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Pope Francis In Creating New Cardinals On October 5, 2019, Will AGAIN Disregard Conclave Requirements.

by Anura Guruge


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The issue here is, per Vatican Law, enacted in 1973, the MAXIMUM number of cardinal electors that can participate in a conclave is 120.

None of the 4 popes since that law was passed, viz., John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI & Francis, have changed that Law — though three of them (i.e., the latter 3) have at one time or another created too many electors such that there numbers exceeded 120.

If there were to be a conclave when the elector count is above 120 there could be problems.

There are no guidelines nor precedents for sorting it out. It would be ‘unruly’ and ‘unbecoming’.

As the top figure shows Francis, at each of his six consistories, has exceeded that 120 limit.

John Paul II nor Benedict XVI were never so egregious — i.e., violate the 120 limit at each of their cardinal-creating consistories.

But, no so Francis. He really thinks he is special. A maverick. That it makes him look cool to disregard the Laws!

Yes, I will concede that 4 current electors will AGE-OUT (i.e., reach 80 and thus become non-electors) within 10-days of this consistory. But, that still leaves 4 OVER the count. Barring deaths there will NOT be another aging-out until February 25, 2020, and the next after that is on April 17, 2020. Even after that, barring deaths, we will still be 2 over the 120. That is over 7 months.

This is not good.

Francis can fix this with a simple memo. Yep. He is all powerful when it comes to Church Laws. He can remove the 120 limit all together or increase it. But, he hasn’t.

Not good. Unbecoming.

Also, worth remembering. On Sunday, on his way to announce this consistory, Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25-minutes. Not a good omen.


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by Anura Guruge

Cardinals Filoni & Ouellet Are Now The Leading Contenders To Be The Next Pope, i.e., Papabile.

by Anura Guruge


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Do NOT forget that I got the ‘Next Pope’ RIGHT in 2013.

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Timing is everything, because age is of paramount concern, as to who will be the Next Pope post Francis. So, it all depends on when the next Conclave is likely to occur. Pope Francis is 81 and appears to be in reasonable health. But, he has hinted, more than once, that he too, like Benedict XVI before him, might retire — when the time is right. The question is such a retirement on the cards over the next 24 – 36 months?

Two CONFLICTING ‘data points’ on this. Following his cardinal-creating consistory last week he had 125 cardinal electors. Per current law only 120 cardinal electors can participate in a conclave. Bar deaths of electors, this 125 number will not drop to 120 till July 2019. That would mean that the pope does not plan to retire prior to July 2019 — though he can increase that 120 limit in a matter of seconds (even during/after his resignation speech). But, then, he also created the four new IRREGULAR Cardinal Bishops. The ONLY need for this was the possibility of an imminent conclave. So, that is confusing — and I did address that in this post.

OK? So, I refuse to look much more than 3-years ahead.

So, now let me explain the AGE criteria. As of hurried election of John Paul II (following the unexpected death of 33-day pope, John Paul I) when he was 58-years of age, the cardinals, understandably, have opted for older popes. Bluntly put, in the absence of any term limits (and any requirement for a pope to retire), the cardinals do not want another pope who will reign for for 20 – 30 years (despite the success of John Paul II’s pontificate). So, the last two popes have been 76 and 78 years of age. I had said that age would be a factor the last time around — and I was right. I now content, emphatically, that age again will be a primary factor. It is unlikely that the next pope will be much younger than 75.


Other Given Caveats Per My Recokening (and these are NOT negotiable). {Smile}

The Next Pope per Anura Guruge will be:

  • White.
  • A non-American (as in say Seán Patrick O’Malley).
  • A non-Jesuit.
  • A proven institutionalist, i.e., one who has a firm track record of upholding Vatican (rather than Catholic per se) values and protocols.

‘European’, or at least, as in the case of Marc Ouellet one who has spent much of their priestly life in Rome working for the Curia.


Marc Ouellet, despite being considerably younger, was my #1 papabile last time around. And I acknowledged that age was an issue.

Over the next 3-years his age would be GOLDEN.

Marc, simply put, is BELOVED and respected to a level that is uncanny. That he is Canadian will not be a factor. Canada is a ‘neutral’ (unthreatening) country and moreover Marc has spent so much time in Rome that he is a honorary Italian.

So, why do I have him as #2 rather than my first pick again.

He, alas, is RELIGIOUS, though, thankfully, not a Jesuit (Francis, the first). Cardinals tend to shy away from Religious Order candidates and Francis, with his supplication to the Jesuits, did not help matters. I will go as far as saying that the ONLY religious that is papabil is Marc!


