The American cardinals have suspended daily press conferences in Rome during the General Congregations at the request of the entire College of Cardinals.
“A little less conversation, a little more action, please.
All this aggravation ain’t satisfactionin’ me.”
According to the U.S. Conference of Bishops, the Cardinals thus followed a request of the College of Cardinals, which currently meets in Rome to discuss the situation of the Catholic Church and to prepare for the election. The College of Cardinals has thus highlighted the confidentiality of the interview content.
The Vatican did not comment on the decision. However, spokesman Federico Lombardi noted that Cardinals from other countries had not held such press conferences. Lombardi said that the decision of the Americans did not surprise him. There is a general need for “utmost restraint” in the run-up to the Conclave. Earlier, reports of discussions between Cardinals from the United States, Germany and Italy about the Conclave and the papal elections were surfaced in Italian media.
By twos, the American Cardinals had held press conferences on Monday and Tuesday at the North American College of priests, creating a lot of media attention. Here, they spoke out against an early date of the Conclave.
“We need to give it the time that’s necessary,” Cardinal O’Malley told the packed press conference at the North American College, the U.S. seminary up the hill from the Vatican. “I believe the feeling of the Cardinals is that we want to have enough time in the general congregations so that when we go to the conclave itself it’s a time of decision.”
In total there are 19 American Cardinals, eleven of them are eligible to vote.