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List Of ALL The Catholic Cardinals That Have Resigned Their Cardinalate Since 1900.

by Anura Guruge



That is IT. I kid you NOT. Just 2 really. The other 2 still got, inexplicably, to keep their title ‘cardinal’. It really is CRAZY.

People just don’t believe this. Hence why I keep on trying to impress this hard fact on folks.

When the media talks about cardinals resigning they are INVARIABLY just referring to their ‘day job’ & NOT of their sacrosanct cardinalate.

Got it? You sure. I hope so.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx Is ONLY Offering To Resign His Boring, Ol’ ‘Day Job’, NOT His Precious ‘Cardinalate’ — The Usual Clever Ruse.

by Anura Guruge





The Pope, the cardinals & the Catholic Church NEVER tire of playing this cruel little joke on the public. Much of the media does NOT understand the issue & lets them get away with it.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx HAS NOT offered to resign from being a cardinal. Heaven forbid. That would be mean something & he, like all cardinals, push comes to shove, is not that stupid. He is just offering to quit is boring, old ‘day job’ as an Archbishop. He will have to retire from that day job at some point any way. Plus, being an Archbishop is not that special.

There are around 1,137 Archbishops & 4,055 Bishops. There are only 222 Cardinals.

Get it.

What a farce.

Was It Providential That President Joe Biden, A Devout Catholic, Will Have A Black Cardinal In D.C.

by Anura Guruge


YouTube Video.
There are plenty more.


Cardinal Wilton Gregory is going to be a very busy prelate. Very Catholic Joe Biden will ‘lean’ on him heavily & he will become part of his ‘cabinet’. All good. Nothing bad. I do NOT know Wilton Gregory. But, I will find out. He seems OK. Did a nice job today.

I went & checked exactly as to when he was named as a cardinal. It was BEFORE the November 3, 2020 election. SMILE. But, NOT by much. Just a week. So, unless the pope had a message from his Boss this was coincidental — but providential.


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The 13 Cardinals To Be Created, By Pope Francis, At The November 28, 2020, Consistory — By Br. César J. Tobón, L.C.

by Anura Guruge


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Another incomparably informative & beautiful consistory graphic by the remarkably talented & devout Br. César J. Tobón of Colombia who has provided us with a similar, and much appreciated, graphics ahead of other cardinal creating consistories and whenever there has been major changes to the Roman curia. His beautiful work is always a joy to behold and an honor to present.


Here is a link to the official Vatican announcement. That will help with the names and titles:

From the Vatican announcement. Click to ENLARGE & study.


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Supposed Major Corruption At St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican), But Cardinal Angelo Comastri Remains Unscated.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access article in ‘National Catholic Reporter’. Google for more.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Comastri


A lot of serious stuff going on in this regard. One or more senior St. Peter’s Basilica officials are supposed to have been involved in some huge financial irregularities — much of it related to fancy/posh real estate outside of Italy, e.g., in the heart of London. Wow. Such hanky-panky used to the prerogative of the infamous ‘Vatican Bank‘. But, it now appears that folks working for St. Peter’s wanted some of the action — & financial gain — too. OK. The Vatican is no stranger to corruption. We get that.

What I am confused about is why Cardinal Angelo Comastri has been left in the clear. Ahhh! Doesn’t make sense to I. Yes, the Vatican does anything & everything to protect & Teflon coat cardinals — the Princes of the Church. But, can it carry on like this.

Stay tuned.


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Who Is Eligible To Pope & Who Can Elect The New Pope — My Updated Chart.

by Anura Guruge



This was a chart that I originally compiled in 2009.

It has appeared in many of my pope books and is well known among the cognoscenti.

I use it all the time!

I was studying it again, this morning, looking at what happened in 1059, when it occurred to I that I could — & should — update it.

None of the data has changed.

Nothing has changed in this front in over 650-years.

Just the presentation. SMILE.

I hope it is clearer & even more self-explanatory. I try.


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Filipino Cardinal Tagle Promoted To Be A Cardinal Bishop, As Predicted — But, Still NOT Papabile.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Updated from ‘gcatholic.org’.


Click image to access original from: ‘American Magazine’.


As I predicted 4-months ago. Was NOT hard.

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Click to ENLARGE. The notion of ‘Suburbicarian Sees’ — i.e., the diocese (the sees) that surround Rome.


Click to access my post from 3-weeks ago.


As a senior curialist Luis Tagle he definitely was entitled to be a Cardinal Bishop. That he did NOT get the vacant Suburbicarian See was interesting. But, to be fair, Benjamino Stella (Italy), is more senior in terms of the curial dicastery he heads.

