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ET REFORMIST

THE REFORMIST

11th of Harren’s Folley, 1789

 

Beloved Canonists,

            Today I publish this pamphlet for the entire realm to read and be inspired by. I fully reject any notion that I had blasphemed or produced heretical texts in any part of my forty one theses. I love our church with all our heart, I love my brothers and sisters. I do try to live in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Scrolls and embody those in the seven skies however sometimes I fail and I admit that freely. I am not without sin, nor is any mortal man or woman who had ever lived, in the words of Saint Robert: “All men are sinners and all men sin, but a monk's greatest sin is no longer being thin.” I am not the Pontiff, and whilst I concede that a Pontiff may commit sin like everybody else, he should not revel in it or brush it aside simply because of his position. He is supposedly the voice of GOD yet refuses to accept that any of this predicament might have been caused by him.

 

Our church has existed for some sixteen hundred years and there have been times when the church has been a true organisation of guidance, wisdom, mystery and reverenced, and sadly there have been times where it has been the opposite. There have been numerous times in which a pontiff has recognised that their church has fallen into stagnancy and sloth and they have tried to rectify that by forcing all clergymen to input all of their charitable acts, ceremonies and mass into a large book so their performance could be monitored until such a time motivation and charisma returned. 

 

It saddens my heart deeply that during the pontificate of Godric Virosi there have been numerous members of his curia and list of Monsignors who have put themselves higher than the common folk, possibly in an attempt to elevate themselves to Horen or the Lord, I am unsure but what I am sure of is that Godric was aware of this and several clergymen pointed this out to him and yet he did nothing, one such example was Cardinal Laurence who was recorded professing his great despise and hatred for the poor. In the Third Golden Bull of Visigia, High Pontiff Lucien III made it a mandatory task for all members of the cloth to perform charity (alms-giving) and speak with all canonists, not those in the higher echelons of society, this was especially the case of bishops and above for sloth had overtaken his church, he recognised this and sought to make quick amends. High Pontiff Tobias I also listed the duties of the clergymen in which he made it clear to all that it was everybody's role to perform alms-giving to the poor and to perform mass, something which is scarcely lacking, this was written in the Fifth Golden Bull of Holofernes.

 

It is saddening to see the state in which Godric Virosi has allowed our church to fall to and we must do all we can to prevent it from falling into the abyss of sin from which we may never climb out of. The church is sick, stacked full of incompetent, unrepentent and sinful men who have stained our history once more comparable to that of John of Darfey or Regulus. A church where a Pontiff can be murdered and their successors do not care to find justice, a church where the works of hard-working clergymen are rejected in favour of nodding yes-men who have contributed nothing to the faithful, a church where debate is barred, a church where homosexuality and miscengenation is accepted - it is wrong and to this I say no more. Thus I present the reformist agenda, a set of reforms that we believe are required to pull our church away from the cliff edge before it falls into the open arms of the Denier.

 

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Firstly, the pontiff is to sack all current members of the curia who have not held mass or any ceremony in the last two saints weeks and finally begin to stomp out sloth and laziness from our church.

 

Secondly, the pontiff should make an official statement regarding the assassination of High Pontiff III, why he lifted the excommunication of Jasper Carrington 15 years after his trial and why he did nothing in regards to the Son’s of Malin who defiled the pontiffs corpse and harvested his organs.

 

Thirdly, the rank of monsignor ought to be abolished forevermore for it is only used as a position bestowed upon privileged members of society to gain access to the curia and grant them an official part in the churches leadership whilst never lifting a finger to aid her or her flock.

 

Fourthly, all clergymen should be made to re-swear their oath of ordination and such oaths would now include a vow of poverty and chastity. A vow of poverty does not necessarily limit one to live a mendicant lifestyle however prevents clergymen from living lavishly in large manors and gorging on feasts, a clear distinction should be made by the Pontiff in this regard to something that is acceptable.

 

Fifthly, the church is to take up a more active role in guiding the faithful and regularly hold mass weekly.

 

Sixthly, the pontiff ought to hold a papal court every three weeks to address the public's concerns. This would be held wherever the pontiff wishes and would aid in making the church more accountable and transparent whilst guiding the faithful.

 

Seventhly, any letter addressed to the Pontiff, by any member of the canonist realm should be answered by the Pontiff and not handed off to others to respond. A response should be wholesome and address whatever is presented to them, truthfully and reasonably.

