by Anura Guruge
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 88 year old [dob: June 17, 1923] U.S. Cardinal Priest Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, died in his sleep, at his residence, on the outskirts of Philly, in the grounds of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He had been the Archbishop of Philadelphia from February 1988 to July 2003 — when he reigned, aged 80, well after the nominal 75-year retirement age. He has been heavily implicated in covering up clerical child sexual abuse — one of them, one of his long-term aides. He, though suffering from dementia, was still facing potential court appearances for his cover up of the crimes when he died.
He is the first cardinal to die in 2012. The previous death, also in Pennsylvania, was that of Cardinal Deacon John Patrick Foley on December 11, 2011. To have a cardinal die in January is not that unusual. Last year was extremely atypical in that the first death was on April Fool’s Day. So this is the first change to the size of the College in 2012 — 18 days ahead of the cardinal creating consistory that will create 22 new cardinals which will bump the size up to 213 barring other deaths.
The College is down to 191, but the electors continue at 107.
As of February 1, 2012, there are 107 cardinal electors with 84 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 56% of cardinals.]
The College as of February 1, 2012 has been at 192.
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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
February 1, 2012: 88-Year old U.S. Cardinal Priest Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua Dies.
** College down to 192, electors continue at 107 **
January 13, 2012: 80-Year old Chinese Cardinal Priest Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 107 **
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.