Lehmann, Karl
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: S. Leo I
Native Country: Germany
Appointed by: John Paul II on 21 February 2001
Ecclesiastical Office:  Bishop of Mainz 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Cardinal Karl Lehmann was born in Sigmaringen, Germany, on May 16, 1936. He was ordained a priest on October 10, 1963. He earned doctorates in theology and philosophy. At the University of Münster, he was a close assistant to Fr. Karl Rahner. He taught dogmatic theology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He was a member of the Central Committe of German Catholics and the Jaeger-Stählin Ecumenical Circle. He taught at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau. He was a member of the International Theological Commission. From 1971 until 1975 he edited the official publication of the documents of the Joint Synod of the Dioceses in the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Synod of Würzburg. On June 21, 1983, he was appointed bishop of Mainz, and consecrated on October 2, 1983. He was president of the German Bishops' Conference. On February 21, 2001, he was created a cardinal. His titular church is St. Leo I. He continues to serve as Bishop of Mainz. He is a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Oriental Churches, and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.