- Category : 1920-births
- Type : PM
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 3
French ecclesiastic, a Roman Catholic, formerly Archbishop of Tours, elevated to to Cardinal on February 21, 2001. He is the author of several scholarly works on the life and works of Cardinal John Newman.
He attended seminary in Rennes, France and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1943. He became a teacher of art, then theology until 1958. For the next six years, he was an education administrator, serving as secretary general of the National Commission for Religious Education and director of the National Centre of Religious Teaching. In 1964 he was appointed Rector of the Catholic University of the West in Angers where he stayed until 1972. He was elevated to Bishop of Evreux on December 17, 1972 and to Archbishop of Tours on August 13, 1981. In 1992, a new edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was published; he had been a member of the committee responsible for its edition. On July 23, 1997 he stepped down from his post as Archbishop of Tours. Four years later he became Cardinal.