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(Basic), adjective apical, basal, capital, chief, controlling, elemental, elementary, essential, first, foremost, fundamental, indispensable, key, main, necessary, overruling, pivotal, praecipuus, primal, primary, prime, primus, principal, rudimentary, strategic, substantial, substantive, summital, underlying, undermost, uppermost, utmost, vital
Associated concepts: cardinal rule

cardinal

(Outstanding), adjective absolute, all powwrful, best, central, chief, commanding, controlling, dominant, eventful, excellent, finest, foremost, greatest possible, highest, incomparable, inimitable, insurmountable, key, leading, major, maximal, momentous, most important, notable, paramount, praecipuus, preeminent, preponderant, prevailing, prime, primus, second to none, supereminent, superlative, supreme, top, unequaled, unexcelled, unparalleled, uppermost, utmost
See also: central, considerable, dominant, essential, fundamental, important, indispensable, integral, leading, material, paramount, prime, principal, salient, vital

CARDINAL, eccl. law. The title given to one of the highest dignitaries of the court of Rome. Cardinals are next to the pope in dignity; he is elected by them and out of their body. There are cardinal bishops, cardinal priests, and cardinal deacons. See Fleury, Hist. Eccles. liv. xxxv. n. 17, II. n. 19 Thomassin, part ii. liv. i. oh. 53, part iv. liv. i. c. 79, 80 Loiseau, Traite des Ordres, c. 3, n. 31; Andre, Droit Canon, au mot.

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Elevation to the cardinalate is a particular honour because those in the role are directly concerned in the spiritual leadership of the 1.
The employment of judges-delegate was a cost-and time-saving mechanism, but its importance for the papacy and the cardinalate is easily overlooked.
Moving into the seventeenth century, Karin Wolfe and David Marshall describe struggles for power within the Barberini and Patrizi families, who put their elder sons in charge of their households and lined up a Cardinalate for their younger "heir to spare" (or in the case of the Barbarini, for two brothers who became Cardinals and bitter rivals).
To support his claim, McGrath moves chronologically through Newman's career: from his original conversion experience at fifteen, through his evangelical student days, through his flirtation with the liberal theology of the other Fellows at Oriel College, through his militant campaign against liberalism as unofficial head of the Tractarian Movement, through his first years as a Catholic, and finally to the Cardinalate that won him some respect, if not acceptance, from the Roman clergy.
In spite of all this, Newman's true greatness was finally acknowledged in 1879 when the venerable father was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Leo XIII.
28) The dignity of the cardinalate is greater than any, though as bishop, priest, or deacon the cardinals were ranked in order within it.
4 interview with the German daily Die Welt, stressing in particular that Francis could include women in leadership without ordaining them deacons, by deciding the cardinalate "should be open to women and not only to ordained men.
Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) was particularly notorious for conferring church benefices upon his illegitimate sons, most famously Cesare Borgia upon whom he bestowed the cardinalate in 1493 (Gervaso 102-13).
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Benedict also elevated to the Cardinalate Lucian Murescan, Major Archbishop in Romania, and three priests: Julien Rico (Belgium); Prosper Grech (O.
Generous loans secured profitable papal contracts, and the convergence of family, city, and papal interests led Julius II to bring Bendinello Sauli into the Curia in 1503 and raise him to the Cardinalate in 1511.
4) Letter to the Archbishop of Birmingham for the centenary of the elevation to the Cardinalate of John Henry Newman, 7 April 1979, http://www.