At meetings during the most recent consistory , after all, the cardinals had to wear name tags.
Later this month the church's 184 cardinals will gather at the Vatican for the sixth consistory of Pope John Paul II's pontificate.
A frail Pope John Paul II yesterday added 30 names to the list of his possible successors, installing a diverse collection of cardinals in a consistory some say may be his last.
I was in the consistory when he gave the Mass in Central Park, and then later had a private meeting with several of us there in the cardinal's residence.
The next Papal consistory may not take place for some time.
Yet, when he steps forward to receive his red biretta at the consistory - the installation ceremony - in Rome on October 21, he will do so knowing his appointment was not universally endorsed by the 750,000 Catholics he now leads.
Also in 1555, the city council gave the consistory the right to excommunicate offenders.
According to the instructions of the consistory , he had to educate the children and take care of their well-being as a father.
Collegialism is the name of a form of Church-government which attributes authority and power to a broader gathering over a local consistory .
It is expected that the consistory will influence the agenda for next October's synod of bishops in Rome.