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THE GOLDEN BULLS OF THE RAEVIR, HANSETIAN, AND HAESENI PONTIFFS (OWYN I-CLEMENT III)

 

WRITTEN BY THE HANDS OF

HIGH PONTIFF OWYN I

HIGH PONTIFF RADOMIR I

HIGH PRIEST THOMAS I | HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL II

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II

HIGH PONTIFF THEODOSIUS I

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD III

HIGH PONTIFF THEODOSIUS II

HIGH PONTIFF ADRIAN I

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD IV

HIGH PONTIFF CLEMENT III

 

COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY

HIEROMAR LUDOVAR THE ELDER, SSE

 

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OWYN I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF SAVOY I

 

This Papal bull, ascribed on behalf of his Majestic Eminence, King Goddard I, Vicar of Horen the Favored Son, Warden of the North, Protector of the Faith, Successor of the Prince of the Disciple, Supreme Pontiff of the True Church, Primate of Oren, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Savoie Province, Sovereign of the Pontifical States, King of Savoie, and Servant of God

 

This bull hereby states that these articles are hereby deemed, unfit to uphold the faith, and unable to prove their worth to the Creator. They are hereby damned to excommunication. The list is as follows.


 

Aron Bedevere:

  1. Partaking in political malfeasance to further his personal gains, while boorishly defying the church’s requests.

  2. Sundering and defiling the sacred bonds and union of matrimony by way of Adultery, whilst ignoring the Creators will in favor of his own hedonistic ways.

  3. Blackest Sacrilege.

 

 Count Aron Bedevere is hereby deemed excommunicated, and asked to be relieved from any position(s) he currently holds.

 

Garth Horen-Hightower:

  1. For ravenous lust and the worshiping of carnal desire.

  2. Treasonous disregard for political order and ethics.

  3. Wretched impiety.

  4. Refusal to acknowledge and adhere to ecclesiastical command.


 King Garth Horen-Hightower is hereby deemed excommunicated, his marriage in which he annulled without the High-Pontiff’s consent is hereby reinstated, and his children are hereby deemed illegitimate.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF SAVOY II

 

The Second Golden Bull denoted the formation of the Empire, and what role the church will take place in it;

- Penned by the hand of His Holiness, Owyn II

 

I. The Office of High-Pontiff is hereby abolished upon Owyn II’s death with the restoration of the Imperial Divine.

II. The Offices of Pontiff are to be abolished upon Owyn II’s death, but leaving remaining Pontiffs to bear their titles until death.

III. Each Kingdom shall elect a Archbishop to be head of the said church within the Kingdom.

IV. Each Archbishop is equal to one another, working together to run the universal church.

V. Archbishops and Bishops shall form a college of Bishops.

VI. The College of Bishops shall meet to discuss Excommunications and the Church.

VII. Construction will begin of the Holy Bishopric of Savoie, acting as the epicenter of the True Faith for the archbishops to meet and discuss theology. By the hand of Manfred Anson and the divine interpretation of his prophetical dreams, the schematics of the church have near completion.

 

Quotes from the Bull of Augustine:

 

Archbishop

The Archbishop is a distinguished and honorable title mantled upon a single Bishop of exemplary service. He is a champion of the Faith, having mastered Church doctrine and its execution without dishonor. The chief duty of the Archbishop is to manage the Bishops below them as an overseer, to safeguard against any failures on their part. When the Lords of the Kingdom are indisposed or elect not to, the Archbishop, being a veritable standard bearer of the Church, may operate in an ambassadorial capacity.

 

The Archbishop may preside over low-court trial, but should leave the authority to his Bishops, who must prove their command over the law. If in any case a Bishop should overstep his bounds, judge poorly, or hitherto dishonor himself during trial, the Archbishop may interject and commandeer authority over the trial, but only where necessary in the utmost.

 

The Archbishop is also expected to inspect and observe activity within the dioceses inside their Archdicoese. If in any case there is dishonorable activity beyond the respective Bishop’s notice, he must notify the Bishop forthright or take action. If in any case it is discovered that a Bishop who governs a diocese within the Archbishop’s Archdiocese respectively is responsible for dishonorable or criminal behaviors and activities, the Archbishop is able to hold a trial with the Pontiffs present to discuss punishments.

 

The Archbishop presides over their Archdiocese, which has multiple dioceses underneath. These Archdioceses are organized by region and not by politically organized borders.

  • Expected services and duties:

  • Distribute tasks to his Bishops

  • Give sermons and hold Mass

  • Hold Confession and distribute penance

  • Hear and govern troubles within the parish (where higher authorities are not required)

  • If a penance would absolutely require corporeal punishment, the issue must be passed upward

  • Oversee funerary ceremony (only where applicable within the parish)

  • Oversee the dioceses within his Archdiocese

 

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Bishop

The Bishop controls and manages a single parish, giving sermon and holding Mass, as well as distributing tasks and duty amongst Priests, who he is responsible for teaching. The life of a Bishop is one of dedication to the community and leadership, providing a singular example for his parish to follow and look up to.

 

Holding greater responsibility than a Priest, the Bishop brings with the title a modicum of authority. All issues of Church concern within the parish must be heard by the Bishop, who will have final say, unless a greater authority is present or in the case that any issue could be considered criminal against the Faith. If the matter is great enough (such as in cases of criminality), the Bishop will defer to a higher authority. Also, should a Bishop feel a particular Priest adept enough to manage a parish of his own, the Bishop may nominate the Priest by sending his word, to be considered, to the Bishop whom presides over the diocese wherein the Bishop's parish resides.

 

If a Bishop leaves the position without having first nominated a Priest to inherit the title (if only to serve as Acting Bishop), the parish's responsibility will be deferred to the relevant Bishop who must, in turn, choose a Bishop. If a Bishop would, by whatever cause, lose control over his parish, the Bishop would become a Priest, unless specifically honored with another title to signify his merits.

 

Bishops are the quintessential governors of Church affairs concerning their respective dioceses, which is made up of the parishes therein. The Bishop handles politics within his diocese, entrusted with the authority to promote Priests to Bishops, the authority to nominate Deacons, and the responsibility to guide and counsel Deacons, where necessary.

 

A Bishop is a model of leadership and vanguard of government, beneath the Archbishop. A Bishop is entrusted with trial arrangements and may preside over low-court trial, or elect to have one of his Deacons take his place. Bishops are also responsible for handling tithes and general economy of their respective dioceses. Bishops cannot be nominated, but are chosen by the council of Bishops

  • Expected services and duties:

  • Teach and distribute tasks to his Priests

  • Give sermons and hold Mass

  • Hold Confession and distribute penance

  • Hear and govern troubles within the parish (where higher authorities are not required)

  • If a penance would absolutely require corporeal punishment, the issue must be passed upward

  • Oversee funerary ceremony (only where applicable within the parish)

 

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This papal bull also defines the Divine Right of the Imperials;

 

The Divine Right of Imperials has been mentioned within the Scripture of Horen, but has not been defined by the Church until now. Those men of Horen’s descent chosen by the Creator to forge an Empire in the name of the Creator and Horen shall be blessed with divinity. Those who shame His name by forfeiting the Empire lose their divinity.

 

I. The Emperor is chosen, by the Creator to rule the Human body as a whole.

II. The Emperor is recognized as the Divine of state, chosen of the Creator.

III. The Church will listen to his authority as a Divine blessed by Godanistan, but he will not act as head of the Church.

V. The Creator is the only to hold the power to judge the Emperor.

 

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The bull also refers to the previous bull, which addressed the Excommunications.

 

King Aron Bedevere is hereby repented, and allowed back into the mother Church.

 

Nero Horen

I.For ravenous lust and the worshipping of carnal desire.

II.Treasonous disregard for political order and ethics.

III.Refusal to acknowledge and adhere to ecclesiastical command.

 

Nero Horen is hereby deemed excommunicated, and banished from the mother Church. Nero is hereby denied access to the Seven Skies, and should be treated as not only an enemy of the Church- but as an enemy of the state.


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Adiel Kamura

I.Wretched impiety.

II.Knowing assault on a clergyman.

 

Adiel is hereby deemed excommunicated, and banished from the mother Church. Adiel is asked to be relinquished from any offices she holds. Adiel is demanded to seek repentances, or face denial to the Seven Skies.

 

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The Bull also refers to the new law, deemed- Holy Rite of the Church;

 

I. Kings of a Human Kingdom must be crowned by the Archbishop before styling themselves.

II. The Emperor is to be crowned by the College of Bishops.

III. Per Coronation, the King must pay 2,000 Minas to the Archbishop. To insure that the Church is properly funded.

IV.  Weddings now function directly as a body of the Church, should a noble family wish to arrange a marriage it will cost anywhere from 200 to 500 Minas. Commoners are to pay 100-200 for a wedding service.

V. Holy Indulgences are now a functioning body of the Church, should a man or woman wish to gain absolution from any sin they may beg an Archbishop. The price of absolution varies depending on Sin.

 

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The Bull defines the baptism of those into the True Faith;

 

Through study of the Gogdanisti Scrolls, Pontiff of Ruska Bogdan has unearthed the ritual of baptism; one which marks those entering the True Faith with the blessings of The Creator, defined as Godanistan.

 

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On Baptism and Acceptance into the Church

The first of the Holy Customs of Godanistan is the entrance of one’s soul and body into the Church of Godanistan.  The process is the joining of one’s soul with Godanistan’s and takes a considerable amount of time praying and contacting Godanistan before the ceremony.  When one decides to join the Church of Godanistan, the Priest is aid in prayers towards to Godanistan so that the contendant is able to reach the ears of Godanistan.  As young are pure of heart, they require not to pray to Godanistan and are able to be accepted with simple ritual.

 

After time in solace, praying and repenting to Godanistan for their false acts, the candidate is considered ‘ready’ for acceptance into the mother church and will proceed with the ceremony to join the church.  Ceremonies may take place in in solitude, in a group, or with an audience watching the ceremony.

 

The ceremony itself is a basic ceremony of stating vows before the Good Godanistan and if the candidate is unable to say vows for reasons of age or mental disorders, another will say them for him, and acknowledge his acceptance for the church.  In order to be closer to the eyes and ears of Godansitan, each candidate is given a small bird to hold, whether it be a pigeon, crow, raven, or any other is not important.  The bird signifies the presence of Godansitan, as it is known that Godanistan works through Aenguls and Aenguls most of time take the shape of bird.  The candidate is asked to kneel, tucking the bird to his chest and the priest begins to state vows and the candidate replies with “Yes” or “I do.”  The vows are as follows.

 

You do agree, to only worship in Godanistan?  Not any other false creations of mighty Godanistan?

 

You do agree, to be loyal to church of Godanistan, and to follow his laws?

 

You do agree, to be holy man and servant to take upon self to bring will of Godanistan out on the unholy and assist in times of troubles and evil?

 

You do agree, to make removal of all heathen, heretic, and the like from premises and work to make others worship of Godanistan.

 

You do agree, to make take Holy Name of Raevir tongue, to be official name in all Church Documents and before Godanistan.

 

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The Bull defines the false religions of Anthos;

 

They are three types of false faiths which go against the mother church. All shall be denied entrance to the Seven Skies and will languish in Oblivion; yet the worship of some false faiths are greater crimes to the mother Church than others.

 

- Schismatics; those who worship The Creator but fail to recognize the holy scriptures. Schismatic faiths should be attempted to reason with; they commit crimes against the True Faith and are denied entrance to the Seven Skies, yet can be converted through restorations of doctrine.

 

- Heathens; those who have held no worship to The Creator and fail to recognize the holy scriptures. The ignorance of Heathens is to be condemned, yet they hold no account of the Holy Scriptures, and thus fail to recognize The Creator’s grace as Supreme Architect.

 

-Heretics; those who hold no worship to The Creator, yet recognize parts of the holy Scriptures.

Heretics are the highest to be condemned; those who recognize the Holy Scriptures yet purposely defy The Creator’s grace.

 

I. The Dwarven faith is defined as “schismatic” for their falsehood in dubbing Godanistan, The Creator, as “Yemekar”, false accounts of scripture, and distincting themselves with Paragons over Saints.

II. The Adunian faith is defined as a “heathen” faith, one with no concordance to the mother church.

III.  Iblees worship is defined as a “heretical” faith, one which has basis in the mother Church’s scripture yet goes against its established doctrines and The Creator

 

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The final part of the bull addresses beatification and canonization;

 

I. The church not refers to the following men as, ‘Venerable’ as there post-death reflection on the church.

 

Temp Thersist

Hunwald Coalmein

Podrik Denims

Owyn Horen

Ari Horen

Thomas Chivay

Peter Chivay

Uthor Silverblade

Boiendl Silverblade

Patrick Denims

Richard Horen

Duncan Lysander

Alexander de Stoileas

James Hightower

Edmund Myre

Charles Greymane

Hadrien de Sarkozy

Pertinax Horen

Edmond Brunswick

Baldir Toov

Thorin Grandaxe

Marcus Briarwood

Lucien Ashford

Gwenael Ashford

Roland Ashford

Lily Ashford

Toveah Goldman

Godwein Stafyr

Alistair the Savage

 

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RADOMIR I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY I

 

On the matter of the reestablishment of an undisputed, worldwide and unchallenged papal seat as in the days of old.

 

Confirmed and signed by His Imperial Majesty, King of Renatus, Ostromir Sarkozic Carrion, before his death. By right of birth and blood, the Archbishop of Renatus, Prince Franz Joseph, is hereby declared the sole legitimate High Ecclesiarch, his powers enumerated further in the contents of the Golden Bull below. He is to take the papal name of Radomir. The Church hereby withdraws from any political factions, declaring utter neutrality and impartiality to the happenings of the realm of Man, forgoing its allegiances to any dynasty or hegemony.

 

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Foreword by Prelate Zacarias Mosquera:

 

Essentially, as visible in section I, the reforms as designed proclaim that the Church is centralizing unto itself to implement a number of prime directives as a civil code.  Primely, with a single, sanctified body and a single, divinely-appointed Head of the Church rather than a confused array of quarreling 'primus inter pares' clerics, the facilitation of the entire realm's piety and quality of religious services will increase tenfold.  Second to that, a fully unified body with an iron hierarchy will disallow false and slanderous sects to appear amongst isolated, misguided ecclesiastics in non-core provinces, thus promising no mountance to religious tension.  Thirdly, a degree of assorted minor verdicts aligned at disabling opponents to said reforms will be put in place, with the public knowledge that such opposition would be an indirect opposition to God via His appointment of Franz Joseph as Archbishop and High Ecclesiarch.  Finally, the militarization of the body to maintain the structure of all said reforms, and to encourage recruitment to the Clergy, thereby fortifying the armies of Renatus and that of true humankind altogether.

 

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SECTION I

or, the Establishment of the High Ecclesiarch

 

i. The office of High Ecclesiarch is created so as to create a universal head of the Faith and of the Church, his authority both spiritual and temporal, replacing the former position of High Pontiff.

ii. The High Ecclesiarch is the universal, autocratic and acknowledged head of the Faith - The disputing of this judgement is hereby a capital crime which may be penalized by exile or execution.

iii. The authority of the High Ecclesiarch on ecclesiastical and other religious matters is unquestioned and final.

iv. The High Ecclesiarch and his institution, the Church, are subject solely to the authority of God and to no mortal or divine mortal.

v. The High Ecclesiarch is declared the prophetic mouthpiece of God.

vi. The bloodline and progeny of the High Ecclesiarch Franz is proclaimed to be holy yet not divine, hereby called vestarch, claiming descent from the Horen dynasty, the Carrion dynasty, as well as the saintly Sarkoz dynasty.

vii. The office of High Ecclesiarch and customarily the Archbishop of Renatus is to succeed from father to son/grandson or any other individual of a bloodline deemed by the Church to be holy andvestarchal, however the son of the former High Ecclesiarch has preference over any other candidate for the position of both High Ecclesiarch and Archbishop of Renatus.

viii. The office of High Ecclesiarch is intrinsically linked with that of Archbishop of Renatus - only the Archbishop of Renatus may serve in the position.

ix. Upon taking the office of High Ecclesiarch, the titleholder retains his birth name, however he also has the choice of taking on an appropriate papal name.

x. The High Ecclesiarch retains all powers of the Archbishop of Renatus.

xi. The High Ecclesiarch has the power to forcibly annul any inappropriate or unlawful marriage.

xii. The High Ecclesiarch may issue papal dispensations exempting certain individuals from legal consequences.

xiii. In order to succeed to the position of High Ecclesiarch, one must be of a vestarchal bloodline.

xiv. The High Ecclesiarch retains absolute autocratic control over the entire Clergy.

xv. The High Ecclesiarch reserves the right to appoint archbishops and bishops upon both local and foreign soil.

xvi. The High Ecclesiarch is responsible for crowning both the King of Renatus and the Emperor of Man. For future coronations, in the absence of a coronation performed by the High Ecclesiarch, an individual’s kingship is rendered legally invalid.

xvii. The High Ecclesiarch and by extension the Church of the One True Faith owes allegiance to and is beholden to no faction and no individual but God.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Further Reformation of the Clergy

 

i. The Church is now prepared to serve in its official capacity as both a military and a religious organization dedicated to searching for and apprehending heretics, apostates and monsters.

ii. All orders that name themselves ‘inquisitors’ are hereby disbanded and absorbed into the Church.

iii. All holy orders and organizations may not call themselves holy unless they permit themselves to be absorbed by the Church, accepting its primacy.

iv. The Church of the One True Faith declares itself the sole legitimate successor and heir to the Order of the White Rose, performing duties similar to the latter as a militant, human holy order.

v. The Church of the One True Faith hereby succeeds the Imperial Inquisition, serving in the full capacity and sharing the same powers utilized by the organization under Saint Godfrey. These powers include the declaration of Dies Irae (the ability to utterly annihilate a city or nation and its populous if deemed heretical to the core and beyond divine reparation), the ability to indict any man of any social stature of heresy excepting the Crown and declaring the said execution or exile of these individuals through specified means, the ability to draw a temporary garrison from city militia or able citizens to aid in investigations and apprehension, the ability to issue certain clergymen immunity from all local laws to aid in investigations of heresy and the ability to immediately execute all who hinder the tasks or investigations of the Church or question its authority.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Beatification and Canonization

 

i. The Church hereby canonizes and recognizes the following beatified individuals, in posthumous respect to their deeds in life, as saints of the faith.

    - St. Owyn of Ruska (Bl. Goddard Carrion) as patron saint of Ruska, unity, diplomacy, growth and order.

    - St. Godwein of Huntshill (Bl. Godwein I. Stafyr) as patron saint of the earnest, labourers and diligent.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF CAVAN I

 

On the matter of the appointing of an Archbishop of Renatus and the beginning of the reformation of the Church of the One True Faith.

 

Issued and confirmed by His Imperial Majesty, King of Renatus, Ostromir Sarkozic Carrion. At the will of His Imperial Majesty the King of Renatus, Ostromir Sarkozic Carrion, Prince Franz-Joseph Sarkozic Carrion, brother of the King of Renatus, is hereby declared the sole legitimate Archbishop of Renatus, his powers enumerated in the ‘Edict of the Archbishop’.

 

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SECTION I

or, the Establishment of the Prelate

 

i. The office of Prelate is created so as to assist the Archbishop in his duties, acting as a second to him within the ranks of the Church and provide him with good counsel.

ii. The office of Prelate retains primacy over all others within the Church excepting his superior, the Archbishop.

iii. The Prelate may only be appointed by the Archbishop of Renatus.

iv. The office of Prelate is required to manage various ecclesiastical affairs alongside the Archbishop including the managing of bishops and lower clerics, the mediation of an Ecclesiastical Synod and the spreading of the faith.

v. The Prelate may not compile bulls or make reforms to the church without the consent of the Archbishop.

vi. The office of Prelate is required to carry out any command given by the Archbishop.

vii. The office of Prelate may not in any way undermine the royal or church authority possessed by both the king and the Archbishop.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Abolishment of the College of Bishops and Establishment of the Ecclesiastical Synod

 

i. The unified legislative body of the College of Bishops is hereby abolished.

ii. The office of Archbishop may henceforth solely be appointed by the sovereign of Renatus.

iii. The body known as an Ecclesiastical Synod, a body compiled of all ordained clergymen regardless of rank, is hereby established, to be headed by the Archbishop of Renatus.

iv. The Ecclesiastical Synod possesses no formal administrative powers, however exists solely as a forum for clerics of the church to meet and discuss grievances, schisms and opinions.

v. The Ecclesiastical Synod is maintained at court in Abresi, however a meeting of all members of the Ecclesiastical Synod may be called by the Archbishop or the Prelate.

vi. Perpetual attendance of the Synod is not required by clergymen, however if a meeting is called all clerics must attend unless they are otherwise unable to do so within reason.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Duties of Bishops

 

i. Bishops are reaffirmed as ecclesiastical administrators of a diocese within the Kingdom of Renatus.

ii. Bishops are senior figures of the Church, subject to the authority of the Archbishop and the Prelate.

iii. Bishops are responsible for the ecclesiastical hold over a diocese, and are required to manage the diocese and keep the local lords under the Church’s will.

iv. Bishops hold primacy over priests within their respective dioceses.

v. The metropolitan bishop, the Metropolitan of Abresi, serves as a head and chief bishop.

vi. Bishops may only be appointed by the Archbishop from amongst the clergy.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Duties of Priests

 

i. All clergymen of the Church not possessing of a rank or position are to be known as priests or clerics, and addressed by the title of Father. They are the backbone and main body of the Church.

ii. Priests of the Church are obligated to spread the word of god whenever possible and are required to be subservient to the Church.

iii. Priests of the Church are to serve as guides, teachers and moral figures around the kingdom.

iv. Priests may be given primacy over a community, church or borough by the Archbishop of Renatus, at which point they are known as ‘parish priests’. Parish priests are required to focus their efforts and duties around their respective communities.

v. Priests deemed schismatic by the Archbishop may be removed from the clergy.

vi. New priests may be ordained by any existing priest provided they swear their undying fealty to God and the Church.

