U.S. Curial Cardinal William Joseph Levada Retires At 76; College Continues at 209, Electors Continue at 121.

U.S. Cardinal William Levada, now retired.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

.by Anura Guruge

On Monday, July 2, 2012, the Vatican announced that the pope, Benedict XVI (#266), had accepted the resignation of U.S. Cardinal Deacon William Joseph Levada [dob:June 15, 1936] as the Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; President, Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei; President, Pontifical Biblical Commission and President, International Theological Commission per Canon 354 of the 1983 Code that requires cardinal heads of curial dicasteries to tender their retirement to the pope when they turn 75. Cardinal Levada turned 76 seventeen days ago. He was the 2nd youngest retirement pending curial cardinal.

Cardinal Levada is the 7th cardinal to retire in 2012. He continues to be an elector. So this retirement only changes the employment picture of the College — one more ’emeritus’ joining the ranks.

This is the 19th change to the College so far this year. After slow, sluggish start we have drawn level with the changes last year; the changes this year occurring, on average, every 9.9 days compared to 10.0 for last year.

The College continues at 209 (still a record), with the electors at 121 — still 1 too many.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura GurugeAs of June 13 2012, there are 121 cardinal electors with 88 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 57% of cardinals.]

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The College as of June 5, 2012 is at 209.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

July 2, 2012: 76-Year old U.S. Cardinal Priest William Joseph Levada Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 121 **

June 26, 2012: 75-Year old Italian Cardinal Priest Ennio Antonelli Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 121 **

June 13, 2012: 80-Year old Swiss Cardinal Priest Henri Schwery ceases to be elector;
** College continues at 209, electors down to 121 **

June 9, 2012: 78-Year Italian Cardinal Deacon Raffaele Farina, S.D.B. Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 122 **

June 5, 2012: 80-Year Guatemalan Cardinal Priest Rodolfo Quezada Toruño Dies;
** College down to 209, electors continue at 122 ***

May 25, 2012: 75- year old Nigerian, Cardinal Priest Anthony Olubunmi Okogie Retires;
** College continues at 210, electors continue at 122 ***

May 17, 2012: 80- year old Czech Cardinal Priest Miloslav Vlk ceases to be elector;
** College continues at 210, electors down to 122 ***

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.

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Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.