A consistory on February 22?

Source: FSSPX News

 

According to the Italian Press Agency AND Kronos, Benedict XVI might hold an ordinary public consistory on February 22, 2006, the feast of the See of Saint Peter, in order to create new cardinals according to "authorized Vatican sources". These rumors are fostered by the secrecy which surrounds the pope’s decisions and by the fact that the college of cardinals presently numbers 111 voting cardinals, instead of 120 as decided by Paul VI in 1975.

The consistory may take place after the announcement of nominations within the Roman Curia where many  cardinals are over the age limit of 75 set for administrative retirement. Thus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State of the Holy See and Cardinal Edmud Casimir Szoka, governor of the City of the Vatican are both 78 years old. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Head of the Congregation for the Clergy, turned 76 last July. The cardinals of the Curia Julian Herranz, president of the Pontifical Council for Legal Texts, Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Cultural Affairs, and Ignace Moussa I Daoud, Head of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, all turned 75 in 2005. And in February 2006, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of the Pope for Rome, will celebrate his 75th birthday.

On the other hand, some heads of Roman dicasteries are deemed eligible to receive the red hat: Bishop William Joseph Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Franc Rodé, head of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, and Bishop Agostino Vallini, head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature.  Are also mentioned Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, head of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Bishop John Foley, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Reminder: During his pontificate, John Paul II convoked nine ordinary public consistory, and created 231 cardinals, of whom 169 are still alive.