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  1. Accepted and assigned to the Archdiocese of Jorenus, the Bishopric of Petrovic (New Reza). Please contact me at _GoldWolf_#9851 over discord. @Papa Liam
  2. After having written many letters and started a few more Theses he had planned that day, Cardinal St. Julia shook out his sore and cramping hand, his one and only. The Archbishop, deciding not to take up the quill again, looked upon the bookcases filled with theological works above his desk. Manfried mulled over the thought of picking up one before he frowned, knowing he had read them already over his decade in this small residence at the Basilica, "If only the Pontifical Library was closer, mmph." Nevertheless, he turned to the newspaper recently placed upon his desk by an Acolyte, plucking it up and beginning to read over the interview in his spare time. As he usually did with what he was reading, he had found himself at the end of the interview in his bedroom itself, having been lead there by the few chores he had been doing as he read the contents of the paper. He had finished with a smile, "Good, good. A source of media that portrayed an interviewee well. His Holiness does indeed deserve such recognition after such a long and righteous tenure. Mm.. and perhaps this newspaper does too." Manfried would soon seek out a subscription if possible, praying he didn't have to run all the way to Kaedrin to get the next issue.
  3. Accepted. Friend me over discord at _GoldWolf_#9851 so we can talk please.
  4. PASTORAL LETTER - The Donning of the Cloth - Addressed to the Laymen of Helena ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ From the desk of His Eminence Manfried, Cardinal St. Julia, Archbishop Metropolitan of Helena and Prelate for the Canonist Priesthood. Blessings be upon you! ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ It is through the Prophets in ages past that the Canonist Church was formed, endowed with the ability through His Exalted to preach, teach, and interpret the Scripture of God and too safeguard His word for centuries to come. And so, in this duty divinely granted to us, we have fulfilled. We have, throughout the ages, held up high with great reverence and worship His eternal and holy word, the one and only truth, the Holy Scrolls. It is throughout the ages that we have interpreted His Scripture to better suit the needs of the faithful and therefore instructed the laity in the virtues of God and ensured that they are guided onto the path of salvation. And it is through the many ages of our institution’s existence that we have been a testament to God’s love, caring for the faithful as Fathers and bearing on our shoulders the great burden but too, immense honor of being the caretakers of the laymen and of the Dioceses which have grown most large and profound in the centuries of which our Church and faith have progressed, stretching far and wide throughout His Creation, impeded only by the pagan nations which stand at the outskirts of Canonist territories. However, the age old issue rears its head again. The Church needs numbers. Just as the armies of mankind required numbers to strike the final blow against the Inferi mere months ago, the Church has, does, and will always require numbers to dully fulfill our job to preach, teach, and safeguard His word, forever caring for the common layman and raising each and everyone of His servants high in virtue. It is clear in the Scroll of Auspice that God’s work is not done through the hands of one but many faithful, “Lo! The virtuous dead are descending, and at their fore are the sons of spirit, and the sons of the first man and woman. And leading them is Horen renewed, and he ordains the estates of their armies.” (Auspice 2:5-6) The virtuous dead are descending! Millions upon millions of those who have come and gone through the beautiful and eternal cycle of life of which God has instituted marching from the heavens to battle for the fate of the world. It is clear in this verse of the Holy Scrolls that the many, not the few, are needed to complete God’s work upon this terra and truly fulfill His mission. That is not to demean the individual but instead support them with their fellow brothers. Our faith is about unity and what shall a Church with one individual have? Unity with themselves? Nay, they need brother Priests and sister nuns to assist them in the evangelization of the unknowing and the instruction of the enlightened. It will not be by the hands of one Priest that all the laymen are taken care of but by the hands of many Priests which make up our holy Mother Church. We are not omnipotent like God I assure you, but we can be somewhat alike to His image, (forever imperfect of course, as we are but servants before the Lord) but more capable than before, if we are to preach the word together. So, I tell you this. The Metropolitanate of Helena is in need of Priests and it is the purpose of this Pastoral to encourage you to join the Priesthood as an Acolyte. While I have of course said throughout this letter that the Priesthood is a burden upon one’s shoulders, it is not a burden without reward. God creates tests and burdens. However, He rewards those who succeed with His love and goodness. For instance, the choice between the mortal temptations and His fruit of virtue. We are inclined to go with the former for the temptations are our natural inclinations, however it is God who created the latter and through that, we are challenged by this choice and yet granted the goodness of God and eternal salvation if we take up this test. And so, that is the nature of the Priesthood. The salvation of an entire Diocese and flock is a heavy burden on our shoulders. Yet, the rewards of virtue and the goodness of caring for your fellow man is enough to warm the soul and start the flame in your stomach, fueling you to defend them, instruct them, and love them. To admonish them when they are wrong and yet, pick them back up onto their feet in the image of God and His mercy. It is a most kindly and good way of life, molded by God and His ever-eternal word. We of the Priesthood are but humble workers in the vineyard of the Lord, tending to the fruits of virtue and forever guiding away the laymen from the vineyard of the Denier. We forever take care to live a peaceful life, a virtuous life, a loving life in the image of Him and serve Him until our final breath in the way of virtue. While this certainly is not a life for everyone, God calls to some to take up the shepherd’s crozier and guide His children towards eternal paradise with Him in the afterlife and later the end of times. God gives us signs, God leads us in certain directions, we are all in God’s hands. And so, it is by the grace of God that the few, but many are lifted and molded in virtue, to become humble servants to Himself and His children. I ask of you, does He call you? Do you feel Him guiding you to the blessed Priesthood? If you decide so, I shall be waiting. Find me or any Priest at the Basilica of the Final Revelation to be inducted into the Priesthood. I encourage any heavily to take this offer. It is truly a beautiful way of life. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ “UNITATIS IN NOSTRA AETATE” UNITY IN OUR TIME SIGNED WITH THE LOVE OF A FATHER, YOUR SERVANT, Father Manfried ((Recruitment forum page for the Priesthood if you want to use this. Specifically looking for Acolytes for Helena and Kaedrin there!))
  5. Prelate for the Priesthood, His Eminence Manfried Cardinal St. Julia, puts his stamp of approval on the document. The Acolyte is readied for ordination or any next step which his direct superior sees fit.
  6. ((Specifically looking for Acolytes for the Helena Diocese, as well as any interested in Kaedrin. Archdiocese of Jorenus (Haense) is generally full so a limited number of Acolytes will be sent there. Please join!))
  7. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Addressed to His Holiness and the ordained men of the cloth, Blessings be upon you It is in these years of our Lord that we come together to discuss and debate on interpretational matters which face the Holy Mother Church, endowed the Prophetic Authority to interpret the Scripture of which we uphold. Not to demean the word of God but to better it’s understanding in the minds of the lay faithful. It is with this that it is our necessary duty to bring our attention to matters which bring due cause to alter doctrine of our Church and to safeguard the infallible dogma of which was established centuries ago during the Pontificates of St. High Pontiff Sixtus IV and High Pontiff Everard III. Therefore, I find myself in the midst of both a joyous occasion and too dogmatic and doctrinal predicaments of which I shall address Aengulic Free Will firstly among them. After a most enlightening debate with His Grace, Bishop Benedict of Petrovic, while we may disagree, I have organized my thoughts after months of pondering. While his opinions may differ in this discussion of our Church, I shall write in support of the dogmatic interpretations of which we uphold in present times. Firstly, I shall define free will in relation to our faith. When one has free will, of which we mortals have and too Daemons, it is the choice between good or evil, virtue or sin, God or Iblees. Simply put, the absence of free will is not mindless slavery but simply purity of soul, incapable of sin and cleansed in the waters of the Lord so as to be virtuous and morally just and good. It comes to mind that if Iblees were not to have seeped into the depths of the Void, sin would not exist. We would not be tempted by these mortal fruits and instead be eternally morally good and virtuous. Righteous always in our mission to worship God and serve Him faithfully and dutifully. So, it was the Daemons who turned into Demons and too, some remained Daemons, turning their back on the betrayer and instead serving God. This is the embodiment of free will. The choice between good or evil. However, it was not the Aenguls who turned to Iblees, but they who remained with the Lord, serving Him on various occasions to bring about His Divine Will on a terra viciously attacked by the Denier and his servants. It comes to mind the question. Why did God bestow unto the Daemons free will and not the Aenguls? Why is it that the Daemons were given the right to choose but the Aenguls were not? To this, I surmount an irrefutable truth. God is beyond time, outside of it. He knows all that was, is, and is soon to be. It is in His everlasting wisdom that He knew before Creation was ever rendered, this. Iblees would betray Him and so would many of the Daemons who he reigned over. So, this irrefutable truth answers our question, with some supporting evidence from the Holy Scrolls. “And the Aengul said “Here, I crown you. And you are His prophet.” (Gospel 2:38), “But the Aengul Aeriel descended, and he was preceded by a ringing clarion. Iblees was weakened, and the brothers cast him out, and his army fell into the Void with him.” (Gospel 2:65-66) It is seen in these two verses of Scripture, through the actions of Aenguls Tesion and Aeriel, that they serve God in the face of the Denier. Perhaps Gospel, Book of Horen, Verses 65 and 66 are the most extreme of the pair, casting attention to the service of Aengul Aeriel. When the Aengul descended from the heavens and cast out Iblees, saving His Prophet and the brothers from iniquity. It becomes clear that with God’s predestination of the past, present, and future, perhaps God created the Aenguls pure of soul so as to serve as instruments of His Divine Will in the face of Iblees. For He surely knew of his betrayal and He surely knew of his actions against the brothers and so He created the Aenguls to intercede for Him on earth and defend the mortal souls from iniquity. However, such individuals as the Xannic Paladins become an issue in speaking of the veneration of Aenguls. Of course, veneration in the ways we venerate and revere Saints is acceptable, however the Knights of Xan and other such groups are bestowed Aengulic powers. Now, to this, I bring to question some morally questionable actions of the Knights of Xan, specifically bringing the Church’s attention to this document sent along with my letter, An Open Letter to the Paladins of Xan, written by Tanith. It is clear that God bestowed unto Daemons and too, us mortals, free will and it is too clear that no one but God can erase His gifts. The gifts of Aenguls like Xan can simply enhance our capabilities through power unbeknownst to many of us, the majority incapable of producing such things without Aengulic intercession. So, it becomes clear that the gifts of Aenguls can make no elf, dwarf, orc, or Human purely virtuous as they are. Therefore, just as Iblees and the Daemons twisted and corrupted the gift of free will bestowed unto them by God, so too can morally reprehensible mortals twist the gifts they were endowed with by Aenguls. With that comes a dangerous predicament, essentially bestowing unto mortals, easily tempted by sin, the capabilities to defeat and harm most others in their path. To corrupt the gifts of Aenguls into tools of malevolence and morally imperfect behavior. Such being said, I am not convinced that the groups such as the Xannic Paladins should indeed be