 

Eighthly, the pontiff will instruct his Auditor of the Tribunal, whomever he chooses to replace Alfred, should he continue to be slothful and fail in all of his duties, to take up a more active role in investigations whenever a concern is brought to him. Such an example would be the miscegenation committed by Edward Napier which the Auditor has yet to respond to or the letters concerning his verdict on the Xan paladins which also do not have a response.

 

Ninethly, the pontiff should issue a formal response regarding homosexuality and put any notion, that he has found it acceptable or wished for a debate to be sparked, to bed once and for all.

 

Tenthly, in each golden bull where the Pontiff re-shuffled or appoints new members to his curia he should list the reasons for doing so and the great acts that they have performed in order to achieve their well-deserved promotion, this naturally will hold the church more accountable, prevent nepotism and bias.

 

Eleventhly, the scrolls of Saul will formally be declared heretical texts and be removed from the Pontifical library and all copies of the writing are to be set alight.

 

Twelfthly, any clergymen who becomes fat due to gluttony are to be given the opportunity to fast and lose their weight or be relieved of their position for the church should not have greedy and gluttonous clergymen representing its interests.

 

Thirteenthly, the secretary to the Pontiff should perform a census every three years to keep an up to date list of all ordained members of the cloth, where they are stationed in and how active they are in their duties. This is so that slothful clergymen can be removed and that the church has a full list of its clergy.

 

Forteenthly, all armour and weaponry are to be kept outside of holy grounds regardless of position, the only exception would be ceremonial objects held by clergymen or papal guards. Special circumstances may change this rule, such as coronations.

 

Fiftheenthly, food donation boxes are to be positioned at the entrance of every consecrated church and are to be refilled every three days or sooner if they are emptied.

 

Sixteenthly, the pontifical secretary shall produce a public list of all consecrated churches, guidance on how to locate the, when mass is regularly held and which priests are in charge of its upkeep.

 

Seventeenthly, each church must have a dedicated clergyman attached to it in order to keep it in order and to be available to the public, any clergymen who wishes may hold ceremonies there but each church must have somebody assigned to them.

 

Eighteenthly, the church should rewrite its current canonical law for it is draconian and old, this should be discussed and all members of the clergy should have an opportunity to provide input and feedback before it is submitted, this is not something that should be kept secret amongst the churches leadership.

 

Nineteenthly, the church will assign somebody under the secretary to start a newspaper intended to update the canonist realm regarding things happening with the church, this will be published every week or sooner should more things happen that require reporting. This will be a politically neutral paper and merely serve to update the realm of happenings in the church, it can also be educational and include a notable canonical figure in each edition.

 

Twentythly, the church is to have no favoured king, queen or emperor. It is to remain politically neutral in regards to canonist nations and will support them all neutrally and equally, there will be no favoritism and the holy see must always remain outside of any nation in order to ensure it is neutral.

 

Twenty firsthly, all able bodied clergymen are to partake in manual labor such as mining, farming or lumberjacking in order to ensure the church as sufficient supplies in order to function and assist the faithful. Such was decreed by High Pontiff Daniel I in his first address to the canonist realm.

 

Twenty secondly, the church is to publish its financial status and update it when donations are received and will also register what its wealth is spent on, this naturally is to allow for transparency and to ensure that nobody can misuse its donations or funds.

 

These are a set of basic reforms that we believe are required in order to revive our church and awaken it from its sloth, they are not radical nor draconian, they are simply and only benefit the faithful flock to whom we serve. I can not fathom any reason why these reforms might be rejected. If they are to be rejected then please engage in a debate with me regarding them. These currently are the most major reforms that come to mind, there could be more but let us fix our church, one step at a time.

 

Boniface

Edited by Boniface

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Corbin nods along as he reads along with the words written by the Friar. “Good on you Mister Boniface, they will listen soon enough.” He’d say with an appreciative nod. After folding the letter away Corbin would finish his refreshing glass of Wick Chamberpot Wine.

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Tarathiel Elyra would note the missive curiously, sipping on her wine.

 

”So... The plot thickens. I didn’t even know we had a plot.”

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The High Keeper pondered over the contents of the copy of the missive that had made its way to her. Rapping her fingers against the table, she gave a small nod. “Mm. The discouragement sloth and gluttony within a clerical hierarchy is always a good thing. I can agree with that much, stagnancy being the root of corruption and all. Either way, I’m enjoying the initiative this man is showing.”

