UPDATED: 3/4/2013 2:40 p.m.
(CBS) — Roman Catholic cardinals held their first meeting Monday ahead of electing a new pope, but Cardinal Francis George said it’s still not clear when the conclave will begin.
George, the archbishop of Chicago, was among the 142 cardinals to meet inside the Vatican on Monday to discuss a timetable for picking the next leader of the Catholic Church.
The cardinals have yet to set a date for the conclave, when every cardinal under age 80 will meet to vote for the successor to Benedict XVI.
“Someone quoted St. Thomas of Aquinas, where he said you should very slow in deliberation, and then very quick in decision making,” George said.