by Anura Guruge
As stated yesterday, all six remaining cardinal deacons from John Paul II’s (#265) momentous February 21, 2001 cardinal-creating consistory were eligible for jus optionis promotion to the order of cardinal priest as of today — now that they have achieved their 10 years as cardinal deacons. The six cardinal deacons who were eligible were: Cardinals Agostino Cacciavillan, Sergio Sebastiani, Zenon Grocholewski, Jorge María Mejía, Wally Kasper & Roberto Tucci.
On Monday, February 21, 2011, most likely by design (given its significance as the 10th anniversary), an Ordinary Public Consistory was scheduled for noon, Rome time, to canonize three previously blessed. 47 cardinals attended — including 5 of the jus optionis eligible cardinal deacons, with Wally being the exception. At the of the canonization the 5 subject cardinal deacons indicated their desire to be promoted. Wally’s request, in proxy, was conveyed by the secretary of the College of Cardinals, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro. The pope, per the norm, immediately accepted the 6 requests — promoting all 6 pro hac vice. [Again, this had been anticipated as of October.]
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, created in October 2003, is now the Protodeacon — given that Agostino Cacciavillan is now a cardinal priest.
The latest pro hac vice list is as follows: