by Anura Guruge
On Friday, January 6, 2012, Portuguese Cardinal Bishop José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F., turned 80 and thus ceased to be a cardinal elector.
He was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints from May 1998 until July 2008, when, at 76, he retired per the nominal ’75-year’ retirement requirement in Canon 354 of the 1983 Code. He was created a cardinal deacon in February 2001. In February 2009 he was promoted to a cardinal bishop.
He becomes the first cardinal to age out in 2012.
The College continues 192, but the electors are now down to 108.
As of January 6, 2012, there are 108 cardinal electors with 84 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 56% of cardinals.]
The College as of January 6, 2012 is at 192.
Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
January 6, 2012: 80-Year old Portuguese Cardinal Bishop José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 108 **
January 5, 2012: 76-Year old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli retires as Major Penitentiary.
** College continues at 192, electors continue at 109 **
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Changes to the College in 2011. Click image for post.
Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.