 

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SECTION V

or, Reformation of the Church of the One True Faith

 

i. The Church calls for all clergymen, priests, clerics, religious organizations and holy warriors of Renatus to submit to its will, recognizing the Church’s structure and authority. Disobedience is a crime of apostasy and is punishable by excommunication and shame in the eyes of God.

ii. The Church hereby demands that clergymen are required to fight all forms of evil through martial feats as well as with faith.

iii. The Church requires that its clergymen, priests and clerics, arm themselves and serve as templars of the faith, rooting out evil within the kingdom and spreading the faith through both sword and cross.

iv. The Church reaffirms the lorraine cross of old, its middle bar representing God, its top bar representing the Church and its bottom bar representing humanity, as the symbol of the Faith.

v. The Church decrees that only the Archbishop of Renatus may possess secular land-owning titles within that region.

vi. The Church decrees that all clergymen must wear the appropriate garb and colour attached to their rank.

    - White is the colour of the Archbishop.

    - Black is the colour of the Prelate.

    - Purple is the colour of the bishops.

    - Red is the colour of priests and clerics.

vii. The Church decrees that clergyman are to be given greater privilege and primacy over both ordinary citizens of Renatus and aristocratic nobility, however they are still subject to courts of law.

viii. The Church declares it a sin and a crime to shelter or give aid to an excommunicated person, punishable by use of force.

ix. The Church declares the following individuals prophets of God, who acted or act as his mouthpiece and conveyed his will to the world.

    - St. Godfrey of Horen.

    - His Imperial Majesty, Ostromir Sarkozic Carrion.

x. The Church reserves the right to execute or banish individuals tried in an ecclesiastical court if found guilty of crimes of depravity and immorality, treason to the Church, disobedience, heresy, idolatry or apostasy.

xi. The Church reserves the right to call for the arrest and trial of individuals found to suspected of apostasy, heresy or schism.

xii. The Church reserves the right to summarily punish individuals that represent an ongoing danger to others. This may include traitors against the faith or the crown, rogue sorcerers and witches.

xiii. The Church decrees that disrespect or dishonor against the Archbishop, Prelate or the Crown is a punishable offense.

xiv. The Church reaffirms the Imperial doctrine of clerical marriage, hereby endorsing clerical nuptials as the will of God.

 

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SECTION VI

or, Beatification and Canonization

 

i. The Church hereby canonizes and recognizes the following beatified individuals, in posthumous respect to their deeds in life, as saints of the faith.

- St. Tobias of Aldersberg, (Bl. Toveah Goldman) as patron saint of merchants, wealth and benefactors.

- St. Edmond of Lachsin, (Bl. Edmond Brunswick) as patron saint of loyal soldiers, officers and knights.

- St. Adrian of Leuvaarden, (Bl. Hadrien de Sarkozy) as patron saint of statesmen, politicians and learning.

- St. Thomas of Gaekrin, (Bl. Thomas Chivay) as patron saint of leadership, generals and vassals.

ii. The Church hereby outlines the following already-existing saints as patrons of specific fields.

- St. Godfrey of Horen, patron saint of the Empire, humanity and justice.

- St. Daniel of Al’Khazar, patron saint of the poor, peace and travel.

- St. Lucien of Savoie, patron saint of the Church, piety and crusaders.

- St. Owyn of Banard, patron saint of kings, incorruptibility, racial purity and war.

iii. The Church declares the remains and relics of these aforementioned saints to be holy objects to be recovered and held in the reliquaries present in basilicas and cathedrals.

iv. The Church hereby beatifies the following individual/s.

- Bl. Owyn II of Ruska (High Pontiff Owyn II)

 

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THOMAS I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF AANENBURG I

 

A Golden Bull is proclaimed by the High Patriarch, Thomas I. It is spread throughout the lands, bearing the winds of change for the Church of the True Faith. It reads as such.

 

Deus Magnus, my children. This will be the final document issued by the High Patriarch. After this document has been written, the heretical and stained title will be renounced and be known as a reminder of darker times, when the Church was controlled by the state. I will not suffer the title any longer. Therefore, after this document is released, the clergy of the realm shall gather to elect a High Pontiff, whether it be myself or my esteemed opponent, Bishop Jan of the Barrow, or as otherwise known Siguine of Abresi.  This Golden Bull will finally set right all the doctrinal changes set by the monarchy, and will at long last incorporate Raev and Heartland traditions into a unified doctrine. 

 

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SECTION I

or, Upon the Rites of the Church of the True Faith

 

i. Upon the Rite of Baptism

 -Baptism will henceforth consist of the baptist pushing the blessed individual into water, either in a stream of moving water or stationary.

 -While being pushed, the individual will release a bird, which will therein signify his pact with the Creator as it flies up to the heavens.

   1. A dove, if the individual wishes for peace.

   2. A hawk, if the individual wishes for war.

   3. A crow, if the individual wishes for a life free of bad luck.

   4. A pigeon, if the individual wishes for a life full of good luck.

 -Seven years shall be the age at which an individual will be baptized.

 -Those children who die before the age of seven, regardless of their parentage by race or creed, will be wholeheartedly welcomed into the Seven Skies.

ii. Upon the rite of Ordainment

 -Ordainment is the sacred vow taken by a Priest when he is raised from a Deacon.

 -Ordainment shall not be given to any who have not been a Deacon for at the least two Saint's Years.

 -After being Ordained, the Priest will disavow his family name, and all ties to his old family, and henceforth take the name of his birthplace in the manner of his culture. For instance, Cordal de Herendul, or Cordal von Herendul in the Hanseatic or Kaedreni fashion. 

 -While being Ordained, a priest must take Vows of Clemency, Poverty, and Humility. They shall give up all their worldly possessions, as they have given up their name.

iii. Upon the rite of Marriage

 -For a marriage to be legally binding, the man must bring to his beloved a ring and propose.

 -The marriage between two people of the same gender is strictly forbidden, and is utterly heretical.

 -At the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom must exchange wedding rings, different from the ring of engagement that the man previously gave the woman. 

 -The site of the marriage ceremony does not have to be a church.

 -The priest will say binding words to the two, and they shall henceforth be married.

 -A secular witness must be present to attest to the marriage's legitimacy.

-Marriage is a sacred bond, and in only the most dire circumstances, such as adultery, or one of the spouses engaging in heretical behavior, will a marriage be annulled. 

 

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SECTION II

or, Upon the Hierarchy of the Church

 

i. There are two groups within the church, monastic and secular.

ii. The lowest and entry level rank of the secular church is the Acolyte.

iii. The Acolyte will spend no less than one Saint's Week training in an Abbey.

iv. The next level after Acolyte is Deacon. 

v. The Deacon will spend no less than two Saint's Weeks training to be a Priest alongside a practicing clergy member in a church.

vi. Upon being ordained, the Deacon will be placed in a parish of his own as a Priest. There can be but one Priest per parish. 

vii. If the Priest is found to be pious and just, he may be raised to the level of Bishop and be given administration over a diocese.

viii. The highest level of the church is the office of High Pontiff.

ix. The High Pontiff's rank shall include the Papal Ferula, a staff topped with the Lorraine Cross, and a ring upon which is carved his Papal name, for instance Thomas I Pont Max. 

x. The High Pontiff will be inaugurated in a ceremony presided over by the longest serving Bishop, aside from the Bishop being raised to High Pontiff.

xi. The High Pontiff has the power to create and split apart Dioceses.

xii. The High Pontiff has the power to raise Bishops.

xiii. The High Pontiff may only dismiss a Bishop if he is tried in a clerical court.

xiv. The office of High Pontiff is only relinquished upon death, or in the case of the High Pontiff being missing for a long period of time.

xv. The High Pontiff is elected by the College of Bishops, so long as there is at least three Bishops within the college. 

xvi. Lacking three Bishops within the college, all ordained clergy will vote upon the High Pontiff from the pool of Bishops. 

xvii. The High Pontiff is the head of both secular and monastic parts of the clergy.

xviii. Members of the monastic clergy will live within an Abbey, and be known as Monks.

xix. The head of an Abbey is known as the Abbot.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Beliefs of the True Faith

 

i. These are the final and solid beliefs of the True Faith. They cannot be changed, for they are only the pure truth. Any who change the dogma after this; may they be branded heretics.

ii. All of the dogma of the old church remains true and needs no clarification, aside from the following.

iii. Aenguls and Daemons are immortal beings with free will and free thought, not mere unthinking tools of the Creator. However, they are not to be worshipped, merely revered.

iv. The Prophets, once known as Exalteds, are those who were liberators and unifiers of humanity, granted with vision and guidance from the Creator. They are:

 -Horen.

 -Owyn the Sword of Heaven, the Destroyer

 -Godfrey the Creator

 -Siegmund the Preserver

v. Priests may marry, but can never ascend to the office of Bishop or High Pontiff, lest the positions become hereditary and given to unworthy men.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Clerical Courts

 

i. The Church does now in good faith establish the Clerical Court of Aanenburg.

ii. The Clerical Court is presided over by the High Pontiff.

iii. The Clerical Court is reserved for those among the priesthood who gave grown sinful and twisted, and have committed crimes, or heretics.

iv. A secular court may not render judgement to a Priest of the True Faith.

v. Heretics may not be judged by a secular court, they must be brought before the Clerical Court of Aanenburg.

vi. The College of Bishops will give judgement of guilty or not guilty to the crime.

vii. The High Pontiff will then render punishment upon the heretic.

viii. Punishments for heretics are at the least a session of lashings and for the most extreme heresy: burning at the stake.

ix. Punishments for priests who have become twisted are at the least dismissal from office, and at the most, burning at the stake.

x. Secular judges who attempt to judge Priests or heretics will be condemned as heretics themselves and defiers of the Church.

xi. If the college of bishops has fewer than three Bishops within it, then judgement and sentencing falls to the High Pontiff.

xii. The vote upon guilty or not guilty must be unanimous among the Bishops. 

 

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DANIEL I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY II

 

On the matter of our affirmation as the indisputable, worldwide, and apostolic papal seat as in the days of old...

 

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I, Archbishop of Cyriaum, Successor of the High Priesthoods of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, the Declaration of the Fidei Defensor

 

Know that we, the Canon Church, do hold our right to name a defender of the faith among the lords of the Canonist Communions. And know that we have dignified DUKE OLIVIER DE SAVOIE with this title of Fidei Defensor for his adherence to faith and tradition in plight of certain troubles and his absolute reverence to the Holy Father. We grant him a holy blade to ward away the dens of sin and iniquity and pray that he protects our Canonist flock from the barbarisms of the heathenry, harrenites, and heretics.

 

We afford him certain duties and powers as prescribed...

  • The power to be heard by HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I as his confessor.
  • The power to request a holy crusade against those infidel.
  • The duty to protect the Canonist Church and its faithful.
  • The duty to defend any Canonist lord from infidel invasion.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Order of the Black Sepulchres

 

And we honor those Canonist soldiery and commanders who embody the virtues of our faith by naming them Holy Sers, knights of the Canonist Church, among our communion. In the spirit of Blessed Lendus, we grant these holy warriors ashen urns of deceased martyrs and confessors, to be returned upon a holy ser's demise, so they may remember their vocation to protect the fallen and their traditions. And so we dub...

 

KING ANDRIK VYDRA I, a holy ser of our Canon faith. We afford him the ashen urn of BLESSED DMITIRI OF THE DREADFORT, a Franciscan martyr.

 

COUNT GUY DE BAR, a holy ser of our Canon faith. We afford him the ashen urn of BLESSED DAMON KOVACEVIC, a Franciscan martyr.

 

ADELRAN COULTHARD, a holy ser of our Canon faith. We afford him the ashen urn of BLESSED FREDERICK ROYCE, a Franciscan martyr.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Palatine Guard and the Curia

 

And in this time of foreign invasion by the Denier's will, the Holy Palatinate issues the formation of a PALATINE GUARD to defend the denizens of Cyriaum and the keepers of the faith. We shall appoint HOLY SER ADELRAN COULTHARD as our Commandant and give him three acres to establish a holdfast for our armies. We offer him a sum of five-hundred gilded pieces and request his whole and entire support in the defense and growth of our estates.

 

And we also raise FATHER KAROL ANDRIUKAITIS the post of Monsignor, and name him AUDITOR OF THE TRIBUNAL. May he codify the laws of our estates and bring justice to the wicked and corrupt.

 

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SECTION IV

or, Excommunication

 

We have found that ARN ROVIN I has fallen to blasphemy and heresy, rejecting our Pontificate and consorting with imposter clerics. So we deny him all services spiritual and temporal and deem him excommunicated from our Canon Church, a godless figure in the chronicles of man. We accost him for his derision of the True Faith through wanton declarations of schism and disrespect for our holy institutions. We pray for his repentance.

 

We have found that ARCHON GODFREY HOREN I has fallen to blasphemy and heresy, rejecting our Pontificate and consorting with imposter clerics. So we deny him all services spiritual and temporal and deem him excommunicated from our Canon Church, a godless figure in the chronicles of man. We accost him for his attempts at dismantling the Pontificate and swaying the righteous Vice-Chancellor into declaring an unlawful and unholy interregnum and support of wicked and unjust heresy, along with patronizing the blasphemous Horen occult. We pray for his repentance.

 

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SECTION V

or, the Priests of the Schism

 

And we do bid those clerics and priests who have fallen sway to the worldly desires of their liege to come back to their mother church and abandon iniquity; for you guide a-flock away from our Creator and into the oblivion of the Void. So we urge you to come to council and grant you the font of mercy but once, to abandon the den of lies and restore our holy communion.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY III

 

On the matter of our affirmation as the indisputable, worldwide, and apostolic papal seat as in the days of old,

 

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I, Prince-Bishop of Cyriaum and Fursten, Keeper of the True Faith, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Witness to the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted Testaments, and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, Beatification

 

And so High Pontiff Daniel has bore witness to our pious and martyrs, who have with absolute conviction, found themselves distinct in the fifth sky without toil or otherworldly penance. He names them blessed for their contributions to faith and anoints them a feast day and celebration to commemorate their lives as godly fellows. He has named...

  • KRISTOFF OF HANSETI, for his brave martyrdom defending St. Thomas' Cathedral from an unruly band of dwarven legionnaires. Kristoff, the humble bishop of the Crownlands, stood alone to defend this house of our Creator and was decapitated for his defense. 
  • EMILY OF WOLDZIMIR, for her fervent revelation and command against the schismatics in the great schism war. This pious noblewoman rose to defend her faith from the wayward and wicked when men hid and grew craven; her stunning victories are the story of hymns.

beatified; let their trials and tribulations never be forgotten in the canon of man.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Ecclesiastical Synod

 

In order to deliberate Pontifical succession, High Pontiff Daniel has reformed the Ecclesiastical Synod. It shall consist of three, five or seven members at a time, and upon the resignation or death of a High Pontiff, the Synod will vote among itself to name a new Pontiff. When they are three members of the Synod, members may style themselves Triarch, while five, Pentarch,  and when seven, Septarch. The Synod must always have at least two bishops, but the rest of the Synod may be chosen by the Pontiff from any of the ordained clergy.

 

The Synod also holds the due responsibility, as a collective, to organize evidence in regards to the canonization of those beatified and sanctified. From henceforth, all figures being considered for beatification or sainthood must be approved by a majority vote by the Synod before being named by the Pontiff.

 

High Pontiff Daniel has named the following to be raised to the Synod. 

  • HUMBERT OF HUMBERT, Bishop of Savoy
  • GERALD OF ROSEMOOR, Bishop of the Crownlands
  • BRANAFORD OF CAVAN, Parish Priest of Karovia, Court Chaplain to His Majesty
  • JOHAN OF SIEGRAD, Parish Priest of Siegrad
  • FABIAN OF CYRIAUM, Brother of Cyriaum, Secretariat to His Holiness

 

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SECTION III

or, the Clerical Schools of Thought

 

All clergymen are expected to fulfill similar duties; serve the realm by promoting matters spiritual and intellectual to foster a righteous faith and culture. However, the Church of the Canon recognizes that there exist a myriad of ways to accomplish these lofty goals. Each method yields its own virtue and in accordance with the Canon, the High Pontiff has chosen to illustrate the four most common schools of thought, as to present the clergy various niches to consider.

 

The clerical school of thoughts are not hard and fast ideologies but rather symbolize a broad spectrum of theological practices. The High Pontiff encourages the clergy of the realm to investigate and specialize based on their characteristics in order to provide better religious service to our faithful. 

 

SIBYLISM: Often regarded as 'knights of the mind', clergymen who lean towards sibylism tend to stress the importance of knowledge. They dabble in arts and the sciences, making fine philosophers and ward fathers in the parishes they seek. As a result, however, they tend to be a bookish lot, focusing more on their studies and theses than spreading actively to communities. Often times, they would find themselves serving in a lord's council, providing valuable insight in medicine, history, philosophy, theology, and engineering given their intellectual expertise. Sibylists are most associated with the Exalted Horen and the Book of Virtue, as Horen is regarded to be the most humble of the Exalted, and also the first to review holy scripture. They often bear croziers of wood to represent the parchment they work with.

 

Prominent Sibylists include High Pontiff Daniel, Brother Fabian Virosi, and Deacon Jude.

 

FLAMENISM: Flamens are considered the most bold clergymen, acting as chaplains on the frontlines of conflicts and inspiring soldiery with brazen speeches of purity. They are warlike and aggressive, often regarded as purists in their mannerism. Many Flamens are even trained as templars to deal with apostate magi, dispose of abominations, and perform inquisitions on settlements of suspicion. They are schooled in both secular and clerical law in order to dole the Creator's justice where they can. Such brazen zealotry can lead to alienate the commons, however. Flamens are most associated with the Exalted Owyn and the Book of Spirit, as Owyn is known for his fiery nature, and the Book of Spirit revolves around the purity of the Canon faith against lesser ones. They often bear croziers of ferrum to symbolize their iron sense of justice.

 

Prominent Flamens include St. High Pontiff Lucien I, Blessed High Ecclesiarch Radomir, and High Pontiff Pius II.

 

EPULONISM: It is said those clergy who indulge in the school of Epulonism are those most loved by the commons. Known commonly as "Celebrants", those of the Epulone clerical school of thought tend to focus on bettering the lives of the smallfolk. Often they use tithes to host great fairs to celebrate feast days of saints, or strive to improve the living conditions of settlements by assuming stewardship roles in their local communities. They are people-oriented and natural born leaders, using church influence to accomplish social reforms and progress. However, often times an Epulone's attachment to a community can lead to decadence. Epulones are most associated with the Exalted Godfrey and the Scroll of Gospel, as Godfrey's splendor and charitable nature led to a great rise in faith as people associated it with fair and feast. They often bear croziers made of carbarum to symbolize the bounty of the Creator.

 

Prominent Epulones include St. Wilfriche, St. Everard and Blessed High Pontiff Adeodatus.

 

AUGURISM: The most mystic of the clerical schools, Augurism is known for its sages and ascetics. These augurs often wander the realm giving traveling sermons and baptismal rites over the comfortable lifestyle of a parish priest. They forgo luxuries due to deep reverence for the Seven Skies and disdain for the world about them. Their wisdom and perspective often rivals even the most senior clergymen due to their willingness to indulge in their humility. However, Augurs are sometimes viewed with suspicion by more formal priests due to their homely customs and lack of grace. Augurs are most associated with the Exalted Sigmund and the Scroll of Auspice, as Siegmund is regarded to be  the most sagely of the exalted and the Book of Auspice's harrowing and somber nature matches its Augur patrons. They often sport croziers made of stone to symbolize their somber sense of humility and the fragility of the world around them.

 

Prominent Augurs include St. Bogdan, St. Amyas, and Blessed Peter.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY IV

 

On the matter of our affirmation as the indisputable, worldwide, and apostolic papal seat as in the days of old,

 

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I, Prince-Bishop of Cyriaum and Fursten, Keeper of the True Faith, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Witness to the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted Testaments, and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, Beatification

 

And so High Pontiff Daniel has bore witness to our pious and martyrs, who have with absolute conviction, found themselves distinct in the fifth sky without toil or otherworldly penance. He names them blessed for their contributions to faith and anoints them a feast day and celebration to commemorate their lives as godly fellows. He has named...

 

  • RICHARD DE BAR; for revitalizing the Order of St. Amyas, patronizing both holy works and holy deeds, and toppling the Caesaropapist Regime of old. We anoint Richard a holy warrior most pious in resolve and name him blessed among the fifth sky.
  • OTTO ROVIN; for turning to Canonism when his Rovin ilk demanded schism, abandoning crowns and comforts for GOD, aiding the Palatine efforts, and bringing faith to the barren North. We anoint Otto a holy warrior most pious in resolve and name him blessed among the fifth sky.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Ecclesiastical Synod

 

High Pontiff Daniel has named THEODOSIUS OF FURSTEN following to be raised to the Synod. given the vacancy presented in the death of Fabian the Elder. We name him Penatch of the Ecclesiastical Synod.

