by Anura Guruge
On Thursday, March 8, 2012, Cardinal Priest Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, Guatemala’s only cardinal, turned 80 and ceased to be an elector. He was the Archbishop of Guatemala from June 2001 to October 2010, retiring per the nominal 75 year rule of Canon 401 § 1 of the 1983 Code, when he was 78. He was created in October 2003 at Pope John Paul II’s (#265) last cardinal creating consistory.
His aging out reduces the electors to 124 — still 4 above the 120 limit. Here is the schedule as to how the other 4 will get aged out, barring deaths.
The last change to the College prior to the consistory was on February 1, 2012 when 88-year old, embattled, U.S. cardinal Cardinal Priest Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, died.
The College continues at 213, but the electors down to 124 — still 4 too many.
As of February March 8, 2012, there are 124 cardinal electors with 89 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]
The College as of February 18, 2012 has been at 213.
Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
March 8, 2012: Guatemalan Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño ceases to be elector.
** College continues at 213, electors down to 124 **
February 18, 2012: 22 cardinals, 18 electors and 4 non-electors created.
** College at an all time high of 213, electors bumped up to 125, 5 above the limit **
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.