More Cardinals from the South?

Twenty-three new Cardinals were named this month. Eighteen are able to vote for the next pope because they are under 80 years of age. Twelve of the Eighteen came from the North (10 Europeans and 2 Americans).

Church membership has been dramatically growing in the south and declining in the north, but this does not seem to be a consideration. Today, 63 percent of cardinals under age 80 (two thirds) come from the global north. Succinctly put, two-third of those who elect the pope come from the north, and two thirds of the catholic people come from the south. I know that the church is not a democracy, but the math still makes me uneasy.

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