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PostSubject: The Canon Law   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:02 pm

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The Canon Law of Saint-George's Church

    Book I : The Sacraments

      Chapter I : The Baptism
      Chapter II : The Marriage
      Chapter III : The Ordination
      Chapter IV : The Funeral
      Chapter V : The Confessional


    Book II : The Clergy



    Book III : The Justice of the Church

    Book IV : The Holy Institutions of Saint-George's Church

      Chapter I : The Superior Institutions
      Chapter II : The Holy Armies
        Chapter I : The Congregation of the Holy Armies
        Chapter II : Saint-George's Guard
        Chapter III : The Military-Religious Orders

      Chapter III : The Congregation of the Faith


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PostSubject: Re: The Canon Law   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:11 pm

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Chapter I : The Diocesan Clergy

    A Diocese reflects a territorial district including a certain number of parishes, subdivisions of the diocese. An ecclesiastical province gathers several dioceses depending of the same archbishop's palace, known as metropolitan. They are gathered in primacy, that is under the authority of a Primate.
    Currently we have the following Primacies:
    - The Primacy of England (Archbishop of Canterbury)

    Article I : Bishops

    This includes Bishops as well as Archbishops. These functions are accessible for both women and men, but they do not have the right to marry.

      1. Definition

        1.1. A Bishop is the head of a diocese, they are free to control their diocese as they want it, if their decisions do not contradict the Canonical Law.

        1.2. A Bishop can only be appointed and discharged by the Monarch of England, the Fidei Defensor.

        1.3. Every Bishop is part of the Primacy Council of his or her Primacy, as well as Saint-George’s Council.


      2. Rights and duties

        2.1. It’s their task to appoint and revoke the members of their diocesan council and to control the clergy in their diocese.

        2.2. It’s their task to appoint and revoke the priests of their parishes.

        2.3. It’s their task to appoint and revoke the Chaplains of the Chapels of the lands under their jurisdiction and to appoint and revoke Chaplains for the laic and military organizations.

        2.4. It’s their task to inform the Primacy Council about the situation in their diocese.

        2.5. They can celebrate all the sacraments of Saint-George’s Church, respecting the Canon Law.


      3. The Bishops

        3.1. The Metropolitan Archbishop



          3.1.1. The Metropolitan Archbishop must be ordained.

          3.1.2. The Metropolitan Archbishop is the head of an Ecclesiastic Province and an Archidocese.


        3.2. Suffragan Archbishop and Bishop



          3.2.1. The Suffragan Archbishop or Bishop must be ordained.

          3.2.2. The Suffragan Archbishop or Bishop is the head of an Archdiocese or a Diocese.


        3.3. Archbishop-Primate



          3.3.1. The Archbishop-Primate must be ordained.

          3.3.2. The Archbishop-Primate is the head of a Primacy. He has the supreme authority (except from the Fidei Defensor = the Monarch of England) over the Bishops in his Primacy. He presides the Primacy Council.


    Article II : The Assistants

      1. The First Archdeacon or General Vicar



        1.1. They have to be baptized (First Archdeacon) or ordained (General Vicar).

        1.2. They are appointed by the Metropolitan Archbishop.

        1.3. They have the task to assist their Metropolitan Archbishop in a representative way in the government of the Ecclesiastic Province. They also have to take care of the registers of baptism, marriage and funeral.


      2. The Archdeacon or Diocesan Vicar

        2.1 They have to be baptized (Archdeacon) or ordained (Diocesan Vicar).

        2.2. They are appointed by the Suffragan Archbishop or Bishop.

        2.3. They have the task to assist their Suffragan Archbishop or Bishop in a representative way in the government of the Ecclesiastic Province. They also have to take care of the registers of baptism, marriage and funeral.
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PostSubject: Re: The Canon Law   Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:07 pm

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Chapter I : The Baptism

    Article I : Requesting the Baptism

      1. Only a true believer can receive the holy sacrament of the baptism.

      2. The baptism must be done voluntary.

        2.1. If it concerns the baptism of a child, the parents can decide in the place of their child.


      3. The person that requests the sacrament of baptism needs to have a Godfather of Godmother.

        3.1. This Godfather or Godmother must be baptised themselves.


    Article II : The Ceremony

      1. The priest and the present people declare their faith by pronouncing the Creed. Then the priest shall speak words of welcoming to the present people and read a part of the Holy Book.

