We are at 107 cardinal electors, now that U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick turned 80 on July 8, 2010.
Per the 120 cardinal elector limit set in 1973 by Paul VI (#263) we currently have 13 cardinal elector vacancies.
On August 30, 2010 French Cardinal Paul Poupard will turn 80. Three other cardinals will celebrate their 80th birthday in September. At the start of 2011 we will have AT LEAST 19 cardinal elector vacancies; i.e., cardinal electors down to 101 (or even below). There is nothing ‘wrong’ with this. Between 1586 and 1958, the TOTAL size of the College was capped at 70. << Please refer to chart on right. >>
It has now been 971 days since the last cardinal creating consistory. This gap is still well within the norms.
Pope Benedict XVI (#266), per MY ‘number of cardinals created per months as pope’ metric is now at 0.60. The mean for the last 8 popes is 0.57. So, yet again, he is well within the bounds. So the details are:
The current chatter is that the next cardinal creating consistory will be either in late 2010 or the Spring of 2011. I am beginning to favor a pre-Easter conclave. Conclaves in February and March have been relatively popular (as of 1900) — though not as much as December or June consistories.
A snapshot of where we stand with the College of Cardinals is as follows. Please click on chart for a detailed 6 page chart.
The next two charts enable you to compare Pope Benedict XVI’s cardinal creating with those of the other popes since 1900.
The third chart provides a snapshot of all 55 cardinal creating consistories held since 1900. Notice that Mondays used to be the accepted day for such consistories. The highlighted dates show patterns when it comes preferred dates.