The distribution of the birthdays of the cardinals, by and large, is arbitrary — though there have (and will be) a few instances where a prelate was created, when he was, because his birthdate ‘fitted in’ relative to the ’80-year’ cutoff. We just had two cardinals, Abril y Castelló & De Paolis, turn 80 within the space of two days. But prior to that the last cardinal to age out was 5 months earlier.
And we are going to see that again. The next cardinal to age out will be US Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, on February 27, 2016. So that is the next scheduled change to the College — barring deaths.
After a 18 month hiatus I am back doing regular updates as to the status of the College of Cardinals, the electors, the non-electors and who is turning 80.
So it is back to the service I provided from 2010 to 2013 when it came to the College. I have a new Excel spreadsheet and the data shown here is extracted straight from it. So that is easier for me and eliminates transcription errors. Enjoy.
Occurred to me the other day (while hiking in Acadia National Park) that I did not know the ‘demarcation line’ when it came to the last consistory with as yet ‘active’ cardinals. What I was trying to work out was which consistory was the last in terms of:
1/ All created cardinals now over 80, or
2/ All created cardinals now deceased.
The 2 consistories that meet these criteria are those of 1988 and 1977. But we should also make a note of that of 1976 — Paul VI’s last.
Of the 24 cardinals created at the 1988 consistory 18 are dead and the other 6 are now over 80. So there will be no representation from this consistory if there were to be a conclave anytime soon.
All 21 of the cardinals created at the 1976 consistory are now dead, U.S. William Wakefield Baum, ex-Archbishop of Washington, the last to do so — his passing happening (quite recently) on July 23, 2015.
Then there is the 1977 consistory — the next one after that of 1976. It was a small consistory at which only 4 cardinals were created — BUT one of them was ex-Pope, Ratzinger. Of the four he is the only one still alive. The last of the other three, Bernardin Gantin, of Benin, one time Dean of the College of Cardinals, having passed away in May 2008.
So in terms of ‘unrepresented’ the two consistories are 1976 and 1988.