76-Year Old Italian Cardinal Deacon Giovanni Lajolo to Retire as of October 1, 2011

by Anura Guruge

Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo [dob: January 3, 1965], the current President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City, turned 75 year last January. Per Canon 354 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, he as a curial head would have had to tender his resignation at that point — 75 being the nominal retirement age for both curial and pastoral cardinals. When the pope accepts these resignations is totally up to the pope’s discretion — and acceptances of such resignations [i.e., start of retirement] is not usually announced by the Vatican until a replacement is ready to be named.

Today, the Vatican Information Service (VIS) bulletin had this to say: “(The pope) Accepted the resignation, with effect from 1 October, from the office of president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State presented by Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, upon having reached the age limit.”

The way I read this is that Lajolo is not ’emeritus’ until October 1.

So I will not update the College of Cardinals stats since as far as I can see nothing has changed. So this is but a heads-up for October 1.

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