 

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DANIEL II

 

GOLDEN BULL OF HUSS III

 

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL II, Vicar of God, Supreme Pontiff of the Faithful, Primate of Oren, Bishop of Huss, Servant to the Servants of God does decree…

 

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SECTION I

or, the Reaffirmation of the Eddictum Neutralitas

 

In this time of war and strife, High Pontiff Daniel II has declared it right and fitting that the Church of the Canon remain neutral, respecting the wishes of his predecessor, Sixtus III, and maintaining that the Church and the state be separate. It is altogether unnecessary for the godly institution of the Creator to become entwined in politics and violence. The war shall remain a secular conflict, that all members of the Church pray comes to a swift end.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Creation of New Dioceses

 

His Holiness, Daniel II, sees fit to create the following Diocese, and granting their stewardship to the following capable officials:

 

  • The Diocese of Drusco, comprising Peremont and the territory of Drusco, administered by Bishop Oscar of Norfolk

  • The Diocese of Adria, comprising the territory of Brelus and Barrowyck, administered by Bishop Edmond de Montfort

  • The Diocese of Vanaheim, comprising the territory of Port Vydrik, Saltstone, and Crow’s Roost, which is yet to be assigned.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Establishment of the Order of St. Julia

 

In an effort to prevent the young women of Oren from turning to sinfulness, and to provide positive role models of piety and goodness for humanity, the High Pontiff has seen fit to sanction an official order of Nuns, founded by Sister Lorina. The Order of St. Julia will strive to uphold the virtues of chastity, charity, and conversion of the heathen. Sister Lorina will now be known as Abbess Lorina, and given full authority over the existing nunnery of the Church.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Excommunication of Arstan Bedell

 

For blind arrogant sin, and the unprovoked and aggressive insults to His Holiness Daniel II, the Church has seen fit to excommunicate the trumped up Arstan Bedell, who claims protection from Exalted Owyn while ironically attacking the Church he helped found. We render him: Damned and Excommunicated. May his soul burn forever in consuming flame.

 

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SECTION V

or, the Forgiveness of Xavier de Sola

The High Pontiff Daniel II has seen fit to lift the excommunication of Xavier de Sola, being as he has endured great penance for his crimes against Creator and man. His soul is clear, and he is once again welcome in the house of the Creator.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF LUCIENSPORT I

 

HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL II, Vicar of God, Supreme Pontiff of the Faithful, Primate of Oren, Bishop of Huss, Servant to the Servants of God does decree…

 

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SECTION I

or, A New Addition to the Holy Order of the Black Sepulchre

 

Baldwin de Bar is henceforth raised to the Knighthood of the Black Sepulcher for his valor in the holy war against the Tachars, for his capturing of the Tachar fortress, and his gathering of a mighty host to fight in the name of the faith. He will be given the Ashen Urn of Blessed William the Beggar.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Laws of the Legitimization of Bastards

 

  • Ducal houses and greater must have the legitimization approved by both their liege lord and the Pentarchy of the Holy Synod.

  • All other individuals and houses must seek their local bishop and liege lord for legitimization.

  • The father of the bastard must bring up the issue to the respective authorities.

  • Failure to comply with these laws may result in consistorial court sentencing, resulting in a refusal to legitimize the child and possible excommunication.


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SECTION III

or, the Establishment of the Consistorial Court

 

  • Clergy cannot be executed in a church court unless they have taken a life.

  • To raise charges against a clergyman costs 500 minas.

  • Church courts only apply to defamation of character, drunkenness, swearing, apathy to faith, heresy, perjury, impersonation of clerics, failure to pay tithes, ill treatment of women, offensive sexual behaviors, divorce, and legal cases against clergymen.

  • Clergy have the right to be tried in clerical courts.

  • Failure to attend or respect the Church’s consistorial courts can be grounds for fines or, at worst,  excommunication.

  • The Right of Sanctuary occurs if a criminal can make it to a Church before they are arrested. He or she is safe for up for 3 days, to confess his sins in the church. Those pursuing the criminal must wait outside the Cathedral and may guard the Cathedral to ensure the accused does not escape. A legal coroner must come to confiscate the criminal’s goods, and he will assign said criminal a port of exile which they may take exile for their crimes.

  • Clergymen, regardless of any crime must attend a clerical grand jury decision on whether or not to be indicted if accused. If they are to be indicted, and the case is murder, the case is brought before a regular court with a bishop’s supervision as junior judge.


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SECTION IV

or, the Raising of Saints

 

The following Beatified have been raised to sainthood.

  • Saint Richard de Bar, for his valor in taking Junavos and ending caesareopapism, and for the performance of two known miracles.

    • When buried Saint Richard wore a coronet made of iron, when later found beneath Adrianople it had transformed into band of gold - King Guy now wears the blessed Circlet of Saint Richard as his crown.

    • When fighting in the desert sands of Junavos Richard de Bar was caught out in a sandstorm with several men, yet when the storms seemed at their most vicious and threatening to overwhelm the group they fell to their knees and began to pray. Instantly they cleared around the figure of Duke Richard and he led the group to safety from the fatal sandstorm.

  • Saint Otto Rovin, for his bravery in bringing the Waldenian Schism to a close, and for the performance of two known miracles.

    • Otto, while fleeing Aesterwald after his banishment, discovered another criminal on the run. After much conversing with the man, Otto convinced him to confess his sins and come south, where the man lived up to the 112th seed and lived a prosperous life, bearing many children despite his advanced age.

    • Otto gave his Lorraine Cross to a starving family during his life. Years later, once the family had their first child, the house burnt down with the babe inside. On closer inspection, it was found the baby survived, wearing the cross while covered in ash and soot.


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SECTION V

or, A Warrant for Arstan Bedell


We had just been about to forgive and lift the excommunication of Arstan Bedell when it was found that he had been accused of new and grievous sins, including the unholy and pagan burning of a Nun of the church. To face these charges he will be hunted down and tried in an official Consistorial Court.

 

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SECTION VI

or, the Establishment of the Curia

 

The following individuals have been raised to the Pontifical Curia,

Bishop Adrian Chivay - Vice Chancellor

Leon d'Amaury - Auditor of the Tribunal

Baldwin de Bar - Commandant of the Guard

Bishop Edmond - Dean of the State

Monsignor Virosi - Secretariat of His Holiness.

 

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EVERARD II

 

GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY V

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, the End of the Crusades

 

The call to arms issued by my predecessor is promptly ended, the defence Luciensport and it’s surrounding territories granted to the Grandmaster of the Lotheringian Order, Baldwin de Bar. Missionaries will once again flow throughout the southern continent.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Reformation of the Orenian Dioceses

 

His Holiness, Everard II finds the ecclesiastical organisation of the faithful’s dioceses lacking, thus the following will be enacted

 

The defunct Diocese of Adria will be reformed, the Diocese of the Lorraine taking its place under the administration of Piers of Summerhall.

The Diocese of Vanaheim is to be passed to Vice-Chancellor Adrian of Kaedrin.

The Diocese of the Crownlands, previously administered by Bishop Humbert of Humbert, shall be withheld until the recommendations of the Pentarchy can be considered

The parishes of the Kaedreni flock will be entrusted to the Father Iosif of Roiye whom will be appointed to Bishop.

 

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SECTION III

or, A Warrant for the Ordon of Silum

 

For the attempted murder of a member of the Papal Curia, it is with a heavy heart I denounce the silent retinue of my predecessor. Violent actions against fellow Canonists are unacceptable. The Silumites are hereby wanted by the church, they are to be brought before a jury of the faithful and tried in Luciensport.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Reassessment of Previous Affirmations

 

Due to the abnormalities in the late Bishop of Felsen's ledgers, and the possibility of corruption within the ranks of our clergy, as of now the previous 'Bull of Luciensport' is considered null, both the discussions of a Canonist Court system, and the newly Canonized, are to be reprocessed, a second round of votes to be considered. An absolute majority will be REQUIRED. 

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY VI

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

or, In the Wake of the Death of Guy, King of Oren

 

The actions taken by crown forces in the chaos of the recent assassination are unacceptable, in response to this sacrilegious act the Pontificate and the Church of the Faithful doth denounce Sergius de Bar and those whom took part in the desecration of another holy sanctum under his ‘watchful’ eyes. Furthermore, the Pontificate calls Sergius and his followers to trial for their illegitimate acts of violence and refuses to acknowledge any claim he hath to the throne.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Proclamation of a Holy Orenian Emperor

 

Yet the Church does recognize the frailty of her patron state and weeps for the turmoil brought forth from the wicked act of regicide. With no true successor in sight, the Church does call upon JOHN FREDERICK HOREN, scion and heir of Godfrey’s legacy by the law of primogeniture, to take upon the mantle of Holy Orenian Emperor and restore peace to the realm of man. We seek to anoint and consecrate his claim true, offering him the Imperial crown as the ruler of all mankind so that he might establish the fifth great Empire of Man.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY VII

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, Restructuring

 

  • Duties within the Crownlands Metropolitan Diocese will be handed to Iosif tau Roiye, his position within Kaedrin being swiftly withdrawn as a result and held by the Pontificate until a suitable replacement is discovered.
  • The Diocese of Metz (Istria) will be incorporated into the ecclesiastical territories of the Crownlands underneath the newly appointed Metropolitan Bishop until a proper recommendation for the position can ascend.
  • Commandant Baldwin de Bar will be handed authority over southern Visiga, serving as Castellan over the forts situated there. This area would serve as the headquarters of the Lotharingian Order, and anyone else the Pontificate deems worthy.
  • Father Timothy of Cyrium is appointed Abbot over the Order of St. Julia, in the absence of the Abbess Lorina.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Reconstruction within the Crownlands

 

With the assistance of Emperor John Frederick, and the cooperation of the local parishes, the Felsen Cathedral of St. Adrian will be rebuilt grander and more impressive than its predecessor. The Cathedral being newly christened accordingly once the work has been fully pieced together.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Order of the Black Sepulchre

 

Many men of proud and chivalrous values have revealed themselves over the course of our history in Vailor, and with the grace of GOD those faithful men are to either to ascend, or to begin training for, the ranks of the Black Sepulchre.

 

Risen to the Sepulchre:

  • Vytenis Andriukaitiis, for his devotion to the Tarchary Crusades. He is handed the ashen urn of BLESSED EMILY OF WOLDZMIR, a heroine of the Schism War.

To be Trained:

  • Kazimir Vladov, for his skill in battle, along with his long list of experience in wars both in Athera, and Vailor.
  • Bernhard von Craw, for his championing of Luciensport in multiple tourneys.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Curia

 

Luciensport and the faithful are finally ready to move forward, that said administrative positions are in dire need of being filled. With the passing of the Auditor, Brother Leon d’Amaury, and my own ascension to the Pontificate seat, new appointments must be made.

 

  • Monsignor Tobia of Montfort - Dean of State
  • Monsignor Clement August, von Ponce - Auditor of the Tribunal
  • Monsignor Pollycarp - Domestic Prelate

 

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SECTION V

or, the Diplomatic Corps

 

Since the days of my mentor, Sixtus III, the Elvish members of our faithful have dwindled. It is the wish of the Pontificate that the interests of the Canon be expressed within the provinces of the elves. Relations and religious understanding must be expressed, and so a Nuncio must be appointed and maintained.

 

  • Brother Berenden Roost - Nuncio to the Elven Provinces.

 

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SECTION VI

or, the Fidei Defensor

 

And with the ascension of the Emperor, the Pontificate bestows upon him DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, for his commitment to the well being of his God anointed state and his respect for the Vicar of GOD. With this anointment comes great power, and responsibility.

 

  • The power to be heard by HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II as his confessor.
  • The power to request a holy crusade against those infidel.
  • The duty to protect the Canonist Church and its faithful.
  • The duty to defend any Canonist lord from infidel invasion

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY VIII

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

The epidemics that previously enveloped Vailor left many of the faithful concerned and scared. Though the previous political chaos delayed this response, with the recent stability gained the Pontificate can now address those issues. 

 

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SECTION I

or, the Synod

 

The ranks of our Synod have been left unattended, that said, the following are to be appointed.

-Bishop Piers of Summerhall, administrator to the Lorrainian Dioceses.

-Clement August, Auditor of the Tribunal

 

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SECTION II

or, the Aengulic Orders

 

After meeting with delegations from the Paladins and the Clerics an understanding has come about. Both orders have professed and reassured the Pontificate of their loyalty to the faithful, myself, and to GOD. That said, the Pontificate asserts newfound policies. Individuals within the Aengulic Orders who commit acts of sacrilege or idolatry are to be handed over to the Pontificate. As reassured by both groups, those who value their patron over their LORD are purged from their respective orders, thus it is a simple matter to hand those removed to the Auditor of the Tribunal, and his enforcers. Paladins and Clerics whom serve the Creator above their Aengulic patrons serve the Faith, they are not to be persecuted. As for Xanists and Taharites, men and women who have turned to the worship and reverence of their patron, they are to be prosecuted.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Charitable Orders

 

The Order of St. Daniel worked wonders under the reign of Sixtus III, but perished, along with its works when Abbot Radovid was slain. Those days are to be resurrected, the Order reconstituted and lead by Father Enoch of Haense. Let those of the Malinorian Provinces once again be enlightened under a peaceful and nonviolent hand.

 

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SECTION IV

or, Canonization

 

Both Richard of Bar and Otto of Vanderfell have been reassessed by the Triarchy, with the former remaining Blessed, the other rising to Sainthood. Thomas Denims has also been elevated to the beautified.

 

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SECTION V

or, the Formation of the Tribunal

 

The history of the faithful within Vailor has been one constantly plagued by protestant afflictions and heresy, as both the Harvesters and the fallen Aengul have proven, further enforcement of Canonist values is needed. As of the 17th of The Grand Harvest the Pontificate hereby authorizes the formation of a specialized Inquisition to correct and fight enemies of the faithful both domestically and abroad. Those righteous men will settle themselves within Luciensport and travel across the land upon the order of his Holiness, or the Judicial Vicar Clement August.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY IX

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

or, Nova Dioecesi et Ecclesiastica Promotione

 

Accommodation of the faithful within the Outremer Frontiers are to be addressed and made, the following dioceses are to be formed within those respective provinces and administrators appointed to said regions,

- The Dioceses of Erochland, encompassing the lands neath Governor Constantine.

- The Dioceses of Fenland, under the influence of Prince Andrew Tundrak.

- Niklas of Vanderfell is appointed Bishop of the Erochland Dioceses for his contributions and value within it.

- Brother Polycarp is appointed Metropolitan of the Crownlands, let him help advise his son and rejuvenate the faithful of Felsen.

- Rafael of Cōrdoba is appointed Bishop of the Fenland Dioceses, let his broad expertise within the schools of conversion help him guide the frontiers to enlightenment.

- Enoch of Hanse is appointed as Abbot of the Order of St. Daniel, for his accomplishments within the Elven Governorate.

- Yesil of Kralta is given charge of providing spiritual enlightenment upon the Fellowship of Tahariae as its Chaplain.

 

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SECTION II

or, Curia Designotiones et Synodus Designatione

 

The passing of our beloved Commandant and faithful Metropolitan leaves both commissions open, their duties unfulfilled. There are men of great potential and service within GOD’s flock that are ready to be appointed to both the Curia, and the Synod.

- Inquisitor-General Miguel Cortez is appointed Commandant. May he serve with faith and dignity.

- Abbot Enoch of Hanse is given Domestic Prelate, for his service within the Elven territories.

- Bishop Rafael of Cōrdoba is given Domestic Prelate, for his spiritual guidance of the Inquisition, and his righteous pursuit of heretics everywhere

- Bishop Niklas of Vanderfell is given Domestic Prelate, for his dedication to conversion, within Erochland.

- Bishop Rafael of Cōrdoba is appointed to the Holy Synod.

 

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SECTION III

or, Possible Canonizations

 

Many a man has been martyred within the lands of Vailor since the landings here. Throughout time settling this land Humanity has seen wars the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Schismatics were driven from the northern lands of Athera. Many faithful servants of the LORD have passed, and thus those truly holy men should be honored for their service. Whether they were martyred in war, or killed in peacetime, the following men are to be considered for beatification:

- Baldwin de Bar

- Humbert of Humbert

- Radovid of Blaviken

- High Pontiff Sixtus III

 

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SECTION IV

or, Inquisition Reformation

 

Due to a lack of regulation, the Inquisition will be subject to immediate, and future changes.

- Inquisitors will now be assigned a specific area in which they are to operate, they’re to be given their position by either the Inquisitor-General or the Pontificate.

- Inquisitors are expected to work in tandem with the local Bishop on issues within their assigned regions.

-The Inquisitorial Tericos will be called in, only at the regional Inquisitor's behest, typically after a negotiation with the Diocesan Bishop and the local Lord. 

- Inquisitors are to respect the Edicts of his Imperial Majesty, whom has been given the crown by GOD through his chosen Vicar.

- Miguel Cortez is made the Inquisitor-General of Luciensport.

- Bernhard von Craw is made the Inquisitor of Courland.

 

Within the near future the Curia, along with the Papal Synod, will begin work on a writ on a code of Canonist Law. This code would act to guide the hearts of all Canonists everywhere and provide a more detailed and legitimate base for Inquisitorial authority.

 

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SECTION V

or, the Order of the Black Sepulchres

 

- Ser Marius Baruch,  Sepulchre of Blessed Kristoff of Hanseti.

- Ser Bernhard von Craw, Sepulchre of Blessed Thomas Denims.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY X

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

Administrationis Regionalis

 

  • The Dioceses of Kvas, encompassing the lands previously known as Haense.

  • Rafael of Cōrdoba is appointed Bishop of the Kvas, the Fenland Dioceses from this point will be managed from Luciensport rather than any one Bishop. This is decree is also extended to the Erochland Dioceses.

  • Peredono of Valenza is appointed as Bishop of Savoy, replacing the missing Oscar of Norfolk, whom hasn’t been seen since the Papal Elections.

 

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SECTION II

Papalem Administrationis

 

  • The laymen Royce of Bonehill is appointed as Dean of State.

  • Abbot Enoch of Hanse is given Domestic Prelate, for his service within the Elven territories.

  • Bishop Rafael of Cōrdoba is given Domestic Prelate, for his spiritual guidance of the Inquisition, and his righteous pursuit of heretics everywhere

  • His Eminence, Peredono of Valenza is hereby appointed to the Synod in place of Father Oscar of Norfolk

 

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SECTION III

Canonizationes

 

After a period of voting the Pentarchy has finally came to a decision upon the newly Beautified.  

  • Vice-Chancellor Humbert of Humbert

  • Abbot Radovid of Blaviken

  • Holy Ser Vytenis of Luciensport

 

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SECTION IV

Inquisitorial Destinationes

 

  • Inquisitor Iosif Vladov, Overseer of Salvus

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY XI

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

The Pastoral Tour

 

Our Holy Father has emerged from his isolation within the confines of his Papal Apartments. He sails across the Outremer to travel to each major Duchy, County, and Capital to meet with the faithful there. The following territories will be visited in order by the Pontificate and all whom accompany him.

  • The Dukedom of Istria

    • Dour Watch

    • Alasces

  • The Grand Principality of Savoy

    • Peremont

  • The Dukedom of Lorraine

    • Brelus

    • Barrowyk

    • Darkwood

  • The Magnate of Kaedrin

    • Wett

  • The Princedom of Laurelin

    • Laurelin

  • The Dukedom of Courland

    • Saltstone

    • Riga

    • Kraken’s Watch

    • Salvus

  • The Dukedom of Carnatia

    • Kvas

  • The Crownlands

    • Felsen

 

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SECTION II

Declaration of Illegitimacy

 

The Pontificate and his Vice-Chancellor formally proclaim the actions taken in regards to the late Father Augustus illegitimate. From this point on, it is precedent that when a clergyman flees ecclesiastical authority he loses his rights to be tried by a Canonist Court.

 

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SECTION III

Curial Adjustments

 

Due to the stance mentioned in the section above Father Clemens August, the Auditor whom oversaw the trial is formally removed from the Curia of the Church. He is invited to again work towards a prestigious position within our Church via the regaining of his reputation. With Father Clemens demotion there is the need for his role to be filled, the Pontificate sees fit to appoint the following clergyman to the Curia:

  • Father Johannes of Riga

  • Father Colin of Brelus

  • Father Josef of Yale

 

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SECTION IV

Synod Appointments

 

Due to the death of his Eminence, Bishop Rafael of Cordobe, and the internal resignation of Bishop Piers of Lorraine two Pentarchal spots have been opened. The following men of the Church are hereby appointed to the Synod:

  • Father Edward Jrent

  • Father Colin of Brelus

 

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SECTION V

Canonization

 

The Following Deceased are to be considered for Canonization:

  • His Eminence, Bishop Rafael of Cordobe

  • Holy Ser, Marius Braunch

 

 

With his passing to our Lord GOD, Rafael of Cordobe is blessed for his zealous service to the Church and his part in leading the exiles of Cordobe to the Outremer. His tedious record-keeping and Diocesan Censuses will further the Church’s knowledge of its faithful for an unforetold time. As the Holy Ser Marius rises to heaven, he will remain firm in the records of the Church and the prayers of the faithful. For his service with the blade and shield, Marius will be blessed. A veteran of the Crusades and listed among the Founders of Luciensport, this man served without self-interest by dedicating his entire existence to GOD.  

 

The following are to be considered for Sainthood:

  • Morris of Moz

 

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SECTION VI

Foundation of an Abbey

 

The Isle of Yale has been settled by a brotherhood of devout monks, serving in the name of Saint Daniel. The Abbey will serve as a center of  operations for the gentile missionary movement. Father Lars of Auvergne, at the head of the monastery, will oversee the day-to-day labor of the monkhood. When they are not planting seed and brewing ale, they will go in large groups to preach to the flocks of Erochian elves, sons of Urguan, and even the Dunamis Horde that dwell on the adjoining lands. Father Lars and Father Josef are hereby appointed as co-Abbots of Yale

 

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SECTION VII

Dioceses

 

The Dioceses of Carnatia and Lorraine are in need of new administration following the second Diet of Metz. The following men are appointed to those positions:

  • Colin of Brelus is appointed Bishop of Carnatia

  • The Dioceses of Lorraine will be held in regency by our Holy Father in order for the new Clerics of the church to vy for the appointment.

 

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SECTION VIII

The Exalted Codex: Book One

 

The publication of the first of seven books of law concerning the Canonist Church has come now about. The previous laws passed underneath Daniel II are hereby abolished. From this point on the Exalted Codex shall replace those law, with certain passages from the previous texts being amended and added to the Codex. The first of those seven mentioned is GOVERNANCE, which deals with the powers and jurisdictions of the Codex itself.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF CARNATIA I

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree...

