Anthony Judge: Scrutinizing the Cardinals by Educational Disciplines

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Social Science and Natural Science Disciplines of Catholic Cardinals

Analysis of the educational background of those engaged in the selection of the new Pope


The election of a successor to Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013 raises the question as to the range of “disciplines” which might be called upon (or valued) by the members of the College of Cardinals, namely by those cardinals recognized as being allowed to engage in the selection process.

The following table is an extract from that presented in Wikipedia (Sortable list of living cardinals). For this purpose, the list has been sorted by ascending age in order to enable exclusion of those members of the College of Cardinals who cannot engage in the electoral process of the Papal Conclave.

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Below the line:  Cardinals of interest to Phi Beta Iota.



Filoni, Fernando Italy


Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. phlosophy, canon law
Alencherry, George India


Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church), India and head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. economics, theology, philosophy
Njue, John Kenya


Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya philosophy, pastoral theology
Tauran, Jean-Louis France


Protodeacon; President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Roman Curia. philosophy, theology,
canon law
Rodríguez Maradiaga, Oscar Andrés, SDB Honduras


Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. theology, theology, clinical psychologyy, psychotherapy
O’Brien, Keith Michael Patrick Scotland


Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland. theology, education

chemistry, science, mathematics

Bergoglio, Jorge Mario Argentina


Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. philosophy, psychology, theology