.by Anura Guruge
On Thursday,May 10, 2012, the pope finally accepted the resignation of 80-year old South Korean, Cardinal Priest Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk [dob: Dec. 7, 1931] as the Archbishop of Seoul; diocesan Archbishops per Canon 401 § 1 of the 1983 Code required to submit their resignation to the pope upon turning 75. This is one of the longer delays in such a resignation being accepted. He was the 3rd oldest active Cardinal Archbishop; 80-year old Lucian Mureşan of Romania and Patriarch Delly of Iraq being older. [Andrew O: informed me that there is a third active Archbishop older than Cheong: Hovhannes Tcholakian, the Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Istanbul. But he’s not a Cardinal.]
Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk’s retirement does not change the demographics of the College, just the ’employment’ status of the various Cardinals.
Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk had been Archbishop of Seoul since May 1998; being created in March 2006. He became a non-elector on December 11, 2011.
He is the 3rd cardinal to retire this year. This is the first change to the College in 30 days and the 12th so far this year. [Also refer to this post.]
The College continues at 210 (still a record), with the electors at 123 — still 3 too many.
As of February May 10, 2012, there are 123 cardinal electors with 87 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]
The College as of May 10, 2012 is at 210.
Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
May 10, 2012: 80-year old South Korean, Cardinal Priest Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk Retires; ** College continues at 210, electors continue at 123 ***
April 10, 2012: 89-year old Puerto Rican, Cardinal Priest Luis Aponte Martínez Dies;
** College down to 210, electors continue at 123 **
April 7, 2012: 81-year old Syrian Oriental Rites Patriarch, Cardinal Bishop Ignace Moussa I Daoud Dies; ** College down to 211, electors continue at 123 **
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.