Religion Past and Present

Get access

(270 words)

[German Version]

In the Catholic Church, consistory refers primarily to an assembly of the College of Cardinals, convoked and presided over by the pope (CIC c. 353); today, its functions are largely representative and ceremonial. Consistory is also the name for a part of the diocesan curia; in German-speaking dioceses, it exercises the judicial authority of the bishop, primarily in marital cases (officialate, judicial vicar). In some Austrian dioceses, it serves as an advisory body to the bishop.

In the Evangelical Church in Germany, consistory traditionally denotes a permanen…

Cite this page
Barth, Thomas, “Consistory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