by Anura Guruge
Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebú, turned 80 on February 6, 2011. Now, the The Philippines, the 3rd most populous Catholic country in the world, with 75.5 million Catholics, only has one cardinal elector!
This was a topic that was discussed, with some passion, in these pages prior to and after the November 20, 2010 cardinal creating consistory with two Filipino contributors pleading the inequity in the system — particularly when Sri Lanka, with only 1.4 million Catholics, got a cardinal.
So on behalf of my friends in the Philippines, I will point out:
The United States with 7 million LESS Catholics has 13 electors.
The Philippines has more Catholics than France and Spain put together. France has 4 and Spain has 5 electors, giving them a total of 9 — the Philippines has 1.
The Philippines has 5(.4) times more Catholics than Canada, but Canada has twice as many electors.
The Philippines has 3 times more Catholics than Germany, but Germany has 6 electors. The Philippines has one.
Poland with 34.6 million Catholics has 4. The Philippines with 75.5 million Catholics has 1.