advocati ecclesiae (ad-v<<schwa>>-kay-tI e-klee-z[h]ee-ee), n. pl.[Latin “church advocates”]

Hist.  Eccles.  law.  1.  Church  patrons  who  had  a  right  to  present  a  clerk  to  a  benefice.  See

ADVOWSON. 2. Legal advocates retained to argue cases relating to a church. [Blacks Law 8th]