosgiel on the far left. ... Dunedin (ÅŒtepoti in Maori) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, located in coastal Otago. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Eternal City Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 8th century BC Mayor Walter Veltroni Area    - City 1,285 km²  (496. ... A Licentiate in Sacred Theology, commonly known in academia as STL, is an advanced degree offered by colleges and universities specializing in theology. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The social sciences are groups of academic disciplines that study the human aspects of the world. ... University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin - more commonly University College Dublin (UCD) or recently as UCD Dublin - is the Republic of Irelands largest university, with over 20,000 students. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


Priesthood

Returning to Wellington, he served as assistant pastor and Director of Studies at the Catholic Enquiry Centre. He left that post when he volunteered to serve as a missionary in Samoa (today the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia), where he was parish priest for 5 years. He returned to New Zealand in 1963 where he became the parish priest at St. Patrick's in Palmerston North for two years. This was followed by four years as Director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre in Wellington. In 1971 he moved to Leulumoega, Samoa and returned to New Zealand in 1976 to the Holy Family Parish in Porirua East, one of the Archdiocese's most multi-cultural parishes. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia consists of the Independent State of Samoa. ... Palmerston North is a city in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Porirua is a city in New Zealand, 20 km north of Wellington. ...


Church Leader

He became the Archbishop of Wellington on 20 December 1979 - his 20th anniversary of priestly ordination - following the death of Cardinal Reginald Delargey. He was subsequently created a Cardinal By Pope John Paul II at the consistory of 2 February 1983 and received the titular church of Jesus the Divine Teacher at Pineda Sacchetti. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), (Italian: Giovanni Paolo II), born   (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from October 16... // Antiquity Originally, the Latin word consistorium meant simply sitting together, just as the Greek syn(h)edrion (from which the Biblical sanhedrin was a corruption). ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Styles of
Thomas S. Williams
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Wellington (emeritus)

He was additionally appointed as bishop for the Military Ordinariate in 1995. He received New Zealand's highest honour, the Order of New Zealand in 2000. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (550x741, 86 KB) Description: Vestments of a cardinal: red cassock, rochet trimmed with lace, red chimere, apostolical cross. ... A style of office, or honorific, is a form of address which by tradition or law precedes a reference to a person who holds a title or post, or to the political office itself. ... Emeritus (IPA pronunciation: or ) is an adjective that is used in the title of a retired professor, bishop or other professional. ... A military ordinariate is an ecclesiastical unit responsible for the pastoral care of Christians serving in the armed forces of a nation. ... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded honour in the New Zealand Honours System. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


Moral Campaigns

He campaigned strongly against the passage of the law allowing civil unions in New Zealand saying it would turn New Zealand into a "moral wasteland" [1]. He also campaigns against the expansion of casinos [2]. Civil unions in New Zealand were ratified on 9 December 2004 when Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill to establish the institution of civil union for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ...


Conclave & Succession

Williams was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. He resigned on 21 March 2005 and was succeeded as Archbishop of Wellington by the then Co-Adjutor Archbishop John Atcherley Dew. He now lives in retirement on the Kapiti Coast. Cardinal Williams still has a number of international responsibilities, retaining membership of three Vatican bodies that will require travelling to Rome from time to time. Until the age of 80 he will be eligible to vote in a papal conclave. The following were the cardinal electors in the 2005 papal conclave. ... The Papal conclave of 2005 was convoked due to the death of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005. ... Papal Arms of Pope Benedict XVI. The papal tiara was replaced with a bishops mitre, and pallium of the Pope was added beneath the coat of arms. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kapiti Island seen from Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast. ... The Sistine Chapel is the location of the conclave. ...


Selected works

  • In his own words: a tribute to Cardinal Thomas Williams. ISBN 0-86469-476-8

External links

  • NZ Catholic Bishops' Conference biography
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington

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Thomas Stafford Cardinal Williams (3426 words)
In a now-famous June 2004 essay, Williams wrote, "We have rejected the moral sustenance of the past, and are attempting to live on junk food provided by a bankrupt liberalism." He warned that while today's barbarians "may be soberly suited and stylishly presented," their impact is still ruin.
I was in New Zealand for a Feb. 17 lecture, and I sat down with Williams the next day, Feb. 18, for a wide-ranging interview about his role in last spring's conclave, his assessment of the new pope, and his views on what Oceania has to teach the church.
Cardinal Williams' observes that New Zealand is becoming a "moral wasteland" a place where traditional values and beliefs are being systematically subverted as society elects to live on a diet of "junk food provided by bankrupt liberalism".
Thomas Cardinal Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (537 words)
Thomas Stafford Cardinal Williams ONZ, ChStJ (born 20 March 1930) is a New Zealand Cardinal and the Emeritus (retired) Archbishop of Wellington.
Cardinal Williams was born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated at Holy Cross Primary School, Seatoun; SS Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt; St. Patrick's College, Wellington; and St. Kevin's College, Oamaru.
Williams was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.
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