This is great for the Catholic Filipinos. They will be ecstatic. Good for them.

It still does NOT make him papabile. Not even close.

He now has 3 strikes against him:

  1. Way, way, way too YOUNG!
  2. Too exotic, for current times. Church wants to re-trench, get back to its roots.
    ….
  3. Coming across TOO much as Francis’ MAN, and Francis is losing his popularity among prelates.

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The Next Pope: Why The Winner Needs The Backing Of A Hybrid Coalition.

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Guruge 2020 Papabili Series — #V


You need a Supermajority, i.e., two-thirds of the votes cast, to be elected pope.

Coming up with this supermajority was a STROKE of genius. Yes, it sure complicates matters (and used to lead to interminably long elections) but it makes sure that the elected pope enjoyed a genuine mandate from his electorate. [It is also the case that one-thirds of the electorate can always block a candidate they do not want.]

The next conclave (unless Francis changes the 120 max ruling) is likely to have between 117 to 120 electors. Let’s, for this calculation, say 118. That means 79 electors MUST get behind the winner. [It also means that 39 can always BLOCK an election.]

Cobbling together 79 votes is not easy. Harder than most realize.

The ONLY group of electors that exceed that number is the total of active Archbishops & Bishops put together. But, they are NOT a homogeneous block that will always vote together. Geography for a start, plays a role before the ever crucial ideology kicks in.

Geography is interesting. Europe no longer can rustle up the majority and have been unable to do so for nearly (ir over) 90-years.

So, study the above chart. It gives you a good picture of the factions at play.


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The Next Pope: Angelo Scola (78) Could Be The ‘Hail Mary’ Pick If All Else Fails In 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Guruge 2020 Papabili Series — #IV


Angelo Scola, the eternal ‘bridesmaid’ (so to speak), will turn 79 in November, 2020. That would be another psychological strike against him though we have had two 79-year olds elected as pope, albeit both in the 17th-century.

At ’78’ he can claim ‘parity’ with (his good friend) Benedict XVI — though Benedict XVI was elected just 3-days after he turned 78.

Age, ironically, is the biggest strike against him. 78 is pushing it. If elected before he turns 79 he will be the 4th (possibly 3rd) oldest to be elected (albeit as of 1400).

Yes, there is, as is now the case with nearly all Italian cardinals, a whiff of scandal attached to him. He is supposed to have Mafia connections! Sacré bleu. He is Italian. What do you expect? I don’t think the electors will worry about that. It could even be an advantage. An Italian pope with Mafia connections.

He was papabile in BOTH 2005 & 2013. In 2013 he was extremely papabile. He was my #4 pick.

Well, in 2013, the extremely influential & well-connected ‘Italian Conference of Bishops’ issued a Press Release congratulating Scola as soon as they saw the white smoke above the Sistine! They were so sure that Scola would be the next pope.

Scola, in 2020, prior to November, will be the pope of last resort. If all other avenues does not lead to the 2/3rd majority.

Yes, he will be a caretaker a pope — hopefully for 4- to 5-years.

I think Ouellet is more papabile than Scola. No doubt. But, if Ouellet fails to get the votes, the electors might despair and decided to just go with a known, trusted entity, Scola.


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The Next Pope: It Might Be The RETURN Of The Customary Italian Pope.

by Anura Guruge


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Guruge 2020 Papabili Series — #III


There is the famous adage: ‘a fat pope is followed by a thin pope‘.

In this instance it would be: ‘an unconventional pope is followed by a conventional pope‘.

Francis, by measure, was unconventional. For a start he was the first pope in centuries who had spent very little time in Rome. Francis’ exposure to Rome (and as such with the Vatican) was essentially non-existent. He did not have any education or training in Rome (or Italy) and he did not hold any significant curial roles of note. This might be a clue to why he has proved to be such an outsider within the Vatican.

Plus, he, despite his heritage, was non-European.

Francis has rocked the boat. He has not proved to be the pope that folks had thought and hoped.

It is now 42-years since the last Italian pope!

The Avignon papacy lasted 69-years.

I have a feeling that the next conclave is going to gravitate towards picking a traditional pope — at a minimum European. No exotics this time around.

But, they could go further. Go the whole hog, and opt for an Italian.

There are 22 Italian cardinal electors — as you can see.

This is my first cut. I will refine this Italian list over the next few weeks.

What are YOUR thoughts?


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by Anura Guruge