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Bishop Blaise Sigibald Kurz.

Blaise Sigibald Kurz (3 February 1894 in Sontheim — 13 December 1973 in Waldsassen) was a German Catholic bishop and a member of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans).[1] In the aftermath[2] of the Second Vatican Council,[3] Bishop Kurz was a traditionalist Catholic voice.[4][5]


Sigebald (also: Sigibald) Kurz entered the Bavarian province of the Franciscan order in 1914 and received the religious name Blasius (also: Blaise). On 21 December 1919, he was ordained as a priest of the Catholic Church by Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber, Archbishop of Bavaria. From 1923 he worked as a missionary in China for ten years.

On 11 July 1939, he was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Kokstad (South Africa) where he worked among the deaf and the mute. On 29 October 1939 in Rome by Pope Pius XII he was personally ordained titular bishop of Terenuthis, along with co-consecrators Archbishops Celso Constantini and Henri Streicher at St. Peter's Basilica. In 1946 he resigned from his position as Vicar Apostolic and returned to Germany. On 21 May 1948, he was appointed Apostolic Prefect of Yongzhou (Lingling) in China, but was soon prevented from exercising his office by the Chinese communists of Mao Zedong and, like all foreign missionaries, was expelled from China.

From 1949 he is documented as Blaise S. Kurz in the United States, where he looked after Catholic refugees from China: he was invited there by Cardinal Francis Spellman in the Archdiocese of New York. From 1962 to 1965 he attended the Second Vatican Council, with Fr. Gommar DePauw attending as his peritus. A conservative at the Council, he was a strong supporter of Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani and pushed back against Cardinal Josef Frings who told him to "fall in line" with the liberal-leaning of the Rhileland Alliance. Kurz tried in vain to win Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens over to the conservative side, asking him to "come back to the Faith and leave those lousy traitors". He stayed at the guest house of the Sisters of Notre Dame on Villa Maria Regina, during the Council.

Wounded by the outcome of the Second Vatican Council, he became bishop-moderator of 1964 created Catholic Traditionalist Movement and supported its founder, the Belgian priest Fr. Gommar DePauw (who died on 6 May 2005), in the fight for the preservation of the Traditional Latin Mass. He stood with Fr. DePauw when the liberal Cardinal Lawrence Shehan of Baltimore moved to suppress the CTM. In 1967, DePauw requested that Bishop Kurz petition Pope Paul VI, ultimately in vain, for permission to ordain American traditionalists as bishops.

In 1969 Kurz returned to Germany and worked as a pastor in the St. Martin retirement home in Waldsassen (Upper Palatinate). A few months before his death, on 21 September 1973, the Apostolic Prefect Blasius Kurz ordained the conservative German theologian Günther Storck as a priest in Egg, Switzerland, who later joined first Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (founder of the Society of St. Pius X and then Fr. Michel-Louis Guérard des Lauriers. As early as 1970, Kurz had ordained the Swiss traditionalist Felix C. Jeker (1944–1990) as a priest in his nominally still-existing apostolic prefecture, who received his doctorate in canon law from the Angelicum as its priest.

Bishop Kurz was buried in the Franciscan burial site in Nuremberg's southern cemetery.

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  1. ^ "Bishop Blasius Sigibald Kurz [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Bishop Blaise S. Kurz, 79, Of Catholic Traditionalists". The New York Times. 30 December 1973. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  3. ^ "The Catholic Advocate 26 May 1966 — Catholic Research Resources Alliance". Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Catholic Traditionalist Movement, Inc". Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  5. ^ Pacelli, Forum Moderator (1 July 2017). "Obituary of a Faithful Bishop, Blaise Kurz, 30 Dec 1973". TRAD + CATH + FORUM. Retrieved 10 March 2023.