"The Papacy itself had been abolished after Calvin's death, and a tangle of courts, colleges and councils , collectively known as the Magisterium, had grown up in its place. These agencies were not always united; sometimes a bitter rivalry grew up between them... But it was always possible for independent agencies to grow up under the protection of another part of the Magisterium, and the Oblation Board, which the Librarian had referred to, was one of these."
-- The Golden Compass at 27.
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