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Tom Brotherson wrote:

Hi, guys —

During the canonization process, the potential saint's body may be exhumed for a
"Declorat 'Non Cultus' ".

  • Who actually performs this examination?
  • Also before 1983, would the Devil's Advocate attend this portion of the investigation?

Tom

  { Who actually performs this examination and would the Devil's Advocate participate? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Mike —

I think Tom's referring to the "Declaration 'non cultus' ", a certification that premature or otherwise erroneous veneration hasn't started. I don't know anything particular about the details of the process of canonization, so I'd just recommend the Wikipedia articles on the current and historical processes.

The 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia article on the subject has similar historical information, but perhaps not the specific detail Tom is looking for.

The formal title of the so-called "devil's advocate" is "promotor of the faith", and that role is described somewhat in the articles.

— RC

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