Happy Birthday Your Eminence!

His Eminence Karl S.R.E. Card. Lehmann turns 80 today!

Such a landmark should not pass unnoticed.

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  1. Fr. W says:

    Happy Birthday! A truly joyful occasion. Just wonder though if 80 might soon become the new 60.

  2. haydn seeker says:

    So happy for this man that he will no longer bear the burden of voting in a papal conclave.

  3. Fr. Timothy Ferguson says:

    …and the Holy Father accepted his retirement, but has not, as of yet, announced a replacement.

    Since it’s the Elector of Mainz who makes the call for an Imperial Election, this is a very important see to fill!

  4. jesusthroughmary says:

    So, assuming the Holy See does not become vacant today, we are down to 114 Cardinal electors.

  5. jesusthroughmary says:

    There are 11 other Cardinals age 79, so that would bring the number of electors down to 103. Expect a conclave in the next six months.

  6. TomG says:

    Steve Skojec has a nice little birthday commemorative over at his site OnePeterFive. With friends like these …

  7. Father K says:

    Jesusthoughmary…if wishes were horses…

  8. Christ-Bearer says:


    Umm… I think you mean expect a “Consistory” in the next six months.

    It is up to Almighty God (and Pope Francis himself, if he chooses to abdicate) if we are going to have a Conclave. ;-)

  9. Elizabeth D says:

    It seems to mean more random bishops from the peripheries becoming Cardinals.

  10. Rob83 says:

    The next consistory probably waits until spring 2017 to load up the 17 slots that will be open by the end of April, since that month marks the beginning of a 9-month gap where no electors age out and the College wouldn’t again have 10 openings until April 2019, barring some unexpected Requiem Masses in the interim.

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Somehow reminds me of a family saying: in response to the question, “What time is it?”
    “Time to repent!”

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