The College of Cardinals

The College exists to advise the Pope in the governance of the Catholic Church and to elect his successor should he die or resign. Its members consist of officials of the Roman Curia, archbishops of major sees from around the world, and others chosen at the pleasure of the Pope.


Pope John Paul II has honored priests who are theologians, such as Henri De Lubac, S.J. and Avery Dulles, S.J. without requiring them to be ordained bishops, as is required by law.

Once named, a Cardinal holds the office for life. However, on his eightieth birthday he loses the privilege of voting in the Conclave to elect a Pope. He could still be elected.

   Members of the College 

   Cardinal Electors


 

 

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