by Anura Guruge
Dear Father John, who never tires of trying to stay ahead of the game when it comes to cardinalabili and papabili, sent me an e-mail early this morning saying that a Roman ‘rag’ (the same one that got conclave protocols all wrong) was again stoking the fires with rumors about a potential cardinal creating consistory on this years ‘Feast of Christ the King.‘ They might be in Rome, within spitting distance of the throne, while I sit in faraway New Hampshire, BUT I at least know the Feast days for 2011 and the pope’s travel itinerary for 2011.
The ‘Feast of Christ the King,‘ which is always celebrated on a Sunday, prior to November 27, yet again falls on November 20, 2011 — as it did last year (which is when we had the last cardinal creating consistory).
Well, as I ALREADY pointed out way back in July (because I just know this stuff), the pope will be waking up in Benin, Africa that morning.
Yes, I grant you, you could still have a cardinal creating consistory on that day, either late in the evening or better still in the balmy climate of Benin. But, this is Benedict XVI. 84 years old. In 150 days he will overtake John Paul II to become the 6th oldest pope since 1400. He gets confused conferring paliums. ‘They’ are not going to stress the pope by having a cardinal creating consistory in November, especially not November 20.
Yes, they could cancel the trip. That is unlikely too.
What we said on July 23, 2011 about the possible dates for the next cardinal consistory still hold, better than ever. So just please read that.
Those of you who have ‘The Next Pope 2011‘ should now know the identities of both Father John and Father Anthony. They both consented (maybe even wanted) to be identified in the book. Father Anthony’s name appears, I think, 4 times since the front cover picture of the interior of St. Peter’s was taken by the good father when he was in Rome for the November 2010 consistory. [Yes, he gave me permission to use them.]