Another ‘Heads Up’ on Lists of Cardinals

This is a necessary follow-up to my July 22 post on the need to be vigilant when looking at ‘College of Cardinals’ lists since these lists, even the Vatican’s ‘master’ list, may not be up to date.

The Italian Cardinal Antonio Innocenti, born on August 23, 1915, passed away on September 6, 2008. He was 93 years old.

I had a quick look at the Vatican lists late last night. I thought they did not reflect Cardinal Innocenti’s death. But, I wanted to make sure.

I just checked again. Wow. Nineteen days later and the Vatican still has not got around to updating their lists!

The master ‘College of Cardinals’ list has NOT been updated since ‘14.05.2008’ [i.e. May 14, 2008, the day after Cardinal Bernardin Gantin’s death]. I also checked the Vatican’s list of deceased Cardinals (as of Feb. 8, 2001). Cardinal Innocenti is not on that list. I find this somewhat incongruous. You would think that the Vatican had the resources, and the motivation, to keep these lists up to date. There is even the issue of due respect.

Anyway …

As of today, Sept. 25, 2008, we have a total of 193 cardinals with 116 under the age of 80 (and thus eligible to vote).

Cardinal Innocenti became a cardinal in May 1985, when he was 69 years of age. He lost his right to vote in a conclave 11 years later in August 1995. Consequently, he never got a chance to vote in a conclave, given that Pope John Paul II’s papacy of 26 years and 168 days, the 2nd longest to date, lasted from Oct. 1978 to April 2005.

Thank You.

Anura Guruge