 

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SECTION I

Formation of Archdioceses

 

The ecclesiastical landscape of our fair and pious Church has changed substantially since the founding of the fifth empire. That said, the current diocese of our faith are simply not enough, to avoid the over saturation of Papal positions the following Archdiocese are carved from the current borders of the Orenian State.

  • The Archdiocese of Lotharia, administered by Peredono of Valenza

    • Comprised of the Kaedren, Lorraine, and Savoy diocese.

  • The Archdiocese of Metz, administered by Adrian of Kaedrin

    • Comprised of Felsen and Istria.

  • The Archdiocese of Visiga, administered by High Pontiff Everard II

    • Comprised of Erochland and Luciensport.

  • The Diocese of Carnatia remains apart, independent of the jurisdiction granted above.

  • The Diocese of Courland remains apart, now administered by Gianfranco of Felsen.

 

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SECTION II

Formation of  a Patriarchate

 

The addition of the Malinorian states to the fold of the empire also bodes well for our Canon. The Holy Light of our awe inspiring GOD may shine upon the Elves for the first time since Aegisian times. To commemorate this achievement the Wood and Dark Elven peoples are honored with the creating of a Patriarchate, the first of it’s kind. Abbot Enoch of Haense has proven to be of the utmost respect in the region and is tasked with guiding our new brothers to the seven skies.

  • His Beatitude, Enoch of Haense is proclaimed the first Patriarch of Laurelin.

 

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SECTION III

The Inquisitorial Recall

 

With their inevitable fall from grace all Inquisitors involved within the current diocese of Oren are hereby called back to Luciensport for reassignment. The unpious amass in other lands that must be called to account.

 

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SECTION IV

Clarification of Rank and Style

 

  • The High Pontiff, chosen by GOD through an anonymous vote by the Papal Synod, he administers the faith and by tradition crowns the Monarch any Canonist Kingdom.

    • Styled as ‘His Holiness’, addressed as ‘Your Holiness.’

  • Patriarchs, chosen by the High Pontiff to represent and adapt the faith to foreign Canonist states that accept them. Patriarchs are second only to the High Pontiff himself, they are an extremely vital part of the Church, rarely given to any at all.

    • Styled as ‘His Beatitude’, addressed as ‘Your Beatitude.’

  • Archbishops, chosen by the High Pontiff or his Patriarch, Archbishops administer major sects of land and are usually junior to their appointers, listed above. They typically handle the affairs of multiple diocese within a nation.

    • Styled as ‘His Excellency,’ addressed as ‘Your Excellency.’

  • Bishops, appointed by the High Pontiff and his immediate juniors. Bishops often administer singular duchies.

    • Styled as ‘His Eminence,’ addressed as ‘Your Eminence.’

  • Priests, appointed by their superiors listed above, often oversee local towns within Canonist Nations. They are the backbone of the faith and maintain pious behavior across the board.

    • No styling, addressed simply as ‘Father.’

  • Abbots, appointed by the High Pontiff, Abbots usually set up local permanent parishes in foreign lands with the goal of conversion. They spread the faith in the hopes that the people will find the Light of God.

    • Styled as ‘His Eminence,’ addressed as ‘Your Eminence.”

  • Monks, appointed by their immediate superiors, Monks travel Vailor preaching of the faith to anyone whom might listen. They are masters of doctrine and the backbones of foreign conversion.

    • No styling, addressed simply as ‘Father.’Recruitment Branch

  • Deacons, basic practitioners of the faith. They are considered, for the most part, laymen, whom are on the track to becoming an ordained member of the clergy. They are often appointed to said position from their Acolyte stage after the submission of their first Thesis.

    • No styling, addressed simply as ‘Brother.’

  • Acolytes, the newly recruited fresh faces of the Church, appointed typically by those above the rank of Bishop or Abbot.

    • No styling, addressed simply as ‘Brother.’

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF DIBLEY XII

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II, Archbishop of Visigia, Prince-Bishop of Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

Synod Appointments

 

The Holy Father with clear mind and soul does solemnly appoint the following clerics to the Synod.

  • His Eminence, Prince-Archbishop Fernando of Visiga

  • Monsignor Johannes of Riga

  • Father Vladimir Mosin of Saltstone

 

Father Fernando of Visiga is hereby appoint as it’s Prince-Archbishop. He will preserve the Holy Lands and further grow the bustling port city through it’s important period of growth. The Archbishopric will remain fairly autonomous as before, and its future administrators will be elected from the pool of clergymen within the territory.

 

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SECTION II

Inquisitorial Disbandment

 

With advice from the Pontificate the Inquisitorial Tribunal is officially disbanded. The remaining Inquisitors and loyal Tericos are ordered to halt their pouting and once again report to the Commandant if they still wish to serve the Church as laymen. Some sort of replacement will be created to fill the vacuum. With the disbandment of the old Inquisition, in its place is erected The Apostolic Brotherhood of the Holy Cross of the Outremer and St. Everard. The Apostolic Brotherhood will pick up the mission of the Inquisition. It will be headed by Don Miguel Cortes, Knight of the Black Sepulchre. He, as Apostolic Knight, is given authority to take in Ashen Knights of the Black Sepulchre into his Apostolic Order. They will be the southern counterpart to the Lotharingian Revival. They are intrusted with the crimson cross of St. Everard (and the Outremer) and the mission of safeguarding the southern continent, as well as the Church as a whole.

 

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SECTION III

Lotharingian Revival

 

The legacy of the Lotharingians of Luciensport is hereby handed to Duke Otto II of Carnatia, let his men serve the Canon respectfully and piously. The Grandmaster of the Lotharingians is therefore given the authority to train new Ashen Knights of the Black Sepulchre, and are intrusted with the charred cross of Brelus, that which was the only thing salvaged from the ruins of the Cathedral.

 

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SECTION IV

Transition of the Holy See

 

With Luciensport now home to the Visian Archbishop, his Holiness wishes to move the Papal Administration to the capital of Felsen. Within the Crownlands his Holiness will focus on the spiritual guidance of the Orenian peoples, with Archbishop Adrian of Kaedrin remaining as Metropolitan of the City, and administrator of Metz.

 

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THEODOSIUS I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF HOLOFERNES X

 

SECTION I

or, Appointments to the Holy Synod and Curia

 

We hereby raise Enoch of Haense, Fabian Virosi the Lesser, Benegar Gotthold, and Maurice Gradic to the Holy Synod, with a fifth vacant seat. May God guide them in counseling the High Pontificacy. Additionally, Maurice Gradic is raised to the rank of Vice Chancellor.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Pontifical Duke of Visigia

 

We hereby disestablish the office of Lord Vicar, and delegate its competencies and authority to the newly-created Pontifical Duke of Visiga. This title is to be held by John Roswell, former Duke of Istria, and his lawful issue in perpetuity, until such a time the Holy Synod sees fit to appoint a new holder. His experience and loyalty to God shall bring men and women throughout Oren to Visiga once again. As Pontifical Duke of Visiga, he is permitted to exercise all powerfuls of lawful lordship. May GOD bless him in any decisions he makes.

 

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SECTION III

or, the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche

 

The forces of the Faith Vigilant are hereby unified under the command of the Knights of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche, itself led by the Holy Knight-Commander, at this time Holy Ser Edward d’Ambray. Furthermore, the Church prohibits its membership from the establishment of new holy orders, and mandates that members of the priesthood, episcopacy, and cardinalate shall not retain personal guards, excepting members of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Holy Seat

 

The Pontifical Seat shall return to its rightful place in the Palatine State of Visiga, where imperial and ecclesiastical affairs are less likely to mingle. The safety of the High Pontificacy and the cardinalate cannot be risked in the unstable political climate of Felsen, which is subject to frequent raids. Under the oversight of the Holy Synod and the Pontifical Duke, suitable defenses are to be forged in Visiga where they could not be in the imperial capital.

 

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SECTION V

or, Fundamentum Ecclesiae et Pater Ecclesiae

 

With the approval of His Imperial Majesty and His Holiness, and the unanimous assent of the Holy Synod, we hereby institute the Fundamentum Ecclesiae and the Pater Ecclesiae as founding documents of the Church of the Canon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH IS THE LAW. Because this is so, we have gathered this quorum of the priesthood in unanimous ardor to proclaim the Word of God, and to settle the laws of the episcopate and the pontificacy. Together we acclaim the accession of the Vicar of God and honor the imperial office, twin pillars of humanity and the world. It was the law of Exalted Horen, the Virtue, which brought order and peace into the hearts of man, and the laws of Exalted Godfrey which united them. Here, not as prophets, but as pious men, we would again bring virtuous harmony into the lands of the faithful. With the assent of the Church’s body and the Holy Orenian Emperor, we commit these unalterable laws into the body of the Faith, until such a time a similar council convenes with the blessing of the Church and the Empire.

 

  1. CONCERNING THE EPISCOPACY, we declare that none shall take the office of bishop except that he be whole of mind, possessing no mental defect that shall wound his faculty or piety, and having no loyalties except to God. Furthermore none shall lawfully ascend to the episcopacy unless he be ordained a priest of the Church of the Canon, and proclaim his honest belief in the dogma of the faith before the assenting majority of the Holy Synod, who shall witness his ordination into the episcopacy by the Vicar of God. Likewise, no bishop shall leave his office before death without the assent of His Holiness, except where the Holy Synod acts in unanimity for the bishop’s removal.

  2. CONCERNING THE HOLY SYNOD, we declare that none shall take the office of cardinal of the Holy Synod except that he satisfy the qualifications for bishop and has presented a second thesis before the body’s assembled membership. Furthermore none shall lawfully enter the Holy Synod unless he be raised to it by the Vicar of God, and none shall leave its membership before death without the majority assent of the cardinalate. Furthermore, by majority assent the cardinal of the Holy Synod are permitted to interdict any act of His Holiness, where they concern for the body of the faith, and by unanimous accord may choose to remove him from office. Even the Exalted Owyn faltered, and the wisest man may suffer from temptation or folly.

  3. CONCERNING THE PONTIFICACY, we declare that no man shall ascend to the high pontificacy without the majority assent of the Holy Synod, and that no man shall be chosen to ascend except during a period of sede vacante. We confirm the jurisdiction of the High Pontiff, the Vicar of God, to speak authoritatively on all matters of faith and the church, within the confines of the dogma and canon. Similarly, it is his right alone to declare anathema, or the excommunication of an unrepentant individual from the body of the faithful. His Holiness may name faithful men to the Curia of the Canon, and delegate what pontifical authorities he will to them, subject to the loyal counsel of His Holy Synod. He is enjoined to maintain that body’s membership to at least three members, but not exceeding seven. Where it has lapsed to less than three members, the entire body of the priesthood will convene in council for the High Pontiff’s election.

  4. CONCERNING THE PONTIFICACY AND THE HOLY SYNOD TOGETHER, we declare that it is the role of the High Pontiff to act, and the Holy Synod to counsel. We forbid that the Holy Synod, even by unanimous assent, should usurp the authorities of the Vicar of God to speak on matters of faith or to excommunicate the faithless. We further forbid that the Holy Synod should raise men to the episcopacy or cardinalate of its own initiative, nor shall it deliberately maintain a lengthy period of sede vacante. As the High Pontiff is the heir of Exalted Horen, the Synod is the heir of his Exalted Sons; the Sons shall not preempt the Father. Together, in concordance with the imperial office, the Church embodies the unified mankind of old, and thus commits order and peace into their hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. EXALTED HOREN IS THE FATHER OF THE CHURCH. Because this is so, we have gathered this quorum of the priesthood in unanimous ardor to proclaim the Word of God, and to emulate the family of prophets in the family of the church. Together we acclaim the accession of the Vicar of God and honor the imperial office, twin heirs to the laurel of Exalted Horen. It was he, the first human, who received revelation from the Lord that he would have three sons of spirit, who would speak the True Faith as his succesors. Here, not as prophets, but as heirs to their spiritual guardianship, we would institute this same sovereignty of the father over his sons. With the assent of the Church’s body and the Holy Orenian Emperor, we commit these unalterable laws into the body of the Faith, until such a time a similar council convenes with the blessing of the Church and the Empire.

 

  1. CONCERNING THE BODY OF THE CHURCH, we enact four congregations, three co-equal and one above, as the First Prophet to his sons. In the line of Owyn, we create the Faith Vigilant, a sword and shield for the Church and the Canon; in the line of Godfrey, the Faith Ministrant, a court for the priests and bishops who guard their followers’ souls as lords guard their bodies; in the line of Siegmund, the Faith Reverent, an assembly for those religious who serve the Lord in cloistered contemplation. Finally, and paramount among them we create the Faith Eminent, heir to Horen and head of the Church of the Canon.

  2. CONCERNING THE FAITH VIGILANT, we charge its leadership to the Holy Knight-Commandant, a sworn knight appointed by His Holiness with the majority assent of the Holy Synod. This congregation is entrusted with the defense of the Faith, its priesthood, holdings, and the virtue of the realm. It is forbidden from action without the assent of a cardinal or the High Pontiff, except in defense of holy places and the innocent.

  3. CONCERNING THE FAITH MINISTRANT, we charge its leadership to the Cardinal Protector, a bishop appointed by His Holiness with the majority assent of the Holy Synod. This congregation is entrusted with the eager and peaceful spread of the Word of God in lands of humanity and beyond, particularly of heathen humans and lapsed lords. Its members are the ordained, and are charged with a parish, see, chapel, or mission by the Faith Eminent.

  4. CONCERNING THE FAITH REVERENT, we charge its leadership to the Pontifical Theologian, a male monastic appointed by His Holiness with the majority assent of the Holy Synod. This congregation is entrusted with the faithful translation and interpretation of the Word of God, and the codification of dogma and other documents for presentation before the Pontifical Throne. Its members are consecrated, and are bound in service to the monastic home of their training.

  5. CONCERNING THE FAITH EMINENT, we charge its leadership to the High Pontiff and the Holy Synod, who direct all congregations of the Church toward the further glory of the Lord. They are entrusted, as since the foundation of the Faith, with the bringing of souls to the highest skies, and with pious command of the Church’s temporal holdings.

 

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SECTION VI

or, the Church Vigilant Council

 

At the behest of the Holy Synod, and for the expedience of the Church Vigilant’s administration, we hereby institute the Church Vigilant Council as an advisory body to the Church Vigilant, to be made up of five members appointed by the High Pontiff.  Its initial membership shal comprise His Holiness High Pontiff Theodosius I, Pontifical Duke John Roswell, Holy Ser Edward d’Ambray, and Vice Chancellor Maurice Gradic, with a final member yet to be decided. The Church Vigilant Council, while separate from the Holy Synod, is subject to its oversight, and shall reserve its competency to the strategic decisions of the Church Vigilant.

 

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SECTION VII

or, the Canonization of Karl Barbanov

 

St. Charles of Petrus - Golden Crow, oft depicted with worm in maw

 

Patron Saint of military occupation, physical strength, construction, carpenters, and Haense; Protector against pestilence.

 

The most blessed Duke Karl Barbanov was renowned for his settlement and civilization of the Dwarven North, carving out an expansive realm that restored Northern and Carrion culture after the calamities of the fourth empire. In many ways, Karl’s life was a testimony to the resilient spirit of the Highlander man, that despite whatever setbacks of his forefathers he had found triumph and glory in his Orenian conquests and occupations. Yet, vastly different from his peers who aspired to worldly glory, the lord Karl sought the acquisition of virtue, holiness, and god-given governance. His private life, work for Canonism, and eventual martyrdom distinguish him above his peers and afford him reverence as a holy saint.

 

Born to the Emperor Alexander and his first wife, the Waldenian princess Anabella Rovin, the young Karl would find himself caught in the turmoil of his parent’s disastrous union and the downfall of the Fourth Empire. Spirited away from the fallen city of Petrus, he was reared among various holy figures such as St. Emma, St. Otto, and St. Daniel the Reader throughout lands such as Woldzimir, Aesterwald, and Karovia. Through these titans of faith, the young Karl earned a deep respect for church tradition and the importance of religious unity. After Petrus was retaken and the Schismatic-Renatian front collapsed, St. Karl’s wardfather, St. Otto, took to the North, marshaling the armies of Oren to subjugate its dwarven holds and bring the splinter-states of Aesterwald into the fold. Through the diplomatic handiwork of his mentor, Karl would come to inherit the estate of Ayr and use it to press onwards to the dwarven citadel of Hiebenhall. At the thick of the night, the young Karl with the aid of four score Vladovic bannermen, took the castle in a legendary display of grappling and sabotage. Not long after, the dwarves were forced to cede the North to the Reformed Kingdom, its jewel lost to the young lord’s clever machinations.

 

Yet despite being surrounded by countless heathens, St. Karl did not succumb to altering the dogma of faith to appease the various Faolain and wildling factions of the north. His first missive upon taking the castle of Hiebenhall was that to send a chaplain to sanctify the dwarven hold. His first construction was that of St. John’s chapel, built by his own hand; Karl was renowned for his immense strength and often accompanied his men in harvesting timber and laying down supports. Through the rigor of construction his seat of Siegrad around the Castle Siegrad, Karl instilled zeal, diligence, and prudence among his soldiery and citizenry. Each were obliged to carry prayer books and learn the articles of the faith; St. Daniel the Reader marveled at the transformation which had took place over the decades, proclaiming Siegrad a holy center of faith. Over time, the many sons of schismatics and pagans had become devout Canonists, multiplying the strength of both the church and its patron, Oren. His exploits as Duke range from his fondness for children, establishing countless orphanages, to ensuring justice for the commons against tyrannical bureaucrats, to even maintaining the High Pontiff as his personal confessor.

 

Yet the legendary life of the ‘Boulder of Barbanov’ came to a swift end at the face of natural disaster. The massive worm of Athera, long dormant, arose and devastated the continent in a tempest of rage. When the North looked to fall, St. Karl’s soldiers, the Brotherhood of the Golden Crow, kept vigil and held fast to ensure the citizenry of Siegrad could flee and take refuge in the boats to come. The great worm made a fierce adversary for the burly Barbanov, though he would not yield before the monstrosity. Instead, he elected to utilize his first inheritance, that of his late grandfather, the Emperor Tobias, to defeat the creature; a cache of explosives leftover from the golden emperor’s ardent passion of siegecraft. Jumping into the belly of the beast, the young Karl clutched the worm’s innards and perished in an explosion of gore. Martyring himself for the preservation of All-Athera, St. Karl lived on as a hero to the sons of Canonist world, an apostle in the holy succession and tradition of the Highlander St. John. He is often evoked by smallfolk against pestilence and plague given his triumph over the great worm of Athera, a hardy northman renowned for his sense of justice, temperance, and holiness.

 

Miracles

The Brelus granaries had faced consistent pestilence by locusts, mice, and maggots due to its poor conditions. However, after an icon of St. Charles was kept to keep vigil over the grain, it was found that no pest bothered the stores again.

During the Siege of Kraken's watch, a contingent of Gold Corps soldiers were trapped beneath the rubble by a huge piece of shrapnel. The Serjeant leading the company prayed to St. Charles to lend him strength, and managed to lift the huge boulder off of his comrades, saving the lives of nearly two score of men and his descendant Petyr Barbanov.

 

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SIXTUS IV

 

GOLDEN BULL OF HOLOFERNES XI

 

SECTION I

 

or, Appointments to the Synord and the Curia

 

I hereby appoint Maurice Gradic, Enoch of Haense, Paolo Gradic, Fabian the Lesser, and Walter Jrent of Metterden into the College of Cardinals. Furthermore, Father Paolo Gradic shall be named Archbishop of the Diocese of Metz. Father Walter Jrent shall be assigned to the role of Vice-Chancellor of the Synod. Father Adolf Gotthold shall be

elevated to Archbishop and govern the ecclesiastical region of the Province of Erochland.

 

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SECTION II

or, the Revision of Diocesan Organization

 

The Province of Erochland and the Holy lands of Visiga shall be separated into two individual entities of diocesan regions. The former shall be governed by an appointed

Archbishop from the High Pontiff. The latter shall retain its regional governance from the High Pontificate and shall maintain its status as a Sovereign Pontifical State.

 

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SECTION III 

or, the Official Dogmatic and Ecclesiastical Interpretation of the Faith, The First Visiga Council on Reform

 

It is the intention of the High Pontiff to compose a series of documents to set a precedent in interpreting the core concepts and tenets of the Church of the Canon. The purpose is to relate the Church and formulate a general basis on the interpretation, analysis, and recognition of the Faith. It is expected that these documents shall serve as a foundation along with the many founding documents and precedents before it, to reinforce the beliefs of the Holy Canonist Church for a universal and broader spectrum of the laity and clergy, alike.

 

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Apostolic Constitution on The Revelation of the Holy Canon

Patefactio Canone Sacrae Scripturae

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV,

THE DEEP COLD, 1567

 

Foreword

 In the Holy Canon, God has revealed to humanity his plan for the fulfillment of the mortal world. Therefore, in obedience to His Grace and His Will, and in accordance with the traditions of our predecessors, it is our intent as the leader of the Church to provide authentic doctrine concerning the scripture which is the foundation of our religion. So help us God.

 

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Chapter I. The Essence of the Word

All things know their origin in the omnipotent will of God, who ordains the nature of the world. However, though the Lord’s hand is in all things, He has left no maker’s mark upon our home except His Word, which was given to the Exalted Prophets as the Holy Canon. Thus, the Canon is holy because it preserves the words of God, as they were spake centuries ago. In His inestimable wisdom and mercy, God through the Canon defines the nature of creation and divinity, and of sin and virtue. It is a sign of His love that He offers truth and holiness to all who would accept the Canon. And thus he reminds us in every book of the Gospel of the importance of the Canon:

 

“Lo, in the name of the Lord GOD,

the Most Merciful, Singular, and  

Omnipotent, listen and attend

with pious heed to this inspired text.”

