consistory

Latin: consistere, to stand together

  • a court, especially an ecclesiastical court
  • a court of presbyters
  • an assembly of cardinals for purposes of deliberation, presided over by the pope

The last type is secret, if only the cardinals and the pope are present; semi-public, if bishops also take part in it; and public, if Apostolic prothonotaries or other prelates are called to it.