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n. pl. con·sis·to·ries
a. Roman Catholic Church An assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope for the solemn promulgation of papal acts, such as the canonization of a saint.
b. A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
c. A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
d. An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
2. The meeting of a consistory.
3. A council; a tribunal.

[Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.]

con′sis·to′ri·al (kŏn′sĭ-stôr′ē-əl) adj.
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n, pl -ries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England
a. the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
b. the area in a church where the consistory meets
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3. (Protestantism) (in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4. archaic a council or assembly
[C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still]
consistorial, ˌconsisˈtorian adj
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(kənˈsɪs tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2. the place where such a body meets.
3. the meeting of any such body.
4. a solemn assembly of Roman Catholic cardinals summoned and presided over by the pope.
5. a bishop's court in the Anglican Church for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions.
6. the local governing board of certain Reform churches.
7. any assembly or council.
8. Obs. a council chamber.
[1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place]
con•sis•to•ri•al (ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-) con`sis•to′ri•an, adj.
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 a solemn council; a court; an ecclesiastical senate. See also conclave.
Examples: consistory of bishops, of martyrs, 1641; of saints, 1641; of senators, 1660.
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Noun1.consistory - a church tribunal or governing bodyconsistory - a church tribunal or governing body
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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There were a great many bundles of papers on it, some endorsed as Allegations, and some (to my surprise) as Libels, and some as being in the Consistory Court, and some in the Arches Court, and some in the Prerogative Court, and some in the Admiralty Court, and some in the Delegates' Court; giving me occasion to wonder much, how many Courts there might be in the gross, and how long it would take to understand them all.
Judge Stephen Eyre QC, chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield, in his role as a judge of the Consistory Court, said there had to be exceptional circumstances to justify exhumation from consecrated ground, and made it clear most applications for exhumation are refused.
Granting permission for the exhumation, Judge Stephen Eyre QC, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield in his role as a judge of the Consistory Court, said: "Mr Handley's remains would not have been interred in the way or at the location they were but for those severe conditions which precluded burial elsewhere.
Sir Mark Hedley, chancellor of the consistory court of the diocese of Liverpool, ordered Miss Cattrall to have her name removed and amended this month.
Euan Duff, chancellor of the Diocese of Newcastle, sitting on the Church of England's Consistory Court said: "Mrs Hutton contacted the petitioner [Moira McKenna] and informed her that she did not believe her brother had committed the offences of which he had been convicted but that her father might well have been the perpetrator.
She was contacted by Eric McKenna's sister after the trial was reported in the media, Euan Duff, chancellor of the Diocese of Newcastle, sitting on the Church of England's Consistory Court said.
But the proposed colour of the flower - red and green on grey granite - does, the Diocese of Birmingham's consistory court has ruled.
But the full might of the consistory court was called in when St Nicholas' asked for clarification.
But, after reviewing the case last month, Glyn Samuel, deputy chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry, overrode the church's rules in the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Coventry, to give consent.
Some parishioners of Berwick objected strongly to the project and entered an Act of Petition so that the case had to be tried before a Consistory Court. The protestors' objections were not merely aesthetic: they objected to both the decorations, and the decorators.
Church of England Consistory Court judge Phillip Petchey ruled the circumstances were "exceptional" and the exhumation could go ahead in South London despite objections from Mr McGrory's siblings.
Charles Mynors, a consistory court judge and chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester, said there was nothing to link the skull with the age old story it was stolen hundreds of years ago for a PS300 wager.