 

Clearly, the voice of God, from the Seven Skies, is heard. We do not praise a distant god who does not understand our needs and petitions. The Lord is real, present, and provides us with such blessings and instruction as we require. Thus, we heed the Word that is the origin of our faith and virtue. In brief, the Holy Canon was revealed to us by the inspiration of the Divine, through the Exalted Prophets, the Aenguls, and the communion of saints.


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Chapter II. The Purpose of the Word

Let it be stated, herein, that the Holy Canon is not a mere work of literature or a book of useful advice. Neither is it regarded as incomprehensible to the faithful. It is the infinitely perceptible voice of the Divine, to be employed in daily life and in the exercise of all activities. The Holy Canon is the declaration of God’s sovereignty, and moreover a meditative interpretation of how all virtuous beings should understand each other and the world they inhabit. The Scroll of Virtue emphasizes God’s holy law in canticles pertaining to various aspects of humanity and the service to the Creator. The Word is meant to be both a literal and spiritual guide. Furthermore, the Canon reveals the Sacraments of the Holy Church which must be completed in one’s complete path to the universal call to sainthood.

 

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Chapter III. The Use of the Word and the Evangelization of Others

For both priests and laity, the Canon is a source of inspiration for the service of the Lord. It is the hallmark of our faith, and motivates the Faith’s adherents to share God’s great wisdom with those who are born in ignorance, or who lose their way towards the light. Moreover, it is the use of the Canon to instruct all the intelligent races in the  application of virtue, so that they might find peace and unity in the Lord’s plan. The Scroll of Spirit asserts this common mission for the faithful to find their calling in communicating the Lord’s will. Its various epistles encourage us to instruct heathens in the incorrectness of their beliefs, and by baptism they accept the truth of the Canon.

 

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Chapter IV. The Plight of the Faithful

Lastly, it is imperative to ascertain the importance of the Canon not only on earth but in our heavenly afterlife. The visions of the prophet Siegmund grant us the insight of what the Divine shall do and how the redemption of all sins and peoples shall occur before the Seven Skies. This reinforces and reminds us of the gifts of our faith, and the need to stay true to the one God, who loves and grants justice to those who follow.

 

“So treadeth forth the Skies

the prophets of GOD, and in their

company the virtuous dead. And here the faithful

are lifted up and marshaled.”

 

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Apostolic Constitution on The Liturgy, Worship, and Sacraments

Liturgiam, Cultum, Sacramentum

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV

THE DEEP COLD, 1567

 

Foreword

The Holy Mass, one of the sacraments of our Church, is the highest form of worship and devotion. Likewise, it is the Pontificate’s intention to make the liturgy and all the traditions of the church more understandable to the laity, and to better define the theological spectrum of the tenets of the faith.

 

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Chapter I. The Mass and Liturgy

The liturgy is the tradition in which the order of the mass in conducted. As such, the ordained clergy proceed down the aisle. This is an act of solidarity, representing the united procession of the faithful at the end of days. The procession is to be accompanied with the chant,

 

“Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis.”

 

Upon beginning mass, the priest shall begin by signing the cross of Lorraine, saying, “In nomine Patris, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen.” This is the signum crucis lorrainem, or the Sign of the Lorraine Cross. Next, the priest invokes God’s omniscience and the Canon for wisdom and strength, thus reciting the following prayers:

 

“Blessed is our God always, in every age and every era.”

“Blessed is His Grace and His Light, which brings all Creation.”

“Blessed is His Canon, His Word bound by truth.”

“Amen.”

 

Following the invocation of the Divine, the priest then holds up the Holy Canon, opening it to the Scrolls to read from. It may be followed by a homily. Then we proclaim the following praise,

 

“We have heard His truth and we are bound by His Grace.”

 

Upon doing so, the priest, along with any altar servers or ministers, shall take time to collect charity and alms. The priest then says the final blessing, “Benedicat te omnipotens Deus.” or  “May the Almighy God bless you.” The sign of the Lorraine cross is followed to conclude. The priest then processes whence he began.

 

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Chapter II. Worship

The praise to the Creator must be solemn and come with a contrite heart. Therefore, the mass must be held in the same manner. It is our duty to attend church or pray on holy days of obligation to ensure that the saints shall guide us through the trials we face. As Canonists, we aspire to virtue and deep devotion to the Godhead. Wayshrines may be employed in the worship of God, or in supplicating the intercession of the saints, and can be constructed for towns, homes, and battlefields. A common and reverent gesture is to bow. By bowing before the altar, we honor God’s divinity and sovereignty as King of Creation. We kiss the cross because it is a representation of every being’s intimate

relationship with the Lord.

 

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Chapter III. The Sacraments

The administration of the sacraments is among the most vital traditions of the Canonist Faith. Truly, it signifies, both in essence and literally, the divine presence of the Lord in our lives. At baptism, we are called to be servants of God and to devote our livelihood to His Will. At reconciliation, we are reminded of His Infinite Mercy and make our own atonement for what sins we have committed. Matrimony revitalizes our mind and body for the mortal journey, as we prepare to be fruitful to the Lord for the fulfillment of His Plan. The call to God’s ministry is an important vocation, which allows its recipient to become a vessel for the Lord’s power, and reconcile the faithful before Him.. 

 

Baptism is administered by the use of water, blessed by an ordained priest and traced on the head of an infant, ideally within seven days after birth from a lawful marital union. It may be administered by a deacon, priest, or bishop. In cases of recent conversion, baptism may be administered to an adult in a similar manner, but only be a priest or bishop.

 

Reconciliation is administered by a priest or bishop, oftentimes in a confessional or a private setting. There, as faithful and as flawed beings, we are called to mind our own sinfulness and ask God’s mercy and pardon. In this way, we display our remorse to the Seven Skies and plead for the blessings of His Light.

 

Ordination is administered by a bishop for the sake of bestowing the authority to proclaim the Canon in the grace of the ordained priesthood. Priests are ordained upon

completing their thesis and demonstrating suitable knowledge of the Church. It requires a vow of faith to the Canonist tenets, as well as a vow of celibacy pursuant to the past

decrees of High Pontiffs. Lastly, priests must take a vow of obedience to their High Pontiff, his successors, and the same towards bishops and cardinals.

 

Matrimony is another calling to share in God’s love, for it displays his gifts of pleasure, joy, and unity among humanity. When Horen and Julia were anointed by God, the precedent was established, regarding the sanctity of marriage for all humans. As it is a holy union, the ones receiving this sacrament must be at a state of grace, Furthermore, it is at the discretion of the clergy who shall preside over the ceremony on whether the bride and groom should go to confession. It must be administered by a priest or bishop as part of a Holy Mass. It is a call to transforming one in the flesh and spirit.

 

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Apostolic Constitution on The Process of Beatification and Canonization

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV

THE DEEP COLD, 1567
 

Foreword

Such as those whom we now deem the Exalted, the prophets who “listened with pious heed to his inspired text,” we find in our church, men and women of extraordinary virtue and whom we now venerate to God as once living examples of holiness.

 

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Chapter I. The Beatification Process

Upon consultation, with prayer and reflection, the High Pontiff or the Synod shall compose a cause to venerate an individual who has shown deep devotion to faith and

charity. The factor that justifies the need to be deemed worthy for veneration is a retrospective analysis of their life, whether their testimony is a prime example of ideal

holiness for others to follow in their footsteps. If they, the aforesaid find plausible clause to do so, the individual shall be bestowed the title, “Blessed,” prefixed to their name or titles.

 

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Chapter II. Canonization

Should the ecclesiastical hierarchy find that the one they have deemed “Blessed” has been found to show a miracle or an extraordinary form of virtuous deed which has

impacted their contemporary era with significant positivity, the option to saint them is likely possible. The determination to canonize must be invoked from Pontifical

infallibility and the confirmation from the Penarch by a three-fifths majority.

 

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Ecclesiastical Declaration of Human Unity

Unitatem in Hominum

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV

THE DEEP COLD, 1567

 

Preamble

For in grace, by Divine intervention and the revelation of scripture by extraordinary means, it is herein granted that all of humanity and the creations of God are one

inseparable because of their origin and faith in the Creator.

 

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Diversity among Human Culture

Within the anointed Holy Orenian Empire and her dominions, we find, most evidently, humans of all cultures and origins. Likewise, the diversity is gift that impels us to be tolerant of each other. Let us call to mind that we are not enemies but brethren in the Light of the Godhead. The creation in diversity reflects God’s omnipotent Being, and therefore, impels us to the inclination of tolerance among us all. We are all bound by the Canon in truth and charity, to serve each other and praise our common Creator to forge that is His most divine Plan. That is the fulfillment of the law. Amen.

 

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Ecclesiastical Declaration of the Reaffirmation of Pontifical Infallibility

Pontificium confirmatione infallibilitate

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV

THE DEEP COLD, 1567

 

Preamble

The Church traces its origins from the beginning of time. For when God created the world and our lives, we were baptized in His name and share in the covenant of His

providence. When St Horen sowed the roots of our civilization, with the infinite wisdom of the Exalted Prophets, he imposed the holy law. Thus, in his most lawful lineage, St Owyn made truly the foundations of our Church and the establishing its hierarchical primacy to govern the spiritual spectrum of God’s kingdom.

 

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The Inherited Wisdom of God

The Holy Canonist Church is the one true institution of truth. It dispenses the holy law into the hearts and minds of all of its people. It’s Vicar of God, the High Pontiff, who is the sole representative of God’s divinity and covenant, is tasked with the mediative responsibility as an emissary between the Seven Skies and the mortal realm. In order to facilitate the ever increasing nature of his Holy Office, he is granted the moral burden of infallibility. In this manner, the Vicar of God, His Holiness, is prudent in his words in the exercising of his holy authority. He is absolute in name and in practice, administering to the flock and defining the doctrine as well as dispensing the truth in the name of the communion of the saints.

 

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A Decree from the Holy Lands of Visiga, Derived from His Holiness.

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV

THE DEEP COLD, 1568

 

Dear brethren in the Lord,

Due to the recent troubling interactions among taverns and places of abundance in spirits, it has come to my intention that the consumption of liquor is detrimental in the worship and solemnity of God’s sovereignty. We are temples of the Light, constantly aspiring to purify ourselves with infinite goodness. Therefore, I have decreed to deem it sinful for the consumption of liquor and spirits on the seventh day of the week.

 

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SECTION IV

or, the Pontifical Seat

 

In light of internal conflict within Oren, it is the best intention for the seat of the Church's power as well as the well-being of the Vicar of GOD to remain and continue 

the centralization of holy affairs within the Holy Lands of Visiga. It is to continue the spiritual powers of the Holy Pontiff with great diligence, free from politics, war, and

calumniation. The vices of the conflicts within State have proven to be a burdensome toll upon the holy domain of God. The Church wishes to acknowledge its sovereign

primacy in the authority it possesses. Furthermore, the Pontiff shall retain its claims in Visiga and whilst maintaining a regard for peaceable geographic distance from the

Imperial State and temporal matters therein. Nevertheless, the Vicar of God and the Church shall remain truthful to Oren and the Imperial seat as well as to the Canonist flock within the Empire.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG I

 

 

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV, Successor of the Immaculate Throne of the Exalted, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of Canon, Keeper of the Holy Scrolls, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I 

or, the Reaffirmation of Tradition

 

Let the Church and her faithful recount and reaffirm our pious intentions before God. Our efforts in Vailor, as in all lands before, have found footing but remain incomplete. We are thus charged to continue the reestablishment of Everardian traditions within the hearts of misguided believers. We must invigorate our flock with values of political neutrality, elaboration without innovation, academic debate, and mindfulness of tradition.

 

God is the Most Wise, who entrusted our people with the laws essential to a morally healthy society. The Canon is applicable in all ages and all civilizations, but it does not inhibit societal change; it is no restraint to progress, but a foundation for righteous self-improvement. Thus we are called to accept the evolution of our culture’s customs and government, while remaining steadfast to the plan of the Lord. Accordingly, we profess our neutrality in matters of state and dedicate ourself to the codification of ecclesiastical law.

 

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SECTION II

or, Ecclesiastical Redistricting

 

With the coming of new borders and new lands, we like others, must adapt. With the evacuation of the faithful from Vailor, we disestablish its ecclesiastical provinces and proclaim their replacements in this world. In light of the current charters, the Pontificate has bestowed the following to be dioceses under regional bishoprics. The Capital city of Holy Oren, Johannesburg, shall be the Seat of the Pontiff and the Administrative Ecclesiastical Centre of Immaculate governance. Let the other dioceses be known, their appointments apparent, when the lands have been resettled by the Grace of God for specific regional distribution.

 

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SECTION III

or, Reappointments to the Holy Synod

 

We, the Vicar of God, with the approval of the majority of its membership, dissolve the current Synod. In their place we appoint five individuals of uncommon devotion. Let their names, Lord Cardinals of the Church, be known, their appointments apparent.

-Idas of Plevne, Vice Chancellor of the Holy Church of the Canon

-Fabian the Lesser, Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith

-Yaroslav Vasiliev, Prefect for the Causes of Saints

-Alec van Allen, Pontifical Chamberlain

-Dargrind Floreck, Apostolic Nuncio, Ambassador of the Holy See

 

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SECTION IV

or, Everardian Tradition: Exalted Law

 

We, the Vicar of God, do in accordance with our affirmation do declare that the unfinished works of the Wise will be begun anew. The Exalted Codex of Everard ‘The Wise,’ will be reopened and completed, with a full, comprehensible regulation of ecclesiastical law. 

 

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SECTION V

or, the Call to Council

 

The Pontificate beseeches the faithful to congregate within the Cathedral of St. Thomas at a date to be announced, for the purpose of considering those laws and dogma which will be codified within the various volumes of Exalted Law.

 

GENERAL NORMS & GOVERNANCE

The High Pontiff sees it fit to restore the unanimous majority for all proceedings regarding the canonization of Canonists to sainthood within the Synod and the three-fifths majority within the context of beatification that was previously reversed by the Visiga Council documents of 1567.

 

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CHURCH HIERARCHY & ORGANIZATION

The Synod shall be organized as follows.

 

The Vice Chancellor of the Holy Church of the Canon shall occupy the office of reverend and pastoral responsibility. He shall exercise his authority as the most senior clergyman beneath the High Pontiff. His powers shall be as stated:

-To exercise the authority the Church during a sedevacante or interregnum of the High Pontiffs

-To convene a consistory of the Synod to discuss church affairs 

 

The Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith shall exercise authority and much scrutiny concerning the tenets of the Holy faith. He shall be the head of all belief and shall quell disputes regarding Canonist theology and the sacraments.

 

The Prefect for the Causes of Saints shall act as an office for the study and petition for extraordinary Canonists who have lived virtuous lives and have died to be considered for Sainthood. 

 

The Apostolic Nuncio, also known as the Ambassador of the Holy See, shall serve as a diplomat and representative to other entities, both foreign and domestic, on behalf of His Holiness and the entirety of the Church.

 

The Pontifical Chamberlain shall serve as a Head of the Apostolic Palace Household and be delegated the responsibility for events, meetings, and the aesthetic value of the Church’s property both within the capital and throughout the Realm.

 

The Pontificate has also permitted the acceptance of women to serve as Holy Knights in the Order of St Wilfriche as well as nuns as a broadening of Church ministries.

 

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ECCLESIASTICAL TEACHING & EDUCATION

The Pontificate has proclaimed a call of evangelization of distant spectrums to the Realm of God, ordaining an initiative in the Dreadlands under the Abbey of St Tobias to promote, teach, and spread the Gospel of the Canon to the ignorant, oppressed, and disenfranchised. 

 

The Poorhouse of St Amyas has been established in Anno Domini 1572 to serve as a place of communal charity, refuge, and shelter for those who are sick and without a home. There, food shall be provided and humble living quarters. Furthermore, Father Idelfonse Marchand has been appointed as Superior of the Poorhouse of St Amyas.

 

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CEREMONIES, RITUALS & TRADITION

In order to promote unity as emphasized by His Holiness, the Pontificate has permitted the usage of a Ruskan Canon liturgy. It it his intention to appeal to all the faithful universally in Axios, that all of humanity, regarding faith and culture be open to all customs and may share in the salvation of God. A Holy Exarch, the first being Yaroslav Vasiliev, a subordinate and an ordained Bishop under the Primacy of the High Pontiff shall be appointed to oversee this act of ministry for the Raevir culture.

 

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ECONOMIC POLICY

It is without any reservations that the High Pontiff stresses the importance of charity. The divine and most profound mercy of God is manifested in the faithful, most particularly in alms giving and in the reaffirmation of tradition. It is deeply engraved in the faith of all Canonists to uphold their baptism and provide for all those in the name of God. Charity must not be inhibited, but radiated through each and every person, culture, institution, and state. Mercy is at the heart of the Canon.

 

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CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION

The Pontificate, upon full acceptance by the Synod, has found it under the Apostolic Authority to canonize High Pontiff Daniel I, a saint, by the Holy Canonist Church for his pastoral services and length of service. May the revered late Pontiff be ever known as a man of peace, faith, and charity for the times of which he served. Let it be know, his fortitude and strength to bear the heavy burdens of Holy office during the many wars he has witnessed be an everlasting testament for the faithful that now rest in the arms of the Godhead. Granted his encouragement of academia and liturgy, the late High Pontiff shall be dubbed, High Pontiff Saint Daniel I, patron of scholars and academics. In Nomine Patris, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG II

 

 

HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Temple, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of Canon, Keeper of the Holy Scrolls, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

With the coming of new borders and new lands, we like others, must adapt. With the evacuation of the faithful from Vailor, we disestablish its ecclesiastical provinces and proclaim their replacements in this world. The Duchy of Haense and all vassals encompassing the Northern lands shall be called, Jorenus. The Duchy of Lorraine and all its vassals to the East shall be known as Lotharum. The Barony of Vsensk, under the jurisdiction of the Holy Ruskan Exarch shall be the Diocese of Vladislavia.

 

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SECTION II

 

We, the Vicar of God, with the approval of the majority of its membership, dissolve the current Synod. In their place we appoint five individuals of uncommon devotion.

  • His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni di Luca, Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Canonist Church

  • His Eminence Cardinal Idelfonse Marchand, Apostolic Nuncio

  • His Eminence Cardinal Yaroslav Vasiliev, Prefect for the Causes of Saints

  • His Eminence Cardinal Fabian the Lesser, Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith

  • His Eminence Cardinal Godwin Rothgard, Pontifical Chamberlain

 

Let their names be known, their appointments apparent.

  • Cardinal Giovanni di Luca shall be Archbishop of the Diocese of Jorenus.
  • Cardinal Idelfonse Marchand shall be Archbishop of the Diocese of Lotharum.
  • Cardinal Yaroslav Vasiliev, Holy Ruskan Exarch, shall be the Bishop of the Ruskan Canonist Rite in the Diocese of Vladislavia.

 

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SECTION III

 

The High Pontiff, Sixtus IV, concludes the Apostolic Council of St Thomas, in attempts of revising the mass. The following is decreed by the Church as the official liturgy.

 

Convoked by His Holiness, Sixtus IV, on the 13th of the Amber Cold, 1574

 

Foreword

As decreed by the Synod and convoked  by His Holiness, High Pontiff Sixtus IV, an ecumenical council has been established in order to reaffirm the sacred tradition of the Most Holy a Church of GOD, establish doctrine, and reform the liturgy in an ever evolving and arbitrary world. We, the Holy Church of the Canon, believe in One Most Omnipotent Creator as the source of all power, might, wisdom, and holiness and proclaim His truths that have been made known by Divine Revelation for all the nations and for all of Creation. So help us GOD.

 

SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED

BY HIS HOLINESS, SIXTUS IV

13th of The Deep Cold, 1575

 

Sacrosanctum Concilium

 

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Section I

It is the intention of this holy council to reform the liturgy of the mass to ensure a more revised and comprehensive form of worship for the laity. In this regard, His Holiness and the Synod have compiled this new form of liturgy, by the Grace of God, to encourage God’s faithful to participate in the mass with appropriate responsorial text and guided texts withdrawn directly from the Most Holy Canonist Scrolls. This mass shall henceforth be the sole and solemn communication with the Seven Skies and divinity.

 

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The Revised Mass of Sixtus IV

 

Procession

[If no deacon is present, the following may be done by the priest alone.]

Priest: **A bell chimes, signaling the start of the mass.

Priest: *Proceeds down the aisle toward the altar, chanting aloud.

 

“GOD, the most powerful.

GOD, the most just.

GOD, the most merciful.”

 

[The Laity repeat the chant as the procession takes place.]

 

Deacon: [if one is present] *holds the Canon Scrolls up high as he proceeds toward the altar.

Priest: *Bows before the altar, ascending the steps to stand behind it [to face the congregation.]

Deacon: *Carefully places the holy scriptures on the altar, proceeding to stand next to the priest.

Deacon: *hands the incense burner to the priest.

Priest: *takes the incense, waving it three times as he circles around the altar

 

Introductory Rite

Priest: *signs the cross of Lorraine, “In nomine Patris, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen.”

 

[The Congregation respond with, “Amen.”]

 

Priest: Blessed is our GOD in every age and every era.

              Blessed is His Light and His Grace.

`     Blessed is His eternal truth, revealed in the sacred Canon.

[Congregation responds with, “God be praised,” after each prayer.]

 

The Liturgy of the Holy Scripture

[If no deacon is present, the following is to be done.]

Priest: *stands up, picking up the Canon and raising it high as he goes to the podium.

Priest: Listen with pious heed to this most inspired text.

[The Congregation respond with: “May the truth be revealed.”]

[The excerpt or verse is then taken from the Holy Canon Scrolls.]

 

[If a deacon is present, the following is done.]

Priest: *hovers his hands over the deacon, granting a blessing.

