by Anura Guruge
1/ Next Cardinal Creating Consistory — November 2011 Will Be Tight! — October 1, 2011 post.
2/ Newly Created Zambian Cardinal Priest Medardo Joseph Mazombwe Turns 80; Electors Down To 113 — September 24, 2011 post.
Well cardinal creating consistory talks are again flavor of the month and with that speculations are rife as to how many cardinals will indeed be created — with the Philippines rightly, but deludingly, expecting three.
Yes, the pope, as he naughtily did last time, can emulate his hero John Paul II (#265) and brazenly ignore the 120 limit (though if he had the gumption he would just do away with the limit altogether). Yes, as I made it very clear last time, I am not in favor of having more than 120 electors, as long as the 120 limit is said to apply. That just seems duplicitous even for the Vatican. I actually devote a couple of pages to this in the new Appendix F of ‘The Next Pope 2011.‘
Right now, as of September 24, 2011, we have 7 vacancies; i.e., 113 electors on the books.
Here is how these 113 will age over the next 15 months, so that you can do your own sums, depending on when you think the consistory might fall.
I have also added a countdown clock to when the next elector, in this case ‘The OutLaw’ turns 80. Scroll down on right >>>. Below the ‘College’ box.