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The Église de Normandie


The Église de Normandie, also known as Church of Normandie, or Norman Catholic Church, is the officially-established Christian church of the Duchy of Normandie, and the mother church of the worldwide Norman Communion. It dates its establishment to the Episcopal Conference known as the Tenth Council of Quimper which was called after the collapse of the Kingdom of Franciana where it declared itself the free and independent Church of the Duchy of Normandie. Members of the church are called Norman Catholics.


According to long-standing tradition Christianity was brought to Franciana by Mary, Martha, Lazarus and some companions, who were expelled by persecutions from the Holy Land, traversed the seas in a frail boat with neither rudder nor mast and landed at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer near Honfleur. Norman tradition names Lazarus as the first bishop of Honfleur, while Martha purportedly went on to tame a terrible beast in nearby Ablon. Pilgrims visited their tombs at the abbey of Épaigne. In the Abbey of the Trinity at Les Vaux, a phylactery was said to contain a tear shed by Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus. The cathedral of Autuncourt, not far away, is dedicated to Lazarus as Saint Lazaire.


The Church of Normandie is one of the two officially-established churches of the Twin Peninsula Jarldom and the co-equal of the Église Vanille, which became an established Norman church under the provisions of the Treaty of Fyrisvellir, the peace treaty that ended the War of the Hands of Hallvarður between Valtia and the Kingdom of Franciana.


The Église de Normandie is both Catholic and Valtian as well as Reformed:

  • Catholic in that it views itself as a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ in unbroken continuity with the early apostolic church;
  • Valtian in the sense that its services are held in the High Valtian tongue and that it adheres to several Valtian customs;
  • Reformed in that it has been shaped by some of the doctrinal principles of the Protestant Reformation, in particular in Les Trente-Neuf Articles and the Livre de la Prière Commune.

The governing structure of the Norman Catholic Church is based on dioceses, each presided over by a bishop. Within each diocese there are local parishes. Prior to the Second Treaty of Pont l'Évêque, which made the Duchy of Normandie a part of the High Realm of Stormark, the Duke of Normandie was the Supreme Head of the Église de Normandie, with the title of Pontife d'Église de Normandie. Ever since is the aforesaid title, and the authority that goes with it, vested in the Archbishop of Quimper, the highest cleric of the church.


The Archbishop of Quimper, who may be a male or a female, leads the Church of Normandie on a daily basis and acts as a focus of unity for the wider Norman Communion. The General Synod is the legislative body for the church and comprises bishops, clergy and laity. Its measures must be approved by the Haute Cour de Normandie, the legislature of the Knightly Jarldom.


The Norman Catholic Church is quite the libertine church which has been heavily influenced by the Valtian Ancient Ways and has its very own way of doing things. For example, half of its clergy is composed of females, many a Vanic Deity was incorporated into its teachings and liturgy as Saints, and people strip off during many of its services for the reveal of the human(oid) body is a sacred act because when one is naked one is dressed exactly as God originally intended.


Human(oid) bodies are also considered holy by Norman Catholics for they are God's artistic masterpiece, the crowning glory of His creation. A man’s naked body is glorious, a woman’s unclothed body is a thing of great splendor. To Norman Catholics being in the nude is all about God. It is He who chose to make man and woman in their entire naked splendor. God looked at Adam and Eve and declared “it is good.” when they were pure, innocent, and naked. And it is He who declared that they are “made in His Image.” Since we all want to “see” more of God and to understand and enjoy Him more and more, does it not stand to reason that the more we see of that which is made “in His image” the more we will see of Him? God looked, and enjoyed what He saw. So the faithful too can look, enjoy, and draw near to the great God and our glorious Savior who made it all.


The Church of Normandie also has absolutely no qualms with sexuality for spousal intimacy for is a marvelous and magnificent mystery, and self stimulation is a gift from God to be enjoyed with both intent and delight. It believes that responsible non-monogamy, loving intimacy and other-centered sexual pleasure sharing is in line with Christ's teaching that love is the greatest commandment and the God-given natural desire to connect emotionally and sexually with more than one person, which is the essence of polyamory. To Norman Catholics responsible non-monogamy or polyamory fulfills this need with dignity and honesty in their very loving relationships. Their ancient tradition teaches its members to be appreciative of such openness and they have the enlightened notion that non-monogamy is beneficial for loving relationships.

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Hm, quite interesting! Where are the Holy lands mentioned here?


Allow me to say, Your Grace, that that is one of the biggest mysteries ever, on par with the location of Atlantis.


Who is the current Pontife?


Pray be advised that I have the honour and pleasure to be the present Pontifa of the Église de Normandie. :)


(OOC: I am a Sim-ID of the Lady Unna)

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