endorsed by the Church so easily. It could even be said that such groups themselves are being puppeted by a demon who pretends to be one of virtue, tricking them just as Iblees did the encampment of Horen. The Church cannot be too careful in that matter and so, while I believe it is completely suitable for veneration of Aenguls such as Aeriel and Tesion to be commonplace, they serving as righteous exemplars of virtue, it must be said that other such Aenguls, never even to be mentioned in the Holy Scrolls should be held to the same standard. Even permitting mortals to accept gifts from these Aenguls with no confirmation of their virtue by Scripture. Secondly, I shall address the apparitions in Haense and the identification of a virtuous, Saintly soul. To this, I defer much to my brother, Bishop Petrovic for he is certainly much more experienced on the topic then I. Such spectres, by the suggestion of His Grace certainly cannot be permitted to wander Haense. If they truly do seek to continue a life of sin and harm through haunting, they must be vehemently denied the ability to taunt the living. It is in the Scroll of Auspice that the armies of the dead and sinful souls of Iblees’s army return to His Creation in order to corrupt the world and rule without Him. These spectres, unsatisfactory in their mission, must not be permitted to persist among the living. On the topic of guidelines for the identification of canonized souls, I too defer much to Bishop Petrovic’s suggestions. Just as the initial process of canonization, we must treat returning souls who claim to be of virtuous and Saintly origin with great scrutiny in order to determine their true purpose for returning to this terra of our’s. We have great texts of the Saint’s actions and lives. We must reference those to how they act now and truly distinguish between a true Saint and a deceiving soul. Lastly, I address swiftly the Azdrazi. To this, I again too defer to Bishop Petrovic and my brothers in faith. The corruption of these souls and their mortal bodies in return for their submitting to Azdromoth must not be permitted and should surely be condemned by the Mother Church. We should rid our terra of this ruinous power and it begins with the outspoken voice of the Prophetic Wisdom which the bearer of the Laurel holds. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Signed with a Dutiful Heart and Soul, Manfried Cardinal St. Julia Archbishop Metropolitan of Helena Prelate for the Priesthood
  8. Full Name of Man - Lorenzo d’Amato Date of Birth of Man - 1761 Name of Woman - Lizaveta Orlov Date of Birth of Woman – 1764 Location of Ceremony - Basilica of the Final Revelation, Helena Date of Ceremony (Year) - 1791 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Manfried
  9. AN EPISTLE On Homosexuality and the Concerns Thereof ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ -AUTHORED BY- Prelate for the Priesthood Cardinal St. Julia Horen’s Calling, 1791 ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ I In recent months, two Public Letters to His Holiness, Successor of the High Priesthood, High Pontiff James II have been published in order to ask for a clarification and answer in regards to concerns on homosexual relations. With that, this Epistle is addressed to the anonymous God’s Faithful Daughter and all readers who seek guidance on the matter. It is clear that you, God’s Faithful Daughter, in seeking out this matter’s answer and too speaking so highly of God’s Love, are a dutiful and faithful Canonist. One who regards the Church highly and simply wishes to serve the Lord through Her. And so, it is you, God’s Faithful Daughter who brings forth questions as to the interpretational doctrine of the Church in regards to the homosexuality and to that, I offer you an answer. May God bless you and defend you from sin and may my writings succeed in doing their intention. To guide you as a father so you do not stray from the path of His blessed fruit. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ II I wish to begin this Epistle with the most obvious quotations from the Blessed Scripture, the Holy Scrolls. Both these excerpts from the Holy Scrolls are from the Scroll of Virtue, “And as I made for you the worldly pleasures, so too have I made the pleasures of the spirit, and the love of the husband and wife.” (Virtue 3:5) and, “So I am the Most High, and in pursuit of My Virtue, I bid my faithful this: You shall not lie with your kin, nor those of other tribes, and none shall lie together but in holy union.” (Virtue 3:9) Our Mother Church has for thousands of years held in its interpretational doctrine these very verses of Scripture. That the union of matrimony is to only be consecrated by an ordained man when between a man and a woman. There is no inclusion of further relations between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. God has clearly bestowed these words unto Exalted Horen and therefore the world, “the love of husband and wife.” With that, the argument can be made, “The Lord simply said husband and wife and yet he says nothing against a union between husband and husband or wife and wife.” To this I say, the Lord too did not say, do not murder but He did say, “So I am the Most High, and in pursuit of My Virtue, I bid my faithful this: You shall not raise a hand in wrath, nor in envy, nor in any kind of sin.” (Virtue 5:9) In this, the Church, entrusted with this duty by the hand of God through His Prophet Owyn, contemplated over this verse and made the interpretation that murder is a sin. And so, even though the Scroll of Virtue does not explicitly say that the Sacrament of Matrimony shall not be granted to a homosexual coupling, He did say, “the love of husband and wife.” as He did too say, “You shall not raise a hand in wrath, nor in envy, nor in any kind of sin.” and so it is the Church’s right and duty to interpret such verses. With such, by these rights granted to the Immaculate Throne and the Church as a whole to interpret such things, it was in their righteous duty to deem homosexual relations a sin. “He entrusted to them the Word of GOD, which were the Virtue and the Spirit, and charged them to instruct their brethren in the path of holiness. At Owyn’s command, the brothers set shepherds over the flock of men, and so created a priesthood for their instruction, in anticipation of the second son of spirit.” (Gospel 5:4-5) As I said, it was through Exalted Owyn that the High Priesthood and therefore the Church was formed, granted the Laurel and bestowed the Prophetic Authority to the now High Pontiffs. It is with such that even though the Scroll of Virtue may not directly say, “You shall not murder.” or “Marriage shall not be between a man and a man or a woman and a woman.” it is the Prophetic Authority passed down through Laurel that permits the Church to interpret these verses. An interpretation derived from Scripture and with the best intention to uphold the teachings of God and shepherd His children on the path of virtue. It is with this that it becomes very clear. The Scripture, through the most concrete interpretation, clearly disallows homosexual marriage for while God did not say we shall not murder, He did say to not raise a hand against others. And so, as He did say it is the love between a husband and a wife, He too meant husband and wife. Not husband and husband nor wife and wife. Truly, the Lord meant husband and wife. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ III While the word and interpretation of the Church should be enough, it is after recent events that I believe this matter may require more evidence. Therefore, I bring forth the story of Exalted Horen and Saint Julia. A verse from the Scroll of Gospel, “All took concubines, except for Horen, who took only one wife. Her name was Julia, and they kept their union holy.” (Gospel 2:3-4) While we can certainly delve into semantics on how it was natural for God to say only one wife, not one husband or how the bond between man and woman was said to be a holy union, I wish to focus on one thing. The love between Exalted Horen and Saint Julia themselves. The first husband and wife, the first coupling, it is indeed quite natural that Exalted Horen and Saint Julia find mention in this Epistle. Perhaps the two most central figures in our modern day unions, it is they who I always tell each married couple to find wisdom from. To use as an example for how their union should be. Their bond was one of love and support. One where they in their matrimonial link served to endeavor to fulfill the mission of God, not alone but together. It was Saint Julia who defended the Encampment of Horen from the Denier in Exalted Horen’s absence and it was Exalted Horen and Saint Julia who died together and ascended to the Sixth Sky as a pair. It is too Exalted Horen and Saint Julia who birthed three sons in the name of God and so it was Exalted Horen who was prophesied to have three sons of spirit (the next three Exalted) and therefore, Saint Julia was their spiritual mother as Exalted Horen was their spiritual father. The birth of these sons, Harren, Godwin, and Joren as well as the Exalted Owyn, Godfrey, and Sigismund would not be possible without the coupling of man and woman. Without that, much of the Scrolls would be absent without the bond of husband and wife for Harren, Godwin and Joren could not be conceived in a homosexual marriage. Too, the Exalted could not be named the spiritual sons of Prophet Horen without the bond of Exalted Horen and Saint Julia. Clearly, it is intentional in God’s masterpiece, Creation. I too mention the intrinsic role of the first man and woman. While they were not bestowed the Sacrament of Matrimony as it did not exist at the time, they did indeed have the consent of God and so did they birth the first four descendants. It is without the union of man and woman that Malin, Urguan, Krug and Horen would not have been born and it becomes clear how important the cycle of life is to God and our faith. Much of the Scripture is built around sons. The sons of the first man and woman serve very important roles in both the beginning and end of times. Too, one in particular bestows the first Scroll unto the world and becomes our first Prophet. Then his sons serve as Kings of Man after his death and so do his spiritual sons serve as the future Prophets, enlightening the world with the remaining Scrolls. It is without the coupling between man and woman that practically none of the Scrolls would be possible as they are and so it is easy to see that the bond of husband and wife, man and woman, is truly of God, a core to the Creation He has made and defended. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ IV It is here that I wish to address your own concerns written in your public letters to His Holiness, God’s Faithful Daughter. I shall begin with this excerpt from your very first letter, “Long have I prayed for God to fix me, for I am different you see. The feelings I should have for a man I have for women. But I can no longer believe this to be Iblees’ work. For why is it that when I pray to God to free me of Iblees’ grip nothing changes? Why is it that when I pray to God I remain the same? It must be because God made me this way. He wants for me to love women the way I love men. For if not I would have already been free of evil after my years of praying.” While I understand your pain and struggle, it is clear the falsities of this statement. I ask you, who created sin? Iblees did, not our Lord God. I too ask you and all readers. Have you ever prayed for God to alleviate you of your sins and temptations? I certainly have. Has He? He has not, at least not for me. We are all gripped by Iblees for He has muddled our world and ourselves with sin. So too have I prayed many a time for God to release me from the chains Iblees has constricted me with. However, He has not answered my prayers. I have not magically been relieved of temptation and so has no one else, and I too have asked why. Why has God not freed me of the mortal temptations which Iblees has inflicted me with? After much contemplation, it is clear that He already has. He has bestowed unto us His word and the Fruit of Virtue, the natural combatants to the Fruit of Sin. It is merely our choice, whether virtue or sin. To give into our temptations or to choose God over the Denier. In this, I wish for you not to be deceived. Just because you were not freed from evil does not mean it was never evil at all. The entirety of the Scrolls is about the struggle between virtue and sin. God and Iblees. The Prophets sin, the son’s encampments sin, the Scroll of Auspice has prophesied the final battle between virtue and sin. God does not choose to simply rid you of your problems but instead gives you the tools to do so. He shall not free you of your chains but give you the choice to. That is the way of God and in this I admonish you. I pray that you shall take these words to heart and reject the deceitful ways of Iblees. Do not mistake sin to be something perfectly fine for a path of ignorance and a path of intention are the same. The path of sin in ignorance is but a modern day Saul and both of these paths are wrapped in Iblees’s tendrils. A second excerpt from your first letter, “What if we have been wrong all these years? Maybe it