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An acolyte reads the document to James II while a doctor rolls out the muscles in his palsied arm. Between pained winces the High Pontiff says, “The gall of this man... augh...he presumes upon not only my own office but the office of every other priest—shouting demands from the bottom of the Void, all while as an excommunicant! Pah. When the Darfeyists took Pius II’s laurel, they stole in through a window and slew him. Even they did not have the effrontery—ouch!—to publicly order him about. This is obscene.” He pauses, “And moreover, he did none of this during his time as bishop or auditor. The Kingdom of Kaedrin requested he was removed from his post as their pastor, because he spent all his time shouting at commoners for having a bare shoulders rather than performing clerical duties!” The High Pontiff shudders in pain, seething.

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Walking through the truncheoned and brisk winds of Haense, a young man would arrive in Reza eyeing down the fraudulent and ill ridden reform, he would retort to all who were around him, “Good men and good wives who ever you may be, I implore you with the utmost piety and love for GOD to forsake these slothful and inconsequential remarks, made by an incapable and shameful once man of the cloth.” he would point his finger to the long and arduous list of reforms, “I would debunk this dog’s reforms one by one good people of GOD, alas he is not worth our time.”

 

“ I have seen true men of the cloth, and men who truly care for GOD and his followers, but I would asses from my encounters with this slothful creature that he is motivated by rather ungodly vices and unhealthy ill thoughts on those who sit on the Curia, most prominently being our Pontiff. Do not think of this ‘Bonifacism’ reform as anything worthwhile, rather discard it for a man’s contempt against those who once justifiably deemed him incapable. It truly pains me, to the bottom of my heart to see pious followers of GOD and the cannon taking to heart this none-sense.” He would rise from his chair looking to the crowd amassed next to him, “I shall conclude with this final point. GOD did not make any of us perfect, it was written by the late Cordal Winter, High Pontiff Everad II, that the seven skies are reserved for those who wish to better themselves and others in the eyes of GOD. You are truly faithful followers of GOD, do not let this false Shepard lead you astray.”  

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Ademar said:

 

Dear unnamed man,

            I write this letter to you as you are a man who casts aside these reforms so openly. I do not deny that there are some good clergymen amongst the church's ranks who fulfill their duties and more, but it would be incredibly naive to suggest that a vast majority of the church has not fallen into dormancy with no accountability, transparency or relatability. The church stands as an institution to guide and nurture the faithful, it is the duty of all clergymen to preach, give alms, and spread the Lord's love to all, canonist or not and yet a vast majority of the canonist realm have not seen mass held in several years. Churches grow dusty and filled with cobwebs, sin is rampant and unchallenged by our church.

 

You might hate me for who I am and what I preach, but you can not sanely deny that reform is required to revive our inactive church and restore blood flow before it starts to decay until it is irreparable. I understand that naturally, like the pontiff, you will dismiss all notion of reform and the suggested reform merely due to who has presented them but if you allowed, for a moment, to consider that like you, I love our church and wish to see it in the hearts of all men and women. Whatever you may think of me please do not try to insinuate that I have come to sow dissent and chaos over our church for all I have ever wanted is more accountability, transparency and activity so that our church can once more return to how it used to be. You refer to these reforms as ‘Bonifascism’, I challenge you to pull up any of the mentioned reforms that would constitute fascism, I have never advocated for tyrannical rule or some form of dictatorship.

 

You are right, that no man has been or will ever be perfect, I agree with you on this point. You are also right that the seven skies are reserved for those who wish to better themselves and others and this is what I try to do. I am not a perfect man, I have my faults, like any other but it has only ever been my goal to better the church and in turn better everyone else. For a church that actively guides and gets involved in the realm results in happier people closer to GOD. If you have a problem with any of the mentioned reforms then I invite you to discuss what is wrong with them so that they can be amended if needed, but to simply cast these reforms aside due to the publisher is naive and to deny change is needed denying reality.

 

Boniface

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“You seem to not fully grasp my argument, Boniface. I am suggesting that your words are derived from contempt, hatred, and fein from reality. I would argue and declare that as long as our pontiff does not plott to murder kings and fellow men of the cloth, we are on a fine and righteous path. And as to your none-sense of empty churches and sin, I barely see enough of you which begs the question how you reached that assumption? While I have roamed through the lands of men I have seen plenty of clergy preaching and taking confessions from those who wish to rid of their ill tidings, a recourse which I would highly suggest you do, Boniface. You are nothing but a false Shepard spewing utter dribble and sowing dissent between the ranks of the faithful, convincing GOD’s believers to turn against he who sits on the holiest of thrones. You are a shameful pig and I feel utter disgust in merely replying to you, not because you demand a reform, but because I am certain that you are driven by hate and not GOD.”

