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Johann Joseph von Trautson

Johann Joseph von Trautson Austrian cardinal

Austrian cardinal
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Quick Facts
Intro Austrian cardinal
A.K.A. Johann Joseph Graf von Trautson
Was Priest
From Austria
Type Religion
Gender male
Birth 27 July 1704, Vienna, Austria
Death 10 March 1757, Vienna, Austria (aged 52 years)
Star sign LeoLeo
Family
Father: Leopold Donat von Trautson
Johann Joseph von Trautson
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Biography

Johann Joseph Graf von Trautson zu Falkenstein (17 July 1707, Falkenstein – 10 March 1757, Vienna) was a Roman Catholic clergyman, in 1750 was coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Vienna and Titular Archbishop of Cartagine, was appointed from 1751 to 1757 the Prince-Archbishop of Vienna, and was from 1756 to 1757 a cardinal.

Biography

He came from the Tyrolean Uradel, was a younger son of the Imperial Count Johann Leopold Donat von Trautson zu Falkenstein (d. 1724), Lord in Upper Austria, Imperial High Steward, Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and his wife, Theresia Ungnad von Weissenwolff Freiin zu Sonnegg u. Ennsegg (d. 1741). Decisive for his career was his uncle, Ernst von Trautson zu Falkenstein, who from 1685 to 1702 was Prince-Bishop of Vienna.

After a theological education, Trautson earned his doctorate in the Holy Scriptures. The ordination he received on 26 September 1728 in Salzburg. He was first canon in Salzburg, then canon in Passau and Wroclaw, and provost of Ardagger.

On 7 December 1750 he was appointed coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Vienna and titular archbishop of Cartagine. The episcopal consecration was bestowed by Archbishop Sigismund von Kollonitsch on 25 December of the same year. After the death of Cardinal Kollonitsch, he headed from 17 May 1751 the diocese as prince-archbishop.

In a pastoral letter of 1 January 1752, he denounced the abuses of sermons, the superstitious beliefs of the people and excesses of indulgences. He was accused of being a Protestant.

Maria Theresa appointed him protector of the theological and philosophical sciences at the University of Vienna and head of the new building of the university (now Old University and seat of the Austrian Academy of Sciences).

Shortly before his death he was appointed on 5 April 1756 cardinal-priest. He was buried in the episcopal tomb of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.

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https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm?method=simpleSearch&cqlMode=true&query=idn%3D108758486
https://austria-forum.org/af/AEIOU/Trautson,_Johann_Joseph_F%C3%BCrst
http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/btzf.html
https://d-nb.info/gnd/108758486
http://isni.org/isni/0000000061346145
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79016855
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https://viaf.org/viaf/5481778
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n79016855
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