And how many cardinal electors are there? How many should there be?
Pope Francis sprang a surprise when he announced on May 29, 2022, the creation of 16 new cardinal electors and five non electors. They will become cardinals in a consistory to be held on August 27.
While some pundits speculate about the end of the pontificate (will the Pope’s health cause him to resign?), this unusual three-month delay between the announcement of the consistory and its actual holding offers an opportunity to consider some provisions of Church law.