Father John, who as a East Coat priest, has to live with some of the fallout from all that happened in Boston, reminded me last night how much he likes the new ‘countdown clock‘ right now because the next cardinal to turn 80, on November 4, will be ‘betrayer from Boston’ who really should be in jail rather than living the life of O’Rilley in Vatican protected by the pope.
So, barring other eventualities, the electors will be down to 112 in just over 3 weeks.
I am really convinced that there will be no cardinal creating consistory this year. The 84-year old pope, with his trip to Africa in mid-November, is unlikely to have the time or energy. I think we have to be looking at next year.