National Catholic Reporter
by Arthur Jones | Mar. 27, 2013
If Pope Francis is serious about reforming the Roman Curia, God bless him. Further, if he undertakes that reform with the poor in mind, the first question is not where might he begin, but how long has he got?
Of our nine popes since 1913, only Pius XII, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have made it to 82 or beyond. So the question about a 76-year-old pontiff isn’t as impertinent as it first may seem.
Francis lives simply, walks quickly and walks a lot. Can we assume (to achieve Pius XII’s 82 years) the new pope has six vigorous years to work with?
If so, six years takes the story to 2019. By 2019 Francis will be able to appoint about 40 percent of the College of Cardinals, approximately 50 of the 120.
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