(Image above is courtesy of the Cardinal Newman Society)
All of you must have heard of the recent news that the faithful Cardinal Burke has been transferred from the position of the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura to the largely honorary position of the Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
First, while the position of Cardinal Patron is largely honorary, but the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is one of the largest charity arm of the Church, and a multinational organisation with tens of thousands of members vigorously and faithfully serving the people of God around the globe. And secondly, the position of Cardinal Patron will definitely free up more of Cardinal Burke’s time to continue defending the true Faith, just as he had done so at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which recently ended.
Cardinal Burke is still young at 66, and many bishops and Cardinals all around the world, having known who are the ones that stood up for the Faith and for the Lord, will remember what he had done, and I am certain, that he will soon be elected the Successor of St. Peter the Apostle, and be the Defender of the Faith as the future Vicar of Christ. Pray for this, and pray for the Church of God!
Please sign the above petition as well, to show our gratitude to Cardinal Burke’s often thankless and yet courageous service to God, His Church and His beloved people.
Cardinal Audrys Juozas Backis, Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius in Lithuania, also the Cardinal-Priest of Nativita di Nostro Signore Gesu Cristo a Via Gallia, retired yesterday, Friday, 5 April 2013 from his position as the Archbishop of Vilnius, having exceeded the expected retirement age of 75, according to the Canon Law.
Bishop Gintaras Linas Grusas, who was the Military Ordinary of Lithuania, replaces Cardinal Backis, becoming the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius.
Cardinal Backis, who is currently 76 years old (born 1 February 1937) will still be a Cardinal-elector with right to vote in any future conclave until his 80th birthday on 1 February 2017.
Today, Thursday, 28 March 2013, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe e S. Filippo Martire, and Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, Mexico, turns 80, and therefore, according to the rules written in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he loses his right to vote in any future conclave.
May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez, with a blessed old age and health. May he remain strong in the faith and hopefully can perhaps still carry out the mission God had given him.
The College of Cardinals now stands at 206 members in total, with 113 Cardinal-electors and 93 Cardinal non-electors. There are now vacancy of 7 Cardinal-electors as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120, although Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI had sometimes surpassed this limit.
Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Godfried Danneels on 4 June 2013.
Cardinal Severino Poletto, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Torino in Italy, and Cardinal Priest of S. Giuseppe in Via Trionfale, who was elevated to the cardinalate on 21 February 2001 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, turns 80 today, Monday, 18 March 2013.
As such, Cardinal Poletto ceases to be a Cardinal-elector as of today, and lost in voting rights in any future Conclave, according to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis.
The College of Cardinals now stands at 206 members, out of which there are 114 Cardinal-electors (minus one due to Cardinal Poletto) and 92 Cardinal non-electors.
On the beginning of the 2013 Papal Conclave, there are 207 Cardinals in total, out of which 117 are Cardinal-electors (including Cardinal Walter Kasper who turned 80 during the Sede Vacante) and 90 Cardinal non-electors (over 80)
With the election of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio to the position of the Bishop of Rome, as Pope Francis, the 266th Pope and Bishop of Rome, and with Cardinal Walter Kasper, being already over 80, lost his voting rights in any future Conclave :
The current College of Cardinals as of Thursday, 14 March 2013 consists of 206 Cardinals, out of which 115 are Cardinal-electors, and 91 are Cardinal non-electors.