Excerpt from The Catholic University Bulletin, 1896, Vol. 2
The sovereign choice which elevates a person to the Sacred College of Cardinals is of wide-spread interest, because, primarily, of'the dignity itself which is thus conferred. It means that the appointee has become a member of the highest body in the Catholic Church, that he consequently has a share in the government of the Church at large, that he may, by his counsel, assist in shaping the policy of the Pontifi, and that he is one among the limited number of those who, ordinarily speak ing, are candidates for the papal succession. Taking all these facts and possibilities into account, one can readily understand the eager attention with which each new re cipient of this honor is regarded from various points of view.
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