Elsewhere I mentioned that the clock is ticking.
Time is passing for our Holy Father, for the SSPX bishops, for the Cardinal President of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei, and also for their enemies.
tick tick tick tick…
It is time to get something done.
Think about this point, which someone raised in the combox under another entry:
Presently there are 115 Cardinal Electors i.e. only 5 vacancies.
Between now and the end of 2009 only 3 Electors will reach the age of 80.
Therefore there is unlikely to be a Consistory until Spring 2010.
But then look what happens.
The vacancies for the succeeding years will be:
a total of 52 plus 8 from 2008 and 2009 makes 60. Half the College of Electors will change within 5 years!
Holy Father. Ad multos annos.
I haven’t checked those numbers, but they are very interesting to consider.
The Holy Father must choose the cardinals who will choose the new Pope after him… who will guide the Church after his own efforts during this pontificate.
Remember: Pope Benedict’s enemies understand the long game, they understand cunctando regitur mundus.