Friday, January 06, 2012

Scratch That!

Wow. Just as we were hitting "publish" on that last post, the pope was naming his new cardinals. Twenty-two of them, from all over the world. Eighteen are under 80, and may therefore vote in a conclave. Reuters says that Benedict has now named more than half of the college. [UPDATE: Reuters is wrong. See the comments.]

The National Catholic Reporter has a complete list here, and summarizes the demographics thusly:

Once again, Benedict’s choices are top-heavy with Italians (seven of the 18 voting cardinals), Vatican officials (ten) and Europeans (twelve). Three also come from North America, including Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto along with Dolan and O’Brien.

Only three of the new cardinals come from outside the West: João Bráz de Aviz, a Brazilian who heads the Vatican office for religious life; John Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong; and George Alencherry, archbishop of the Syro-Malabar church in India.

So there you have it.


Daniel Spigelmyer said...

Do you have the figures handy how many of the cardinals present at the last conclave were Wojtyła appointees? With such a long pontificate, it would seem to me that most - if not all - were appointed by him.

Father Anonymous said...

I don't but the Vatican does. Per the Holy See's website, it looks like this:

Created by Paul VI: 4 (all 80+)
Created by John Paul II: 62 electors + 69 non-electors=131
Created by Benedict XVI: 45 electors+ 12 non-electors=57

This suggests that Reuters is wrong by a big margin, 69 vs 45, but I can't swear that it's up to date. It certainly doesn't include the newest batch, and the Vatican's website is a little quirky.

Btw, something people don't always know about John Paul: he loved making cardinals almost as much as he loved making saints, and just ignored the law governing the number of cardinals he could have at one time. I guess you can do that when you're the pope.