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A cardinal, named after a bird whose male is known to sport bright-red plumage, is an individual with a position of high authority within certain churches. The Fat Friar, who was executed by his church for certain wizarding activities, resented in his after-life as a ghost that he never attained this position.[1]

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  • In the real-world, cardinal is a position in the Catholic Church and the Church of England.[2] Within the Catholic Church, once the Pope dies, cardinals are tasked with electing a new one among themselves to replace the previous title holder.


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