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Finally End-Gaming My Once Highly Popular “Popes and Papacy” Website/Blog.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the “Popes and Papacy” Website while it is still up.

Click to ENLARGE and marvel. These the stats for February 10, 2013 to March 30, 2013 — viz. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election. 168,000 hits during those 6-weeks. 14,702 hits on the day of the resignation. Those were the glory days.

This during 2012 — 2013 was my PRIMARY blog — as opposed to this one. I put in a TON of work into it, working on it 4 – 6 hours a day. It had nearly 1,500 posts — and over 760,000 hits.

But it was really my “Next Pope (after Benedict XVI)” blog — to go with my “Next Pope 2011” book.

Once Francis was elected — and I did correctly identify him as a potential next pope — I kind of lost enthusiasm. My job was done. I wanted to move onto other greener pastures, e.g., orgasms, meditation and chronic pain. Plus, this blog was ‘taking off‘ — with around the same number of hits per day.

So, as I have done with so many other blogs I basically abandoned it. So for the last 4 years it has been ticking along because of the wealth of posts that were already in there.

But, keeping it going is becoming an issue — and cost is NOT one of them, though bloody GoDaddy charges me two arms and two legs for it. A lot has to do with security and I just am not willing to expend the efforts needed to button down all the hatches that I am supposed to.

So I am in the process of closing it down.

Hence the flood of ‘papal’ posts you have seen in the last week. {Smile}

I am transitioning over all the valuable, in many instances unique posts. I have also already deleted nearly 200 posts. Hopefully I will be done by October 2017.

So, now you know what all the new papal posts are about.


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Cardinal Deacons Elected Pope (as of 769).

by Anura Guruge

Cardinal deacons elected pope Anura Guruge

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The last cardinal deacon to be elected pope was Leo X (#218), the youngest son of the famed Lorenzo ‘Il Magnifico’ de’ Medici of Florence, in 1513 — he having been created a cardinal, in ‘secret’ (as opposed to in pectore), when he was thirteen. He is also reported to have famously said, when elected pope, ‘God has given us the papacy. Now let us enjoy it.‘ This, alack, was not to be. His papacy was buffeted, majorly, by Martin Luther’s Reformation. << Page 36 of my ‘The Next Pope‘ >>

That we haven’t had a cardinal deacon elected pope since 1513 should not be viewed in anyway as being ‘sinister’ or representative. Part of the reason being that many cardinal deacons had used the prevailing jus optionis preferment rules to become cardinal priests or cardinal bishops before they got elected as pope. Right now, one of my papabili, Italian Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of Rome, is a cardinal deacon.

There has never been an issue about electing cardinals deacons as pope.

A Roman Synod, convened in 769, Stephen III (IV) (#95), stated categorically that ONLY cardinal priests and cardinal deacons were eligible to be pope! Since then, this eligibility of cardinal deacons to be pope was never rescinded. So it has always been possible, as of 769, for a cardinal deacon to be elected pope.

Here is a table of eligibility (and papal electors), << Page 86 of my ‘The Next Pope‘ >>, that highlights the eligibility and role of cardinal deacons in papal elections — as of 769.

The reason is I did not go past 769 has to do with the above mentioned, pivotal synod. This synod was the first time that the term ‘cardinal’ was explicitly used in the context of papal elections. I am loathe to arbitrarily classify Roman clerics ‘cardinals’ prior to 769 because I worry that we might potentially run into an ‘apples’ vs. ‘oranges’ situation. Hence, the 769 cut-off. There are quite a few deacons that became pope prior to 769 — including Leo I ‘the Great’ (#45). The problem is that we can’t be sure as to whether all the deacons in Rome, prior to 769, should be considered cardinal deacons.

There have been 22 cardinal deacons elected pope as of 769 — the very first pope elected after the 769 Synod, viz. Hadrian I (#96), having been a cardinal deacon.

Since there have been 171 popes elected since 769, the 22 cardinal deacons elected pope represents 13%.

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Of Britain, With My Friend, Father Anthony Churchill.

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This was taken in October 2012, the Cardinal (standing tall) on left.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_Murphy-O%27Connor

The Cardinal, aged 84, is ailing.

Two Facebook posts by Fr. Churchill
in the last ’24’ hours.

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I was fortunate to meet Fr. Churchill, online, c. 2010, when I was working on my Pope books.

