The Vatican declined to comment on the decision. His spokesman Federico Lombardi noted, however, that no such cardinals from other countries were holding press conferences. He also stressed that the confidentiality of the general congregations was guarantor of the freedom of the voters for the Papal office.
Two American cardinals each time on Monday and Tuesday in the North American College priest held under huge media attention a press conference. They stated here that they were opposed to an early date of the conclave. They would have only then a more thorough picture of the state of the Church and the Roman Curia and have got to know the other cardinals better, was the reasoning. In total there are 19 American cardinals, eleven of them are eligible to vote.