Styles of
Estanislao Karlic
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Paraná (emeritus)
Estanislao Karlic
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Church positions
See Archdiocese of Paraná, Argentina
Title Archbishop of Paraná (Emeritus), Cardinal priest of Beata Maria Vergine Addolorata a piazza Buenos Aires
Period in office April 1, 1986 — April 29, 2003
Successor Mario Luis Bautista Maulión
Previous post Coadjutor archbishop of Paraná, Argentina
Created cardinal November 24, 2007
Date of birth February 7, 1926 (1926-02-07) (age 92)
Place of birth Oliva, Argentina

Estanislao Esteban Karlic (born February 7, 1926) is an Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Paraná from 1986 to 2003, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.


Estanislao Karlic was born in Oliva, Villa María, to an immigrant Croatian family. He studied at the Major Seminary of Córdoba, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he obtained a licentiate in theology. Following his ordination to the priesthood on December 8, 1954, Karlic served as superior of the philosophy section of the Major Seminary of Córdoba, where he was also professor of theology.

On June 6, 1977, Karlic was appointed titular bishop of Castrum by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 15 from Cardinal Raúl Francisco Primatesta, with Bishops Alfredo Disandro and Cándido Rubiolo serving as co-consecrators. Karlic was later named Coadjutor Archbishop of and Apostolic Administrator of Paraná on January 19, 1983, eventually succeeding to the post of its Archbishop on April 1, 1986. From 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the commission for the redaction of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. In 1999, Karlic called for unity among the people of the Western Hemisphere and for the respect of small nations' cultures[1]. He served as President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for two successive terms (1996-1999, 1999-2002) before resigning as Paraná's archbishop on April 29, 2003, after seven years of service.

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal Priest of Beata Maria Vergine Addolorata a piazza Buenos Aires in the consistory of November 24, 2007. As he was beyond the age of 80 at the time of his elevation, Karlic will never be eligible to participate in a papal conclave.

Cardinal Karlic is seen as theologically moderate and as a conciliator between conservative and liberal factions in the Argentine Church[2]. He believes that “the family is the sanctuary of love and of life” and that “the human community is destined for fraternity”[3].


  1. The Observer. Bishop hopes for united world October 11, 1999
  2. Latinamerica Press. Catholic bishops tend to be progressive on social issues but conservative in all other areas September 11, 2000
  3. Catholic News Agency. First and primary mission of disciple is to proclaim God, Argentine archbishop says May 17, 2007

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Adolfo Servando Tortolo
Archbishop of Paraná
Succeeded by
Mario Luis Bautista Maulión
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