- 52% of the next Pope’s electors are now Pope Francis’s picks
FDR TRIED IT IN 1937 BUT WAS PREVENTED WHEN AMERICA REALIZED IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN AN ATTEMPTED POWER GRAB BY THE PRESIDENT.
Following his ‘landslide’ reelection in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt, unhappy that the Supreme Court kept overturning his more radical “New Deal” proposals, devised a plan to change the makeup of the Court and get more Justices appointed who would be favorable to his desires.
His proposed law targeted Justices over the age of 70 and who had served 10 years or more on the Court.
Roosevelt proposed to appoint up to six additional Justices to the Supreme Court that he thought would vote as he wished for every Justice older than 70 years, 6 months.
His plan was recognized by the American people as nothing more than a political ploy to change the court for favorable rulings on the president’s more radical New Deal legislative programs.
Roosevelt’s plan was never voted on by Congress, the Supreme Court Justices opposed it and a majority of the American public did not support it.
Pope Francis has had better luck than FDR, no doubt because he enjoys greater political power than any US president. The former Cardinal Bergoglio had to be elected for a lifetime term only once. In fact, Francis can do pretty much anything he wants to do…and has exercised that privilege very liberally during his tenure.
This week he completed his version of “court packing” that FDR had so fervently desired.
On Sunday, Pope Francis announced his appointment of 13 men he would ‘bestow red hats on’ October 5. Ten of them are eligible to vote for Pope Francis’s eventual successor, presumably one of very much his liking who will carry on the ‘changes’ in the Church Francis has made. This brings to the number of “electors” named by Francis to 67, or 52%.
(Only last week, Pope Francis, whom many Catholics believe is the most left-leaning Head of the Catholic Church in its history, accepted 7 Catholic bishops who had been appointed by the Communist Chinese government. (The seven had been excommunicated by the Church because of their earlier appointment as bishops by the ‘atheist’ Communist Party.)