|Title||Archbishop of São Paulo|
|Period in office||March 11, 2007—present|
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo|
|Created cardinal||November 24, 2007|
|Date of birth||September 21, 1949|
|Place of birth||Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
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.
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.
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 ? 
Secularism in Brazil
Cardinal Scherer has argued that removing crucifixes in public places would not be in the best interests of Brazilian secularism. 
Priests and the liturgy
- ↑ Whispers in the Loggia. Benedictine Rule: You Pick Your Successor March 21, 2007
- ↑ Holy See Press Office (2007-10-17). "Annuncio di Concistorio per la Creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Press release. http://126.96.36.199/news_services/bulletin/news/20898.php?index=20898&po_date=17.10.2007&lang=en. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
- ↑ Holy See Press Office daily bulletin
- ↑ http://www.popes-and-papacy.com/popes_and_the_papacy/2008/12/next-pope-my-papabili-list-for-2009.html
- ↑ BBC Brazil. Papa nomeia Dom Odilo Scherer para Arquidiocese de SP March 21, 2007
- ↑ Brazilian cardinal says after abortion for anencephaly babies others could be next
- ↑ New York Times. As Pope Heads to Brazil, Rival Theology Persists May 7, 2007
- ↑ http://zenit.org/article-21851?l=french ZENIT article
- ↑ New York Times. Brazil Greets Pope But Questions His Perspective May 9, 2007
|Styles of |
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
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- Archdiocese of São Paulo
Cláudio Hummes, OFM
|Archbishop of São Paulo|
21 March 2007–present
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