The Swiss Cardinal Georges Marie Cottier died on Thursday night at a hospital in Rome. He was 93-years-old.
This philosopher and theologian of great prestige was of the order of the Dominicans and participated as an expert in the Second Vatican Council.
John Paul II appointed him as a theologian of the Papal Household in 1990. He was responsible for reviewing and monitoring the theological unity of the texts and speeches that the Pope had to sign.
John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2003.
CARD. GEORGES MARIE COTTIER
"One of the first jobs I received the first or second year was to review the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a beautiful text. I had to read and reread it carefully ....”
"Another memory is working with the encyclicals. I was called to work in groups catered to prepare the "Veritatis Splendor” and "Fides et Ratio”...
"And then, the preparation for the Jubilee in 2000. I was appointed the director of the historical and theological commission in charge of the preparation for the Holy Year.”
"It was a very beautiful experience because we prepared the great Day of Pardon on March 12, 2000.”
Cardinal Cottier participated in the conclave in which Benedict XVI was elected Pope.
With his death, the number of cardinals goes down to 215, of which only 116 are of age to participate in a conclave.