is not a sin after all to be homosexual. God loves us anyways does he not? Maybe God did not say that it was wrong, but instead that it was not wise? As it would lead to more children. But he never meant that it was a sin. And that it was just we that misunderstood him?” The question if we have been wrong all years is one that shall receive countless twists and turns unless answered here and now. The answer is as I said before. It is the Church which has been entrusted with the Prophetic Authority and wisdom to interpret the Scrolls of which were given to Her. It is the Church which is the sole interpreter of the Scrolls and bestowed the sole right to safeguard and teach the word of God to the children of the Lord. It is with that that the Church should not be questioned in its interpretations, especially if the answer is so obvious as said prior. There is nothing in the Scrolls to support homosexual couplings and yet there is a wealth of evidence to support heterosexual unions alone (ie: (Virtue 3:5), (Virtue 3:9), (Virtue 5:9), etcetera) God does indeed love us anyway, however that does not mean that sin is not wrong. Sin is always wrong and it should be our immeasurable goal to not sin. However, whether we sin or not, God does still love us. God’s Love reaches all and yet, like a good father, in His love He still does admonish us for our wrongdoings. For our wrongdoings, our sins lead us astray and in His eternal Love, He wishes to save us from eternal damnation. If every interpretation was to be questioned, the Church’s role would be null and void. I assure you madam and all others who may share the same question. The Church’s doctrine on this matter is right. I shall address this excerpt from the second public letter swiftly for it has already been answered, “Why would a just God create these feelings if they were not to be acted upon by his creation?. God created me with a love for women, so why can I not act on this due to the will of his own holy likeness on Earth?” It has been clearly stated that God has not created you with these feelings for sin is not the product of God. Your homosexual temptations are of Iblees and you cannot act on this for it then becomes sin and as I said previously, it should be our immeasurable goal to wholly reject sin. To fight sin, for it is not of God but of the Denier. I tell you this, each one who falls to temptation (not a sinner, who basks in the Denier’s corruption) is another added to his numbers for the final battle. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ V It is here that you say something that I wished to devote a whole section to. An excerpt from your second letter to His Holiness, “God created many different forms of love like that of platonic love, romantic love and sexual love. So he must have created the love I feel as well. If Iblees only corrupts and destroys, then he cannot create this love that I feel; It is, truly, only God who can create pure love.” You say here, God’s Faithful Daughter, that the Lord has created many forms of love. You are certainly correct in saying this. He has created the love of husband and wife, of father and son, mother and daughter, brother and sister, friend and friend, and so on. It is in God that love is found, for He has gifted all His Creation with love and so does He love us as a father as we love Him as sons and daughters, “This is the promise of GOD to the World, that it shall belong to the virtuous, who love Him.” (Auspice 3:17) It is through Him that the bond of husband and wife, of parent and child, of friend and friend is found and so, it is through Him that too those of homosexual inclinations can find love. While it is perhaps not the love you are searching for, it is something I have told those who have approached me with the same temptations. We do not require romantic love or sexual love to be fulfilled for those are the loves to be shared only in marriage and it can be seen through the majority of the clergy that love can be found in many different ways. I have found love as a shepherd for my flock, guiding them as a father would his children. I would defend them with my life, teach them His holy word, and guide them when the grounds beneath become unstable. It is the love that all Priests have for the laymen which is a wonderful example of this. It is too the love of friends that I have mentioned. Friends love each other dearly, willing to sacrifice time for the other. Enjoying the periods of most joy and also supporting their friend in melancholic times as well. It is the bond of friendship which can carry us through many times and it is in this bond that a love is formed. Not romantic or sexual but platonic, akin to the love found between siblings. The loves of matrimony do not need to be had for God created a vast amount of love and so in those too can we find fulfillment. Share them with others and you will no longer want to delve into your homosexual temptations. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ VI Next, an excerpt from your third and latest public letter, “Horen married Julia and invented the sacrament of Matrimony. But before Horen and Julia could have been married, the first man and woman must have had sex. They couldn’t have been married as they existed before the first sacraments. Even if matrimony is exclusively heterosexual, monogamous relationships between people of the same sex fall under holy union. The sacraments of matrimony have traditionally been confined to men and women but tradition does not mean that there is only one singular type of holy union, evidenced in the marriage of man and woman before the sacraments’ existence.” This statement once again has many falsities of which I shall endeavor to explain. Horen and Julia were truly the first married couple and yes, the first man and woman who conceived the four descendants were bonded outside of the Sacrament. However, that is because of its non-existence at that time but they did have the blessing of the Lord through natural marriage to bore these four children for it is in His very Scrolls. Now, in our times where we have the Mother Church to watch over us and guide us, the Sacrament of Matrimony serves the same purpose. The blessing of God over holy union. Simply to say that it did not exist then does not mean the teachings and traditions of the Sacrament now are false. It should also be said that natural marriages now are the bond of pagans who are united in a pair together through the ceremonies of which they are familiar with. Such bonds are permitted by the Church for the exercising of the Scroll of Virtue in which Elves, Orcs, and Dwarves are held to the moral code defined by God but not required to convert to the one true faith. It is in this that the Church permits pagans to join together in holy union, of which these unions can too, not be homosexual. They are joined together for the express purpose of bearing children, just as the first man and woman were and therefore, just like our Church’s Sacrament, are only between a husband and a wife. A second excerpt from the third public letter, “What is holy union exactly? One could argue that holy union can mean more than just a marriage between a man and a woman but also to that of a union between those of the same sex. The absence of recorded marriages between members of the same-sex does not mean that unions between the same-sexes are unholy. I assert that there may have been many unions between members of the same sex which had not officiated explicitly in the sacrament of matrimony as a result of this false interpretation. These unofficiated marriages were nevertheless neither sinful nor contrary to the Scrolls for if God had not wished for same sexes to be joined in holy union he would have clearly stated so as he does with that which he deems as unholy.” A holy union is the Sacrament of Matrimony (and too, natural marriages seen to be virtuous in the eyes of the Church). It too should be said that it is true. There have likely been many unions performed between homosexual couples. However, without the permission of the Mother Church and Her interpretations of the Blessed Scripture, it cannot be considered a union at all or at the very most, certainly not a holy one. It is indeed certain that marriage can exist without the Church’s Sacraments, as seen through natural marriages, however those unions must still be abiding by the Scroll of Virtue (and too approved of by the Church), of which homosexual unions do not. It too should be said that these unofficiated marriages were indeed sinful and truly contrary to the Scrolls for even if God intended for homosexual marriages to be virtuous (of which He did not), a marriage unofficiated or unapproved of by the Church is not a union at all. It is not virtuous nor in line with the Scrolls for the Church is the inheritor of the Blessed Sacraments and so, without the Church, this cannot be done. Lastly, I admonish you, God’s Faithful Daughter, for asserting that the Church’s doctrine is truly false. As I said prior, the Church is also the inheritor of the Prophetic Authority of the Exalted. Do you believe the good and Canonist Godwinites, Jorenites, Harrenites, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, and Magi questioned the Epistles of Exalted Owyn? That these good faithful among them did not cease their sinful acts of which they were corrected by His Prophet? No, they did not question Owyn for if they did, they would simply not be Canonists. They would not be abiding by His Prophet’s word. Owyn told the Magi for instance, “So to you magicians, I admonish: GOD is unknowable. He cannot be divided nor made again, and His mysteries are the holy mysteries. No art is alike to His boundless ability.” (Auspice 7:16-18) If there were good and faithful Canonists among these Magi, they would surely cease their actions of pride and adhere to the virtues set out by Him and written of by His Prophet. With that, if you say that the Church is wholly false in it’s interpretation, that would be as if a mage said so to Exalted Owyn. It is unacceptable to do so. One can express question or curiosity over an interpretation, but to say to God’s Church that they are wrong, as a layman especially, is to spit upon the Laurel of which the Immaculate Throne was bestowed. I beseech you, God’s Faithful Daughter and all readers. Be wise with one’s words, for if you say that the Church is completely wrong in it’s interpretations and doctrine, you refuse to recognize the Prophetic Authority of which it holds. I lastly quote this from God’s Faithful Daughter’s recent public letter, “I conclude that holy union is a union blessed by God in any way or form. If God meant marriage between a man and a woman, the sacraments would have clearly excluded same-sex relationships from being held through holy union and matrimony.” A union blessed by God in this modern age is one also blessed by the Church and too, the Sacraments are bestowed upon the Church and it’s authority and therefore abide by Her interpretations. With that, the Sacrament of Matrimony does clearly exclude same sex-relationships and therefore your question is answered. Homosexual unions are not permitted by the Church and therefore not by the Sacraments either. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ VII I conclude with this. It has been restated many times throughout this Epistle that the Church is righteous in it’s interpretations and therefore correct in it’s doctrine on homosexual marriage. It is in the Mother Church’s view that the Scripture clearly supports this of which you have brought no evidence to say otherwise besides the absence of it. There is nothing in the Scrolls to support homosexual marriage however there is a wealth of evidence to support heterosexual unions and so, such is the birth of the Church’s interpretation of which I wholly support. We hear your pain. We are not blind to your tears and deaf to your cries however this is something that I believe the Church cannot interpret otherwise. However, in the absence of marriage, I implore you, writer and also all readers who may be plagued by the same temptations, to find love in other forms. If you have a sibling, love them. Love your friend, your father, your mother, your shepherd. Love Him, the Lord. In the absence of marriage, there remains much else of God’s Creation of which to love. Many different ways to love. So love your brethren and all those of the Creator as brothers and sisters under His light and you shall find true fulfillment. This is something I infact know all too well. I grew up believing I was to be married, to have children and such. However, I heard God’s calling and so I took up the crozier and began guiding my flock. In that, I found a wealth of love, not sexual or romantic but of a father for his children. I tell you, I could not hear confession and too spend hours in the basilica offering guidance or administering the Sacraments if I did not have love. So find love in other forms as I did and I assure you. You shall achieve true fulfillment. God bless you. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Propalatam Deus, da nobis multa sunt beneficia ut non palpet proximorum expendas. Quia tu id etiam a misericordissimo et maxima benevolentia atque amantissima. In nomine Patris, amen.