Fr. Churchill, STL, extremely gracious, patient and KNOWLEDGABLE, helped me tremendously — always taking time to answer my questions, translate Latin for I (he is both a Latin and theological scholar) and providing me with amazing photographs from his frequent trips to Rome. Two of his pictures grace the covers of my ‘Next Pope‘ books.

Fr. Churchill currently is Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs, and Parish Priest of St Michael’s Ashtead, Surrey (U.K.)

Cover picture by Fr. Churchill.

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Pope Francis, For The First Time, Did NOT Exceed The 120 Elector Limit — Is This A Clue To Timing Of Next Pope Electing Conclave?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘magic’ Cardinals Excel spreadsheet. Dates when existing cardinals turn 80.

On the day of Pope Francis‘ cardinal creating consistory, viz., November 19, 2016, there will be 108 cardinal electors (barring any deaths prior to that).

Nine (9) days later another cardinal, viz., ‘Sarr’, turns 80 and ceases to be an elector.

Pope Francis will be creating 13 new cardinal electors on November 19, 2016.

So, yes … for 9 days we will have 121 electos — ONE (1) more than the currently allowed 120 elector max. BUT this gets normalized on November 28, 2016.

So come December, when the pope turns 80, the number of electors will be at 120. PERFECT.

This pope has only held 2 other cardinal creating consistories, one in February 2014 and the other in February 2015.

After his first one there were 122 electors. It was to be 3 weeks before, barring a death (which did occur), two cardinals were due to age out.

In 2015 he had 125 electors after his consistory.

But this time he is being very careful.

This could be a CLUE. A December conclave ahead of Christmas? 

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Three New Cardinals Or Not — The Next Pope Will NOT Be From America. SORRY!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access breathless “Fox News” coverage. Google “consistory” for more coverage.


That Pope Francis is creating 3 more U.S. cardinals, bringing the number of U.S. cardinal electors to 10, does NOT MEAN that the Next Pope will be American.


Pigs will fly first.

Even with 10, the second largest electoral block after Italy, the U.S. cardinal electors only have 12% of the required votes.

Multiple reasons why the next pope will not be
American, black, Asian or under 70.

But for today, BLAME Trump.

Trump has ignited the “Ugly American” spectre across the globe!


Not my doing. I only note and comment.

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The Chances Of Pope Francis RESIGNING Just Went Up — With November 19, 2016 Consistory.

by Anura Guruge

I was anticipating this 4 months ago!

Remember I was the ONLY person who identified ‘Pope Francis’ as a possible pope,
IN PRINT, ahead of his election.

I even got the November 19, 2016 date right.


Click to access my seminal June 26, 2016 post on this very same topic.


Click to access “Reuters” coverage of the forthcoming November 19, 2016, cardinal creating consistory.


I also discussed, in this post, the SIGNIFICANCE of a November cardinal-creating consistory. Click image to access August 22, 2016 post.

Not a given, BUT Pope Francis opting for this November 19, 2016 cardinal creating consistory CERTAINLY increases the likelihood that Pope Francis may consider resigning/retiring/abdicating once he turns turns 80 on December 17, 2016.

He has openly talked about this possibility.

That he is TOPPING up the cardinal electors to the MAXIMUM 120 (legally) permitted is significant.

Let the “NEXT POPE“, papabili, speculation commence.

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Pope Benedict XVI Created Cardinal Electors Are Once Again The Majority.

by Anura Guruge

The columns denote: Cardinal Electors, Cardinal Non-Electors (i.e., over 80) & TOTAL.


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Got this from an e-mail from Louis Epstein, College of Cardinals watcher and my collaborator on many papal topics: “I note that with Cardinal Rouco Varela’s age-out last week Benedict XVI cardinals are again a majority of the electors (56-55) and will stay so through a possible February consistory date(no Benedict cardinal ages out before February and two JP II cardinals age out in October alone)”. [Louis and I differ on when the next cardinal creating consistory might be — as I discussed in this post. Louis is holding out for February 2017 while I think that there is a chance (a small one possibly) that we could get one in November 2016.

I personally do not think the Benedict ’56’ majority is significant in any way. The John Paul II and Benedict XVI cardinals are all from the SAME CLOTH and as such mindset and ideology. Between them we have 80 electors, i.e., 72% — 6% over the two-thirds majority required to elect a new pope. Plus I am sure MOST of the Francis electors will vote with the old guard to elect a new pope who is far different in temperament and mentality to the current pope.

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by Anura Guruge

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