One of this controversial pope’s many foibles was that he appeared not to think that highly of cardinals in general. Though he was pope for nearly 20-years he created but 56 cardinals — in just 2 consistories. Two consistories in 19.6 years! And WW II alone can’t be used as an excuse. Study my Excel spreadsheet above. Intriguing.
The data should be fairly self-explanatory. I, as ever, highlighted the significant fields.
The ‘cardinals created per month in office‘ column (highlighted at top in purple) is fascinating. It is an easy but telling metric to grasp. Benedict XVI was pope for 94 months and during that time he created 90 popes. So ‘cardinals created per month in office‘ = 90/94 = 1 (when rounded up). Francis’ 1.2 will go down the longer he stays in office — but he will also continue to create more cardinals — we hope.
Interesting chart to study. Enjoy.