  10. Cardinal Manfried informs the writer of this Public Letter that he shall write a Thesis on the topic soon to hopefully answer her questions.
  11. Manfried Cardinal St. Julia was present at the execution of Boniface and despite his distaste for the man and the actions he had devolved into in the past months or so, the Cardinal’s gaze still held a notable solemnity as he stared at a venerable Friar he once and in some ways still did admire. The Friar’s numerous Theses had reached Manfried in his early teens and was one of the reasons why the now Cardinal alongside his friend Griffith approached His Eminence Arthur to join the clergy as an Acolyte. Despite the conflict which was caused by Boniface’s writings the months before his death, the feelings of admiration for the past Boniface who he did admire were not dirtied. And so, as he sat in the cramped tower he called home, Father Manfried contemplated why he would do this. He thought if whether mental illness reached him in the twilight years of his respectable 97 but he quickly threw that thought away. After a few others presented themselves to the Prelate, he came to his conclusion and while it would not affect his final opinion on Boniface, it drew out more mercy from the Cardinal and so he prayed for Boniface that night. Prayed for a man who had dedicated his life to the Church and yet found himself straying from the true path in a great bout of blind fervor which pitted himself against a Church he said he wished to protect. “God have mercy on his soul.” he said for the excommunicant Boniface before going to bed. The snap of Boniface’s neck and the thought of the 41 Theses he so vehemently regarded as false in line with Father Pius’s Apology haunted him that night. But the aging Cardinal, despite his disappointment on how far Boniface had fallen, too contemplated on the good things Boniface had done. The beloved teachings he had spread despite the presence of the controversial and too heretical ones. Besides, if Manfried believed one corrupt Priest could not dirty the entire Church, he would find it hypocritical to allow the Theses of these latter months to dirty the entire batch. “God have mercy on his soul.” he murmured in slumber, “God have mercy on his soul.”
  12. Full Name of Man - Dmitri Orlov Date of Birth of Man - 1760 Name of Woman - Giada Fiorella d’Amato Date of Birth of Woman – 1761 Location of Ceremony - Basilica of the Final Revelation, Helena Date of Ceremony (Year) - 1790 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Manfried
  13. Full Name of Man - Edward Galbraith Date of Birth of Man - 1746 Name of Woman - Violette Marie Halcourt Date of Birth of Woman – 1770 Location of Ceremony - Basilica of the Final Revelation, Helena Date of Ceremony (Year) - 1790 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Manfried Full Name of Man - Alexander d’Arkent Date of Birth of Man - 1764 Name of Woman - Victoria Adelheid da Balain Date of Birth of Woman – 1763 Location of Ceremony - Basilica of the Final Revelation, Helena Date of Ceremony (Year) - 1790 Name of Clergyman who performed ceremony - Manfried
  14. A Priest embracing a man starving in despair. In Nomine Patris! ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ A Short Thesis He Walks Beside You Scribed by Manfried Cardinal St. Julia Godfrey’s Triumph, 1790 ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ ┏━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┓ Sɛction I - Greetings And Benediction Sɛction II - Introduction Sɛction III - The Issue Sɛction IV - He Illuminates Sɛction V - In Conclusion ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Prelate for the Priesthood, Manfried ☨ Cardinal St. Julia ☨. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ I Oh Lord, God on high. We, Your humble servants vow to remain eternally loyal to You, eternally devout in our worship and eternally steadfast in our service. We, Your faithful, accepted into the loving bosom of Your light through Your mercy, shall be molded by Your scripture, the Holy Scrolls, forever to hear it as the one truth, the only truth, the eternal truth. We shall serve as the pillars of this great path we tread, readied by the wombs of our mothers, carried into this terra by the blessings You have imparted upon those who follow in the footsteps of Saint Julia, Lord Godani. We, the pious, the devout, the faithful shall mold this world in the image of virtue, just as we are molded by the Scrolls You had imparted upon the Exalted, ever to be cherished and adhered to as the servants of You, Our Lord. We make this solemn vow in communion with the blessed Church of Canon. May we be made worthy of the Seven Skies through the scripture and holy teachings gifted to us by You, God. In Nomine Patris, Amen! Greetings and Benediction, brothers and sisters. May the utmost of God’s blessings eternally reach you and may the Saints intercede on the behalf of you and your’s as we walk the path of virtue and righteousness in the name of our Lord, the Almighty and Eternal, Godani. Signed with the Love of a Father, Manfried, Cardinal St. Julia, Prelate of the Canonist Priesthood, Cardinal Judge of Helena, Vicar in the Metropolitanate of Helena ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ II It is with God that we, His Creation, tread this path of life. He stands by our side through both times of peace and prosperity and the times where hope seems non existent, when despair has taken hold of our hearts. Whether that be during world wide crises such as the Inferni Incursion or personal matters like loss, divorce, and sin, it is through the hardships of which we endure that we are supported by God for just as we love Him, He loves us. We are His Creation, His favored Creation, all descendants of the first man and woman, “And they were virtuous, and GOD called them the first man and woman, who spoke no language and took no name. And these were GOD’s favored creations, for they did satisfy His plan.” (Gospel 1:29-30) And so, as the first man and woman satisfied His plan, it is too us that shall satisfy His plan as prophesied in the Scroll of Auspice and so He sees that we are good. With that, He stands beside us as His beloved Creation and God looks after us with the care of a thousand fathers. However, we cannot see God. We cannot see Him supporting us. We cannot hear him either. We can simply feel the light and virtue coursing through our veins and even that is difficult to sense at times. But even with that sense of warmth in the face of anguish, we are creatures that cannot interpret that feeling easily. We as mortals prefer to see God before us and this leads us down a harrowing path, one that I shall elaborate upon in my Thesis today. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ III It was recently that I was approached by a layman. Someone close to him had committed a grave sin which hurt him in a personal manner and in this face of despair, he felt his grip on his faith losing strength. He felt his once devout disposition slipping away as he struggled with the pain and anguish of the wound inflicted by this individual and so he feared losing faith in God Himself. In this matter, I did not judge the man for it is something that I believe to be a common issue. The abandonment of the Creation by the Creator. Most obviously, God has not abandoned him and to say otherwise is completely false. Even the abandonment of the damned is not the choice of the Creator but the choice of the damned themselves. Nay, instead it boils down to this. Any individual plagued by such sadness says, “How could such a merciful and benevolent God do this to me?”. They wonder how the Almighty, said to be so virtuous and righteous, could have left His faithful in such a place of suffering, of emotional malady. It is easy to ask this question and in our very nature. God, by our standards, is unexplainable. A Lord of great power and eternity, He is in all ways unlike us. Ever virtuous, ever good, ever loving. He is a being of perfection of which we are not. So, therefore the question of how is a simple product of our standards of the explainable and the unexplainable. For in His way of being, the answers of how and why cannot be determined. They cannot be given a very direct answer and while we know such things are a test of some sort, we too do not know why for in His nature, He and His actions remain unexplained. He is not bound by our way of things and is instead a higher, nay, the highest being. Yet, I assure you in all certainty that He does not allow this in order to harm His Creation. If you believe such, you must surely be corrected for you are wholly false. He is a loving God. It is cried to the hill tops, to the mountain ranges and reaches across His Creation the truth of Him, “Deus Caritas Est!” God is Love! Indeed, He is and so He would not abandon you. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ IV “Deus Caritas Est!” we say it for it is truth and in this truth, God would indeed not abandon you. Nay, the Lord Almighty walks the arduous path of hardship alongside you. The idea of His abandonment is a false concept, derived from the fact that He is not seen nor heard in our conventional ways. We believe He has abandoned us because it is all we can see. We narrow our vision to our eyes and instead do not view the world from our soul. With God, we cannot see Him through our physical being which is impermanent but through our soul which is permanent, to be destined a life of His virtue both in the Seven Skies and at the end of times, “This is the promise of GOD to the World, that it shall belong to the virtuous, who love Him.” (Auspice 3:17) It is with this that God supports His faithful through all, through times of hope and through times where it is lacking. I offered this to the man and I too shall offer it to you. I am forty-three now and therefore by many, especially the more youthful generations to be considered old. And so, with that age, I have found myself waking up at ungodly hours of the night with absolutely no reason. So therefore, I walk about my home and the grounds of the Basilica. Now, I live in quite a modest space, a small tower in the basilica to which the venerable Abbot Bram can attest to it’s cramped space and I must say, I have stubbed my toe once or twice. This was in my cockiness as I went without a candle about my small home. However, soon I decided to light a match and set aflame the wick and so in these dark times of twilight, I found my path illuminated and I was no longer lost nor did I stub my toe. While the stubbing my toe part of the story is too told for more comical flavor, I bring your attention to the last few words, “dark times of twilight, I found my path illuminated and I was no longer lost…” These literal dark times of night can be compared to the times of despair and anguish. We usually equate darkness and light to virtue and sin or God and Iblees, however dark times can also be the times where we feel lost. Where we feel pained and lonely. The candle can then be said to be God’s light. Then, let us put those together. On your path, you tread through dark times, however I assure you brothers and sisters, God walks right beside you and He illuminates your path. He makes the unclear, clear. He makes the unseen, seen. And so, you are no longer stubbing toes. You are walking in strides, in virtue, in His Love, for you are no longer lost. In this, He does not abandon you. No, He stands beside you for He loves you as you love Him. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ V So there is your answer, brothers and sisters. Even in times of despair, God stands beside you. It is merely not so obvious for the means in which we see are not conventional. In times of prosperity, we can indeed feel His presence for He is one of Love, of Goodness, of Holiness and when the times are ones of love, when the times are good, when the times feel blessed, we believe He is present for that is what we associate Him with. However, when the times are ones of pain, of darkness, of sadness, we do not believe He is present. We believe our lives are void of Him in these times, however the moments of anguish are the most important to see that He is indeed there beside you for it will make all the difference. Remember, brothers and sisters, that faith is a savior just as God is. Just as the Exalted were. Just as Saint Julia was. In that station, while it is important to hold devout faith close to one’s heart at all times, faith is even more important in times spoken of in this Thesis. Faith is a savior and so, when one has lost all hope, God’s faith shall restore hope in your heart. When one has lost all happiness, God’s faith shall return joy to your soul. And when goodness has been lost, God’s faith shall impart it’s blessing of virtuous good unto your body. It is faith which is the answer to the problems which we face like the man who struggles with keeping faith in God while facing great hardship. I assure you... He Walks Beside You. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Propalatam Deus, da nobis multa sunt beneficia ut non palpet proximorum expendas. Quia tu id etiam a misericordissimo et maxima benevolentia atque amantissima. In nomine Patris, amen.
