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The Code of Canon Law of the Church of Stormark

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The Code of Canon Law of the Church of Stormark

 

Canon I. Foundations of the Church of Stormark

 

Article I: General Provisions

 

1. The name of this religious body shall be “The Church of Stormark.”

2. The Church of Stormark is a micronational faith, which promotes the teachings of Jesus Christ. It does not serve as a real religion, only a simulated one for micronational use.

3. The Church of Stormark, following the teachings of sacred Christian texts, wishes to teach others; it has no agenda other than that of enlightenment and guidance.

 

Article II: Basic Principles

 

1. The Church of Stormark establishes that the Nicene Creed as the official statement of faith of the Church.

2. The Church of Stormark establishes the New International Version of the Bible to be the foundation of teaching and belief, and acknowledges it as inerrant, yet encourages the clergy and laity to consider the text in the context of the time period in which it was written. All others are possibly fallible due to transcription and translation errors.

3. The Church of Stormark recognizes the Pauline Rite as the official rite of Mass. All clergymen are encouraged to use it, but its use shall not be compulsory.

4. The Church of Stormark recognizes the power of the magesterium, the teaching power of the Pope and bishops.

5. The Church of Stormark wishes to open dialogues between all the different faiths and religions in the micronational world, and promotes ecumenism between all Christians.

 

Canon II. Membership of the Church of Stormark

 

Article III: The Laity

 

1. The Church shall consist of members divided into the clergy and the laity.

2. Any person, who shall present and sign an oath to the church as proscribed by the church, shall hold Lay status.

3. A layperson may only cease to hold Lay status of his/her own volition. Membership is open to any and all.

4. The Laity are freely welcomed to take-part in discussions in their own diocese, or with all Church members. Church membership is open to everyone; there are no fees or dues. The only requirement is that each person respects others, and contributes as a member through Christian behavior and discussion.

 

Article IV: The Clergy

 

1. A cleric is one who shall have been ordained to an ecclesiastical rank by another member of the clergy. The Clergy is open to persons of all genders.

2. A cleric may perform liturgical services, give sermons and blessings, guide the laity, and perform all other actions as proscribed in Church Law.

3. Any member of the clergy may be married.

4. All shall take an oath to uphold his/her office before assuming the status of a cleric.

5. If a member of the Laity or Clergy violates this Canon Law or Church teachings, he/she may be placed under pain of excommunication. Excommunication implies a ban of contact with the Church, and a refusal of advancement within the Church.

 

Canon III. Hierarchy of the Church of Stormark

 

Article V: Ranks of the Clergy

 

1. A cleric may be ordained to two degrees, namely the Episcopate, the Presbyterate.

2. A member of the church may be ordained a priest by the Pope or a bishop.

3. A member of the church may be ordained a bishop by the Pope.

4. The Pope shall be the head of the church, and chief cleric, as Supreme Pontiff of the Church.

5. If a person is to be elevated, who has not yet been ordained a cleric or made a layperson, so long as he/she is ordained by a cleric properly empowered and in communion with the Church, and takes both the oath of the laity and clergy, then the ordination shall be considered valid.

 

Article VI: The Papacy

 

1. The Pope shall be the head of the Church or Stormark, and serve as its symbol of unity.

2. The official titulary of the Pope is: “His/Her Holiness, (name), the Pope and Supreme Pontiff of the Church, Archbishop of Treisen, Christian Patriarch of the Viking Lands, and Servant of the Servants of God.

3. Any member of the church, not under pain of excommunication or in schism, may assume the Papacy.

4. The Pope shall determine the procedure of his/her succession. However, Tthe successor must be ordained a bishop before assuming the office, otherwise the succession shall be considered invalid.

5. The Pope shall have the power to do the following:

a.) Issue legislation for the governance of the church

b.) Call, preside, and adjourn general councils

c.) Introduce, alter, or suppress Church laws on any subject

d.) Define the liturgy, teachings, and rites of the church

e.) Erect, administer, alter, or suppress ecclesiastical regions

f.) Appoint and ordain clerics, or, where the nomination has been conceded to others, to give confirmation

g.) Act as a court of first instance, or of final appeal

h.) Establish rules of judicial, legislative, and administrative procedure and organization

i.) Make appointments, or remove officials, from all offices of the Church

6. The pope may legislate through decree of the following orders:

a.) Papal Constitution, which shall deal with organization issues of the church

b.) Papal Bulls, which shall deal with appointments and papal judgments

c.) Papal Encyclicals, which shall define the theological teachings of the church

d.) Motu Proprio, which shall deal with miscellaneous issues

7. The pope may be removed by: death, which is defined as the deletion of a forum account failure to be active three months after last public contact with the Church, or abdication.

 

Article VII: The Cardinalate

 

1. The College of Cardinals shall be composed of those officials who have rendered outstanding service and assistance to the church.

