91-Year Old Philippines Cardinal José Tomás Sánchez Dies, College Down to 212; Electors Continue at 124

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

Philippines Cardinal José Tomás Sánchez who would have turned 92 next week.

by Anura Guruge

On Friday, March 9, 2012, [Philippine time], 91-year old Philippines Cardinal Priest José Tomás Sánchez [dob: St. Patrick’s Day, 1920], died in San Juan City, Philippines, of multiple organ failure. He was the 7th oldest cardinal in the College. He was the Archbishop of the metropolitan see of Nueva Segovia, Philippines from 1982 to 1986. He was created a cardinal deacon in June 1991 and within a fortnight appointed as Prefect, Congregation for the Clergy. He would hold that post till June 1996, when he retired age 76. He opted in February 2002 per jus optionis to become a cardinal priest — his deaconry elevated pro hac vice.

He is the second cardinal to die this year. The first having been 88-year old, embattled, U.S. cardinal Cardinal Priest Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia on February 1. At this point last year there had been no cardinal deaths.

This is the second change to the College since the February 18, 2012 cardinal creating consistory, the first having been yesterday when a Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño aged out. [For more stats post consistory.] The College is now down one from its all time high of 213. The Philippines is down to two cardinals, only one an elector. They will be even less happy than they have been since the names for the last consistory were announced.

The College is down to 212 (still a record), with the electors at 124 — still 4 too many.

Metro Manila, Philippines -- the Financial District

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura Guruge

As of February March 9, 2012, there are 124 cardinal electors with 88 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]

The College as of March 9, 2012 is at 212.

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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

March 9, 2012: 91-Year Old Philippines Cardinal José Tomás Sánchez Dies.
** College down to 212, electors continue at 124 **

March 8, 2012: 80-Year old 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.

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Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.