Election Up-Date

For Monday, July 16, 1990, 8 am
At 301 Broadway, Belvue, Kansas, U.S.A.

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Christ The King Library, Belvue, Kansas: The date on which we received the book from the printer (January 25) has determined all other dates for the election process, since on this day the books were first received for distribution and our first orders were filled.

It is interesting to note that the book was mailed to the printer on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, although it was first stated to be mailed December 8th or 11th (see page 482 and the following for the significance of the Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe).

The printers finished printing the book on the Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome, and the book was shipped by truck, parcel post and UPS the following day (January 19th), and received January 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

All determination of these dates were out of our control.

Shipment could not be made as planned on December 8th or 11th, since the artwork was not completed until the afternoon of December 12th.

Once the printers received the book, the printing was delayed twice, owing to the Christmas and New Year holidays (Originally the book was slated for delivery the week of January 15th, and we had hoped for a January 13th publication date).

No one with any experience of printers or publishers will contest these facts. If proof of the above is required we can happily verify these dates.

Having received the book on January 25th, promulgation ends on April 25th and the time limit for the election begins on that day.

The 25th of April is the Feast of St. Mark and the Greater Litanies. The time limit for the election expires on July 25th, the Feast of St. James the Apostle.

We cannot convene until it becomes clear that no one will issue an official summons, since we are not allowed to officially summon anyone ourselves.

If no summons is issued, we may come together of our own accord, lest we lose the right to vote(Parsons attests to this in his commentary on Canon 162).

Guarding against any encroachment on the election deadline and allowing for travel time, the most practical choice of a day to convene is Monday, July 16th.

This allows three to four days to clear any electoral business and three to four days to accomplish the election of the new Pope.

After deciding that this date was the one most convenient to voters and distant enough from the deadline to allow for a two... to three day delay if strictly necessary, we agreed it should be held on this day.

Only later did we discover July 16th to be the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

No better day could have been chosen for the election HAD we done it deliberately, i.e., by slating it for Holy Week or to coincide with the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, as others had suggested.

These dates are the best suited to our effort because they are perfect in God's sight, being conformable to the laws of Holy Mother Church.

The United States has been chosen as the country in which to hold the election owing to the fact that the largest number of QUALIFIED electors reside here. Because no offers of an election site (venue) have been forthcoming, we have accepted the offer of Kennett and Clara Bawden of a building in Belvue, Kansas, currently the home of Christ the King Library.

Proximity to the library is especially important since many questions may be posed during the election process which can only be answered by consulting the various theological sources available there.

Remodeling is already underway, and this accounts for an early announcement of the location since many changes need to be made to conform to conclave regulations laid down by Pius XII.

Some will object that this gives the Bawden family the opportunity to control the outcome of the election. To answer such objections David Bawden will gladly renounce any possible qualification as voters to allay such fears of those present, if such is deemed necessary.

IT IS NOW IMPERATIVE THAT READERS RETURN THEIR PROFESSIONS OF FAITH in order to determine who is qualified to vote and how many may be expected to participate in the election.

In this issue of Election Update we will answer objections to the use of 'Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio' as a law retained in the Code, the invocation of Canon 9 to make known the laws of the Church, and the application of the laws governing canonical elections to supply the gaps in Pius XII's Constitution and determine the time limit.

May the Holy Ghost be ever at your side!

The Staff
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