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.
Friday, January 06, 2012
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:
So there you have it.