Colombian Cardinal Priest Pedro Rubiano Sáenz Turns 80; Becomes Non-Elector; College Continues At 206. Electors Down To 117. Non-Electors 89.

Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz now a non-elector.

by Anura GurugeAnura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011..

On Friday, September 13, 2012, Colombian Cardinal Priest Pedro Rubiano Sáenz [dob: Sept. 13, 1932]turned 80 and thus ceased to be a cardinal elector. He was the Archbishop of Bogotá from December 1994 to July 2010 when he retired well into his 77th year, two years above the nominal retirement age per Canon 401 § 1 of the 1984 Code. He was created a Cardinal Priest in February 2001 and participated in the 2005 conclave.

With his aging out, Colombia, nominally 75% Catholic (that being the official religion), will no longer have a cardinal elector; just two non-electors.

He is the 10th cardinal to turn 80 in 2012 — that being the total ‘turned 80’ count for last year, and we have still another three months ago. The next scheduled to turn 80 is Paddy Power’s perennial papabile, the Nigerian Francis Arinze, on November 1, 2012. The prior cardinal to turn 80 was English Cardinal Priest Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on August 23, 2012.

This is the 26th change to the College so far this year, the prior change 13 days ago. We are now one change ahead of last year to this point, changes this year occurring on average every 10.1 days — a tad slower than last year.

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Bogotá by night from the air.

The College is down to 206 (still ahead of the 203 mark set at the November 2010 consistory), with the electors at 117 — giving us 3 elector vacancies.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura GurugeAs of September 13, 2012, there are 117 cardinal electors with 89 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 57% of cardinals.]

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The College as of August 31, 2012 is at 206.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

Sept. 13, 2012: Colombian Cardinal Priest Pedro Rubiano Sáenz Turns 80;
** College continues at 206, electors down to 117 **

August 31, 2012: 85-Year Old, Italian Cardinal Priest Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., Dies;
** College down to 206, electors continue at 118 **

August 24, 2012: English Cardinal Priest Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Turns 80;
** College continues at 207, electors down to 118 **

August 22, 2012: Taiwan Cardinal Priest Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J. dies At 88;
** College down to 207, electors continue at 119 **

August 10, 2012Filipino Cardinal Priest Gaudencio Borbon Rosales turns 80;
** College continues at 208, electors down to 119 **

July 26, 2012: U.S. Cardinal Priest James Francis Stafford turns 80;
** College continues at 208, electors down to 120 **

July 9, 2012: 91-Year old Brazilian Cardinal Priest Eugênio de Araújo Sales dies;
** College down to 208, electors continue at 121 **

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.