 

Ademar would look outside to the bustling streets of Reza and continue to write, “I warn you now, Boniface, if I see you continuing this utter sham and lead the followers of GOD to believe in false notions, and I say this in no official capacity, only as a fellow man who believes in GOD, you will find comfort in the darkest of places, and the warmth of love and compassion shall be but a distant and rare luxury for you.”

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Dear unnamed man,

            You responded to my letter without actually addressing anything written within. If you believe that the churches are full, preaching is being conducted and that mass is being held weekly and you claim to have seen these things then I highly recommend that you go to a doctor and have your eyes tested for you are the only one to have seen this. It has now become commonplace and acceptable for all members of the clergy to fall lax in their duty and do the bare minimum, marriage ceremonies, that is all I see performed now and even then some do it with the expectation of a large sum of mina as a donation. A donation which never seems to be put to good use, as a bishop I amassed thirty thousand mina in the form of donations via collecting donations at the end of mass, marriages and asking for donations on the street and I ensured all thirty thousand were put towards the faithful flock and those who needed it.

 

The idea that I have a seething hatred for the Pontiff and the church can not be more far from the truth. I love our church deerly and I believe that James has failed our church in many ways but believe there are ways in which we can recover. You deny and cast aside any notion that there has ever been anything wrong with our church in the past forty years and that only proves your naivety and I appreciate your blind loyalty to James prevents you from seeing any error he might make. Again, no man is perfect and we all make mistakes, but it is our ability to learn and adapt from our mistakes which make us better and those that refuse to admit fault condemn us all.

 

You continue to push the notion that I am here to sew dissent, schism and chaos but I deny this fully. If you had read the conclusion of the collection of forty one theses you will see that I urged the Pontiff to resign should he refuse to acknowledge and rectify his wrongs, I did not call for schism, I did not call for treason, I did not call for him to be overthrown, I did not call for an anti-pontificate for this is not what I desire and I cast aside any who believe schism is what I desire. I have made mistakes, this I admit freely and I have sought to rectify them through prayer to the Lord and recanting, such as my misunderstanding regarding non-humans ascending to the seven skies.

 

Lastly you resort to threats, that should you see me you will capture me and subject me to torture and yet that only proves that it is you who has a seething hatred and fury, not I. I am not a stranger to danger or threats but it seems you are the most vocal supporter of the Pontiff who has responded to these reforms and whilst you state your threats were in no official capacity it begs the question, does the pontiff advocate for his followers to abduct, hold in captivity and torture those who might wish to hold him account and improve our slothful church?

 

Sincrely, Boniface.

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“Do not mock me and claim my assertions are false, if you are unable to see what is clearly transpiring in the midst of our faithful then I shall not argue, it seems you have based my eyesight purely on narrative. I shan’t deny any wrongdoings in the church and I do not claim it to be perfect, I merely think you are exaggerating it’s faults and are creating problems which are nonexistent. I do not mean to educate you, but I must remind you of the days of Darfey and the days of John Turnbull where one would use their holy capacity as a means to plott and murder those who oppose them. Moreover, I am glad to declare that we /could/ not be farther from that reality thanks to our pontiff who is truly a righteous man.

 

The very fact /you/ wish for the pontiff to step down, and I am putting a rather hard emphasis on ‘you’ because it seems to me you are the only former man of cloth who keeps spewing this none-sense, means you hold some irrational vice towards him, which leads one to believe you are sewing dissent. When one creates problems for another it is assumed he does so to spite him.

 

And to respond to your final paragraph, I do not take kindly to your forked tongue writing utter slander and false accusations on myself, the very notion of you believing that was what I meant proves what a slothful and delusional man you are, and merely proves that indeed you will have no one who will love you or show you compassion, because you are such a vile being. And I shall reiterate, I am writing on behalf of myself not the pontiff.”

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“Let’s be real, when was the last time a mass was held in Reza let alone Helena? I haven’t seen a priest in a very long time” says Hektor Stafyr

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The middle aged Norlandic man reads over the missive, ”Was t’is one not t’e Pontiff? He’s t’e only cleric of t’e Crossed God I met around t’e streets of Haense.”

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