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Roman Catholic conclave has no Filipino cardinal for now

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MANILA, Philippines – A senior Filipino Roman Catholic prelate is hoping the Vatican will promote a Filipino bishop to the cardinalate soon because the Philippines is now without a representative on the Catholic conclave for the first time since the 1960s.

Retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, the country’s only representative in the conclave, lost his seat when he turned 80 years old last week.

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said he expected Pope Benedict XVI to consider two Filipino bishops for the cardinalate in the next consistory. The last consistory was in February 2012.

Cruz said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, who succeeded Rosales and former Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, respectively, could be headed for the cardinalate next year. Palma is currently the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“At least for the moment we can expect two cardinals in the meeting, the Cardinal Archbishop of Cebu and the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila,” he said. “In principle, the successor of a cardinal in an archdiocese also becomes a cardinal in due time.”

At present, Rosales and Vidal are the two living Filipino cardinals. However, they are now ineligible to join the conclave, which elects a new pope in case of a vacancy, due to a rule made by Pope Paul VI in 1970 which limits the participation of cardinals once they reach the age of 80.

Rosales turned 80 last August 10. Vidal is 81 years old. Another Filipino cardinal, Jose Cardinal Sanchez, died last March. Sanchez served as prefect emeritus of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy.

With Rosales turning 80 last week, the Philippines, the largest Catholic country in Asia, lost its representative in the College of Cardinals, which advises the Pope and chooses a new pope in case there is a vacancy.

Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in the Philippines, with an estimated 63 million followers. The country has produced six cardinals. The first Filipino cardinal was Archbishop Rufino Cardinal Santos of the Archdiocese of Manila. He was made cardinal in 1960. He died in 1973.


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  • just_anotherperson

    Being a Cardinal is an honor, not an office so let us hope that Pope Benedict will give that honor.

  • quirinomayer

    Kulang daw ang conclave pag walang Padre Damaso.

    Largest Catholic country in Asia pala ang Pilipinas. Kaya pala sukdulan ang kriminalidad at korupsiyon dito. Ang siste naman kasi e ang inaatupag ng mga prayle ay kung paano patakbuhin at ikontrol ang gobyerno at hindi kung paano gawing karapatdapat na Kristiyano ang mga tao. Pueh.

    • just_anotherperson

      “….the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men… All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.” – Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908

      • burubudongstongstoings

        you should beleive the words from the Bible nothing else, truth will set you free.

      • just_anotherperson

        Look at Acts 2: 42 says: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” In this verse we learn that the earlier Christians were devoted to the apostles teaching, they were not devoted to the apostles writing, considering the fact that nothing had been written at that time. 

        2 Thessalonians 2:15 says: “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.” Here Paul reminds the Thessalonians believers that they must hold fast to whatever the traditions the apostles have passed down either in writing or by word of mouth. So Scripture insists that the Scriptures by itself are not the only source for God’s Word; we have Sacred Tradition as well, oral tradition as vouched, as attested by the New Testament itself.

  • marionics

    talagang hindi mabibigyan ng puwesto sa conclave ang pinas kasi karamihan puro cafeteria catholics e hahaha

  • Hfxwst

    Even Pope Ben has loosened the Vatican’s stand on condoms, and that has not been reported in the Philippines  The CBCP remains in the Dark Ages, and that has not gone unnoticed abroad.  Probably consideration being given to a better educated and aware Bishop being brought in to become a Cardinal to provide a more mature and modern direction for the local Church,  Congregations are diminishing. Inciting riots is not received favorably – seen as a last ditch attempt to satisfy local Bishops’ egos.

  • tonyoks

    kung ako ang pope, which of course am not, at itong klase ang mga bataan ko rito…
    di bale ng wala…



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