The purpose of the Guide is to expound upon the steps of the multi-secular formation process of the office of cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. A great many of the documents and events have to do with papal elections.
Each item listed in the Guide consists of the following:
The documents presented in the Guide are considered as "official" because they emanate from the highest sources of government of the church. They include papal documents of all levels (constitutions, bulls, briefs, letters, allocutions, etc.) as well as documents issued by synods, councils, consistories and Roman congregations. Excluded from the guide are the opinions or works of theologians, canonists, and universities.
The Guide aims at being comprehensive in its scope. It will include new items as the research progresses, events take place and documents are issued.
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