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The Roman Catholic Church, most often called the Catholic Church, is the Christian Church in full communion with His Holiness Pope Sixtus VI, also known as the Bishop of Rome. It traces its origins to the original, undivided Christian community founded by St. Peter, with its traditions first established by the Twelve Apostles and maintained through unbroken Apostolic Succession.

The Catholic Church is not only the largest Christian Church, but also the largest organized body of any world religion (at least until it was banned in Aztlan). While the Vatican City is seen as central, the Catholic Church is a worldwide organization made up of one Western or Latin Rite and several Eastern Rite-specific Churches. The Church is divided into jurisdictional areas, usually on a territorial basis. The standard territorial unit is called, in the Latin Rite, a diocese, and in the Eastern Rites, an eparchy, each of which is headed by a bishop.

The Catholic Church position about the Awakening has evolved from a position against metahumanity and magic ("unholy and ungodly by their very nature") to consider metahumans capable of salvation and magic not inherently evil. This change of position has been the cause of several outright schisms, such as with the French Catholic Church and the German Catholic Church, as well as minor schisms between Rome and local dioceses and archdioceses over implementation of policy, such as in Spain.

The Awakening has also resulted in the Church facing great social and political challenges, especially in former strongholds like Ireland (now Tír na nÓg) and Latin America (specifically, Aztlán) where societies and the state have taken direct and hostile action against the Church and its public practitioners. This has itself resulted in the Church taking more aggressive measures to protect the faith and the faithful in these lands through the actions of organizations like the New Jesuits and the New Templars.

Events of the 21st CenturyEdit

John Paul IV's Reign Edit

2010 In Vatican City, Pope John Paul III dies suddenly of the VITAS plague. He is succeeded by archconservative Cardinal Vitali who takes the name John Paul IV. (Shadows of Europe)

2012 On January 1, in Vatican City, during the traditional New Year's Message from St. Peter's Square, Pope John-Paul IV denounces metahumans as abominations in the eyes of God. (Tír na nÓg)

2012 In the Czech Republic, Czech Catholics, responding to the Pope's denouncement of metahumans, rise up against the Vatican. (Shadows of Europe)

2012 In France, the French Catholic Church opposes Pope John-Paul IV's declaration against metahumans, creating a permanent rift between them and the Vatican. (Shadows of Europe)

2012 In March, in Vatican City, a Papal Bull is issued confirming Pope John Paul IV's position against metahumans and further denouncing all things magical as "unholy and ungodly by their very nature." (Shadows of Europe)

John XXV's Reign Edit

2013 In Vatican City, Pope John Paul IV dies in his sleep. He is replaced by a moderate Brazilian cardinal who takes the name John XXV. Despite this change in power, several Irish Catholic bishops who had refused to accept John Paul IV's denouncement of metahumans, break from the Catholic Church and instead go to the Church of Ireland, a small splinter church. (Tír na nÓg)

2014 The German Catholic Church (True Church of the Lord and His Saints) split from the Vatican. It is extremely conservative concerning magic and metahumans, controlling Westphalia as a theocracy.

2023 In Fatima, Portugal, during a visit by Pope John XXV, a new apparition of the Virgin Mary appears before thousands of witnesses. This event reinforces the Pope's declaration against metahumans and further pushes the Portuguese Catholic community into a conservative mindset. (Shadows of Europe)

2024 Pope John XXV issues the 'Imago Dei' encyclical: Metahumans have souls and are capable of salvation. Magical abilities are not inherently evil. Spirits are manifestations of Nature (gray area).

2027 Aztlan revokes the Roman Catholic Church's tax-free status. In the following years, a detailed audit leveled charges of tax evasion and outright fraud against important church figures, including the Most Reverend Jésus de la Torrez, Tenochtitlán's archbishop. (azt.94)

2036 Open war in Italy is only avoided when Pope John XXV negotiates a settlement between the corporations and the sindaci (mayors). The cities of Genoa, Milan and Turin are written off as a catastrophe zone and renamed the GeMiTo. (Shadows of Europe)

2041 An executive order from the President's office officially rescinds the Roman Catholic Church's right to function in Aztlan. The church becomes an underground illegal organization. (azt.94)

2042 In the Papal States, Italian Confederation, Pope John XXV declares that women may now be appointed priests in the Catholic Church. (Shadows of Europe)

Sixtus VI's Reign Edit

2075 Pope John XXV passes away in Vatican City. He is succeeded by Pope Sixtus VI, an Italian cardinal and a member of the Order of St. Sylvester. Pope Sixtus VI has indicated a desire to work with and reunite with other Christian Churches, and he has also shown an interest in reaching out to and preaching with non-metahuman sapients in order to fully share with them in God's Grace.

The Rules/Orders of the Saints Edit

Great Orders Edit

Minor Orders Edit

Intelligence Agencies Edit

See alsoEdit

Index Edit

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