Pope John Paul II
abolished* reduced the power and changed the role of the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983, thereby the number of saint has increased since then a lot.
* - The misconception about the abolishment of the office comes from incorrect information in Wikipedia article
What was the reason of this action? Is the unnatural rise of saint only a side-effect, or it was meant this way? Why?
Was the office of Advocatus diaboli considered as bad or just dead-handed? Why?
Are there any other impacts caused by this decision?
Pope John Paul II eliminated the position of promoter fidei in 1983, ending 400 years of tradition. Since then, saints have been canonized at a rate about 20 times faster than in the early part of the twentieth century. Apparently it's now like the multiple Who's Who reference guides. If you're nominated, you're in. There's no opposition, thus it's lost it's meaning. And with no opposition, your great idea may not be developed to be of much importance.