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Senior status: Three members of Congress are older than the pope

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Rep. Ralph Hall,R-Texas, Rep. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich,

The Catholic Church may be one of the few institutions on the planet where news of an employee's retirement at age 85 is considered "shocking." 

The other is the U.S. Congress. 

Pope Benedict's announcement today that he will be stepping down, ceding to the infirmities of old age, got us wondering how many members of Congress are older than the pontiff, who was born April 16, 1927.

Sunlight developer Eric Mill, using an API he recently produced, came up with a quick answer: Three ...

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