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Precedence Among Cardinal Bishops Within The College of Cardinals

Precedence Among Cardinal Bishops Within The College of Cardinals

Precedence within the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church is but purely for ceremonial purposes, but these ceremonial roles have special significance come a conclave to elect the next pope.

As of January 1971, only cardinals who were still 79 years of age when the sede vacante [i.e., papal vacancy] began could participate in a conclave. Please see this article

There are no exceptions to this. Even the Dean of the College and Sub-Dean are excluded if they are over 80. Now, precedence kicks in. The next most senior Cardinal Bishop present at the conclave performs the duties of the Dean. However, precedence among Cardinal Bishops, at least until recently, was based on different criteria to the other cardinals. This article explores the precedence rules for Cardinal Bishops:

http://papam.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/the-next-conclve-implications-of-the-you-have-to-be-under-80-rule/

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