Nov 212010
 

by Anura Guruge

1/ Titles and deaconries assigned at the November 20, 2010 cardinal creating consistory. Click << here >>.
2/ Titles and deaconries available after the November 20, 2010 cardinal creating consistory. Click << here >>
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Today’s consistory was atypical in terms of the number of cardinal deacons created. 13 of the 24 creations were cardinal deacons.
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Rather unusually, there were more cardinal deacons created than cardinal priests.

High number of cardinal deacons at the Nov. 2010 consistory -- Anura Guruge.

High number of cardinal deacons at the Nov. 2010 consistory -- Anura Guruge. Click to ENLARGE.

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There is nothing wrong with this and it is totally the pope’s prerogative as to the ‘order’ given to a new cardinal. And, there was no doubt that there were 8 curial cardinals — all of whom, at this consistory, came out as cardinal deacons. Though this is the supposed ‘norm’ for curial cardinals, exceptions have been made in the past. It would not have raised any eyebrows if the Major Penitentiary had been created a cardinal priest. IF I have time over the coming days (and my work on dwarf planets beckons), I will look further into this.
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