  15. Accepted. I’ll be in contact with you over discord in a bit.
  16. You are accepted. You are accepted. Both of you, please contact me over discord at _GoldWolf_#9851
  17. This is an old thread and will no longer be checked for recruitment. If you’d like to apply through the forums, this is the newest thread.
  18. The Ascension to the Cloth Recruitment of a New Generation of Priests ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ With the Permit of the High Pontiff His Holiness James II Overseen by Prelate Manfried Cardinal St. Julia ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ You find yourself enveloped in serene silence as you enter the Basilica of the Final Revelation, the home of the Prelate for the Priesthood. To your surprise, despite the silence, a few parishioners dot the rows of pews, their knees upon the ground and their elbows raised high above the back of the pew before them in prayer. And too, at the altar kneels an aging Priest, joining in prayer along with the laymen behind him. The silence is broken as your footsteps echo throughout the pristine halls of the Basilica, to which the parishioners do not bat an eye, besides the small child who kneels next to his mother, looking to you in some desperate search to end his boredom. As you approach the Father at the altar, he turns at your footsteps, a small smile befalling his once solemn visage as he looks you up and down before rising and moving to receive you. With open arms, a “Brother.” escapes his lips before his hands fall to his sides and a nod is offered. You soon explain to him your wish to join the Priesthood, to which his smile merely brightens with each word. He dips his head once more and with a gesture, he leads you quietly up to the higher levels of the Basilica, to which the distracted child’s gaze merely follows as you depart. Once you sit, you entertain a small conversation with the Priest, one of which great enthusiasm on the part of the ordained man is spoken of in regards to the clergy before he takes up pen and paper and begins to ask you a few questions. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ “Very well, brother. We shall begin quite simply. What is your name?” {Answer} “And your age?” {Answer} “I know it may be clear, heh, but it is for the sake of records. What race of the descendants are you of?” {Answer} “You are able to read and write, yes?” {Answer} “And with that, are you at all familiar with the Holy Scrolls and Catechism of our Church?” {Answer} “You are of course baptized?” {Answer} “Good, good. Are you married? Do you have children?” {Answer} “In what way of the clergy do you wish to serve? As a Priest, a Monastic?” {Answer} “While this may not be accepted by the Prelate, depending on the needs of the Church, in what Diocese would you prefer to serve in? You can simply name a city or Kingdom.” {Answer} “A rather personal question, why have you chosen to walk this path in God?” {Answer} “And at last, are you truly devoted to this way of life? Prepared to take any vows involved with ordination and commit oneself to this lifetime bond with the Lord Almighty?” {Answer} “Wonderful, then that should be all.” he says as he gestures you out of the office with a smile, “This shall be brought to His Eminence, Manfried. You shall hear word of your acceptance and placement soon enough.” he nods before saying finally, “God bless you.” as you walk out and say so in return. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ And with that, you depart from the Basilica, awaiting the letter from the Prelate which states your acceptance and diocean assignment. A letter that shall change your life for what you believe will be the better. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ -OOC- I should be checking this forum page everyday or every few days however if I don’t get back to you in a timely manner, please do not hesitate to contact me at _GoldWolf_#9851 on discord. I would be happy to answer any questions or have your application brought to my attention through DMs. Thanks for applying! Credit to @Froschli for the format.
  19. AN EPISTLE On the Non-Human Ascension to the Seven Skies ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ -AUTHORED BY- Prelate for the Priesthood Cardinal St. Julia In Nomine Patris! ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ I From the publication of my office’s dicastery, the place of the descendant races in the clergy has become a debated topic and a heated one at that. Too, however, has the place of the descendant races in the Seven Skies of our God, the Lord Almighty, been questioned. It is therefore in this epistle that I argue against the preposterous notion of which has been proposed, a notion that is contrary to Scripture, to which the opposing side disagrees with. With that said, I begin with the very first paragraph of my venerable brother’s epistle, QUI ABSCONDITUS EST VERITAS. While it is mainly an introduction, the Friar quickly delves into inaccuracies of which I wish to correct. He begins by saying how I did indeed confirm that non-humans such as orcs and dwarves can be a part of the Priesthood and that they can ascend to the Seven Skies. They can certainly join the Priesthood, however I wish to focus in this epistle on the latter half, an inaccuracy much more troubling then the first. “I find this most troubling as orcs were cursed with bloodlust by The Denier and are prone to kill and to violence - dwarves were cursed with greed so are prone to steal and hoard wealth, this is not a generalisation; it is fact.” He then delves into the quote I just presented before you, to which proves factual. “The Denier was enraged, and by his wicked power the brothers and their tribes were altered.” (Gospel 2:62) In this, Friar Boniface is correct. The Denier, Iblees, cursed Horen with mortality, Malin with impotence, Krug with wrath, and Urguan with greed. However, while all four brothers were cursed by Iblees, the three brothers not human, being Malin, Krug, and Urguan were relieved of their pains by the Aengul Aeriel, “Aeriel came among them, and by GOD’s will the brothers were alleviated of the pains of their imperfections. Thus Krug’s wrath was tempered with honor, Malin’s impotency with sanctuary, and Urguan’s greed with strength of will.” (Gospel 2:67-68) This must indeed be recognized for God, in His eternal mercy, commanded the Aengul Aeriel to alleviate the pains of the brothers not Human. He therefore balanced their curses with His virtue and did not leave them to rot in sin. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ The Lord Almighty showing the first woman the imperfections of her sons. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ II Friar Boniface proceeds to contest my “absurd claim” that Exalted Horen and Saint Julia were not the first man and woman and instead there were two before them. Too, my claim that Exalted Horen, Descendant Malin, Descendant Krug, and Descendant Urguan were born of the first man and woman, brothers. This is in fact not an absurd claim as the Friar puts it, instead being supported by the Holy Scrolls, “So the Lord made two bodies of earth, and gave them blood and breath, and the light of wisdom. And they were virtuous, and GOD called them the first man and woman, who spoke no language and took no name. And these were GOD’s favored creations, for they did satisfy His plan.” (Gospel 1:28-30) and too, these lines, “And they knew each other, bearing four sons. The eldest was Malin, who rose tall and fair-haired from the rich loam of the forest. And he took a liking to the beasts of the earth and the fruit-bearing trees, and resolved that his home should be a sanctuary for lesser beings. The second was Urguan, dense and rough-skinned like the walls of his deep mountain home. About him were gold and onyx and alabaster stones, and he took fascination with them, and resolved that he should concern himself with the affairs of the deep earths. The third was Krug strong and fierce, brought forth in the scorching desert dust. He was the strongest of his kindred and took fondness for hunt and battle, and soon resolved that he should hone his strength and surpass all living things. The youngest was Horen, who was neither tall nor short, not frail nor fierce, and he acted with wisdom and restraint. Thus he did not share his brother’s ambitions, except to praise GOD.” (Gospel 1:33-41) While it is a rather long excerpt from the Blessed Scripture, it clearly states that; firstly, there was a first man and woman before Exalted Horen, created by God after the Immortals had not fulfilled His plans and; secondly, that this first man and woman bore the four descendants who were Malin, Urguan, Krug, and Exalted Horen. He also states this, “It has long been an established truth that Horen and Julia were the first man and woman, the first coupling.” to which is true. Exalted Horen and Saint Julia were indeed the first married couple, however they were not the first man and woman. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Cardinal Fabian the Lesser finishing The Catechism of Our Blessed Church. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ III After this, he states that my quoting of the Catechism is of no importance, “Quoting the catechism for justification is of no importance as the catechism is merely a collection of opinions of which, like the Pontiff, is fallible and has been edited and changed continuously since the days of Sixtus IV.” and then proceeds to speak on how it is wrong to place our anchor on the Catechism. It becomes clear that, for many centuries, we have certainly relied on the Catechisms of our times and used them as an anchor for our beliefs. One such important example is that our Acolytes, the next generation of Priests are instructed through the Catechism. The Catechisms are a representation of our times, the “opinions” of which make them up being founded in careful theological thought which then mold our Priesthood. While it certainly is wrongful to choose the citation of the Catechism over the Scrolls, the Catechism still serves as a useful tool in any Thesis or document and remains a relevant written work which guides our budding Priests into theological understanding. To state that the Catechism is of no importance is to state that the Church’s beliefs are of no importance for the Catechism is a document which outlines the teachings currently accepted by our Church. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ The blessed guidance of the Priesthood. