by Anura Guruge
On March 20, 2012, the pope, Beneidtc XVI (#266) accepted the retirement of Canadian Cardinal Priest Jean-Claude Turcotte [dob: June 26, 1936], though he was still but 75, per the nominal 75-year retirement age specified in Canon 401 § 1 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law for diocesan bishops. Jean-Claude Turcotte, created a cardinal priest in November 1994, was the Metropolitan of Montréal since March 1990. Turcotte, who carries the title ‘Cardinal Priest of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Canadian Martyrs‘ will, alas, best be remembered for his various stances on abortion. In 2007 he presided over the funeral of the Canadian Supreme Court judge who removed all abortion-related restrictions in Canada. A year later he renounced his ‘Order of Canada’ honor, awarded to him in 1996, when the same honor was awarded to a prominent Pro-Choice doctor. Yet, in 2009, he was realistic enough to acknowledge: ‘I can understand that in certain cases, there is almost no other choice than to practice (abortion)‘. Amen.
[I missed this retirement announcement on March 20! I was out much of that day and probably overlooked it in my hurry. A reader pointed this out to me. THANKS.]
This retirement ONLY changes the ‘occupation’ statistics of the College, a previous Archbishop now becoming ’emeritus’. Jean-Claude Turcotte, 76 in June, will continue as a cardinal elector for another 4 years.
He is the 2nd cardinal to retire this year. Still low compared to last year. See this post.
He is the 4th cardinal to turn 80 in 2012, and the 2nd following the February 18, 2012 cardinal creating consistory at which the number of electors hit 125 — 5 above the limit. Now it just 3 above.
The College continues at 212 (still a record), with the electors at 123 — still 3 too many.
As of February April 5, 2012, there are 123 cardinal electors with 89 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]
The College as of April 2, 2012 is at 212.
Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
April 5, 2012: 75-Year Old Canadian Cardinal Priest Jean-Claude Turcotte Retired on March 20, 2012; ** College continues at 212, electors continue at 123 **
April 2, 2012: 80-Year old U.S. Cardinal Edward Michael Egan ceases to be elector.
** College continues at 212, electors down to 123 **
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.
Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.