Deacon: *bows, going over to pick up the Canon and raising it up high and proceeds to the podium.

Deacon: Listen with pious heed to this most inspired text.

[The Congregation respond with: “May the truth be revealed.”]

[The excerpt or verse is then taken from the Holy Canon Scrolls.]

 

[Upon concluding the Word, the following is done.]

Priest/Deacon: Lo, we have heard His truth and are bound by His grace. Amen.

[The

Congregation respond with: “Praise to you, our Lord.”]

 

[The Priest will now give his sermon about the reading or homily concerning a church/moral teaching.]

[The Priest may call forth members of the congregation to his discretion to state their petitions, wishes, and reasons for prayer.]

 

[Donations and almsgiving may be conducted at this time.]

 

Liturgy of the Blessing

Priest: **The church bells chime signaling the congregation to kneel before the blessing.

Priest: You are indeed Holy O’ Lord, the source of all divinity. Sanctify the faithful and pour forth your blessings on all creation.

Priest: May the waters of Gamesh cleanse our sins.

[The priest or deacon proceeds to sprinkle holy water toward the congregation.]

[The Congregation respond with: “Ave, Creator. Cleanse us.”]

Concluding Rite

Priest: *signs the cross of Lorraine, “Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Pater, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen. or May Almighty GOD bless you in the name of the Father, of Horen, and of the Honorable Exalted. Amen.”

 

[If the deacon is present, he shall say the following. If there is no deacon present, the priest shall say the following.]

 

Priest/Deacon: Go in peace, mass has ended.

[The Congregation responds with: “Amen, blessed be GOD.”]

 

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Section II

It is the intention of this holy council to reform the liturgy of the mass to ensure a more revised and comprehensive form of worship for the laity. In this regard, His Holiness and the Synod have compiled this new form of liturgy, by the Grace of God, to encourage God’s faithful to participate in the mass with appropriate responsorial text and guided texts withdrawn directly from the Most Holy Canonist Scrolls. This mass shall henceforth be the sole and solemn communication with the Seven Skies. Moreover, no form of liturgy or act of worship, outside of the aforesaid mass as declared in this decree and all others not recognized by the Holy See of the Church of the Canon, shall not be a valid formula to invoke the intercession of the Creator and his most virtuous Saints. Likewise, anyone who audaciously attempts to efface or reform this mass shall invoke the wrath of Almighty GOD, and the Holiest Exalted Horen, Owyn, Godfrey, and Siegmund.

 

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SECTION IV

 

It is the intention of this Pontificate to restore the traditional Apostolic Succession of the Immaculate Throne. The tradition and heritage of the Laurel of Horen holds both scriptural and pragmatic importance in the vitality of the sanctity of the holy Church of the Canon. In this regard, Sixtus IV, Vicar of GOD, has decreed the reforging of a new Laurel for the Holy Office of the Seven Skies so as to restore this sacred succession as seen in the anointing of Horen by GOD in the Waters of Gamesh. Let it be done.

 

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SECTION V

 

The Pontificate canonizes Miguel Cortez, a valiant servant of GOD and defender of all holiness. His service is unrivaled during the reigns of Everard II and Lucien III over the course of defending the Lord and the honor of His most blessed and ever perpetual church. The humility and diligence in establishing order for Inquisitorial tribunals in combating heresy and evil on the domain of the Godhead. Let the soul of Miguel Cortez, now residing in the Fifth sky, transcend from the heavenly plane onto our humble hearts. We now pray that the sword of Saint Miguel Cortez be a manifestation of faith and strength in our times. By our Apostolic Authority, we proclaim Saint Miguel Cortez into the communion of the virtuous. In nomine Patris, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen.

 

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LUCIEN IV

 

GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG III

 

 

HIGH PONTIFF LUCIEN IV, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Temple, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of Canon, Keeper of the Holy Scrolls, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

We, the Vicar of God, renew the Synod to its full five members, with the addition of one anew.

  • His Eminence Cardinal Yaroslav, Prefect for the Causes of Saints

  • His Eminence Cardinal Fabian ‘the Lesser’, Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith

  • His Eminence Cardinal Godwin, Pontifical Chamberlain

  • His Eminence Cardinal Idelfonse, Apostolic Nuncio

  • His Eminence Cardinal Bernard of Voron, Vice-Chancellor

 

Let his name be known, their appointments apparent. . .

  • Cardinal Bernard shall be Vice-Chancellor of the Synod, and Archbishop of Jorenus.
  • Father John of Felsen shall be bishop of Johannsburg.

 

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SECTION II

 

We, the Vicar of God, and our Synod do urge all the faithful of the land, to read carefully, and with a clear head, for our words are those of warning, our words that we would hope all to consider heavily for this suggestion is to save the faithful’s souls. Magic, it its most commonly basic form, is granted to the wielder through a higher power seeking to advance their own stance above God through the unknowing worship of the fair people of our world. When one usually becomes a magician, their soul is tainted with an irreversible black mark against God, and against their fellow canonists. . . for this black mark is that of a heretic, and it is one only God might wipe clean.

 

For the use of most Magic, would require the caster to seek their abilities from the higher power, and to have such abilities granted one must place their deity above God, and to place another above the creator is, simply put, heretical. All magicians however are not damned eternally to darkness, for God has granted the creatures of this world free will, and in using this will one may shirk their curse, and welcome God and salvation back into their lives. However it is, in many a case impossible for these magicians to rid their dark capabilities, an inability that would surely eternally damn one, however if they yet prove themselves zealous to our lord and his humble church, he might forgive them their sin, and welcome them to salvation.

 

There are magics of this world, that have been shown to have a use for the “good of the people”, and even if the casters of these magics have “good intentions”, it is still in its nature a heresy against God. . . for no matter how “holy” one may declare his/her curse to be, it will always be bashful against God, and it will indubitably damn one’s soul. Save yourselves, stand against the use of magic, and retain salvation throughout your faithful life. However this is not an urge to harm to slay those who would cast magic, for it is their choice to blacken their soul, for it is their will, and the faithful should not endanger themselves to slay magicians, for it is a sin to commit murder. The use of magic itself does not make one a heretic against the church, for one may be a zealous canonist, and cast spells,it is the magic itself that is heretical, and harms one chances of salvation greatly.

 

Unlike magics achieved through grants from a higher power or deity, Evocation. . . such a fire, and earth are not considered heresies against God, for they are achieved through the manipulation of the world’s energy. These magics are in no way against God, for they are not involved in the placement of another above God but simply the use of God’s creations in the world to grant themselves unnatural powers and abilities.

 

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SECTION III

 

Heresy in this day, has as of recent years seen a slight decline in its existence, thanks to the successful war against the Dreadlanders, whom were Apostates against God and the church, who also sought to turn the faithful to their dark path. However in this day, in the abundantly populated city of Johannesburg, we may see from day to day a city filled with canonists, who gladly worship God so that they might achieve salvation, however there are those hidden amongst our brothers and sisters in faith, that would follow heresies, and seek to subtly convert those around them.

 

We as the faithful canonists of the realm, must remain unwaveringly strong against any such heresy that would seek to creep into our lives from those around us, those who we might call a friend, or family. It is the policy of the church in this day, not to slay a heretic upon their sighting, but first seek to grant them access to salvation, through the showing of the light, the conversion from their lie to the truth, to God. For if we shirked our duty to do so, we would be lacking in our service to our lord, for it is the job of all people of this world, clergy and secular alike to bring salvation to our brothers and sisters.

 

However there will always be those who outright refuse our offer of salvation, therefore leaving one fate for them. . . the burning at the pyre. . . so that we, the faithful, might prevent the further spread of such heresy to the innocent of our world, henceforth saving the souls of those around us who might be easily convinced to accept damnation.

 

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SECTION IV

 

It has come to our realisation that the populous of the empire have grown distant to an extent from their once former zealous faith in the almighty God; as such it is the church's utmost prerogative to expand the church's influence and power, as well as more fervently preach and convert those who may not hold the creator as closely to heart as us growingly few faithful.

 

As such His Holiness Lucien IV hereby declares the founding of the Holy Order of Saint Otto and a declaration of increased efforts in converting heretics; to protect the unity and homogeneity of our great empire and to serve our lord faithfully, we must redouble our efforts and return the church to its former glory and power. Through such acts we may once more renew the faith of those whom question the church of Canons Validity.


With God as our witness, we shall cleanse the realm of heretical faiths and once more grant salvation to all men and women of our beloved empire.

 

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EVERARD III

 

GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG IV

 

 

HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD III, Metropolitan of the Crownlands, Prince-Bishop of  St. Thomas, Archbishop of Jorenus and Philippus, Bishop of Lotharum, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Temple, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of Canon, Keeper of the Holy Scrolls, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness in the need for diocese reconstruction, with all changes listed to be considered in implementation immediately upon publication.

METROPOLITANATE OF THE CROWNLANDS - His Holiness the Vicar of God, Everard III.

Territories - The Free City of Johannesburg, the Barony of Croston, the Barony of Sentisten.

ARCHBISHOPRIC OF JORENUS - His Eminence the Cardinal Iaroslaus of Vsenk.

Territories - The Kingdom of Hanseti and Ruska, the Free City of Karlsburg, the Duchy of Carnatia, the County of Metterden, the County of Turov,  the March of Vasiland, the Barony of Voron, the Barony of Mondtstadt, the Barony of Vsenk, the Eastern Freelands, the Northern Freelands.

ARCHBISHOPRIC OF PHILIPPUS - His Holiness the Vicar of God, Everard III.

Territories - The High Principality of the Dominion of Malin, the Principality of Sutica, the Kingdom of Haria, the Kingdom of the Orcs.

BISHOPRIC OF ESHEVEURD -  His Grace the Bishop Himmel of the Blackwald.

Territories - The Duchy of Savoy, the County of Lewes.

BISHOPRIC OF LOTHARUM - His Holiness the Vicar of God, Everard III.

Territories - The Duchy of Lorraine, the County of Metz, the County of Hearth, the Viscounty of Chambery.

 

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SECTION II

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to appointed the allotted men of most virtue to the designated position upon the Curia of the Canon. All changes listed are to be considered in implementation immediately upon publication.

 

VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CANON - His Eminence the Cardinal Fabian the Lesser.

PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN - His Eminence the Cardinal Godwin the Chamberlain.

AUDITOR OF THE CHURCH - His Grace the Bishop Himmel of the Blackwald.

 

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SECTION III

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to disenfranchise and disband the clerical militant school known as the ‘Holy Order of Saint Otto’, shortened as OSO. The Church is most gracious of the service of every man of the Holy Order of Saint Otto and invites them into the fold elsewhere within the Church of the Canon. Any and all men claiming to still be apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Otto’, claiming to speak on behalf of clerical or pontifical issues as apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Otto’, or committing sin while claiming to be on behalf of the clerical masses as apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Otto’ shall be swiftly punished as according to Canonical Law.

 

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SECTION IV

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to fully and publicly renew the conditions set forth between His Holiness the Vicar of God, Bl. Everard II and His Imperial Majesty the Emperor John I within the Second Diet of Metz of 1539. The Church will faithfully follow the treaty with utmost virtue and continue to stand with the Holy Orenian Empire in harmony and peace.

 

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SECTION V

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to call upon the Faith Militant in this new era for our Most Holy Church. Those of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche and those of holy zeal and courage are summoned to the Orenic Dreadlands en masse. The Holy Ser Edward of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche is summoned to meet with His Holiness immediately upon publication.

 

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THEODOSIUS II

 

GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG V

 

 

By the decree of His All Holiness Theodosius II, Maximum Presbyter of the Holy Church, Vicar of God, Successor of the Immaculate Throne of the Exalted, Metropolitan of Johannesburg, High Exarch of the Canon Rite and Servant of the Servants of God…

 
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SECTION I

 

All previous traditions of the Godwinites and Jorenites are to be scrapped, it is imperative that the Church is united yet retains Orthodox and not splintered and Heterodox. Thus both liturgies and traditions of the Godwinites and Jorenites are to be melded, the truths are to be kept and the lies are to be cast out, like Owyn cast out the Adunians from his homeland. The main liturgical practice of the Holy Mother Church shall be that of the Canon Rite as it is the purest liturgy in the faith.

 

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SECTION II

 

Additionally, the following orders are to be upheld within the Holy Mother Church of the Canon. All orders and or titles dispensed by the Church of the Canon prior to this Bull that conflict with those listed are revoked.

 

Major Orders

 

Order of GOD; High Pontiff or High Priest; (Pontifex Maximus):

The High Pontiff, known as Vicar of God and Supreme Presbyter, is the highest title bestowed on any mortal. In Godwinite tradition the man who bore this title was, and still is, the highest member of the Priesthood, and has absolute control over the church. He is seen as the “Bishop of Bishops”.

 

Order of the Exalted; Princes of the Church; (Episcopatus):

The Episcopate, known as the Princes of the Church, are senior members of the Godwinite tradition. They rule over dioceses and are subservient to the High Pontiff. The Episcopate can be divided into three categories: Prince-Bishop, Archbishop, Bishop.

  • Prince-Bishops are Bishops who not only have religious authority over a Diocese, they also control the land, like a count of duke. Prince-Bishops have the authority of both a spiritual lord and a temporal one.
  • Archbishops* are Bishops who rule over other Bishops. The Archbishop rules over a Archdiocese with two or more Bishops under him.
  • Bishops are clergyman who rule over a diocese, a conglomerate of parishes. The Bishop is in charge of staffing each parish, making sure his diocese morality does not decay and that there is no absenteeism or immoral clerical practices.

* The Archbishop of Jorenus retains the old title of High Exarch due to the cultural significance of that title.

 

Order of the the Saints; Ordained Members; (Presbyterium):

The Presbyterium is the body of ordained men who serve as priests. A priest is given a parish to administer. Each priest is tasked with fulfilling the spiritual needs of his parish, shepherding them to a closer life to God. Priests can administer all sacraments except that of ordination. Only a Bishop or the High Pontiff himself may ordain someone into the priesthood.

 

Order of the Blessed; Diaconate; (Diaconatus):

The Diaconatus is a body of men who are deacons. Each deacon serves a priest, helping him in their services, charity or anything that the parish or the parish priest needs. A deacon is a clergyman in training. The deacon is not fully ordained but he can administer the mass to the community, yet he cannot give any other sacrament. A deacon is not bound to a life of celibacy, and if one decides to stay a deacon he may marry once.

 

Order of the High Ascetics; Abbacy; (Abbas et Abbatissa):

The Abbacy are a group of men and women who lead a monastery or abbey. An abbey is a building which houses men or women who vow themselves to God and only God. They live in their cloisters, praying for the world in an attempt to save the lives of many. The Abbots and Abbesses are the leaders of said groups, ensuring that the life of their brothers and sisters is that of poverty and asceticism.

 

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Minor Orders

 

Order of the Saved; Colledge of Acolytes; (Acolythis):

The Acolythis is the body of acolytes in the whole church. Often known as “Altar boys” acolytes are helpers in the service and hold very little influence within the church itself. To become a deacon one must first become an acolyte. An acolyte’s duty is to aid the priest and deacon in the local parish.

 

Order of the Ascetics; Monks & Nuns; (Monachus et Monacha):

Monks and nuns are brothers and sisters who vowed to live a life of poverty and service to others and to God. These people live in monasteries or abbeys. They are led by an Abbot or Abbess who makes sure that they live a life of complete poverty in the service of God. Monks and nuns carry the burden of another's sin, praying for their salvation from the maddening darkness that is the Void.

 

Order of Saint Julia & Archaengul Michael; Exorcists; (Exorcistae):

Exorcists are laypeople and priests which have been consecrated as exorcists. Their job is to drive evil presences in the land. Be it by doing simple rituals or exorcising a possessive being out of a person’s body. The exorcists use the Codex Evaristus et Clemens, a book of prayers presumably made during the Diarchy. In the Codex various prayers to both Saint Julia and Archaengul Michael are used to cleanse the land and people from Iblees’ grasp. The exorcist may also persecute evil in more physical means, be it by hunting the physical manifestation of the evil itself etcetera. This title has become a rarity, with only a handful of clergyman with the position.

 

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SECTION III
 

Sisters, your role in GOD’s Holy Church is more crucial now than ever. For my revival of our Church to be of any value it must contain a strong female presence. Women offer knowledge of nurture, service, and determination. These are qualities that any force can not do without. Our Lord tells us in the Scroll of Gospel; “And they were virtuous, and He called them the first man and first woman, who took no language or name. And these were GOD’s favored creations, and they did satisfy His plan.” The Scroll does tell us that both men and women are needed for God’s plan to be satisfied. Without one we would not be doing the Word of God, which does not rot, justice.

 

The building consecrated to house the Nun’s of Axios will be called The Convent of St. Julia. It will be led by Mother Mary of Johannesburg. She is vested with the power to grow her order through whatever means guaranteed to her through the Dogma of the Canonist Church.

 

Powers granted to Sisters include:

  • Aiding in the medical care of those who are faithful to GOD

  • Upkeep the cleanliness of her faithful locations (Ex. church, covent, palace)

  • Articulate what has already been taught to her to others who are faithful

    • This does NOT include what has not been taught to her. She may not interpret the scriptures herself.

    • Basic education

  • Plan religious events with approval of the High Pontiff

    • This does NOT include masses

  • Provide assistance to clergymen as requested and legalized

  • Accept and spend charitable donations for the betterment of the church

  • Recruit and swear in Sisters to her order of Religious Women with approval of the High Pontiff and Mother

 

Chain of Command in Sister Covenants

Mother

  • Leads order

Prioress

  • Second in Command

Sister

  • Ordinary Member

 
Vows to Sisterhood
  1. Poverty

    1. “Do you, [Name], so commit yourself to Almighty God that you will renounce your worldly possessions and economic treasures for the benefit of his Holy Church and Will?”

  2. Chastity

    1. “Do you, [Name], so commit yourself to Almighty God that you will never lie or take union with any man to preserve yourself in purity within God’s Holy Church?”

  3. Obedience

    1. “Do you, [Name], so commit yourself to Almighty God that you will obey the law and rulings of God’s Holy Church?”

 

After Joining Sisterhood

  • A sister may:

    • Change her name in her new self under the LORD

    • Choose to live on her own or permanently within the convent’s abbey walls

  • A sister MUST:

    • Follow her vows

    • Follow her duties

    • Follow the legal orders of those with a higher status in the Church

 

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SECTION IV

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness in the need for diocese reconstruction, with all changes listed to be considered in implementation immediately upon publication.

 

METROPOLITANATE OF THE CROWNLANDS - His Holiness the Vicar of God, Theodosius II.

Territories - The Free City of Johannesburg, the Barony of Croston, the Barony of Sentisten.

HIGH EXARCHATE OF JORENUS - His Eminence the High Exarch Vladimir the Golden Hand.

Territories - The Kingdom of Hanseti and Ruska, the Free City of Karlsburg, the Duchy of Carnatia, the County of Metterden, the County of Turov,  the March of Vasiland, the Barony of Voron, the Barony of Mondtstadt, the Barony of Rostyg, the Eastern Freelands, the Northern Freelands.

ARCHBISHOPRIC OF PHILIPPUS - Vacante.

Territories - The High Principality of the Dominion of Malin, the Principality of Sutica, the Kingdom of Haria, the Kingdom of the Orcs.

BISHOPRIC OF ESHEVEURD -  His Grace the Bishop Himmel of Esheveurd.

Territories - The Duchy of Savoy, the County of Lewes, the Barony of Mordskov.

BISHOPRIC OF LOTHARUM - His Eminence the Bishop Valentyn of Halsworthy.

Territories - The Duchy of Lorraine, the County of Metz, the County of Hearth, the Viscounty of Chambery.

 

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SECTION V

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to appointed the allotted men of most virtue to the designated position upon the Curia of the Canon. All changes listed are to be considered in implementation immediately upon publication.

 

VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CANON - His Eminence the High Exarch Vladimir the Golden Hand.

PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN - His Eminence the Bishop Valentyn of Holsworthy

APOSTOLIC NUNCIO ET EXORCISTAE - His Eminence, Pontiff Emeritus Sixtus VI

 

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SECTION VI

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to disenfranchise and disband the clerical militant school known as the ‘Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche’. Any and all men claiming to still be apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche’, claiming to speak on behalf of clerical or pontifical issues as apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche’, or committing sin while claiming to be on behalf of the clerical masses as apart of the defunct ‘Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche’ shall be swiftly punished as according to Canonical Law. Additionally, a Holy Inquisition shall be started, conglomerating all other church militant. The inquisition shall have the job to root out any and all Heretics, Saulites, Harrenites, Sodomites and any enemy of God and the Empire. This Holy Inquisition will be apart of the new ‘Order of the Canon Flame’ led by the Apostolic Baron Luminous Rothgard. The Church is most gracious of the service of every man of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche and invites them into the new Order of the Canon Flame.

 

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SECTION VII

 

Moreover, the Church gives its allegiance to the God given Empire, and hopes that the Emperor does the same towards the Holy Mother Church, as neither Column of Society should be bigger than the other. May Secular and Religious powers work together rather than against one another. Neither Column of Society should be bigger than the other.

 

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SECTION VIII

 

All churches of the Canon must now obtain a Iconostasis, unless permitted to do otherwise by His All Holiness. An Iconostasis is a arched wooden structure with a main doorway. On the sides of the doorway, known henceforth as The Beautiful Gate, only Ordained members of the Clergy or anointed lay people may transverse. Alongside the Beautiful Gate several Icons of Saints and/or Scroll Imagery is to be painted onto the wood. The Iconostasis serves a simple purpose: to protect the Holy Word which has been spoken unto us by Almighty Godan. It is therefore guarded by holy Icons of Saints and Holy Imagery.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG VI 

 

 

By the decree of His All Holiness Theodosius II, Maximum Presbyter of the Holy Church, Vicar of God, Successor of the Immaculate Throne of the Exalted, Metropolitan of Johannesburg, High Exarch of the Canon Rite and Servant of the Servants of God…

 

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SECTION I

 

It is now the duty of all Canonists and Clergy to resist the Imperial efforts to initiate a false church. We must condemn this as clear violation against the One Holy Church of the Canon. Any and all men or women who seek to join this new false faith are so indicted with heresy. Schism in no way will be tolerated.

