Johannes Dyba

Johannes Dyba (* 15. September 1929 in Berlin; † 23. July 2000 in Fulda) was from 1983 to its death bishop von Fulda.

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Dyba became as the third of four children of the teacher married couple Felix and Johanna Dyba, geb. Roar, born and in the parish church pc. George in Berlin Pankow baptized. It visited the elementary school and upper six-form high school for boys in Berlin Tegel. it changed 1941 due to the increasing Kriegsgefahr to the upper six-form high school in holy city (calibration field), where it remained after different interruptions up to the Abitur in the year 1947. After the existed maturity examination it fled over the demarcation line after Fulda. In Bamberg it studied on the right of and political sciences at the philosophical-theological university. Already since its Gymnasialzeit engaged itself Dyba in the policy. It belonged to the general student committee and regarded in the election campaign 1948 speeches as the again-created CSU. In the context of the democracy advancement program of the American government Dyba received in the year 1949 a scholarship to the Duke University in Durham in the USA, in the following to year changed it to the University OF Denver. After its return it registered at the University of Heidelberg, where it put the first legal state examination down in the year 1952. It followed to its political interests there as a member of the Federal Administration and temporarily as a press adviser of the RCDS . Besides it was member of the catholic German student connection Arminia to Heidelberg in the CV.

In the summer 1953 occurred with the goal of becoming priest the Cologne Diözesankonvikt Albertinum Bonn and took up at the there university his theological studies . In the following it was attained a doctorate to year with a work over the influence of the war on the international-law contracts at the University of Heidelberg to the doctor of the jurisprudence. After conclusion of the theology study it was accepted 1957 to Cologne seminars for priests to Bensberg and received to 2. February 1959 in Cologne cathedral by Josef the cardinal Frings the Sakrament of the Priesterweihe.

diplomat career

after a short pastoralem employment in Cologne Junkersdorf it became Kaplan in Wuppertal Barmen. In September 1960 it was released to the service to the Roman Kurie, which should be internationalized in the course of the konziliaren aggiornamento. Dyba took up the study of the Kanonistik at the Lateran university and visited the papal diplomat academy. In the year 1962 he decided his church-legal studies with the graduation to the doctor of the canonical right. Its thesis treated the question about the reasons for the one-sided abolition of international contracts and concordats.

As a diplomat of the holy chair Dyba was first Attaché in the German-language department of the second section at that time of the office of the secretary of state and was promoted later to their leader. Due to the nachkonziliaren Kurienreform of Pope Paul VI. Dyba was shifted into the field service: 1967 one appointed it to the Apostoli Nuntiatur in Buenos Aires, one year later changed it than after message secretary the Hague. In the summer 1972 it was shifted as uditore to the Nuntiatur after Kinshasa, where it became in a church-politically difficult situation after the recall of the Nuntius of provisional representatives. 1974 took place a transfer as Nuntiaturrat to Cairo.

After ten-year diplomatic field service Dyba was recalled in the year 1977 to Rome, and to the vice-secretary of the papal commission iustitia et pax orders. To 25. August 1979 appointed it Pope Johannes Paul II. to the Apostoli Pronuntius in Liberia and the Gambia as well as to the Apostoli Delegaten for Guinea and Sierra Leone. At the same time it was intended for the Titularerzbischof of Neapolis in Proconsulari and to 13. October 1979 received the Bischofsweihe by cardinal undersecretary of state Agostino Casaroli in Cologne cathedral. The Kokonsekratoren was Joseph cardinal Höffner and Duraisamy Simon cardinal Lourdusamy (India). Its seat became Monrovia (Liberia).

bishop von Fulda

1983 Dyba selected after the resignation of the Fuldaer of bishop Eduard send from the there cathedral chapter to its successor. To 4. June 1983 appointed it the Pope while maintaining the personal title of an archbishop the bishop von Fulda. To 4. Septembers it was inserted into its office. Its Wahlspruch was filii Dei sumus (children of God are we).

Within the German bishop conference Dyba from 1983 to 1989 led the working group for the new church right and belonged to the commission world church . To 30. November 1990 it was entrusted additionally with the office of the military bishop for the German German Federal Armed Forces. In this characteristic it was from 1991 to 1999 member of the central office for the Militärordinariate in Rome. Furthermore it was starting from 1993 member in the Roman Bischofskongregation.

Dyba applied within the German bishop conference as particularly conservative and Pope faithful. A special request was it the life right of the unborn children. Its resolution to step out in September 1993 of the national system of the pregnant woman conflict consultation excited also with a part of its colleagues annoyance. In the media it was represented frequent and admits for its pointed statements, which often found a very much divided echo.

1993 published the later hessian minister of economics Lothar wedge a small band merciless in an intolerant manner. Bishop Johannes Dyba with original quotations of the contentious bishop.

Despite continuous health problems its death came in the early morning hours 23. July 2000 suddenly and unexpectedly. Dyba was buried in the Johanneskapelle of the cathedral to Fulda.


  • the influence of the war on the international-law contracts. Heidelberg, Diss. iur. 1954, XIV [machine]
  • the reasons for the one-sided abolition of international contracts and concordats. Rome, Diss. iur. utr, Lateran Univ. 1962 [machine]
  • the word of the bishop. In: Bonifatiusbote. Church newspaper for the diocese Fulda, 1986-2000
  • mental bases of the European agreement. Melle, 1988
  • Karl Lehmann, Johannes Dyba: To the future tasks of the armed forces. Bonn, Kath. Office for military bishop, 1992
  • Werner Kathrein (Hrsg.): Words into the time. Lectures, responding, contributions, in the Auftr. D. Bischöfl. Cathedral chapter. Frankfurt/Main, 1994


  • God hard small, Monica Sinderhauf: “Impudent catholic “. Archbishop Johannes Dyba (= Quaestiones non disputatae, Bd. VI., hsrg. v. Ulrich Paul long one), victory castle 2002
  • Ludwig send, kind. Johannes Dyba, in: Encyclopedia for theology and church (LThK3), 3. Edition, Bd. 11, frame. 65
  • Erwin Gatz: The bishops of the German-language countries 1945-2001. Berlin, 2001, S. 231-233
  • Werner Kathrein (Hrsg.): Children of God are we. To the memory of archbishop Johannes Dyba. Bishop von Fulda 1983 - 2000. (in the Auftr. the Bischöfl. Cathedral chapter), Fulda, 2001
  • Michael Schwab, Bea Nolte Schunck (Hrsg.): With Bonifatius connected - humans added. To the memory of lives and working archbishop GDR. Johannes Dyba and bishop Professor. Dr. Dr. h. C. Eduard send. (Fulda 21 =Dokumentationen) to the urban history, Petersberg/Fulda, 2001
  • Jürgen Nabbefeld (Hrsg.): To “I give you” my peace. Tasks and everyday life of the catholic Militärseelsorge. Anniversary publication for the catholic military bishop for the German German Federal Armed Forces archbishop Dr. Dr. Johannes Dyba bishop von Fulda, Cologne 1999
  • Jürgen Nabbefeld (Hrsg.): In respect and gratitude. The 70. Birthday of archbishop Dr. Dr. Johannes Dyba, bishop von Fulda, catholic military bishop for the German German Federal Armed Forces, to 15. September 1999. Bonn, 1999
  • Josef flax webers: Fuldaer of abbotts and bishops. Frankfurt/Main, 1989, S. 187f.

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