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ IV “It is humanity who will walk the seven skies, GOD has favoured humanity, else why is there no orcish emperors of Oren or orcish Pontiffs?” In the second paragraph, he too states this to which I say, God certainly has favored humanity and anyone who says otherwise is clearly ignoring the Holy Scrolls as well as our Catechism. It was Exalted Horen who was lifted up to Seventh Sky to receive the word of God and it was through this that the next three Exalted, the sons of spirit, would receive and then pass on the teachings of God through the remaining Holy Scrolls. It is through this evidence in Scripture that it is clearly shown, God has indeed favored the Humans, however not in the way to which is suggested. God spoke unto Horen and the other Exalted the Scripture and so did they speak it unto their kin in this terra and enlighten the world of God’s blessed teachings. God did not give us the right to use the elves, dwarves, and orcs as footstools. To think the gentile races lesser than us. No, He bestowed the Scripture to us so that we could serve as the guiders of this world. We are His chosen race, just like Canonists are His beloved children. However, through His mercy, He does not cast away the virtuous pagans. He does not abandon them to rot in the Void. He has bestowed the Virtue through His prophets unto all of His Creation and so if the Human pagans are virtuous, they are welcomed into the First Sky. And so, too, the gentile races are welcomed into the Skies for they have been guided by us, God’s chosen race. This is why there are no orcish emperors or Pontiffs. We are the guiders and in their duties, those are positions of guidance. The emperors rule through the Crown and the Pontiffs enlighten and guide through the Laurel. It is quite fitting that Humans alone (besides one) have held the positions of emperors and Pontiffs, for the Crown and Laurel are of the Exalted and they are Human. The Humans are guiders and so too are the emperors and Pontiffs. However, the gentile races’s absence in these positions does not make them absent in the Seven Skies. “And Godfrey set aside the Throne of Man for a holy purpose, consecrating it to GOD. Thus it was sworn that no Son of Malin, of Urguan, of Krug, or any magi shall hold it.” (Gospel 6:36-37) ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Saint Julia As pictured in the LEGENDA SANCTORUM. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ V For the next paragraph, the venerable Father speaks to my mentions of the two Blessed non-humans. To this, I defer much to the standpoint of my brother in cloth, Father Pius, who explains it beautifully in his own response to QUI ABSCONDITUS EST VERITAS, “If canonisations and beatifications are not infallible, is not the whole thing a farce? Is not the veneration of Saints and Blessed a complete farce and idolatry? Not so.” Indeed, not so. If the canonisations and beautifications are not infallible and prone to error by the hands of Man, then no Saint can be looked to for guidance and intercession. Then the miracles of the Saints of which are outlined in the LEGENDA SANCTORUM are but lies or coincidences. Not to be trusted and therefore not to be accepted by the Church. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ The Aengul Aeriel descending from the Skies to save the faithful from The Denier. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ VI Proceeding forward, the Friar cites many excerpts from Scripture. The first one I shall address is this, “So Aeriel came among them, and by GOD’s will the brothers were alleviated of the pains of their imperfections. And thus Krug’s wrath was tempered with honor, Malin’s impotency with sanctuary, and Urguan’s greed with strength of will. But at the command of GOD, Aeriel did not alleviate Horen’s pain. For to Horen, the Lord promised the Skies. And Horen was assumed into them…” (Gospel, 2:17) And Boniface then states that this excerpt proves that only mankind alone can enter the Seven Skies for the Seven Skies are promised by the Lord to Horen, not Malin, Urguan, or Krug. This line from Scripture alone becomes a very promising point and one that could indeed settle the argument on the side of Friar Boniface. However, if one simply looks at this line alone, they forget the Scroll of Auspice. I bring forth these verses from the Scroll of Auspice, “Thus the virtuous of other tribes are marching down from heaven, and the Skies are given over to the sons of Horen. Thus the good sons of Krug are given the Void, and it is made to serve them, and they hone their strength eternally. Thus the good sons of Urguan are given the deep places of the earth, and they hold the treasures of the world. And last the good sons of Malin are given the world, and it is a sanctuary forever.” (Auspice 3:12-15) After the defeat of The Denier by the hands of the virtuous armies of God, the planes are divided between the descendants. So, while the orcs are given the Void. While the elves are given the world and while the dwarves are given the caves and depths of the earth, Horen and mankind are given what they were promised by God, the Seven Skies. Therefore, it is in this interpretation that it is not the Seven Skies after death that was promised to mankind and mankind alone but the Seven Skies after the death of Iblees, not as an afterlife but a home for the rest of eternity. And so, the notion that this verse from Scripture proves the place of Humans alone in the Seven Skies is done away with. The next verse from the Scroll of Virtue receives much the same explanation as the previous. It is cited as follows, “And as I made for you the worldly pleasures, so too have I made the pleasures of the spirit, and the love of the husband and wife. And I have given unto you the wine of sacrament, and the wine of merriment, and I have promised you the world and the Skies.” (Virtue, 3:5-6) With this, I must say that the Scroll of Virtue is addressed to all of the faithful, even the gentile races of which are held to this Scroll alone. The Scroll of Virtue, while given to Horen alone, is then spread by the first Exalted to all of this world and all of His Creation. If the gentile races are held to the commands set out by God in this Scroll, so too are they subject to the gifts explained within. Moving forward, the next line of the Holy Scrolls of which Friar Boniface cites is this, “So the Lord was pleased to lay His favor upon the sons of His first man and woman, and he called the pair forth to reside in the Sixth Sky and give the World over to the dominion of the Sons. The first man held GOD with great fear and marvel, and did as he was bid, and rose to the Sixth Sky beneath the throne of the Lord. But the first woman loved her children even greater than GOD, and would not leave. So the Lord was wroth, and uncovered the imperfections of the Sons, so that she would know her folly. And the first woman wept, and was humbled, for all things are imperfect before GOD. And she did as she was bidden, and rose to the Sixth Sky. Thus the Sons were orphaned, but even in their imperfection did keep faith in the Lord. So GOD was pleased, and he gave them language and greater knowledge, and created for each Son a tribe of seven thousand alike to them. And he placed the Sons above their people as kings, and they testified to His glory.” (Gospel 1:42-50) and the Friar Boniface explains once more that the first man and woman were Horen and Julia and that it is impossible for the sons to be Malin, Urguan, and Krug. However, it is not impossible at all for Horen and Julia were not the first man and woman. I present this citation from the Scroll of Gospel once again, “So the Lord made two bodies of earth, and gave them blood and breath, and the light of wisdom. And they were virtuous, and GOD called them the first man and woman, who spoke no language and took no name. And these were GOD’s favored creations, for they did satisfy His plan.” (Gospel 1:28-30) It is strange that Horen and Julia are believed to have taken no name and spoken no language for how Horen could communicate the Scroll of Virtue to His Creation without a method in which to do so is unbeknownst to me. And too, how they could have taken no name and yet be known as Horen and Julia in subsequent times is too not of my knowledge. I stress once again, the first man and woman were not Horen and Julia and instead two people of their own who bore the four descendants (Horen, Malin, Urguan, and Krug), and so did they ascend to the Sixth Sky first, then to later be joined by the Exalted and their wives. It too must be pointed out that the Tribe of Humans, in the beginning of times, was led by Horen. And yet, if Horen and Julia were indeed the first man and woman, the Tribe of Humans would have been created after the Prophet’s ascension to the Sixth Sky. It becomes clear once again that instead of narrowing our vision or tip-toeing around other verses which may disprove our points, we must instead look to the entirety of the Scrolls and see the truth, lest we be lost to an age of disinformation and error. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ VII With that last point made, I conclude with this. In this battle of words, I do not wish to scorn or fight with my brother in faith and so do I hope that the good and venerable Friar thinks the same. However, while I do not write this Epistle in conflict, I write it in contest to an interpretation which I believe to be wholly false. It is through the will of God that we of the Priesthood are meant to teach, enlighten, and correct the lay faithful. And so do I believe that it is our duty as Priests to correct those of our own cloth who find themselves falling to error. Such being said, I hope my Epistle is justified in it’s aim, and too pray that the clergy shall accept it as the truth of which is founded in both the Holy Scrolls and the dogma of our blessed Church. Signed with the love of a Father, Manfried, Cardinal St. Julia, Prelate for the Canonist Priesthood, Cardinal Judge of Helena, Vicar of Helena, ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Propalatam Deus, da nobis multa sunt beneficia ut non palpet proximorum expendas. Quia tu id etiam a misericordissimo et maxima benevolentia atque amantissima. In nomine Patris, amen.
  20. The Prelate gives word that a reply to the venerable Friar Boniface’s QUI ABSCONDITUS EST VERITAS will be delivered soon to the clergy and others.
