Cardinal Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly Retires As Head Of Chalden Church; College Continues At 211. Electors Stay At 119. Non-Electors 92.

85 year old Emmanuel III Delly retires
85 year old Emmanuel III Delly retires

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


by Anura Guruge.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI (#266) accepted the resignation [i.e., permitted retirement] of Iraqi Cardinal Patriarch, Emmanuel III Delly [dob: Sept. 27, 1927] as the head of the Chaldean Church. Western archbishops, per Canon Law 401 of the 1983 Code, need to submit their resignation when they turn 75. The criteria are different for Oriental Rites patriarchs such as Sfeir. There is a separate set of Canons for the Eastern Churches — the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO). Canon 126 of CCEO, viz. ‘ Canon 126 – §1. The patriarchal see becomes vacant at the death or resignation of the patriarch. §2. The synod of bishops of the patriarchal Church is competent to accept the resignation of the patriarch, having consulted with the Roman Pontiff, unless the patriarch approaches the Roman Pontiff directly.’ covers this aspect. Note, that in major contrast to the Western Code there is no age limit specified for the Oriental Patriarchs. In February 26, 2011, Cardinal Patriarch Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, then 90, retired as the Patriarch of Antiochia of the Maronites. This is the first Oriental Patriarch to retire as of then.

Delly was ordained in 1952, and became a titular bishop in 1962. We was elected patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans on December 3, 2003. It was then that he assumed the name ‘Emmanuel III‘. He was created a Cardinal Patriarch in November 2007, a few weeks after his 80th birthday. So he has never been an elector.

Today’s retirement comes 11 days after the last change to the College, the aging out of Brazilian Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I. It is the 32nd change to the College this year. At this time last year there had been 35 changes. This retirement does not change the size of the College or the number of electors.

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The College continues at 211 (still quite high), with the electors at 119 — one short of the magic ‘120’ mark.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura GurugeAs of December 19, 2012, there are 119 cardinal electors with 92 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 56% of cardinals.]

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The College as of November 24, 2012 is at 211.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

Dec. 19, 2012: 85-year Old Cardinal Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly Retires;
** College continues at 211, electors continue at 119 **

Dec. 8, 2012Brazilian Cardinal Priest Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I. Turns 80;
** College continues at 211, electors down to 119 **

Nov. 24, 2012: 6 new Cardinal Electors created;
** College at 211, electors at 120 **

Nov. 23, 2012: Italian Cardinal Deacon Renato Raffaele Martino Turns 80;
** College continues at 205, electors down to 114 **

Nov. 1, 2012: Nigerian Cardinal Bishop Francis Arinze Turns 80;
** College continues at 205, electors down to 115 **

Sept. 21, 2012: 77 Year Old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli Dies;
** College down to 205, electors down to 116 **

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.