New Consistory In The Making?

Lots of Reds, but hopefully no leftists: Consistory.

It would appear that a new consistory is rather probable within the end of the year.

This is not entirely surprising as the vacancies are now numerous. By the end of the year there will be the possibility of appointing 15 Cardinals (if Pope Benedict wants to remain by the number of 120 elettori, that is). Now, this is at least one eighth of the next conclave, probably more – due to the system which sees Cardinals continuously losing electorate – and it is clear enough that every consistory can, in and of itself, radically change the situation at the next Conclave.

Pope Benedict is still in rather good health, but at 84 and with a past of heart problems I’m sure he is not planning for a reign of JP II’s duration. It is therefore rather important that this consistory injects the right energies into the next conclave.

Much is at stake, as both Summorum Pontificum and the relationship with the SSPX and the other traditionalist groups could be seriously compromised in case the next conclave results in a serious mistake. On the other hand, a careful but noticeable shifting of the centre of gravity towards the right wing would give everyone the serenity necessary for long-term hopes.

Ideally – if you ask me – Pope Benedict would appoint only one or two of the liberals to appease them (Nichols’ appointment is this time, alas, very probable) and choose for all other places men of undoubted liturgical and theological orthodoxy, possibly rather young so that they stay around for a long time.

I wish the Holy Father a long and healthy reign of course, but the demographic reality is what it is and it must be clear to us that this might be the last consistory of this pontificate.

Ad multos annos, Papa! But please, please conservative appointments!


Posted on June 26, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “By the end of the year there will be the possibility of appointing 15 Cardinals”. Where do you get this figure? At present there are 115 Cardinal Electors – 5 vacancies – and at most another 3 by 26 November 2011, unless some under the age of 80 should die.
    It’s most unlikely that a Consistory will take place this year. November 2012 when there will be at least 22 vacancies is a safer bet.

    • Robadnum,

      this is what the link I have posted says. 15 vacancies at the end of this year, 21 by June 2012, 28 by end 2012.

      “Vatican insider” seems to be part of “La Stampa”, one of the biggest and most serious Italian newspapers. They might be wrong of course.


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