Cardinal Electors Who Will Have Turned 80 By Christmas 2010

As of July 7, 2010, when U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick turned 80, there have been 107 cardinal electors (within a total of 179 cardinals).

Speculation as to when the next cardinal creating consistory will occur to ‘top up’ the cardinal electors, to the full 120 or a number close to it, continues to intensify. Background facts can be found here.

Between now (August 1, 2010) and Christmas 2010 six more cardinal electors are due to turn 80 thus becoming non-electors. These six cardinals are listed below. All six are now retired [i.e., emeritus status] which is to be expected given their age — with Cardinal Janis Pujats having just retired on June 19, 2010.

[The notation used is: birthday: cardinal’s name with order (year created) —
[number of electors, barring other eventualities], comments]

1. August 30, 2010: French Cardinal Priest Paul Poupard (1985, cardinal deacon) —
[106], France down to 5 electors, Europe to 54 [50.9%].

2. September 6, 2010: Italian Cardinal Priest Salvatore De Giorgi (1998) —
[105], Italy down to 18 electors, Europe to 53 [50.5%].

3. September 18, 2010: Syrian Patriarch, Cardinal Bishop Ignace Moussa I Dauod (2001) —
[104], Asia down to 9 electors.

4. September 26, 2010: Italian Cardinal Priest Michele Giordano (1988) —
[103], Italy down to 17 electors, Europe to 52 [50.5%].

5. October 15, 2010: Camaroon Cardinal Priest Christian Wiygham Tumi (1988) —
[102], Africa down to 8 electors.

6. November 14, 2010: Lativian Cardinal Priest Janis Pujats (1998, in pectore) —
[101], Europe down to 51 electors [50.5%].

Hope this helps.

Anura Guruge

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