Today, Sudanese Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako turned 80 & as such ceased to be an elector.
9-days from now, on March 8, 2021, Cardinal Napier will also turn 80. That will bring the number down to 126 — barring any deaths.
Then there is a hiatus till June before the next elector ages out.
I will keep you posted.
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The way I work I need a good Excel spreadsheet of the Cardinal Electors so I can slice-&-dice various criteria. I used to have a ‘magical’ spreadsheet of the whole College, chock-a-block with data. But, I let it lapse.
It was too much work to get it up-to-date. It was easier just to create a smaller, simpler spreadsheet, this time just restricted to the Cardinal Electors. I did that over the last few days. You can see a fragment of it above. Now that I have it I can give you INSTANTANEOUS demographics. It is all automated.
We will have an elector, Cardinal Wako, aging out this Saturday. We will then be down to 127 electors — still 7 ABOVE the 120 permitted at a conclave. Cardinal Napier will age out 2-weeks later. But, we, barring deaths, will not be down to 120 till April next year. SMILE.
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Guruge 2020 Papabili Series — #V
You need a Supermajority, i.e., two-thirds of the votes cast, to be elected pope.
Coming up with this supermajority was a STROKE of genius. Yes, it sure complicates matters (and used to lead to interminably long elections) but it makes sure that the elected pope enjoyed a genuine mandate from his electorate. [It is also the case that one-thirds of the electorate can always block a candidate they do not want.]
The next conclave (unless Francis changes the 120 max ruling) is likely to have between 117 to 120 electors. Let’s, for this calculation, say 118. That means 79 electors MUST get behind the winner. [It also means that 39 can always BLOCK an election.]
Cobbling together 79 votes is not easy. Harder than most realize.
The ONLY group of electors that exceed that number is the total of active Archbishops & Bishops put together. But, they are NOT a homogeneous block that will always vote together. Geography for a start, plays a role before the ever crucial ideology kicks in.
Geography is interesting. Europe no longer can rustle up the majority and have been unable to do so for nearly (ir over) 90-years.
So, study the above chart. It gives you a good picture of the factions at play.
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Just compiled this for my LATEST pope book. Yes, my 11th and possibly last. Compiling this data, especially the ‘vocations’, isn’t as easy as you would think. I had to do some data processing ‘magic’ to extract that data — without having to spend inordinate hours counting ‘titles’. SMILE.
Thought I would share this with you because it could be out-of-date within dates. SMILE.
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The ‘Titles’ (Churches In Rome) Assigned To The 17 Cardinals Created November 19, 2016 By Pope Francis.
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It is the possession of a title to one of the as such consecrated churches in Rome that makes one a Cardinal. Without a title to a Roman church you cannot be a cardinal.
.by Anura Guruge
As I have said before, I am not sure why Hammacher Schlemmer perseveres in sending me their printed catalog and frequent e-mails. I am way off their target demographics. The above two watches were in an e-mail that I got this morning.
There are nice, but not my style — at least these days. Yes, I have been known to wear digital watches and even had one that displayed a full month calendar, but I am into ‘classic’ watches, in my old age, and the watch I wear most often is 25 years old.
I like Skeleton watches and have a couple of cheap, and by that I mean less than $5, Chinese imitations. They are not very good but look half-way decent.
..by Anura Guruge
It is the featured, cover item in the latest issue of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. I never did understand why we are on their distribution list since we are way outside their demographics. This is a catalog for the rich. Not last Christmas, but the Christmas before, I kind of felt guilty that I keep on getting the catalog so I ordered one of their cheaper offerings — a supposedly foldable, portable, crank-powered slot-car racing kit. The kids like slot cars, but they tend to destroy the track. The promise of this kit was that the track neatly folded back into a case so that it would not be lying around to be stepped on. Here, I found a picture.
It was fun, especially being able to adjust the speed of the cars by how fast you cranked — but the track sure did not fold back, neatly, into the case as promised. I would have get it. But, Deanna was having none of it. As far as she was concerned it did not do what it was supposed to do. In general she, being American, takes care of returns. I have never really mastered the whole notion and always feel bad if I have to return something. I think that is my British upbringing. I gather Hammacher Schlemmer was outstanding and gave us a full refund — including the shipping. I am impressed.
Now this $28,000 gizmo is a counterbalanced turntable for vinyl records — the World’s only counterbalanced turntable. Wow. The counter-rotating platters, like duo-props on a boat, eliminate sonic aberrations. I am not sure I buy all of that. Long, long time ago, before I had any kids and had at least three rather healthy sources of income, I used to dabble in high-end British hi-fi equipment, such as Naim.
Naim amplifiers, then and now, only have ONE knob — that for volume. You don’t adjust anything else because you would only be messing around with near-perfection. I used to use a Linn Sondek LP12 as my turntable, which also featured a suspended turntable.
The Lin, 30 years ago, cost a few thousand. I see that they are now selling for about $12,000. So that is still less than 1/2 the price. I bet you could not tell the sound difference between a Lin and the $28K turntable — none of our hearing, despite what we think, is that good. One of these days I really should round this post off by talking of the exquisite Linn Isobarik Speakers.