Who will replace the Cardinal?
The Roman Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic is awaiting at any moment the replacement of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez who sent his resignation to the Vatican after exceeding the age of 75, which is when bishops and cardinals should leave their posts.
Dominican Episcopal Conference president Monsignor Nicanor Pena confirmed the news, saying that Lopez Rodriguez had resigned several years ago but it had not yet been accepted.
He said that the Cardinal was in good health and they were just waiting to hear when the Vatican would accept his resignation.
Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez took up his current post on 28 June 1991 as the second Dominican cardinal, following Monsignor Octavio Antonio Beras Rojas. He was born on 31 October 1936 so he will be 80 this year.
As reported in Diario Libre, the papal nuncio in the country, Monsignor Jude Taddeus Okolo has carried out the necessary consultations among the ecclesiastical provinces in the country to discuss his replacement and has sent the information to the Holy See.
Nevertheless, Monsignor Nicanor Pena visited the Listin Diario offices yesterday, Tuesday 12 January 2016 to deny that he had made the comments. He said that the Catholic Church handles its internal affairs discreetly, not openly and denied giving statements to the press about the Cardinal’s future in the Dominican Roman Catholic Church.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Jan 13, 2016
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