 

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SECTION II

 

It has been determined wise by His Holiness to remove the allotted men from their designated position upon the Curia of the Canon. All changes listed are to be considered in implementation immediately upon publication.

X: VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CANON -  The Bishop Vladimir the Golden Hand.

X: PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN - The Bishop Valentyn of Holsworthy

X: APOSTOLIC NUNCIO ET EXORCISTAE - The Bishop, Pontiff Emeritus Sixtus VI

 
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SECTION III

 

Moreover, the Church removes its allegiance from the Empire of Oren, and hopes that the Emperor may repent for his transgressions against the Holy Mother Church. The Holy Church does however extend out its arm to the Emperor allowing unity to be reached once more under the condition that he repents for the wrongs of his past. May Secular and Religious powers work together rather than against one another.

 

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SECTION IV

 

The Church fully denounces and refutes the so called “Diet of Johannesburg” as false and not God-given and infallible, like previous church councils. Any faithful who does not renounce the Diet, be it publically or privately is fully excommunicated from the bosom of the Holy Canonist Church. All men who do come to the aid of this most Holy and Pious institution shall receive indulgences for their service to God and His church.

 

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ADRIAN I

 

GOLDEN BULL OF JOHANNESBURG VII

 

 

His Holiness ADRIAN I, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of the Crownlands, Archbishop of Philippus, Enochas, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Prince-Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I 

 

Appointed to the Curia, whose duty it is to be delegated important matters of governance and to fill the large shoes left by previous occupants. The Pontificate declares those men to be entrusted with offices of great respect and piety. Let them serve with distinction. Lux Invicta.

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CHURCH - Father William of Metz
  • COMMANDANT OF THE GUARD - Father Roy of Karlsburg
  • AUDITOR OF THE TRIBUNAL - Father Jovarn of Ponce

 

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SECTION II

 

Appointed to the Electoral Synod, whose duty it is to elect the successor to the Immaculate Throne, comprised of the veteran and the profound. The Pontificate declares those men to be entrusted with this critical position.

  • HIS EMINENCE, Jovarn of Ponce
  • HIS EMINENCE, Roy of Karlsburg

 

It is the will of the Pontificate and her holy Church, that the heretic Valentyn of Halsworthy be stripped of his diocese and his place in the Electoral Synod. With this removal both offices must then in turn, be properly accounted for, and given a stable succession. The Pontificate now declares he whom succeeds the depraved.

  • HIS EMINENCE, William of Metz, BISHOP OF LOTHARUM

 

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SECTION III

 

Discussion had with the Crown on the matter of finite donation to the Papal Treasury. The removal of Yaroslav of Vsenk for his unlawful excommunication and election, left funds depleted, taken to be exact, by him during his escape from the city. The Pontificate proposed the reinstatement of earlier systems put in place during the respective reigns of HIGH PONTIFF Tobias I, and EMPEROR John II Sigismund. In response now entered into the annals new expansion beyond the treaties of Metz that further the relation of Church and State and to strengthen that eternal bond between the two. The JOHANNES ACCORDS stand to bind the nation in faith and leadership once more.

 

In accordance with the proposals of the accord one must be chosen to for the diplomatic office of Legate. As such it would be remiss not to mention the duties assigned to said office, one must sit on the Imperial privy and give council in faith when required to those for whom stress pushes in various directions. The Pontificate declares it’s chosen..

  • PAPAL LEGATE - HIS EMINENCE, Jovarn of Ponce, Bishop of KOVAC

 

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SECTION IV

 

The final say of the Curia upon the subject of Calendar Reform was most heated and of the greatest import. Such things were controversial and of course caused conflict among the peers of the Church. Such things were discussed in great length and detail within the Papal Estate among the peers of the Church.

 

Upon the the last ballet the the conclusion was sought. The Pontificate thus declares the result of its labor. Each having to obtain a majority.

  • ST.  OTTO OF VANDERFELL - FOUR
  • ST. DANIEL of CYRIUAM - FIVE
  • ST. CHARLES OF HANSETI - FOUR
  • ST. AMELIE OF ADRIA - FOUR
  • ST. MICHAEL OF CORDOBE - FOUR

All have obtained a sufficient majority, and so will remain upon the main Canon of the Church.

 

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SECTION V

 

Given the activity of the faith within Haense, new districts are required. The Pontificate sends it’s best, so as to allow those new communities to flourish. Let their growth serve as an example to other communities, and their piety, to the import of the Faith to the Empire.

  • THE BISHOPRIC OF KOVACS - His Eminence, Jovarn of Turov
  • THE BISHOPRIC OF ST. CHARLES - His Eminence, Roy of Karlsburg

 

  • METROPOLITANATE OF THE CROWNLANDS - His Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I. Territories - The Free City of Johannesburg, the Barony of Croston, the Barony of Sentisten.
  • ARCHBISHOPRIC OF JORENUS - His Eminence, the Archbishop Vladimir the Golden Hand. Territories - The Kingdom of Hanseti and Ruska, the Free City of Karlsburg, the Duchy of Carnatia, the County of Metterden, the County of Turov, the March of Vasiland, the Barony of Voron, the Barony of Mondtstadt, the Barony of Rostyg, the Eastern Freelands, the Northern Freelands.
    • THE BISHOPRIC OF ST. CHARLES - His Eminence, Roy of Karlsburg - Encompassing the capital of Haense, St. Karlsburg and it’s surrounding regions.
    • THE BISHOPRIC OF KOVAC - His Eminence, Jovarn of Ponce - Encompassing the territories of Vasiland, Metterden, and Turov  
  • ARCHBISHOPRIC OF PHILIPPUS - His Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I - Territories - The Principality of Sutica, the Kingdom of Haria, the Kingdom of the Orcs.
  • BISHOPRIC OF ESHEVEURD -  His Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I - Territories - The Duchy of Mardon, the County of Roard, the Barony of Artois, the Barony of Mordskov.
  • BISHOPRIC OF LOTHARUM - His Eminence, the Bishop William of Metz. - Territories - The Duchy of Lorraine, the County of Metz, the County of Hearth, the Viscounty of Chambery.

 

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SECTION VI

 

We the Pontificate do recognize and acknowledge those candidates, close to God they have entered the Seven Skies, and are hereby blessed for their holiness and loyalty to our gracious Creator, Deus Magnus.

  • Bl. Leon of Amaury - For his late service to Luciensport and the Lotharingians and his martyrdom at the hands of the Vailorian Harvesters.
  • Bl. Polycarp of Aeldin, Charles Horen, progenitor of the Johanian Dynasty - For his service to humanity and pious disposition to the Everardian Church.
  • Bl. Jon, Sigismund - For his service to humanity and his stalwart stance on the Norrland Paganry, for his defiance of tyranny and successful tenure. For his time spent for GOD.
  • Bl. Noah Wheezer - For his service to the Church, his tenure upon the Electoral Synod, and Curia respectively, and his charity akin to St. Tobias.
  • Bl. High Pontiff Pius II - For his martyrdom at the hands of the vile ‘John of Darfey.’
  • Bl. Holy Ser Adelran Coulthard - For his time spent in endless service to the Church, one of the first to take up the Black Sepulchre, slayer of all manner of dark and decrepit creatures, and his tenure during the Lotharingian Crusades.
  • Bl. Jack Rovin - Founder of the Order of St. Lucien, White Rose Bannerman, for preserving the august standing of the Church, Apostolic King of Aesterwald.

 

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SECTION VII

 

It was once so that the Church of the Canon was granted lands outside the capital for the purpose of housing it’s clergy and to give lodgings for weary travellers. The Pontificate puts forward a proposition to establish such a thing once more. It be the will of the Pontificate that this settlement be readdressed and given a conclusion.

 

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SECTION VIII

 

It is the will of the Pontificate that proper shrines and attributions to established across the Empire, wayshrines and the like to be built all across the realm in tribute, each dedicated to one of great importance to the Church, and the Imperium. Righteous Architects are called to service, and will be welcome.

 

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SECTION IX

 

Let it be known that the Pontificate does not feign ignorance, nor does it turn away from those in need. The Pontificate regrets the death of its Vice-Chancellor and it’s Commandant and expresses eternal regret as to the outcome and ultimate demise of it’s pious servants. The rights of the Clergy were violated, this is a grand concern, however it’s solution is not through violence nor is it rebellion. As the Prophet Owyn advocated so too must the Church act. The Church must come to terms with the State and initiative taken in regards to finance and settlement go a long way in mending the breach between both parties, ultimately Canonist in faith and brothers beneath God.

 

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SECTION X

 

The Pontificate solemnly, and with all regret that is necessary, declares that the former Bishop VALENTYN OF HALSWORTHY, and his accomplice, the deacon ABRAM are henceforth EXCOMMUNICATED from our holy Canon and the rite of our Church. They are banished from the faith upon the most vile of charges, that of HERESY. It is pride, come to a boiling point, and the stink of opportunity that brings about such traitorous events, and the Pontificate laments at the actions it must take. For those beneath the two conspirators, the Pontificate grants exception, the words of Iblees are that of the charming darkness and the faithful beneath them have lost their way, the confused brought back into the fold.

 

It is the will of the Pontificate that those men be brought to the capital for proper punishment and trial, so that they might account for their sin and make peace with our GOD before their demise. It is the duty of every man to bring those men to righteous punishment in the eyes of GOD’s Vicar on this earth, and unfortunately, to do them harm if they resist such endeavors

 

It is the will of the Pontificate that the former ARSTAN BEDELL of Kaedrin, unjustly executed upon the order of Everard II, be given clemency, and be officially lifted from his late EXCOMMUNICATED state, with a restored place in the faithful and rite restored

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF METZ I

 

 

His Holiness ADRIAN I, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of the Crownlands, Archbishop of Enochas, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Bishop of Godfreo, Fernandus, and the Westerweald, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God, does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

In an official capacity the Pontificate affirms the survival of it’s incumbent Adrian I. Doubt on this matter, a reasonable reaction given the tragedy that befell both the Cathedral of St. Thomas and the citizens of the city. We of the Pontificate found ourselves travelling to the city by way of carriage back from Haense and watched the horrific tragedy from afar upon the road to Barranquilla. Regardless of all the Church remains intact and the remains of the Holy See of Johannesburg temporarily centered in Metz.

 

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SECTION II

 

Appointed to the College are those who would newly serve the Church with loyalty and distinction. The Pontificate entrusted the following men with entrance into the College of Cardinals, of which is comprised of thee most pious and virtuous. May they work diligently towards the goals delegated to their most prestigious post as Princes of the Church.

  • Jacques of Goldfield
  • Franz Josef of Babenburg
  • Johan of Himmel

 

 

Delegated to the only those of a most pragmatic of Cardinals is that of Curial position. Those among the College handed such responsibilities are expected not only to help guide the good Church by way of legislation, but to also aid the Pontificate in whatever tasks they are entrusted with, be it military, economic, scholarly, or political.

  • PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN - Johan of Himmel

 

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SECTION III

 

Appointed to the Electoral Synod are those of a vital and experienced temperament. They are expected to serve with the utmost humility in deciding a successor to the Immaculate Throne upon the death of the Pontiff. To be entrusted with such an office is an honor, and thus, must be held in the most dignified of fashion until the end of one’s days.

Franz Josef

 

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SECTION IV

 

In response to the upheaval experienced by Humanity over the current course of balkanization we of the Pontificate sought a way to maintain a semblance of stability for Canonist holdings across the land. We of the Pontificate commit to upholding the agreed terms, and those member-states whom have maintained good faith despite the political climate.

 

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SECTION V 

 

Accounting for the chaos that is most recent much is yet to be affirmed in the way of governance in regard to our fair mother Church. With political turmoil and the establishment of a new order, so we also must account for this change. Those that follow are hereby invested the privilege of governance, over that of a diocese and its parishes.

  • ARCHBISHOPRIC OF JORENUS - His Eminence, the Archbishop Roy of Karlsburg

Encompassing the Kingdom of Haense

  • BISHOPRIC OF ST. CHARLES - His Eminence, the Bishop Franz Josef of Babenburg

Encompassing the Free City of St. Karlsburg and it’s surrounding territories

  • ARCHBISHOPRIC OF PHILIPPUS - His Eminence, the Vice-Chancellor William of Metz

Encompassing the Federation of Sutica, The Kindgom of Courland, the Harian Sultanate

  • BISHOPRIC OF LOTHARUM - His Eminence, the Bishop Onfroi

Encompassing the Kingdom of Lotharingia

  • BISHOPRIC OF THE WESTERWEALD - His Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I

Encompassing the Kingdom of the Westerlands

 

A number of diocese have also become defunct or undergone change that warrants their recomposition. BISHOPRIC OF ESHEVEURD, once encompassing the Duchy of Savoy, now the Duchy of Mardon, is to now be reformed with regard to its current occupants. Now to be known as the BISHOPRIC OF GODFREO, and to be placed under the eye of his Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I.

  • THE PRINCE-BISHOPRIC OF ST. THOMAS, for it’s destruction via the madness of the late Emperor
  • THE BISHOPRIC OF JOHANNESBURG, for it’s destruction via the madness of the late Emperor
  • THE METROPOLITANATE OF THE CROWNLANDS, for the destruction of Johannesburg and the displacement of the populous that made up it’s flock.

 

Quite a number of new territories are to be made known after the great changes seen by Humanity.

  • THE BISHOPRIC OF FERNANDUS, to be held by his Holiness, the High Pontiff Adrian I

Encompassing the Duchy of Barranquilla

  • THE PRINCE BISHOPRIC OF METIMUS, to be held by his Eminence, the Bishop Jacques of Goldfield, and to be allocated the right to elect a recommendation for the post.

Encompassing the city of Metz, and surrounding areas

 

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SECTION VI

 

It is on behalf of the Church that the Pontificate offers it’s utmost grace to those whom it owes its gratitude for the lands granted to the Faith after the turmoil of Johannesburg. The Church offers its appreciation to:

  • The Duchy of Mardon, for its partitioning to the Church a large sum of pasture at the foot of the Lotharingian mountains.
  • The Federation of Sutica, for its grant to the Church, it is being put to good use by the Commandant and his men.

 

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SECTION VII

 

It is the will of the Pontificate that the order of holy men beneath the Commandant Roy of Karlsburg be given official recognition in it’s eyes as an official militant beneath the banner of the holy Church. The ORDER OF THE HOLY CROSS is given sanction. Furthermore the Lotharing band, known as the KNIGHT’S TEMPLAR OF LORRAINE is also to be given similar positioning, and unchallenged authority over the safety of the Faithful in Lotharingia. It would be their duty if they wish it, to protect the Faithful from harm, and to safeguard the innocent

 

It is the will of the Pontificate that Stanimir Vyronov be raised to holy service and to advise the men of both companies in the traditions upheld by previous arrays of soldiery, the Black Sepulchre and others.  

 

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SECTION VIII

 

It is known by the Pontificate and the Church that those to be listed have entered the Skies, and that they have found paradise. It is also clarified now without fear of Imperial oppression, that he listed as ‘Jon Sigismund,’ referred to two men specifically, that of the now BLESSED JON RENAULT, and our loyal Vice-Chancellor SIGISMUND OF COUENTRE. The rest are as followed:

  • BLESSED JOHN I OF AMAURY - For his stalwart support of the Church and his rigorous protection of the Priesthood of his realm.
  • BLESSED ARSTAN BEDELL - For his martyrdom at the hands of the Everardian Church

 

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SECTION IX

 

Let it be known to all that the excommunications laid upon the Lotharic Clergy, and that of the one known as ABRAHAM specifically, are to hereby be effectively removed. All but ‘PRINCEPS’ HALSWORTHY.

 

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SECTION X

 

Let it also be known that the Pontificate calls all the clergy together to discuss matters of doctrine and the state of our fair Church. All require attendance for such grand occasion within the coming weeks.

 

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EVERARD IV

 

GOLDEN BULL OF MOUNT ST HUMBERT IV

 

 

His Holiness EVERARD IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Fernandus, Jorenus, Lotharum, Aleksandria, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Savoy, Mont St. Humbert, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Bishop of Godfreo, Versace, Mardon, and Carace, Minister-General of the Humbertines, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

With the healing of the Mother Church and its dissident child, a flood of new clergymen have come into the ranks of God and taken His robes. The Diocese of Aleksandria shall henceforth be consolidated with the Archdiocese of RIGA, its overarching entity.

 

THE DIOCESE OF FERNANDUS - Encompassing The Rock, the Southern Coast, and the Pirate Isles. Administered by HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD IV

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the Northern March, the Apostolic Kingdom of Ruska, and its respective lands. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, NIKOLAI RYKOV

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LORRAINE - Encompassing Metz, Cleves, Ponce, and All Lotharingia. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, BONIFACE OF PONCE

THE DIOCESE OF METZ -  Encompassing the City of Metz. Administered  by HIS GRACE, NICHOLAS OF ALEKSANDRIA

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JOHANUS - Encompassing Mardon, the Fifth Crownlands, the Sixth Crownlands, and the Imperial Demesne: Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RIGA - Encompassing Aleksandria, the ports of Asul, and all settlements on that land. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, CYRIL OF ALEKSANDRIA

 

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SECTION II

 

As the Church restructures, new appointments to its governance are necessary. To handle day-to-day affairs, miniscule issues, and such there are several new Curia posts which are appointed.

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EXCELLENCY, BONIFACE OF PONCE
  • LEGATUS ORENUS - The legate to the Holy Orenian Emperor, represented in the personage of HIS GRACE, JACK OF MARDON
  • HUGUEMEN OF THE CANONIST MONASTERIES - The manager of all monasterial affairs, concerning  monks and nuns, as well as their abbeys, is given to BR. VLADIMIR “The Elder”
  • *MINISTER-GENERAL OF THE HUMBERTINES - The manager of the Humbertine order of friars is granted to vacant, overseen by EVERARD IV.
  • CURATOR OF THE CHAPEL OF ST. EVERARD - The caretaker of the Holy Site located in West Lotharingia is granted to HIS EXCELLENCY, BONIFACE OF PONCE.

*The Order of Humbertines is hereby declared defunct and dissolved as of the publication of this bull by order of His Holiness, Everard IV.

 

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SECTION III

 

The Synod, reformed from its previous Popular Vote system in the earlier part of CLEMENT II’s reign, shall receive the following appointments. It is the intention of the Pontificate to restore the Pentarchy to consolidate the shepherds of the Church with their respective regions and to reconfigure the Synod in accordance to the current state of the Church.

  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, BONIFACE OF PONCE
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, NIKOLAI OF METTERDEN
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, NICHOLAS OF ALEKSANDRIA

 

The Pentarchy is commissioned with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD IV

 

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SECTION IV

 

We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority does grant approbation for the following sanctifications to the communion of saints and beatified for their extraordinary models of piety and glory to the Church of the Canon:

  • His Holiness, Clement II shall be styled as Blessed High Pontiff Clement II for his reunification of the Holy Church and ecumenism with the former schismatics of the so-called “True Faith,” ending nearly three decades of division. He shall be the patron for the cause of Canonist Unity, Pontifical delegates, and statesmen.

  • His Excellency, Henry Otto shall be styled as Blessed Henry Otto of Alban for his patronage of the citizenry of Haense, the vitality of the Highlanders in the contemporary age, stalwart piety and defense of the Holy Church. His patronage is for the poor, the Hanseti-Ruskan soldier, strength in battle.

  • Blessed Kristoff of Hanseti shall be styled Saint Kristoff of Hanseti for his unwavering devotion to GOD and faith in times of strife in the diocese of Petrus in which his example of unrelenting courage in holiness toward his eventual martyrdom at the hands of Dunamis  raiders merited in his patronage of martyrs, victims of strife, and bishops.

  • Blessed Johannes de Rutyer shall bed styled Saint Johannes for his wrongful endurance in imprisonment and expulsion in faith and fidelity to the Word of GOD. His missionary work in Haria shall merit as an inspiration and model for apostolate works for the proliferation of the Canon warranting his patronage for the innocent and missionaries to foreign lands.

 

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SECTION V

 

His Holiness, High Pontiff Everard IV hereby declares the convocation of an ecumenical council comprising of the entire clergy of the Holy Church to codify and address the following topics:

  • An Apostolic Constitution on the Mission of the Church and its relationship to the temporal states of Axios in the present day.

  • An Apostolic Decree on the reaffirmation of the cause for the unity of humanity and sanctity of life.

  • An Apostolic Decree on the revision of the liturgy of the Holy Church and the celebration of sacramental worship in the churches across the realm.

  • An Apostolic Decree on a liturgical book of prayer for the universal church.

  • A Syllabus of Errors concerning the refutation of falsehoods and sectarian division propagated by illegitimate religious entities and so-called clerics.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF MOUNT ST HUMBERT V

 

His Holiness EVERARD IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Fernandus, Jorenus, Lotharum, Aleksandria, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Savoy, Mont St. Humbert, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Bishop of Godfreo, Versace, Mardon, and Carace, Minister-General of the Humbertines, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

With the healing of the Mother Church and its dissident child, a flood of new clergymen have come into the ranks of God and taken His robes. The Diocese of Aleksandria shall henceforth be consolidated with the Archdiocese of RIGA, its overarching entity.