2. A cardinal shall be created by the pope, but this appointment may be revoked at the will of the Pontiff.

3. A cardinal need not be ordained a bishop or priest when appointed; however, if a layperson is appointed a cardinal, he/she shall be automatically ordained as a priest.

4. A cardinal shall have the power to:

a.) Elect the Pope, if election is selected as the method of election

b.) Give counsel to the Pope on all matters he shall deem fit

c.) Given preference in church matters, and be considered at the rank of prince/princess

5. A cardinal shall be removed by death, resignation, or removal by the Pope.

 

Article VIII: The Episcopate

 

1. A bishop shall be considered a successor to the apostles, and a senior governor of the church.

2. A person shall be a member of the Episcopate, or College of Bishops, if he/she is ordained as a bishop by the pope.

3. A bishop shall head a diocese, titular or ordinary, and is appointed by the Pope.

4. A bishop may be ordained if he/she is a member of the church, and not in excommunication. If he/she is not already a cleric, then clergyship shall be assumed when being ordained.

5. A bishop shall have the power to:

a.) Adopt laws for the spiritual welfare of his/her ecclesiastical region.

b.) Act as judge in ecclesiastical matters of first instance, and of matters pertaining to the violation of Church law exclusively in the ecclesiastical region

c.) Enforce the observance of ecclesiastical laws, especially over the spiritual welfare of the laity and clergy

d.) Serve as principal teacher in the diocese and personally preach the Word of God to the people, and be responsible for the spiritual welfare of the diocese.

e.) Validly ordain priest and fellow bishops

6. A bishop shall be removed by death or resignation. The Pope may remove a bishop from leadership of an ecclesiastical region or ecclesiastical duties, yet may never remove his/her status as a member of the Episcopate.

 

Article IX: The Presbyterate

 

1. A priest is the basic member of the clergy, upon whom the care of the laity is incumbent.

2. A priest may be ordained to the Presbyterate, or College of Priests, by the Pope or a bishop. One may be ordained if he/she is a member of the church, and not in excommunication.

3. A priest is bound to the diocese of his ordination if ordained by a bishop, or may serve in any ecclesiastical region if ordained by the pope.

4. A priest shall have the power to:

a.) Preach and teach the word of God

b.) Celebrate ecclesiastical services and valid Mass

c.) Give blessings upon the faithful

d.) Provide for the education, instruction, and guidance of the faithful

e.) Encourage the spiritual growth of the Laity

5. A priest shall be removed by death, as described above, resignation, or defrockment by the Pope, in which a priest shall be forbidden the powers of the priesthood but whose status as a priest shall remain.

 

Canon IV. Administration of the Church of Stormark

 

Article X: Ecclesiastical Regions

 

1. An ecclesiastical region is an organization unit created to better govern the faithful. It shall be divided into two forms:

a.) An active region is one created for the governance of a group of laity to be led by an active cleric.

b.) A titular region is a specially formed region, created by the pope, for those requiring Cardinal, Episcopal, or Presbyterial status for office, yet may not necessarily contain laity.

2. A parish shall be composed of a small group of parishioners, or at least a cleric and two laypersons; it shall be led by a priest, in the role of pastor.

3. A diocese shall be an ecclesiastical region composed of a group of parishes, or a nation, region, city, etc. It shall be led by a cleric who has received ordination to the Episcopate.

4. An archdiocese shall be an ecclesiastical region composed of several dioceses, or a special region of ceremonial importance.

a.) An exarchate shall be a region containing an autonomous church in communion and submission to the Church of Stormark.

5. The Apostolic See shall be an ecclesiastical region, reserved solely for the Pope, which shall serve as the seat of governance of the Church. The Archdiocese of Triesen shall serve as the site of the Holy See, yet the pope may set its location as necessary.

6. The Pope may designate an Ecclesiastic Region of any rank and his/her own discretion.

 

Article XI: The Governance of the Church

 

1. The Curia of the Church of Stormark is a body which shall administer the affairs of the church and aid in its governance.

2. The Curia shall be composed of Papal Offices and Congregations to administer to particular concerns.

a.) A papal office shall be a specific official, needed by the pope, for specific ceremonial or temporary functions.

b.) A congregation shall be a permanent department designated for a particular area of church affairs.

3. The Pope may appoint and remove members of the Curia, and legislate its organization, procedure, and scope.

4. A member of the Curia may be an active cleric in a parish or diocese. However, if a cleric is not active, he/she may be given a titular region for status purposes.

 

Canon V. General Provisions of the Code of Cannon Law of the Church of Stormark

 

1. On the adoption of this Canon Law, all previous decrees and legislation shall be considered null and void. All persons appointed to clerical status before the adoption of this document shall retain their clerical status, yet fall to the rank fitting their position.

2. This Canon Law shall serve as the supreme governing law of the church, with all Church acts and actions of its members conforming to it.

3. This Canon Law may be amended either by the Pope, or two-thirds of the College of Cardinals and a majority of the College of Bishops.

4. This Canon Law shall go into effect immediately.

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