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Roman Catholic

Term ended
8 July 2014

Diocese of Sion

Henri Schwery

1 April 1995

Norbert Brunner

9 June 1995


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Norbert Brunner (born 21 June 1942) is the immediate past Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sion, Switzerland. He was the elected President of the Swiss Bishops Conference for the term 2010-2012.


Early life and ordination

Brunner was born 1942 in Naters, Valais. He studied at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on 6 July 1968.


He succeeded Cardinal Henri Schwery as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sion on his appointment in 1995 by Pope John Paul II. In November 2009, he was elected President of the Swiss Bishops Conference for the term 2010-2012, succeeding Cardinal Kurt Koch. His resignation as Bishop of Sion was accepted, in accordance with Canon 401.2 of the 1983 Latin-rite Code of Canon Law, by Pope Francis on Tuesday, 8 July 2014, and that same day, Pope Francis named the Right Reverend Abbot Jean-Marie Lovey, CRB, so far Provost (Superior General) of the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Bernard the Great.

Clerical celibacy

In November 2009, he declared that he was in favor of the ordination of married priests, and that most Swiss Bishops agreed with him on this.


During a Synod, Bishop Brunner insisted that the measures taken at Vatican II to promote collegiality still had not found their objective. Once again, he said with preoccupation, what value do the pastoral needs of the local churches have for the Roman Curia?

Status of the Society of Saint Pius X

Brunner wrote about the canonical situation of the Society of St. Pius X and concluded that the 1988 consecrations were valid but illicit, in the sense that Lefebvre did consecrate bishops but that these consecrations were against existing canonical norms.


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