  • THE DIOCESE OF FERNANDUS - Encompassing The Rock, the Southern Coast, and the Pirate Isles. Administered by HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD IV
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the Northern March, the Apostolic Kingdom of Ruska, and its respective lands. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, NATHANAEL OF AESTON
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LORRAINE - Encompassing Metz, Cleves, Ponce, and All Lotharingia. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, PATRIARCH VLADIMIR
  • THE DIOCESE OF METZ -  Encompassing the City of Metz. Administered by HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JOHANUS - Encompassing Mardon, the Fifth Crownlands, the Sixth Crownlands, and the Imperial Demesne: Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RIGA - Encompassing Aleksandria, the ports of Asul, and all settlements on that land. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, BERNARD SOLOMON

 

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SECTION II

 

As the Church restructures, new appointments to its governance are necessary. To handle day-to-day affairs, miniscule issues, and such there are several new Curia posts which are appointed.

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • LEGATUS ORENUS - The legate to the Holy Orenian Emperor, represented in the personage of HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN
  • HUGUEMEN OF THE CANONIST MONASTERIES - The manager of all monasterial affairs, concerning monks and nuns, as well as their abbeys, is given to HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR
  • COMMANDANT OF THE ORDER OF THE BLACK SEPULCHRE - The administrator and dispenser of justice in defending the Holy law of the Church and its primal institutions is granted to HOLY SER EDWARD BRONISLAV, overseen by EVERARD IV.
  • GRANDMASTER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT MALCOLM- The commander of the Faith Militia branch of the sacred guard, tasked in defending the Church and enforcing her laws, is granted to ANGUS GROMACH, residing in the Duchy of Rosgar and under the patronage of Stephen Francis de Anpalais, and shall be overseen by EVERARD IV.
  • CURATOR OF THE CHAPEL OF ST. EVERARD - The caretaker of the Holy Site located in West Lotharingia is granted to HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR

 

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SECTION III

 

The Synod, reformed from its previous Popular Vote system in the earlier part of CLEMENT II’s reign, shall receive the following appointments. It is the intention of the Pontificate to restore the Pentarchy to consolidate the shepherds of the Church with their respective regions and to reconfigure the Synod in accordance to the current state of the Church.

  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, BERNARD SOLOMON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, NATHANAEL OF AESTON

 

The Pentarchy is commissioned with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD IV

 

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SECTION IV

 

We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority does grant approbation for the following sanctifications to the communion of saints and beatified for their extraordinary models of piety and glory to the Church of the Canon:

 

Malcolm of Fjordhem shall be styled Saint Malcolm of Fjordhem in recognition for an extraordinary demonstration in the faith. His conversion of heart obedience to the Will of GOD shall henceforth be commemorated according to law by our Apostolic Authority in which the faithful alike may find solace in his patronage as the patron saint of the Daelanders, Storms, and the conversion of heathens.

 

“Godless heathens and barbaric, bloodthirsty pagans, these Drakkmar. I’ve yet to come across a band of them in my travels, GOD be good for it, but tales of their misdeeds and vile, ungodly acts ring loud from the shores of Nova Horas all the way to Banardia. One popular tale is that bands of Drakkmar drag squealing children from their beds at night whilst their family sleep, sacrificing the poor young souls to their foul patrons in ways that even a dungeonkeep would suffer to hear.” -Bishop Lucius of Redmark remarking upon the nature of the Drakkmar in his personal journal, circa 1300.

 

Known as Maèl Col in his native tongue, Malcolm was a man of Drakkmar descent, from one of the southern tribes in Fjordhem in Aeldin. He was the youngest son of a prominent chieftain by the name of Seighin. As a chieftain’s son Malcolm took many concubines and wives when he came of age, most of them were plunder-wives from the Imperial lands. With was his lust for women that led him to finding GOD. As he led a detachment of raiders from his father’s tribe to the Aeldenic Tribe he came across a small monastic community, thinking this was a abbey filled with monks he came about his normal process of pillaging whatever he could find, although when he came face-to-face with women in habits, Malcolm could not resist but to pursue his carnal desires. He had his host of northmen line the nuns within the main cloister, he inspected the women for their age and beauty and when he found the youngest and most beautiful of the nuns in the convent he decided to take her as one of his concubines. The young woman, being a GOD-fearing nun refused his attempts at coaxing her into sexual thralldom, she ran into the inner sanctum of the monastery, the quaint church. Malcolm pursued her, in his wrath breaking many of the saint’s statues within the monastery. When he got in the church he charged forewards, towards the altar as the young woman was against the wall of the tabernacle. He raised his axe to cut the woman down as he approached, but as feet touched the dais in which the altar stood a bolt of lightning stroke Malcolm, sending him flying backwards, yet it did not kill him. This was his first encounter with GOD.

 

“When he has arrived at the monastery, many of us were in fear and shock, some even protested; how could this pagan abomination, the unbeliever filth, the sworn enemy of GOD and the Canon be permitted to study here, amongst us men of faith? He had dragged himself to the monastery still looking every bit half the savage, but over time we came to find the Drakkmar’s devotion to learning the ways of our GOD and our religion unparalleled. Some would even question whether or not there were divine, mystical forces at work upon this man’s mind, as though the very hand of GOD itself had reached out to enlighten this man with integrity and true understanding.” -Maximius Morvello, an acolyte of the church who studied in the monastery around the same time as Malcolm, shares his impressions of the canonised, 1365.

 

After this encounter with the divine Malcolm became a GOD-fearing man, being baptised in a country church near the monastery he had attempted to raid. There he went ‘missing’, his fellow Drakkmar thinking that he had gotten lost in the wilderness in church for the nun he lusted after. Malcolm spent eight years amongst the Imperials, learning flexio and matters of the faith, translating the Holy Scrolls into the Drakkmar language so that, one day, he may return and preach the Good News to his people. Malcolm was tonsured and ordained a priest after those eight years, many of the bishops and priests thought him to be a lawless savage as the Drakkmar were known to be, thus the bishop postponed his ordaining for many years. When he was ordained a minister of the Canon he had a burning feeling within him, his charism was to be a preacher, and he would preach the word of GOD to his countrymen. Malcolm took a wagon to Rhysten, and from there he hired a group of fishermen to take him to the southern reaches of Fjordhem, near Varnhag where his father’s chiefdom was located. When he set his foot upon the cold shores of Fjordhem he trekked for one day and one night before finally locating his tribe. He saw a group of women washing their clothes upon the local river, and amongst them was one of his concubines, Anne which, by Drakkmar custom and tradition, was now a thrall. When he approached her she recognised Malcolm but she still remember the day he had taken her from her home and forced himself upon her. She started to throw rocks upon Malcolm, swearing at him and vexing him, to show that he was pure of heart and repentant he kneeled and touched his heart, his heart then transporting itself out of his chest, rays springing from it and a tongue of flame above it. Anne, being a devout Canonist, recognised that this was a miracle from GOD himself and agreed to help Malcolm in his task to convert the Drakkmar. Anne took him to his brother, Padraig, which was now chieftain after his father’s passing. Padraig was, at first, happy to see Malcolm back, but once he heard that he had left the many gods of the Drakkmar for the singular GOD of the southern folk he went into a rage. The court priests attempted to out perform Malcolm by using magics and vile trickery to deceive the population into thinking that their gods were true. Malcolm simply tapped his walking stick upon the ground, the wooden stick turned into a viper and swallowed both heathen priests whole. The people of Malcolm’s tribe were surprised and many converted. A few weeks later the irminsul was teared down and a church was built in its place as his tribe completely converted.

 

“Forgive them, GOD, for they do not know what they do.” -The final words of Saint Malcolm.

 

After many months of preaching and converting some nearby tribes the Synod of Ecclesiastes in Nova Horos elevated Malcolm into the ranks of a Bishop. It seemed that all of Fjordhem would convert to the light of GOD, yet the most powerful chieftain, Goedenfryk, thought that Canonism was an effeminate religion of the south, and thus, thinking the minor chieftains weak invaded their land. Malcolm knew this was to happen, as a dove sent from the Skies foretold it. Malcolm called for his flock’s many chieftains and told them that they must go south, for GOD himself commands it. The chieftains mumbled and some roared, cowardice was not their way, many wanted to stand and fight, be martyred and go into the Skies as Saints, yet Malcolm grew ireful with Holy Wrath, and with a south commanded them to do as GOD wished, the chieftains complied and took their longships and fled south. Only Malcolm and a few huscarls remained behind. Goedenfryk’s host came upon the now deserted lands of the Canonist tribes, plundered their goods that were left behind and burnt down their wooden churches. When a band from Goedenfryk’s tribe found Malcolm in his priestly robes and the baptised huscarls they charged them, but the huscarls, filled with holy zeal pushed the small raiding party back, yet more were to come. Soon a bigger party, headed by Goedenfryk himself came to meet Malcolm and his band, the archers shot at them and the tribesmen finished the now dying huscarls, only Malcolm was left. He was captured and led to Tor Lethe where the Drakkmar worshipped their gods and their now-gone witcher king. Goedenfryk decided to blood-eagle Malcolm in order to appease their barbarian gods. Malcolm remained calm, serene, asking GOD to forgive them for they did not know what they did. As Goedenfryk started the blood-eagle it is said that Malcolm didn’t squirm nor shout out in pain, he only smiled and looked upwards at the skies. His blood dripped from his back as his lungs were pulled from his chest to create a blood-eagle, Malcolm silently passed away, his soul being transported into the Skies to dine in milk and honey with the rest of the Saintly host. The heathens would later take Malcolm’s head and keep it in vile and cruel mockery of his martyrdom. Malcolm’s converted tribe, inspired still Malcolm’s many lessons and teachings and still adherent to Canonism and the name of GOD, would flee to the Southern mainland in exile. The tribe would become a nomadic community of travellers, and their descendants would form the first wave of the Daelish.

 

Blessed Jude of Cyranium shall henceforth be declared Saint Jude of Cyranium as a prolific doctor of the Church and a faithful servant to the preservation and vitality of the holy doctrines of the Canon. His work as an abbot serves as an example of monastic life and the vigor of one’s vocation to the ministerial welfare of the holy Faith. His shall be the patronage of scholastics, authors, and monasteries.

 

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SECTION V

 

THE ORDER OF SAINT MALCOLM

His Holiness, High Pontiff Everard IV hereby declares the inauguration of the ordinariate of the Daelish in order to integrate a new faith militia to further revitalize the arm of the Church in combating heresies and injuries against the Holy Faith of the Creator. It shall function in conjunction with the Knights and Ordermen of the Black Sepulchre and shall pledge full and unconditional faith, reverence, and obedience to the occupant of the Immaculate Throne: The High Pontiff. The order shall promote the propagation of the faith’s tenets, secure the safety of its clergy, and furthermore enhance the rectitude of the Church’s mission throughout the realm.

 

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GOLDEN BULL OF MOUNT ST HUMBERT VI

 

His Holiness EVERARD IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Jorenus, Lotharum, Rhodesia, Aleksandria, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Savoy, Mont St. Humbert, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Bishop of Godfreo, Versace, Mardon, and Carace, Minister-General of the Humbertines, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God does decree…

 

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SECTION I

 

With the healing of the Mother Church and its dissident child, a flood of new clergymen have come into the ranks of God and taken His robes.

  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RHODESIA - Encompassing Marna and the Apostolic Kingdom Demesne under its jurisdiction: Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the Northern March, the Apostolic Kingdom of Ruska, and its respective lands. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, NATHANAEL OF AESTON
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LORRAINE - Encompassing Metz, Cleves, Ponce, and All Lotharingia. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, PATRIARCH VLADIMIR
  • THE DIOCESE OF METZ -  Encompassing the City of Metz. Administered by HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RIGA - Encompassing Aleksandria, the ports of Asul, and all settlements on that land. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, BERNARD SOLOMON

 

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SECTION II

 

As the Church restructures, new appointments to its governance are necessary. To handle day-to-day affairs, minuscule issues, and such there are several new Curia posts which are appointed.

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • HUGUEMEN OF THE CANONIST MONASTERIES - The manager of all monasterial affairs, concerning monks and nuns, as well as their abbeys, is given to HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR
  • GRANDMASTER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT LUCIEN- The commander of the Faith Militia branch of the sacred guard, tasked in defending the Church and enforcing her laws, is granted to ROBERT ROVIN, and shall be overseen by EVERARD IV.
  • CURATOR OF THE CHAPEL OF ST. EVERARD - The caretaker of the Holy Site located in West Lotharingia is granted to HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR

 

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SECTION III

 

The Synod, reformed from its previous Popular Vote system in the earlier part of EVERARD IV’s reign, shall receive the following appointments. It is the intention of the Pontificate to restore the Pentarchy to consolidate the shepherds of the Church with their respective regions and to reconfigure the Synod in accordance to the current state of the Church.

  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, VLADIMIR
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, JACK OF MARDON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, BERNARD SOLOMON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, NATHANAEL OF AESTON

 

The Pentarchy is commissioned with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD IV

 

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SECTION IV

 

The Godhead brings the holy Light to all nations, and because this is so, this Holy Synod convened by the grace of the GOD who illumines the plight of all men, eagerly desires to proclaim the truths of the Holy Canon to every creature with the summit of our intentions to culminate in the advancement of the benevolence, mercy, judgment, and virtue of GOD as a visible repertoire in the lives of the faithful. In communion with the saints by whose intercession we continuously beseech, the Church of the Canon desires to fully manifest the precepts of the Exalted’s revelations to restore all things in GOD.

 

The Creator, whoso by His omnipotence, singularity, and abundant benevolence, created the whole world with the plan to uphold men to a participation of the divine life. Fallen in the vices of Iblees whoso accursed his own plight by his very deviance to the Will of GOD, the Lord did not leave man to his own devices, but ceaselessly offers providence by the means of divine Revelation through the Exalted. All the elect, before the Creation, the Creator foreordained them to be conformed to the image of His favored one, Horen, that he and his descendants should be the first among all to receive the gifts of the Seven Skies and ark of salvation.

 

The Exalted, came therefore, and were sent by the Father. It was in Him at the foundation of the world, that He alone chose them preordained that they be the witnesses of truth as the cornerstone of the virtue of the nations. To carry out the will of the Creator, the Exalted continued to inaugurate the reign Seven Skies and its precepts to creation and revealed to us the mystery of the Throne of the Seventh Sky. When the work of the Exalted was accomplished and brought to fulfillment in the divine revelation of the four scrolls of the Canon, the holy Light of the Godhead was sent on the day of their completion to sanctify the realm and therefore brought consecration of all things in Him.

 

Let it be stated that at the conception of the world and the manifestation of the divine Will through the Exalted’s Testaments, we are brought into a new covenant that by the election of Exalted Horen as the chosen son of the Father, we are called into the union with GOD, who is the light of the world, from whom we go forth, through whom we live, and toward whom our whole life is brought into paradise. The Church is one body of the mystical union with GOD to which we are united as the virtue of the nations, each ordained as cooperators in truth and charity for the betterment of our being. Moreover, the charism of the Church is for the salvation of souls, the mediator of the holy law and the law of men, the voice of morality and truth for those baptized in its sacraments and whoso long for salvation in the summit of the Skies. The apostolate is the very essence of the life of its consecrated ministers who are confided in the anointing and the blessing of the world through their labors.

 

The temporal estates of the world are equally tasked as what we deem the collective virtue of the nations to whose governance we confide our earthly journeys in this life to preserve all that GOD had created for our benefit and to foster community for the greater glorification of the Creator and the love to which we share amongst ourselves. Guided by spiritual direction and the conscience of piety, the temporal estates are the stewards of advancing the fruits of morality and civil intercommunion to guarantee that the virtues prescribed by the Canon are upheld among its people so that in unison with GOD, we may be sharers in the abundance of His creation and co-heirs in the benevolence of his heavenly realm in the Seven Skies.

 

With the mutual cooperation of the divine institution and the temporal estates to which we are all conformed by GOD, it is the duty for all to serve as cooperators in peace and unity, preserve sacred tradition and the sanctity of life, and protect against the wicked snares of Iblees and his daemonic agents so that we might form and bring to fulfillment the collective virtues of the nations pleasing to GOD in this life and the next.

 
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SECTION V

 

BRETHREN IN GOD:

His Holiness Everard IV formally yields the Imperial Regency of the now dissolved Holy Orenian Empire. As our final edict, we hereby decree the following:

  • In order to pursue the unity of humanity as willed by that of GOD of the Seven Skies, the Holy Church of the Canon proclaims our recognition of the newly established order comprising of the Kingdom of Marna and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, entrusting in her care, the respective sovereigns of each nation as brethren in the human demesne. We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority does grant approbation for the recognition of His Majesty, FREDERICK PIUS of the House of Horen-Marna and subsequently do we impart our blessing in anointing the aforementioned the title of Apostolic King of Marna, et cetera. We duly declare that His Majesty is, by rightful claim and under law, the rightful heir to the throne and jointly do we affirm His Majesty, OTTO II GEORG of the House of Barbanov, a co-heir to the dutiful governance of Horen’s people by the Grace of GOD.

  • We the Pontificate also extend our hand in peace and unison with GOD’s Truce to Lord Canonius, claimant to the throne of the proclaimed Kingdom of Renatus in fostering dialogue to further advance the interests of his court and with that of the Holy Church of the Canon. We intend for his nation to work in the direction of great cooperation and collegiality with the restructuring of the kingdoms and proclaimed himCANONIUS AURELIUS, King of Renatus and co-heir in Canonist humanity.

  • We solemnly proclaim that all vassals under the banner of the Holy Orenian Empire, do willingly declare their fealty with GOD as their witness to the legitimate polities of humanity, pledging unconditional reverence and obedience to the Holy Church of the Canon in faith and to the nations consecrated by her edict in service and defense.

  • May these kingdoms, under the watchful eye of the Seven Skies and in close intercession with the Saints and Exalted, uphold the Peace and Truce of GOD and serve under the discretion and care of conscientious souls for the greater glory of the Creator. May the Holy Church, under the yoke of her sacramental salvation and Apostolic Authority, bring into unison the spiritual welfare of the faithful flock. May GOD grant His assent as we consecrate the unity of Man.

  • By the Grace of the Seven Skies, we proclaim in great felicity, the dissolution of the Faith of the All-Father, the so-called Red Faith. In doing so, we solemnly propagate the institutionalization of all humanity to embrace the Holy Canon and faith in the GOD of the Seventh Sky as the source of all power and providence for the benefit of the denizens. I call upon all leaders of humanity, by their virtue and spirit in the same faith and creed, to manifest the Will of Exalted  and the welfare of all people in pursuit to the restoration of all things in GOD.

  • We the whole Church and the faithful rejoice in the reconsecration of the Kingdom of Santegia back to the Canon, offering themselves wholly to GOD and to the mission of a united humanity in restoring Peace and the Truce of GOD to all. Furthermore, let us entrust in the providence of the Seven Skies, to further obtain the fruits of our faith and base our society in the order of the Virtues of Exalted Horen.

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CLEMENT III

 

GOLDEN BULL OF RHODESIA I

 

His Holiness CLEMENT III, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Jorenus, Lotharum, Rhodesia, Aleksandria, Visigia and Erochland, Prince-Bishop of St. Thomas, Savoy, Mont St. Humbert, Johannesburg, Esheveurd, Luciensport, Huss, and Dibley, Abbot of Laureh’lin, and Hariam, Bishop of Godfreo, Versace, Mardon, and Carace, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of God does decree...

 

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SECTION I

With the healing of the Mother Church and its dissident child, a flood of new clergymen have come into the ranks of God and taken His robes.

  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RHODESIA - Encompassing Marna and the Apostolic Kingdom Demesne under its jurisdiction: Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, NOVATIAN BESEL
  • THE DIOCESE OF SENNTISTEN- Encompassing the Capital city of Senntisten and the surrounding lands. Administered by HIS GRACE, DIMMESDALE
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the  Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, and its respective lands. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, ELPHIAS OF METZ
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ALEKSANDRIA - Encompassing the Kingdom of Santegia, Presa de Madera and all settlements on that land. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, BERNARD SOLOMON
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RENATUM- Encompassing the Kingdom of Renatus and the holdings it defends. Administered by HIS EXCELLENCY, NATHANAEL OF AESTON

 

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SECTION II

As the Church restructures, new appointments to its governance are necessary. To handle day-to-day affairs, miniscule issues, and such there are several new Curia posts which are appointed.

  • VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EXCELLENCY, BERNARD SOLOMON
  • PONTIFICAL TREASURER- In charge of all finances that pass through Holy Mother Church, entrusted to collect donations and fund Pontifical ventures- VACANT
  • GRANDMASTER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT LUCIEN- The commander of the Faith Militia branch of the sacred guard, tasked in defending the Church and enforcing her laws, is granted to HOLY SER RAKIM YAR, and shall be overseen by CLEMENT III.
  • CURATOR OF THE ADAMANTINE CATHEDRAL- The caretaker of the Adamantine Cathedral located in Marna is granted to HIS EXCELLENCY, NOVATIAN BESEL  

 

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SECTION III

The Synod shall receive the following appointments. It is the intention of the Pontificate to restore the Pentarchy to consolidate the shepherds of the Church with their respective regions and to reconfigure the Synod in accordance to the current state of the Church.

  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, BERNARD SOLOMON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, ELPHIAS OF METZ
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, NOVATIAN BESEL
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EXCELLENCY, NATHANAEL OF AESTON
  • PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, ROBERT ROVIN


The Pentarchy is commissioned with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS, CLEMENT III

 

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SECTION IV

We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority does grant approbation for the following sanctifications to the communion of saints and beatified for their extraordinary models of piety and glory to the Church of the Canon:
 

1. Henry Otto of Alban shall be styled as Saint Henry Otto of Alban. A champion of the commoners, a man with unquestionable piety in promoting faith in the Barbanov family and in the Hanseti Royal Army, he shall be known as the Patron Saint of Commoners, Justice, and Fatherhood.  

 

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SECTION V

 

We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority call upon all Holy Knights that adorn the style of Holy Ser, Holy Knight, and any other style associated with the Office to come to the Adamantine Cathedral in Marna to swear loyalty to HIS HOLINESS CLEMENT III, and to register yourself to the new Pontificate.

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