Some of you will correctly contend that their unprecedented promotion to (irregular) Cardinal Bishops make them very much Francis’ stooges and that will cause them to be blackballed because Francis is not that popular among the College. NOT so in the case of these two. They were both created cardinals ahead of Francis — and have been untainted by Francis.

But, right now Filoni is a tad too young. His star will truly be in the ascend around 2021 when he is 75.

Enough for now. Digest what I have said.

Thank you.


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by Anura Guruge

Pope John Paul I, “The Smiling Pope” Of But 33-Days, Was Born This Day, 96-Years Ago; October 17, 1921.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_I


My 2008 book, “Popes and the Tale Of Their Names” started off, on Page 1, with John Paul 1. Click on image below for details on this well-received book.




One of my favorite popes, next to Pope John XXIII (in honor of whom he picked the first part of his double-barreled name), despite his ever so fleeting papacy — my admiration based on what I learnt of him prior to becoming pope.

He was indeed a good man. IF he had lived longer he would have been one of the GREAT popes. Possibly revolutionized the office — hence the lingering suspicions that he was indeed murdered at the Vatican. I actually do believe that something untoward did happen and it wasn’t just a case of a poorly treated dicky heart.


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With Pope Francis Turning 80 On December 17, 2016, 7 Of The Last 8 Popes Have Reigned Beyond 80!

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This is sobering.

Wow!

7 out of the last 8 popes, the ONE exception, the much beloved, smiling pope, John Paul I. What a shame.

So we are going back to February 1922. 93 years.

Is this the NEW normal?


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by Anura Guruge

A Museum For The “Smiling Pope” — John Paul I, Who Could Have Been A GREAT Pope.

by Anura Guruge


From “CRUX“, August 22, 2016.

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That he, a very enlightened and genuinely good soul, was only pope for 33 days is a tragedy. He could have done so much for the World.

One of my favorite popes alongside Pope St. John XXIII.

Not sure what happened. Can’t be 100% certain that ‘they’ (i.e., the Vatican ‘mafia’) used ‘Plan B‘ on him. Possible …

Much nicer pope than Pope Francis! Of that there can be no doubt or debate.


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by Anura Guruge

PBS Special “The Secrets of Saint John Paul” — My Take.

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First and foremost there are two things wrong with the TITLE of this PBS special. The title for the pope is dead WRONG! He is “Saint Pope John Paul II” or “Pope Saint John Paul II“. It is important that ‘Pope’ is in the title along with Saint. Plus, and this is important, he is NOT, and I REPEAT, NOT “John Paul”. He is, was and will always be “John Paul II“. There is another Pope John Paul who will one day be a Saint. They actually got this pope’s name dead wrong too! When talking about his election in 1978, and then Cardinal Karol Jzef Wojtyla paying his homage to the new pope, they referred to the pope as “John Paul”. NO. He was NEVER, EVER “John Paul”. From the moment he accepted the papacy he was “John Paul I”. These are small but important things that PBS should have got right.

Then the title claims “secrets” — in plural. But from what I can see this program is all about his relationship with Polish Anna Teresa Tymieniecka (who by the way had a Hanover, New Hampshire connection). The program tries to insinuate that it was a platonic relationship with no physical element. But there is no proof either way. Plus popes are notorious for their scandalous very intimate relationship with women, married women as well, over the millennia. So in the scheme of things this is not such a big deal.

What would have been more interesting is the oft stated belief that the Pope was a widow or a divorcee! He supposedly having been married, young, ahead of WW II.

So bit of a disappointing and tedious program. Just one SECRET and it is not that intriguing unless there is proof that she was actually his mistress in the accepted connotation of such relationships. 


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by Anura Guruge

Unlikely That Pope Francis’ Desires Re. ‘Family’ Will Lead To A Schism Post Synod.

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Well, I already talked about the chances of schism
— and the possibility of ‘Plan B’a year ago!

On many recent papal issues I tend to be way ahead of the pack.

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Headlines in the last 48 hours.
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Today’s Catholic prelates are not interested in a schism. Way too much like hard work and it will upset the apple cart. Much easier to eliminate the source of the problem. ‘Plan B’. That there was talk, as the Synod was proceeding, that Francis has a brain tumor was fascinating.

Folks can now make out that the Pope’s thought process was impaired by the tumor! Brilliant.

Plus if Francis was to do a John Paul I they already have THE story lined up. Brilliant.


Pope Francis Latex Face Masks. Kind Of Cute. Reflects New Popes John Paul I (#264) Like Amiability And Joy.

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