Cardinal O’Brien will not take part in conclave, number of electors down to 115
February 25, 2013. (Romereports.com) Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien gave up his right to take part in the upcoming conclave, lowering the number of papal electors to 115. As of today, O’Brien will no longer be archbishop of Edinburgh, having reached the retirement age of 75. More recently, he’s been accused of “inappropriate behavior” dating 33 years back.
In a press release, Cardinal O’Brien asked for forgiveness for his failures, and explained he will not take part in the conclave to avoid drawing attention from Benedict XVI and his successor.
Jakarta Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja will also miss out on the conclave for health reasons.