Card. Napier, 75, submitted his resignation

From IOL in S. Africa we learn that the Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Card. Napier, upon turning 75 years old, as per Canon Law submitted his formal resignation to the Roman Pontiff.  HERE

As you will recall, Card. Napier was voice of clarity and a great opponent of the machinations that took place and attempts to rig the last two Synods of Bishops.

It is up to the Pontiff to accept the resignation or not, keep him on or not, replace him quickly or not.

The speed with which he is replaced might tell us something… or not.  It is hard to replace bishops of important sees with good men.

Right now, it seems that Card. Napier is still in place.

He can vote in a conclave to replace Pope Francis until he is 80.

There has not been a consistory for the creation of new Cardinals for some time now.  That will be huge.


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  1. Absit invidia says:

    The presence of these good men in the magisterium of our Church gives families like mine hope. These men are our voice. The more their voices are silenced, the more families feel like they’re backed into a corner. The exclusion of these men, like Cardinal Burke is a low blow to families.

  2. crickally says:

    I hate to see the Church losing good and faithful priests and bishops who fearlessly and courageously stand up for the Magisterium. I hope and pray the Holy Spirit will help Pope Francis in selecting worthy successors to lead our dioceses and serve as Papal electors.

  3. JesusFreak84 says:

    I hope the Cardinal’s health remains strong enough that there is no hurry felt in Rome to replace him =-

  4. Fr. Timothy Ferguson says:

    At present, there are 116 Cardinals of voting age. Nine will reach their 80th birthday by the end of this year. Four turn eighty next year.
    If there is a consistory this year (and if Pope Francis keeps to the 120 limit), he’ll have 13 slots to fill – 17 next year.

    Cardinal Burke doesn’t turn 80 until 2028; Cardinal Sarah, not until 2025; Cardinal Turkson, not until 2028; and Cardinal Patabendige Don, not until 2027.

  5. acardnal says:

    And. . . Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, turned 80 last month and can no longer vote in a conclave.

  6. If Pope Francis wanted to be, er, unconventional– he would identify the three leading male candidates that President Obama is considering to nominate to the Supreme Court and name them cardinals. They would probably do less harm as cardinals than they would as Supreme Court justices. They couldn’t do any more harm as cardinals than the current leader of Notre Dame University does, or than many existing bishops and cardinals do. I don’t know what to do if any of them are female or married though; perhaps someone else could think of a place in the Church to stash them to keep them out of trouble. Maybe he could appoint them abbots or abbesses in some remote location without TV or radio.

  7. kiwiinamerica says:

    Not to worry, Father…..Cupich is guaranteed a red hat!

  8. Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    To quote a great writer, on the subject of female Cardinals: “And what would you call a female Cardinal? I propose, ‘Your Feminence.'”

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