Odilo Pedro Scherer
Odilo Scherer 22072007
Church positions
See São Paulo
Title Archbishop of São Paulo
Period in office March 11, 2007—present
Successor incumbent
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo
Created cardinal November 24, 2007
Date of birth September 21, 1949 (1949-09-21) (age 68)
Place of birth Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Odilo Pedro Scherer (born September 21, 1949) is a Brazilian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop of São Paulo, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.


Early life and ordination

Scherer, a German-Brazilian, was born in Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul, to Edwino and Francisca (née Steffens) Scherer, and is a distant relative of the late Cardinal Archbishop of Porto Alegre Alfredo Scherer. His mother was descended from German immigrants from Saarland.

After attending the minor and major seminaries in Curitiba, Scherer studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and the Pontifical Gregorian University (from where he obtained his Doctorate of Sacred Theology in 1991) in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Armando Círio, OSI, on December 7, 1976.

Professor and curialist

He served as director and professor at the diocesan seminary of Cascavel (1977-1978), the diocesan seminary of Toledo (1979-1982, 1993), and the Centro Interdiocesano de Teologia de Cascavel (1991-1993).

Before doing pastoral work in Toledo from 1985 to 1988, Scherer taught philosophy at the Ciências Humanas Arnaldo Busatto (1980-1985), and theology at the Instituto Teológico Paulo VI (1985). He then taught at the Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná until 1994.

From 1994 to 2001, he was an official of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia, while serving as a Roman pastor and chaplain during his spare time.[1]

Bishop and Archbishop

On November 28, 2001, Scherer was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo and Titular Bishop of Novi. He received his episcopal consecration on February 2, 2002 from Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, OFM, with Archbishops Armando Círio and Anuar Battisti serving as co-consecrators. He was made Secretary General of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference in 2003.


Pope Benedict XVI named Scherer as the seventh Archbishop of São Paulo on March 21, 2007. He replaced Cardinal Hummes, who was made Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, and thus brought an end to almost four decades of Franciscan leadership of the archdiocese before Hummes. Paulo Evaristo Arns, had helmed it for 28 years. The Brazilian prelate accompanied Pope Benedict for a great part of his visit to Brazil in May 2007, which was largely held in the former's see of São Paulo, also delivering a speech during a ceremony to celebrate the Pope's arrival.

On 17 October 2007, the Pope announced that he would make Scherer a Cardinal. Scherer was elevated to the College of Cardinals in the consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on 24 November 2007, becoming Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.[2]

On 12 June 2008, in addition to his main duties he was appointed by Benedict as a member of the Congregation for the Clergy.[3]

He is considered by some to be papabile and is considered by many to be the top candidate to become the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.[4]


General outlook

Scherer is considered to be theologically moderate.[5]


Cardinal Scherer asked Brazilians that if the country’s Supreme Court legalizes abortion for babies with anencephaly, what will be the next group ‘incompatible with life’ to be eliminated ? [6]

Liberation theology

He once criticized liberation theology's use of "Marxism as a tool of analysis," yet supported its focus on social injustice and poverty.[7]

Secularism in Brazil

Cardinal Scherer has argued that removing crucifixes in public places would not be in the best interests of Brazilian secularism. [8]

Priests and the liturgy

In reference to the popular Brazilian priest Marcelo Rossi, Scherer stated that, "Priests aren't showmen... The Mass is not to be transformed into a show".[9]


Styles of
Odilo Scherer
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See São Paulo

External links

Preceded by
Cláudio Hummes, OFM
Archbishop of São Paulo
21 March 2007–present
Succeeded by
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