Cardinal Medina Estevez dies

Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Agustín Medina Estévez, born in 1926, died on 3 October.

He is best known for announcing the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and to Pray Tell readers as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 1996 to 2002. In that role, he was responsible for rejecting the ICEL 1998 Sacramentary, a move that the English-speaking Church has still not recovered from.

In The Tablet on December 7, 2002, Vatican commentator John Allen wrote an article entitled “The counter-revolution” in which he told of the 1972 letter that eight theologians, including Medina Estevez and Josef Ratzinger, sent to Paul VI, with a clear intent to undo the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. The fact that both of them went on under John Paul II to assume positions of authority is therefore highly significant.

Some of Medina’s unpleasant dealings with the bishops of the world were chronicled in Bishop Maurice Taylor’s A Cold Wind from Rome, reported in Pray Tell here.


    1. That’s a two-part prayer, Father Hartley. I’m with you in the first part, but given that the decedent did me spiritual injuries that I feel every day, I can’t join in the second part. What I can do is say the Our Father with some extra attention to the “forgive us as we forgive” petition.

  1. Respectful farewell to Cardinal Jorge Arturo Agustín Medina Estévez. Eternal rest grant unto him O lord and let your perpetual light shine upon the departed soul.

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