  21. “To my brothers of cloth, It has become of concern to His Holiness, High Pontiff James that the idea of which non-humans cannot enter the Seven Skies returns once more. And so it is in this short letter that I address this issue with simple theological fact of which can be identified in two texts of the Church. Firstly, I bring forth evidence from the Scroll of Auspice, “Lo! The virtuous dead are descending, and at their fore are the sons of spirit, and the sons of the first man and woman.” (Auspice 2:5). It is in this line of the Scroll of Auspice that the armies of God descend from the Seven Skies, arriving to our terra in order to face the wretched forces of Iblees. Among these forces are the sons of spirit, Exalted Owyn, Exalted Godfrey, and Exalted Sigismund and too the sons of the first man and woman who are Ex. Horen but too Malin, Krug, and Urguan. And so, with their mention, it is too Malin, Krug, and Urguan who descend from God’s plane, or the Seven Skies, to battle against the Lord’s foes. I then move onto the Catechism of our Church, written by Cardinal Fabian with the imprimatur of High Pontiff St. Sixtus IV, a Pontiff so recognized for his mastery of his craft that he was named Patron Saint of Theologians. Two quotes from the Catechism, “It is unknown whether non-descendants may enter the Skies, although God is merciful; it is likely that an abomination who forsakes sin and worships the Creator will have its soul purified upon death.” and ”The First Sky is the abode of virtuous pagans; humans who never received the chance to convert to Canonism but still acted morally, and any non-humans who obeyed the Virtue.” The first quote states a question whether non-descendants enter the Seven Skies, indicating that while it is unknown if the abominations are permitted in the afterlife, descendants (those of Horen, Malin, Krug, and Urguan) certainly are. And the second quote outright states that along with virtuous Human pagans, non-humans who obeyed the Scroll of Virtue are too welcomed in the First Sky. After that, it mentions nothing of race and therefore indicates that the descendants are allowed in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sky to which I shall expand on next. Now, from quotes, I move on to people. Firstly, I mention Blessed Enoch and Blessed Mauricio of Azog. Blessed Enoch, an elf, is mentioned among the many names within the LEGENDA SANCTORUM while Mauricio of Azog was made Blessed quite recently by His Holiness, High Pontiff Pontian III in the Bull QUINTUS AUREA BULLA HELENAM. These two therefore reside in the Fourth Sky, proving that the descendants can indeed find themselves in the spiritual plane of God, even among the most pious in the Third and Fourth Skies. And in conclusion, I lastly mention a venerable brother of the cloth who lives now among us in the Mother Church. Father Pius of Sutica, an elf, is of our ranks as a most faithful Priest of the Church. He has contributed to our vast libraries on many occasions and still honors us with his wisdom as he continues to spread the teachings of scripture through pen and paper. It is therefore through this evidence that I hope the notion that the gentile races of our world cannot find reward in the Seven Skies for their virtues is done away with and the accepted interpretation of our Church and His Holiness James II is accepted too by the clergy. May God’s blessings find you eternally, Your Prelate, Manfried”
  22. ☨ High Priest Evaristus I and High Priest Clement I, first of the Priesthood. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Appointed by His Holiness ☨ High Pontiff James II ☨ The Dicastery for the Priesthood Prelate for the Priesthood, Manfried ☨ Cardinal St. Julia ☨ ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ TABLE OF CONTENTS ┏━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┓ Sɛction I - Greetings And Benediction Sɛction II - Introduction Sɛction III - Duties Sɛction IV - Appointments Sɛction V - Accepted Instruction Sɛction VI - Expectations of the Priesthood Sɛction VII - Documents Related to the Prelacy Sɛction VIII - Prelates of the Church ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction I Oh Lord, God on high. We, Your humble servants vow to remain eternally loyal to You, eternally devout in our worship and eternally steadfast in our service. We, Your faithful, accepted into the loving bosom of Your light through Your mercy, shall be molded by Your scripture, the Holy Scrolls, forever to hear it as the one truth, the only truth, the eternal truth. We shall serve as the pillars of this great path we tread, readied by the wombs of our mothers, carried into this terra by the blessings You have imparted upon those who follow in the footsteps of Saint Julia, Lord Godani. We, the pious, the devout, the faithful shall mold this world in the image of virtue, just as we are molded by the Scrolls You had imparted upon the Exalted, ever to be cherished and adhered to as the servants of You, Our Lord. We make this solemn vow in communion with the blessed Church of Canon. May we be made worthy of the Seven Skies through the scripture and holy teachings gifted to us by You, God. In Nomine Patris, Amen! Greetings and Benediction, brothers and sisters. May the utmost of God’s blessings eternally reach you and may the Saints intercede on the behalf of you and your’s as we walk the path of virtue and righteousness in the name of our Lord, the Almighty and Eternal, Godani. Signed with the Love of a Father, Manfried, Cardinal St. Julia, Prelate of the Canonist Priesthood, Cardinal Judge of Helena, Vicar in the Metropolitanate of Helena, ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction II “Owyn obeyed the command of GOD and anointed the brothers Evaristus and Clement, who jostled in the same womb, as joint bearers of the laurel of Horen. He entrusted to them the Word of GOD, which were the Virtue and the Spirit, and charged them to instruct their brethren in the path of holiness. At Owyn’s command, the brothers set shepherds over the flock of men, and so created a priesthood for their instruction, in anticipation of the second son of spirit.” (Gospel 5:3-5) It was the High Priests Evaristus and Clement who were the beginning of the Canonist Priesthood, bestowed their awesome power of the ordained to spread the word of the Lord and teach man of their sins, proceeding to raise them in virtue. It was too Evaristus and Clement who not only instructed the lay faithful but a new Priesthood of which was of their own creation and so, while they solely held the laurel, the power of the ordained was spread wide to a handful of brothers to better proselytize the one true faith. And so, it is this same Priesthood, Owyn’s Priesthood, born of Evaristus and Clement which still to this day serves as a well spring of light, bathing all of Creation in enlightenment and virtue. With this, it is in the great cycle, sparked by the High Priests Evaristus and Clement that we of the Canonist Church pass down our knowledge and teachings to a new generation of Acolytes, doing as the High Priests did so as to better spread the word of God. For it is not through the hands of one but many that the Lord’s teachings are bestowed unto the laity of our blessed Church. With that said, this is the ever-driving purpose of the Prelacy. To ensure the capabilities of the ordained men and that the wisdom of one generation is passed on to the next of budding Priests with a passion to preach His word. To defend the eternal mission of the Church, born of Exalted Owyn’s passing of the laurel to the first High Priests. The mission to forever safeguard the truth of the Canon through the blessed Priesthood and to ensure the instruction of the Acolytes is of high standard as to protect this truth which we hold so dear. Blessed be God and blessed be the Church. May She forever reign, a shepherd of this world, forever living through the cycle of Evaristus and Clement. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction III It is through the renewed life of the Prelacy that the duties of which this office is entrusted to do must too be renewed and restated and so therefore they are listed and explained here as to better educate the clergy and laity of our duties as the Prelate and Dicastery for the Priesthood of Exalted Owyn. 1| We, the Prelacy and Dicastery serve as the overseers of the Priesthood, forever ensuring the intended structure and instruction as well as the upkeep of the standard in which we the Priests carry ourselves as shepherds of our flock, God’s children. 2| We, the Prelacy and Dicastery ensure standard and proper education given to the Acolytes of our blessed Church, dutifully watching over their progress as to make sure they are taught well in the ways of the clergy and prepared to bear the cloth of the Church. 3| We, the Prelacy and Dicastery serve to assign clerics to the ecclesiastical provinces or Dioceses from whence they shall serve as Priests of the Canon. 4| We, the Prelacy and Dicastery shall encourage the Dioceses of the Church to further the recruitment efforts of their ecclesiastical purview, as to continue the cycle of Evaristus and Clement and expand the ranks of the Priesthood of which we strive to preserve. 5| We, the Prelacy and Dicastery shall bestow academic degrees in divinity and Canon Law and too define the requirements to receive such a degree. A copy from the Canonical Law of the Church, authored by the Right Rev. MSGR. Ide Harracus, Auditor of the Tribunal and later His Holiness, High Pontiff Pontian III. Promulgated by His Holiness, High Pontiff Daniel VI. Revised by His Holiness, High Pontiff James II. “§4. The Prelate of the Priesthood executes the following functions of the High Pontiff: The oversight of the priesthood Ensuring the proper education of acolytes and clerics The assignment of clerics to ecclesiastical provinces Encouraging the recruitment of candidates to the priesthood Adjudicating, establishing stands for, and issuing academic degrees in divinity and canon law” ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction IV It is in this section that the ranks of the Dicastery, the approved individuals for academic degrees in divinity and Canon Law, as well as such other relevant appointments will be presented to the public. ____________________________________________________ RANKS OF THE DICASTERY Prelate of the Priesthood - His Eminence, Manfried Cardinal St. Julia Diocean Prelates - To be decided. Professors and Instructors - Bishop Emeritus, Abbot Bram Calistovich, Professor in Theology [Note: Degrees are to be given out in cooperation with the University of St. Sixtus] ____________________________________________________ APPROVED DEGREES OF DIVINITY AND CANON LAW Bishop Emeritus, Abbot Bram Calistovich, Divinity ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction V To ensure that a budding-Priest’s education is of a sufficient standard to ready the Acolytes to bear the cloth, I hereby outline the requirements of an Acolyte before ascending to Priesthood of our most holy institution, the Mother Church. Prior to any form of training, it must be affirmed that the budding Priest is male, one of the descendant races (the Humans of Exalted Horen, elves of Malin, orcs of Krug, dwarves of Urguan) and that they have been baptized through the Church, cleansing them of past vice and making them a Canonist. Must have read and possesses full understanding of the Church’s Catechism, the one currently promulgated by the Church being authored by His Eminence, Cardinal Fabian the Lesser. Has a good understanding of the Scripture, the Holy Scrolls. Participated in lessons within their diocese, held by the Diocean Prelate or superior within the ecclesiastical province of which they serve. This is in order to promote a better understanding of the teachings of the Church and to answer any questions and misunderstandings the Acolyte may have on the faith. It is encouraged that an Acolyte participate in at least one mass before they ascend to the blessed Priesthood. Written a Thesis showing a sufficient comprehension of Scripture and a theological mind fitting of a budding Priest. This Thesis must be reviewed by the Bishop or higher within their diocese, those who can ordain Priests. It should be understood by the instructors of these Acolytes that this is a rather short list and a bare one at that. While these rules may be in place, it is the responsibility of the superior to suit the needs of the Acolyte, time, and place. Therefore, it is not only permitted but encouraged for the superior who shall instruct these Acolytes to expand on these rules as to provide a rich education to produce an even richer understanding. These rules too may be expanded upon by the Dicastery where seen fit. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction VI While this section shall be short for it is the diverse Priesthood which allows for the better guiding of a diverse, worldwide flock, these things must be said as to place forth an expectation of which should be followed. It is the Priesthood of Evaristus and Clement which has cared for the Canonist lay faithful from age to age, land to land, Kingdom to Kingdom. While States may come and go, it is the Church and it’s Priesthood which, while waning and waxing at times throughout history, never falls. Just as the fruit of virtue, the Church does not rot. The Church is perpetual, ever-lasting, eternal. It is through the Priests that the Church survives and so, it is through the Priests that the world itself survives, forever guided on this path instated by the Lord. Of course, it is not the Priests who give this world life however it is the Priests which tend to the vineyards of virtue, forever keeping the candle of faith lit and burning so that it may illuminate our souls in the darkness of sin. This is the burden of the Priesthood and a heavy one to bear at that and so, it is ordainment that shall not be taken lightly. The Priesthood should be filled with merciful and dedicated men, shepherds who truly care for their flock as a father would for their children. They should say mass frequently and instruct the lay faithful of their diocese in the ways of God. However, more importantly, they should be readily available for their flock as to provide guidance and the Sacraments. It is this burden which all Priests bear and it should be their honor to carry it out. The service one does for the laymen should not be out of self-service but selfless action in the name of the Lord. The Priesthood is not for selfish men but for those who wish to guide and defend their flock. In the matter of self-service I too do not speak of vanity. I do not refer to beautiful estates, fine clothes, wealth. I refer to the care one provides for the lay faithful. A good shepherd both guides the sheep and defends them from the wolves which seek to cause harm. Therefore, a good Priest should both guide his flock and too defend them from sin or the wolves in this scenario. A self-serving cleric would run at the first sight of wolves but a cleric who truly cares for not himself but for his flock will place himself in harm’s way to defend them from Iblees’s servants and his iniquity. It is the burden of the Priesthood which weighs heavy on our shoulders and that weight should not be endured to culminate power and influence. One should bear it for they truly care. For they wish to defend and guide. To enlighten. That is the mission and expectations of the Priesthood. Carry out your duty in selfless action as Exalted Owyn and Evaristus and Clement intended or fail and run away a coward, leaving your flock in harm’s way at the first sight of wolves. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction VII -Documents of the Prelacy- An Epistle – On the Non-Human Ascension to the Seven Skies Cardinal Manfried The Ascension to the Cloth – Recruitment Page Cardinal Manfried ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Sɛction VIII -Prelates of the Church- Daniel VI - James II His Grace, Abbot Odis de Jedih Under Daniel VI His Eminence, Philip Cardinal Pruvia Under Daniel VI His Eminence, Godwin Cardinal Kaedrin Under John I His Eminence, Jasper Cardinal Renzfeld Under John I His Eminence, Rodrigo Cardinal Curonia Under Pontian III His Excellency, Arthur Cardinal Helena Under James II His Eminence, Manfried Cardinal St. Julia Under James II ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Propalatam Deus, da nobis multa sunt beneficia ut non palpet proximorum expendas. Quia tu id etiam a misericordissimo et maxima benevolentia atque amantissima. In nomine Patris, amen.