      2. The priest asks the concerning person to come to the front. There he or she will speak out the baptism vows.

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      Priest : Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against the Lord as Saint George did?
      Person X : I reject them.
      Priest : Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil as Saint George did?
      Person X : I renounce them.
      Priest : Do you repent of the sins that separate us from the Lord and neighbor as Saint George did?
      Person X : I repent of them.
      Priest : Do you turn to the Holy Pascal Lamb as Saviour as Saint George did?
      Person X : I turn to the Holy Pascal Lamb.
      Priest : Do you submit to the Holy Pascal Lamb as Lord as Saint George did?
      Person X : I submit to the Holy Pascal Lamb.
      Priest : Do you come to the Holy Pascal Lamb, the way, the truth and the life as Saint George did?
      Person X : I come to the Holy Pascal Lamb.
      Priest : Do you wish to join the Holy Saint George’s Church?
      Person X : I do.

      Priest : IN NOMINE PATRIS, ET FILII, ET SPIRITUS SANCTI.
      I, X, baptise you X, in the name of our most Sacred Church of Saint George.
      May almighty Lord who has given you the desire to follow the Holy Pascal Lamb give you the strength to continue in the way.

      3. The priest sprinkles some of the holy water on the head of the concerning person.

      4. The ceremony ends with the pronunciation of the Creed.


    Article III : The completion

      1. The priest, deacon or vicar adds the baptism at the register of baptisms.


    Article IV : The baptised person

      1. He or she has to respect the Holy Dogma and the Canon Law.

      2. He or she can now get married, ordained and receive the final sacrament.


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PostSubject: Re: The Canon Law   Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:44 am

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The Parochial Clergy

    The religious parish is a geographic subdivision of a diocese. It designates both a precise geographic area and the group of religious people living in this territory.
    All Parishes depend of a Bishop.
    Priests, deacons, vicars, almoners and chaplains cannot administer the sacraments outside of the parish in which they are established without the authorization of their bishop.

    Article I : The Urban Parish

      The Urban Parish is a Parish corresponding to a city.

      1. The Priest



        1.1. The Priest must be ordained by the Archbishop or the Bishop who has the authority over the concerning Parish.

        1.2. The Priest is appointed by the Archbishop or the Bishop who has the authority over the concerning Parish.

        1.3. The Priest can administer all sacraments of Saint-George’s Church in his Parish, except from the sacrament of ordination.

        1.4. The Priest can appoint and discharge Vicars and Deacons.


      2. Deacons and Vicars

        2.1. They must be baptised (Deacon) or ordained (Vicar)

        2.2. They’re appointed by the Priest of the concerning Parish.

        2.3. Their task is to assist the Priest in the religious government of the Parish.

        2.4. They can administer all sacraments of Saint-George’s Church, except from the sacrament of ordination.


    Article II : The Castle or Domain Parish

      The Castle or Domain Parish is a Parish depending to a Noble with a Chapel or Church in his Domain or Castle.
      The Castle or Domain must be attached to a diocese, preferably geographically correct, but the noble proprietor of the parish can choose the bishop, in mutual agreement

      The chapel is the gathering place of the proprietors and their guests, in which the chaplain and his assistants conduct various ceremonies.
      The noble parish is headed by a chaplain, ordained or not.
      Supplementary assistants, such as acolytes, vergers, and sacristans, are not regarded as clerks. They are under the direct authority of the chaplain and can only practice within the territory of the noble parish.

      1. Chaplains

        1.1 They must be ordained or baptised.

        1.2. They are under the authority of the bishop of the diocese on which the fief depends.

        1.3. They can administer all sacrament of Saint-George’s Church, except from te sacrament of ordination.


    Article III : The Community Parish

      Some communities, associations, and brotherhoods (seen as guilds or military groups) may need a religious guide in their ranks.
      These corporations must be presented to the bishop of their region who can assign them a religious overseer who carries the title of almoner.

      1. Almoners

        1.1. They must be ordained.

        1.2. They’re responsible for the Religious government of the group in which they are engaged.

        1.3. They can administer all sacrament of Saint-George’s Church, except from te sacrament of ordination.
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