Hinges. (Latin, cardo.) The election of the Pope
“hinges” on the voice of the sacred college, and on the Pope the
doctrines of the Church depend; so that the cardinals are in fact the
hinges on which the Christian Church turns. There may be six cardinal
bishops, fifty cardinal priests, and fourteen cardinal deacons, who
constitute the Pope's council, and who elect the Pope when a vacancy
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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