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Péter Erdo, Hungary Church leader with a meteoric career

Péter Erdo, Hungary Church leader with a meteoric career
MADRID, February 28, 2013
   Erdo (Budapest, 61 years), Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, is the leader of the Hungarian Church and one of the first bishops of the new millennium, appointed by John Paul II.
   "He has had a meteoric career in the church, yet very smooth.'s A very valuable," said told Europa Press Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Navarra Eduardo Molano, who was the best man for his appointment Erdö , in 2011, as 'honorary doctorate' of this university, and known since the nineties.
   He received his doctorate in theology and canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome), was ordained a priest in 1975, he continued his studies in Rome until 1980, returned to Hungary and, during the eight years he dedicated himself to the teaching of Canon Law the Budapest seminar.
   He held various positions in the curia, and the Hungarian Bishops' Conference, as secretary to the Commission of Canon Law in 1986. "From that moment, he began to count and be an important part of Hungary Church," says Molano, then a few years later, in 2000, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, in 2002 .
   This served as cardinal elector in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI, in 2005, the same year he was named president Erdö the Hungarian Bishops and Episcopal Conferences of Europe (2006). Of the two bodies has been reelected.
   Cardinal Peter Erdo is a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education Vatican's Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
   In addition, his knowledge of the university and academic, was appointed by Benedict XVI to resolve the conflict of the Catholic University of Lima (Peru), that the Holy See allowed to consider it as such. "This has been one of the last commissions he has done in his pontificate Benedict XVI," said Professor Molano.
"Simple, close and exquisite"
   Among the personality traits of Erdö, more valued among those who know him, emphasizes its "simplicity, closeness, great ability to relate to others and hard working," said Molano, who claims to have collaborated with the Faculty of Law University of Navarra and has been on numerous occasions in Pamplona.
   Mastering several languages - English, Italian and German -, knowledge of Castilian and exquisite Erdö make a "good diplomat in the positive sense of the word." Spanish canonist's view, the fact that the Cardinal has lived under communism, in some adverse cicunstancias a Catholic, has given him a "great capacity to learn to treat people."
   From the last time I visited the University of Navarra, Molano anecdote stands out as the "ease" with which he faced the investiture as 'Doctor Honoris Causa' and their "docility" in trials of the same. "He asked the manager how to organize the event had to be dressed and he replied that as he wanted, but it was a solemn ceremony. Finally, appeared at the ceremony with no distinctive Cardinal did not want to draw attention," he explains.
   As Pope can provide, according Molano, human experience, which has been "very hard", like John Paul II, because "both grew up in a harsh environment and have gone against." "It's an open person, with great theological and canonística, pastoral experience and government," he concludes.