  23. St. Julia defending the Tribe of Horen from Iblees’s iniquity. (Gospel 2:22-23) In Nomine Patris! ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ A Short Thesis On the Void and What Lies There Scribed by Manfried Cardinal St. Julia Sigismund’s End, 1786 ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ I It is with God that all things lie, graced by the ever-eternal presence of His, bestowed unto His Creation through His light. It is with God that we, the humans and elves, orcs and dwarves, lie in His divine presence, defended by His light and warmed by it, the constant stream of it washing down unto us from the Seventh Sky and blessing us with His Love and Goodness. It is God who warms us. It is God who enlightens us. It is God who makes us feel protected and good. And while His blessed light shines most notably in the Seven Skies and brightens the path of virtue on this terra of which grounds we tread, the Void is something different. Like our world, the Void is of His Creation, born with all other planes as He willed them into existence. Of His Creation and forever to be of His Creation and while stolen from Him by the Lord of Darkness, Iblees, to be retaken as foretold in the Scroll of Auspice, “Thus the good sons of Krug are given the Void, and it is made to serve them, and they hone their strength eternally.“ (Auspice 3:13) It is through the actions of Iblees that the Void now serves as the home of the damned, opposite to the Seven Skies, the home of the virtuous. It is intrinsic in the cycle of life, just as the Seven Skies are, however it is where the sinners lie, the servants of Iblees wait and where the corruption of Iblees seen in the Scroll of Gospel festers like an infected wound upon all of Creation, awaiting to snap back once more at the world as it did with Saul, “Thus Saul worked Iblees’ iniquity in Horen’s camp, and it came that a great many there were corrupted.” (Gospel 2:33) It is the Void which exists as punishment for a life of sin, not necessarily out of the will of God but of His abandonment of sinners for they are too far from His grace, unable to be saved from the wretched hands of the Lord of Darkness. And so, the Void is where they live out eternal damnation in pain and suffering, however not of which the usual human mind imagines. II It was mere days ago that the Void was imagined by a layman in a manner of which is unlike mine. A place of human suffering. Of torture, fire and such. It was imagined in the lens of a mortal, a plane of physical suffering. Of physical pain and torture of which is seen in this world of our’s. Of the whip, of the blade, and of the tools of man of which have been built to cause suffering and punishment among us. This is something of a common perception of the Void, as when we of flesh and blood hear pain and suffering, we are quick to imagine the spilling of our blood and the burning of our flesh. We are swift to imagine what we fear in pain. Tools as elaborate as the spiked coffin or as simple as the blade. However, it is the Church’s idea of the Void that differs from what is a common idea of what the Void is. What lies in the Void. What we shall meet if we are to become corrupted by Iblees’s iniquity and become deserving of damnation in the realm of the Lord of Darkness. What awaits us is not punishment of physical pain but of spiritual pain. A quote from the Catechism of our Blessed Church, “The Void is a place of emptiness and despair. Whoever has entered the Void has unequivocally forsaken God, and has therefore forsaken all good things. Although it is often depicted as full of fire and brimstone, the only substance in the Void is that of other beings existing in torturous separation from the Creator.” III It is clear that while we live in the physical world now, we shall ascend (or descend) into the spiritual world or the afterlife, these two being the Seven Skies, the realm of God and the virtuous, and the Void, the realm of Iblees and the damned. With the distinction between our world and the afterlife being made, the physical and the spiritual respectively, my point becomes clear. I said previously that it is through the human lens in which we view the Void and as we are born in the physical world, it is through a physical lens that we view the spiritual. To comprehend the pain in which the damned suffer in the Void, we put it into our physical perspective and therefore attribute physical pain to a spiritual plane. However this in my view, while extremely useful, is incorrect. It is through the lens of which I use to look at the Void that I see a plane not of the spilling of blood and the burning of flesh but a plane devoid of Him. It is said perfectly in these two excerpts from Scripture, “Now Iblees had suffered in the Void for an age, avoiding the grace of GOD, for he doubted the Lord even as he fled Him.” (Gospel 2:5) and “So Iblees saw that the brothers were weak, and he ascended the emanations of glory, though he was loathe to feel the grace of GOD.” (Gospel 2:8) Iblees had been suffering in the Void for an age, not once touched by the grace and light of God in his seclusion. He had not felt God’s presence for the era of which he had spent in the dark, black Void for it is devoid of Him. So far separated from the Lord’s throne in the Seventh Sky that the light of God stops short of the Void and never touches the plane’s contents, leaving it a barren wasteland of despair and tenebrosity. It is this what caused Iblees to suffer and it is this which causes the damned who dwell with him in the Void to suffer. Not physical pain but spiritual pain. Abandoned by the Lord Almighty, separated from Him by a great chasm. And so, the soul of the damned becomes a wellspring of anguish. Void of His Love, of His Goodness, of His Grace, and Void of any hope. The final understanding that one shall live out the rest of eternity without God. This is true pain and something that one in the physical world cannot comprehend. You may ask, “How can we then comprehend physical pain if we may not have been burned or cut and then not comprehend spiritual pain?” It is a good question and the answer is very simple. There are men and women who walk this world today who have experienced torture and suffered at the hands of great physical pain. However, no one walking on this terra today has ever experienced spiritual pain to such a magnitude as felt in the Void. Spiritual pain in this world certainly does exist, however this world sits in the bosom of the Lord and His light. It is not devoid of Him and His glory. Nay, His light graces our world like the waves upon a beach and so our spiritual thirst is fulfilled and we are cleansed, bathed in His luminosity. IV “So he descended the emanations of glory, and drew farther from GOD, until he reached the Void.” (Gospel 1:17) And so, we come to our conclusion. Here, I wish to clarify one point. It is not my goal to shun the imagination of others in their attempt to comprehend the everlasting suffering one may find in damnation but to present the Church’s and my own as to provide for the better education of the lay faithful. It becomes clear that none know what awaits us in the Seven Skies and too in the Void. However, with evidence I have come to the Church’s conclusion and while I do not find in my own thoughts the perception of the Void to be one of fire and physical pain, I believe it serves as a useful tool to allow the faithful to fully comprehend what damnation means. Even though God granted us many gifts, it is in our limitations as mortals, unlike Him, that we find ourselves unable to grasp the idea of certain things such as the Seven Skies, the Void or the Lord Almighty Himself. We reside in the physical and therefore it is helpful for us too to pass on our mortal experiences into the spiritual planes to understand what lies beyond. “Torturous separation from the Creator” as I have said previously is the worst pain imaginable. Without the Creator, we the Creation are nothing. We have no purpose nor do we have any love and care provided. Instead, the damned are left to rot in the Void, souls who have slipped out of God’s fingers by a choice of their own. This is not how Creation is meant to live. It is not natural for us to be so far separated from the Lord Almighty. Once one reaches the Void, the lantern which you have been using to illuminate your path through sinful darkness has dimmed and eventually gone out. The damned look with panic around them and soon find themselves lost in that murky darkness which in life they have found to be filled with pleasure, now only the creator of their torturous existence for an eternity. I call to the sinners in this conclusion of mine. Turn back while you still have light in that lantern of your’s. Accept God’s word and envelop oneself in His blessed light. Otherwise, you shall be a lost soul, experiencing pain unlike the physical pain you imagined. Pain so deep, one simply cannot comprehend it until it is too late. Signed with the love of a Father, Manfried, Cardinal St. Julia, Prelate for the Canonist Priesthood, Cardinal Judge of Helena, Vicar of Helena, ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Propalatam Deus, da nobis multa sunt beneficia ut non palpet proximorum expendas. Quia tu id etiam a misericordissimo et maxima benevolentia atque amantissima. In nomine Patris, amen.
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