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Advocatus Dei/diaboli
(92 words)

[German Version]

Until the reorganization of the beatification and canonization procedures in 1983, the written exchange of arguments pro and contra between the candidate's advocate and the Promotor fidei at the Congregation of Rites (today known as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints) played a central role. The one who presented the favorable arguments was popularly known as “God's advocate,” while the one who put forward the arguments against the candidate was popularly known as “the devil's advocate.”


M. Sieger, Die Heiligsprechung, 1995.

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Kalb, Herbert, “Advocatus Dei/diaboli”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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