Definition of consistory in English:
noun (plural consistories)
1A church council or court, in particular.
- Also in 1555, the city council gave the consistory the right to excommunicate offenders.
- New attention was paid to Lutheran doctrine, and a revival of an awareness of Lutheran identity led to the building of new Lutheran congregations and to remarkable renewals, such as the appearance of women in consistories and ministries.
- He used the consistory to repay faithful servants, honor distinguished church men and fill vacancies in church territories which normally have a residential cardinal.
1.1(In the Roman Catholic Church) the council of cardinals, with or without the pope.
- Later this month the church's 184 cardinals will gather at the Vatican for the sixth consistory of Pope John Paul II's pontificate.
- John Paul called nine consistories to create cardinals.
- He was made a cardinal in October 2003 that was the last consistory Pope John Paul called.
1.2 (also consistory court) (In the Church of England) a court presided over by a bishop, for the administration of ecclesiastical law in a diocese.
- Twenty-six dioceses each had a consistory court with defamation cases providing about one quarter of their business.
- The request was turned down by a consistory court, or church court, in 2002.
- At first glance, one might expect a study of the deposition books of the consistory court of the diocese of Canterbury and the marriage-related provisions of wills from five sample parishes to be essentially a work of consolidation.
1.3(In other churches) a local administrative body.
- The minority Protestant Church was fully tolerated and given its own organizational structure of elected consistories in 1802.
- Collegialism is the name of a form of Church-government which attributes authority and power to a broader gathering over a local consistory.
- A local consistory cannot plead independence.
- Example sentences
- Each diocese of the established church had a consistorial or diocesan court, and in Dublin, superior to these, was the Prerogative Court of Armagh.
- The final appointment to a royal pastorat will be made by the Government, and to a consistorial pastorat by the consistory.
- This took place at the local diocesan or consistorial courts in each Diocese.
Pronunciation: /ˌkänˌsisˈtôrēəl, kən-/adjective
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