Advocates of Roman Congregations

Clergymen or laymen who plead causes before Roman ecclesiastical tribunals. Besides canon and civil law they must know dogmatic and moral theology and profane and church history. Other officials known as procurators submit to them the facts of a case and they concern themselves only with points of law and plead before or present their briefs to the officials of the Congregations. Their recompense is a fixed sum, and nothing is charged the poor. Seven advocates constitute the consistorial college with five others called jurors.

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