Cardinal Deacon of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus
Cardinal Cottier was born on 25 April 1922 in Céligny, Switzerland. He entered the Dominicans in 1945 and studied in Fribourg and Rome.
He was ordained a priest on 2 July 1951 in Rome and taught at the University of Geneva and the University of Fribourg.
In the 1980s, he collaborated a number of times with Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He opposed liberation theology and took an active role in preparing the second Vatican document condemning it.
He is a member of the International Theological Commission, and has been its secretary-general since March 1989.
He was appointed Theologian of the Papal Household in December 1989 and now lives in Rome.
After it was announced that he was to be given the honour of being elevated to the College of Cardinals, he was consecrated as Archbishop of the titular diocese of Tullia on 20 October 2003 by Cardinal Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna.
He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II on 21 October 2003. As he was already 80, his appointment is a personal honour and a sign of the great esteem in which the Pope holds him, and the great contribution he has given the Church.