Frustrated by the interminable delays in the process of all ten cardinals having to read the text of the Oblate Rule before a judgment could be reached, Eugene decided to propose a shortcut.
I am going to try something, but cannot be sure of its success that is, to beg Cardinal Pacca to request the Pope on my behalf to consent that the report of the Cardinal ponent be presented to him without the affair having to pass through so many hands, which would keep me here more than the good of the diocese and of the family would permit. If the Cardinal agrees to present my request and the Pope consents to it, we will be all right; otherwise, I shall languish here for still a very long time, for you can see the time that it will take. Cardinal Pedicini will not be able to hand on the dossier to him who comes after him until the end of next week, and there are seven after him.
All this was taking its toll on Eugene’s nerves
Believe me, I take no rest; I will go to the thermal baths on my return for admittedly this operation cannot be accomplished without stress. Nevertheless, I am in the best of health, physically and mentally – it truly seems that the good God wills me to pursue my task while united to him, and he does not let me offend him, at least not in a manner I can perceive.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 5 January 1826, EO VII n 216
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