Georg Sterzinsky

Georg Sterzinsky

Styles of
Georg Sterzinsky
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Berlin

Georg Maximilian Sterzinsky (born 9 February 1936) is a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Berlin.

Early life

Sterzinsky was born in Warlack (earlier also Wurlacken, Warlaucken, now Worławki, Olsztyn County), Landkreis Heilsberg, in German East Prussia. He lost his mother as a child and his family took refuge in Thuringia, due to the expulsions following the end of World War II; his homeland of Warmia is now within Poland.

Priest and bishop

Sterzinsky was ordained a priest in 1960. After serving as a parish priest for fifteen years, he became Vicar General to the Bishop of Berlin in 1981. In 1989, he himself was appointed Bishop of Berlin and, in 1994, while remaining at the See of Berlin, he was promoted to the position of Archbishop of Berlin.


Sterzinsky was proclaimed a Cardinal Priest of the Church in 1991. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.


In November 2004, Sterzinsky criticized the notion of "gay marriage". He argued in a sermon that it could be necessary for Catholics to protest and resist gay marriage laws "die dem Gesetz Gottes widersprechen" ("that are contradictory to the laws of God").

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