Anton Schlembach

Anton Schlembach ( born February 7, 1932 in Muennerstadt large Wenkheim ) is Emeritus Bishop of Speyer.


Anton Schlembach was born in Lower Franconia, the eldest of four children of a family of farmers. After graduation in 1950 at the Humanistic Gymnasium Miltenberg he studied Catholic theology at the Julius- Maximilians- University of Würzburg and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and received there on 10 October 1956 Archbishop Franz King ordination. In 1959 he was awarded his doctorate in theology.

In his home diocese of Würzburg Schlembach was entrusted to the Kaplan years with a variety of tasks following: Each three years he was director of the Study Seminar in Aschaffenburg and rector of the seminary in Würzburg. He gave almost twelve years full-time religious education at the Frobenius -Gymnasium in Hammelburg, before he was appointed on 1 June 1981 for the canon and a month later Vicar General of the Diocese of Würzburg.

Bishop of Speyer

On August 25, 1983 Schlembach was appointed by Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop of Speyer. The bishop He was ordained on 16 October of the same year in the cathedral at Speyer in Speyer by his predecessor, the then new Munich Archbishop Cardinal Friedrich Wetter. The Auxiliary Bishop of Speyer Ernst Gutting and the Bishop of Würzburg Paul -Werner Scheele was the co-consecrators.

On February 10, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI. Schlembachs resignation and released him on grounds of age from his office as Bishop of Speyer.

Equestrian Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem

In 1985 he was appointed by Cardinal Grand Master Maximilien Cardinal de Furstenberg Grand Officer of the Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem and, Grand Prior of the German Lieutenancy invested on May 11, 1985 in Regensburg Cathedral by Cardinal Franz Hengsbach.

Schlembach itself was 1991-2006 Grand Prior of the German Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem; Successor Reinhard Marx.


Schlembach is a member of the Commission on World clerical tasks and Chairman of the Sub-Commission on mission issues in the German Bishops' Conference. He is also involved as a member of the Commission for Society and social issues. Five years he was a member of the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non- believers; as head of the dialog Secretariat for the Federal Republic and the German -speaking Switzerland, he taught scientific symposia in Speyer and Prague.

Schlembach was involved in the renovation of Speyer Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He was also one of the initiators for the beatification (1987) and Saints ( 1998) by Edith Stein by Pope John Paul II to its essential merits including its use for the beatification (2006) Speyer diocesan priest Paul Josef Nardini, the Founder of the Mallersdorf sisters, by Pope Benedict XVI.

In 1950 the Scientific Schlembach Catholic Student Association Unitas Hetania to Würzburg in the Unitas Association as a full member. He is also an honorary member of K.D.St.V. Merowingia Kaiserslautern and the K.D.St.V. Vasgovia Landau in the CV.



"With a convinced atheist! "

" Dear young people, not only makes like the Magi the way from Speyer to Cologne, but looks like they Jesus to worship him. Jesus Christ is our goal: the goal of all longing. He has made it our way. He has made to our companions. He is always with you. The blessing with which we are releasing to you now is this character and certainty. "


  • Anton Schlembach, Waltraud Herbstrith: Remember - do not forget: Edith Stein - Christian-Jewish perspectives; Plöger Media, 1986; ISBN 3898570509
  • Anton Schlembach, Karl Heinz Debus: Robert Schuman. Lorraine - European - Christian; Speyer: Pilgrims Publishing, ISBN 387637054X.
  • Anton Schlembach, service under six popes; In: Bernhard Oswald (ed.): ways of life. Miltenberger high school graduates in 1950; Miltenberg 2007; ISBN 978-3-00-020445-6
  • Anton Schlembach: witnesses of the faith. Sermons and contributions from Bishop 24 years. Festschrift for the 75th birthday of Bishop Dr. Anton Schlembach; Speyer: Pilgrims Publishing, 2007; ISBN 3-87637-082-5