It is the ‘‘Benedict faction,’’ the 67 voting cardinals who owe their red hat and presence in the conclave to the most recent pope. They make up more than half of the voters.
Their loyalty to Benedict could damage the ambitions of any cardinal thought to have damaged his papacy and been part of the ‘‘divisions’’ that Benedict lamented in his final addresses.
Who might that be? Their names are presumably listed in a secret report prepared for Benedict about the ‘‘Vatileaks’’ scandal.
Only a few people have seen that report. None of the cardinals who will be voting are among them.