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douceur, devil's advocate, zeitgeist, felonious

Such was the nature of the religious zeitgeist in 1347 that a felonious monk named Bertram of Worms, having passed away some decades earlier, somehow came before the College of Cardinals in that year, to be considered for possible canonization as a saint (despite his having poured glue on countless birds during his lifetime); and though the Devil's Advocate in that particular case--Melbert, Bishop of Vichysoisse, a priest known for his wisdom and douceur--mercifully succeeded in getting the ungodly friar's case thrown out of court, 'twas still a close call.1

 

1 In an interesting footnote to this story, 'tis said that the jazz musician Thelonious Monk took his name from this infamous cleric, changing the "f" to a "th" in order to avoid too close an association.

 

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