Talk:Universi Dominici gregis

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Universi Dominici Gregis is an impressively comprehensive document. In light of the example of John Paul II in his worldwide travels, however, it seems prudent to elaborate on procedures for the eventuality of a death occurring away from the Vatican. I see only one sentence and it acts more like a placeholder for this detail.

Unclear sentence[edit]

2005 papal election conclave states: "If Pope Benedict XVI follows the custom of his predecessors in writing a new election constitution, it will also be the last." What's that supposed to mean? Thanx 12:54, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)

If Benedict like previous popes writes a new AC on elections, then the 2005 conclave will have been the first and the last time this current AC will have been used for a conclave. FearÉIREANNFlag of Ireland.svg(talk) 15:43, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Explaining that slight change in eligibility[edit]

OK, we have this, and the footnote that this was a slight change (previously had that age limit for the start of conclave): >To be eligible to vote, a cardinal must be no more than eighty years of age on the day before the death or resignation of the pope.

The effect of this is that the conclave can not be scheduled to include or exclude a cardinal who is very close to the age limit. If he's under 80 when the papacy becomes vacant, he's eligible even if he reaches 80 before or during the conclave. Accordingly, Walter Kasper was 79 when Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, reached 80 before the 2013 conclave, and participated in it. Carlm0404 (talk) 08:02, 21 February 2019 (UTC)[]

On second thought: did you mean UNDER 80, instead of being no more than 80? Lubomyr Husar, born only 1 week before Walter Kasper, turned 80 before B16 stepped down and did not participate in 2013 conclave. Carlm0404 (talk) 08:07, 21 February 2019 (UTC)[]