noun Roman Catholic Church.
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A treasurer who enriches himself and robs the exchequer may be promoted to the cardinalate, but cannot be censured.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber|James Aitken Wylie
After his elevation to the Cardinalate the prince gave orders for his suitable conveyance to the Papal Court.Saint Bonaventure|Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
He died in 1638, just as the cardinalate was to be conferred upon him.
He'd have been on the high road to a cardinalate by this time if he'd stuck to the priesthood, for he had strong interest.
About the middle of the century, the merits of the Inquisitor Nicholas Roselli earned him the cardinalate.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II|Henry Charles Lea