Age Is No Barrier15 March 2013
If you’re over 45 years old, you’ve probably found that getting a new job isn’t an easy task.
We’re stuck in our ways, unable to learn new skills and technology, our brains are less creative and have slowed down (apparently).
However, age doesn’t appear to be a barrier if you want to become the CEO of the largest business in the world (and probably the richest). The new Pope is 76, and he’s by no means the oldest appointed to the job (the oldest I could find is 79). Cardinals over the age of 80 aren’t permitted to take part in the Papal Enclave so I’m presuming that a Cardinal over the age of 80 can’t be elected.
So if you’re getting on a bit and having difficulty finding employment, the Catholic Church would appear to be a good career move – as long as you’re male and unmarried. Although I think that as this is the first Pope in 1000 years who isn’t European, it will probably be another 1000 before an Australian is chosen.
The one and only English Pope was Hadrian IV who was appointed in 1154 – he was only 54 at the time but life expectancy was probably no greater than 60 (and Hadrian died at the age of 59). I hadn’t realised that he’d attended the Abbey School in St Albans, as I used to live up the road from there.