13 New Cardinals — The Third Cardinal Consistory by Pope Francis — Third World Church

13 New Cardinals — The Third Cardinal Consistory by Pope Francis — Third World Church

[Tentative; based on rumor and speculation]

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred

(New York) On November 19, the third ordinary public consistory of this pontificate will take place for the creation of new cardinals. The message has not been officially announced by the Holy See, but comes from the progressive American Jesuit magazine America.

Pope Francis has convened the consistory for the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy. Total wants the Pope, the Jesuit magazine, appoint thirteen new cardinals. The names will be announced in mid-October.

Previously Francis has appointed 39 Cardinals altogether at two consistories. 31 of them are entitled to vote in the conclave. Eight of new cardinals will be 80 at the time of their appointment.

According to America it will fall to the Pope in the third Cardinal consistory to move the church “from the center to the periphery.” An absolute majority of European cardinals will be “impossible” at the next conclave.

Currently there are 107 Cardinals in the Catholic Church who could act as papal electors in conclave. With the new appointments Francis will fill the electoral body to the ceiling established by John Paul II of 120 electors. 51 of the 107 electors come from Europe, which has, for a thousand years in the conclave and in for the first time ever in Church history to relinquish its absolute majority in the election of the Pope and humanly speaking, will never recover.

On November 20, the Pope will celebrate High Mass together with the new cardinals in St. Peter’s.

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3 comments on “13 New Cardinals — The Third Cardinal Consistory by Pope Francis — Third World Church

  1. [Here are some other items based on rumor and speculation about the next consistory and Pope Francis – by Anura Gurunge at the “New Hampshire – The Live Free or Die State” website]

    6/26/16: Will Pope Francis Retire/Resign In December 2016 — And If So November 19 Consistory?

    Pope Francis will turn 80 on December 17, 2016.

    Pope Francis has repeatedly stated, voluntarily, from the very start of his papacy on March 13, 2013, that his will be a short papacy and that he will have no qualms about retiring — though the notion of pope’s retiring only became a reality with the last pope, Benedict XVI.

    Age ’80’, since the 1970s, has become an artificial ‘high water mark’ in Catholicism since this is when cardinals lose their right to vote in conclaves — while the nominal retirement agent for Archbishops, Bishops and senior curial officers is 75.

    While the pope does not have to retire EVER — IF he does want to retire then turning 80 would be a symbolic time (and one that would be much appreciated by cardinals who don’t really like losing their franchise upon reaching that age).

    December 17 isn’t that far away. If he resigns on or around his birthday there will be CHAOS with Christmas but two weeks away! They would have to hold a conclave just ahead of Christmas. That would be inconvenient. Yes, he can announce his retirement on his birthday and say that (like Benedict XVI) he will step down after ‘x-weeks’. That would take us into mid-January, and a conclave towards the end of January 2017.

    Francis in his 3 years and 3 months as pope has held 2 cardinal creating consistories and created a total of 39 cardinals. That is unremarkable, not too many or not too little. Right now there are 112 cardinal electors (120 the supposed (but untested) MAX). There is no quorum per se. 60 cardinals electors could, quite legitimately, elect a pope. There were 117 eligible cardinal electors for the 2015 conclave and 113 participated.

    The annual November “Solemnity of Christ the King” is a favored time, ‘of late’, for cardinal creating consistories. This year it will fall on Sunday, November 20, 2016. So the consistory will be held on the Saturday, November 19th, with the celebratory Mass on the Sunday feast.

    November 19th is a propitious day for a cardinal creating consistory. Italian Cardinal Ennio Antonelli will turn 80 the day before opening up one more cardinal elector slot. Barring deaths, with Antonelli’s aging out the electors will be down to 108 on November 19th. Another, Théodore-Adrien Sarr, will turn 80 on November 28th — 9 days later. So there will be 13 genuine cardinal elector slots. That is a nice number to fill.

    So, some food for thought.

    8/22/16: November 2016 Cardinal Creating Consistory Or Will Pope Francis Hold Out Till February 2017?

    In this post in June 2016 [above] I had opined that November 19, 2016 would be a logical date for the next cardinal creating consistory — Pope Francis‘ third.

    However, after what had been a long hiatus, I was talking, this weekend, with cardinalabili expert Louis Epstein. He believes that Pope Francis will wait till February 2017 given that both his prior cardinal creating consistories were in February.

    He definitely has the option of waiting till February or even later.

    We have 111 cardinal electors right now. Three will age-out (i.e., reach 80) by November 19, 2016. Three more would have aged out by February 16, 2017.

    So, barring deaths, there will be 108 electors in November 2016 and 105 in February 2017. This is plenty enough to elect a pope.

    So this again begs the question as to whether Pope Francis, who turns 80 on December 17, 2016, plans to retire anytime soon as he has been intimating for ‘years’. Louis thinks that Francis is having too much fun right now to retire. He could be right. If he doesn’t plan to retire before February 2017 he could very well wait till then for the next consistory.

  2. G. Nardi: “On November 20, the Pope will celebrate High Mass together with the new cardinals in St. Peter’s.”

    The Nervous Ordeal has a “High Mass?”

  3. Pope to issue motu proprio on female deacons
    Mary Elizabeth McQuackly
    Vatican International Herald
    August 25, 2016

    Rome – Reports have been circulating in Rome that Pope Francis will issue a special motu proprio clarifying guidelines for the study of female deacons. Although it is not clear whether women will be ordained as deacons, a new office for female clergy will be implemented in the Year of Mercy. Monsignor Antonio Giovanni Fettucine, STL, a papal advisor and theological consultant in the Vatican, reported that women will be allowed to perform the new duties of parish air conditioner inspectors. The parochial air conditioner inspectors will check thermostats in the homes of each parishioner to make sure that they are meeting the climate change carbon unit guidelines set by the United Nations in order to combat global warming. The exact date that this will begin has not been announced by the Pontifical Council on Climate Change and Global Warming, but is expected during the papal visit to Sweden.

    Pope Francis announces parish air conditioner inspector role at press conference

    Speaking at the Gregorian University in Rome, Monsignor Antonio Giovanni Fettucine said that the pope also envisions a Vatican Air Force of papal observation drones, equipped with cameras, to make sure that Catholic parishioners are complying with the climate change guidelines. When asked whether this would become part of the ordinary magisterium, Monsignor Fettucine said that a Vatican commission was still studying the matter, but that it probably would become an official teaching that Joe Biden will accept as a matter of faith as soon as the Holy Father grants another airplane interview on the topic.

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