Jean Laffitte

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Jean Laffitte
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style None

Jean Clément Marie Gérard Joseph François Georges Laffitte (born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France, 5 May 1952) is the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family since 22 October 2009. He previously served as Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Laffitte attended the University of Toulouse, graduating with a degree in Political Science in 1973. He also attended some courses at the University of Cambridge in 1979 and the University of Salamanca in 1980.

In 1984 he entered the Pontifical French Seminary in Rome. He attended courses in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning his degrees of Bachelor in Theology and Philosophy in 1988. He was ordained priest on 2 July 1989 for the Diocese of Autun, Chalon and Macon. Is a member of the Community of Emmanuel.

He continued his studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, earning his doctorate in moral theology.

Since 1994 he has taught at the institute as a professor of conjugal ethics, anthropology and spirituality at the Lateran University. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Vice-Dean. Since 2003 he is a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 28 January 2005, as the under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.[1] He was appointed Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life on 24 January 2006.[2] He is the author of several publications. He was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Titular Bishop of Entrevaux on 22 October 2009.[3]

Bishop Laffitte was ordained with Bishop Mario Toso, newly named secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, F.D.P. who was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of L'Aquila at the Vatican on 12 December 2009. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, SDB.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Grzegorz Kaszak
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family
22 October 2009–Present
Succeeded by


  1. "Theologian Is New Undersecretary for Council on Family", 28 Jan. 2005, Zenit News Agency
  2. "No. 2 Post Filled at Academy for Life", Jan. 27, 2006, Zenit News Agency
  3. Press Office of the Holy See