Anyways, my only contribution to the speculation of a mere consistory (as opposed to a conclave), is this: catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/12/17/archbishop-nichols-appointed-to-congregation-for-bishops/
Because Archbishop Vincent Nichols has been appointed to the Congregation for Bishops, many Vatican observers are saying that he is now a shoe in to be made a Cardinal.
Of course, if you know anything about the Archbishop… [The Archbishop of LONDON, that is…], you’ll know that Pope Emeritus Benedict never promoted him to be a Cardinal, and many people often mentioned that, in articles I read about him.
Anyways, just google “Soho Masses”. There used to be this pro-gay Masses said in Soho… wherever that is in London. And, Archbishop Vincent Nichols finally put a stop to it after decades. It was widely seen as the Vatican forcing his hand. IE: He wanted to be Cardinal, and the Vatican said: close those Soho Masses or it will never happen… and he did.
Now don’t go jumping on my case… this whole thread is speculation. So, there you have mine.
[And I am glad, obviously that the Soho Masses are dead… but I don’t think Archbishop Nichols was behind it, I think the Vatican told him to, and he listened].