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Baum, William Wakefield

Born: 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Clergymen

1926 – William Wakefield Cardinal Baum was 21st of born November in Dallas, Texas.

1951 – Ordained as a priest and spent his early church career in Missouri.

1961 – Became the privy chamberlain.

1962-1965 – Served as both vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and as an "expert" at the Second Vatican Council.

1970 – Chancellor of that diocese before being named a bishop himself, heading the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

1973-1980 – Served as Catholic archbishop of Washington DC.

1976 – Baum was named Cardinal-Priest of S. Croce in via Flaminia.

1978 – He participated in the two conclaves.

1990 – Became the Church’s Major Penitentiary.

2001 – Suffered from deteriorating eyesight that cause him to resigned as Penitentiary.

2003 – Attended the meeting of American cardinals called to deal with the sex abuse scandal.

2005 – Baum was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.