Catholic Theocracy

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"The Catholic Faith, which always preserves the unfashionable virtue, is at this moment alone sustaining the independent intellect of man."

Catholic Theocracy, sometimes shortened to CathTheo, is an authoritarian, culturally right, and economically center to center-left ideology inhabiting the upper center political compass.

CathTheo seeks to have the values of the Catholic faith upheld as the law and to have a state very closely tied to the Catholic Church.

History

On 27th of February of the year 380 AD, the Edict of Thessalonica was issued by emperor Theodosius I, making Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire, outlawing all other religions and legalizing the prosecution of their followers.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, most of the Germanic tribes that previously practiced Arian Christianity adopted Chalcedonian Christianity in order to ally themselves with the religious figures of the regions they were invading, leading to most of the former Western Roman Empire becoming a Catholic theocracy loyal to the Vicar of Christ in Rome, while the Eastern Roman Empire evolved into an Orthodox Theocracy loyal to the Emperor of Byzantium after the schism of 1054 permanently split European Christianity.

The Catholic Church maintained various degrees of control across Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Perhaps the place where this rule was most dominant was in the Papal States - a territory in central Italy under the direct rule of the Papacy. In other parts of Catholic Europe, the control of the church varied depending on both place and time. On one hand, the church maintained a great deal of sway over secular rulers, and Catholicism was the official state religion of most Western European states until the Protestant Reformation, with the church able to enforce her own laws in Ecclesiastical courts alongside state courts (such as in the Inquisition). On the other hand, the church often found itself in conflict with the various monarchies of Europe, most notably in the Investiture Controversy with the Holy Roman Emperors and the 'Babylonian Captivity' in France. The Papal States aside, assorted territories scattered across Europe were under the rule of prince-bishops, mostly located in the German territories. They were dissolved after being defeated in the Napoleonic Wars, with the German Confederation that replaced the HRE consisting of secular city-states and hereditary monarchies, leaving the Papal States the only full Catholic Theocracy in Europe. The Ecclesiastical courts were eventually dissolved outside of the Papal States due to the secularization of law in Europe, with canonical law being phased out in favor of secular civil law.

The Papal states were dissolved in 1870 at the end of the Risorgimento after Rome was captured by Sardinian forces and Italy was unified, with the Pope being considered a "Prisoner in the Vatican" until the creation of the Vatican City in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty with the fascist government. Vatican City controls less than a square kilometer of land. Despite the small size of the only remaining catholic theocracy, Catholicism still has a lot of power due to having more than 1 billion followers. Andorra is a partial example of a modern Catholic theocracy, with the Bishop of Urgell being its co-leader along with the French head of state (exact position depends on the time period).

Beliefs

Church-State Unity

Catholic Theocracy believes that church and state are inseparable and that the Head of the Catholic Church (Pope) should also act as the Head of State.

Papal Primacy, Supremacy and Infallibility

Papal Primacy is a Roman Catholic doctrine. The doctrine asserts that the Pope has a unique and central role in matters of faith, morals, and governance. As such, the Pope's decisions and teachings are considered to be authoritative and binding for the entire Catholic Church.

Papal Supremacy is a Roman Catholic doctrine. The doctrine emphasizes the Pope's authority as the supreme earthly head of the Church. According to it, the Pope has ultimate and supreme jurisdiction over all matters related to the Church, including matters of faith, discipline, and governance.

Papal Infallibility is a Roman Catholic doctrine. The doctrine defines the Pope's pronouncements on matters of faith and morals as being free from error and protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching falsehoods. For a papal pronouncement to be considered infallible, certain criteria must be met, including the Pope speaking ex cathedra (from the chair of Peter) and making a definitive and binding statement concerning faith or morals for the entire Church.

Catholic Social Teaching

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Catholic Social Teaching, commonly abbreviated CST, is an area of Catholic doctrine concerning matters of human dignity and the common good in society. The ideas address oppression, the role of the state, subsidiarity, social organization, concern for social justice, and issues of wealth distribution. Catholic social teaching is distinctive in its consistent critiques of modern social and political ideologies both of the left and of the right: liberalism, communism, anarchism, feminism, atheism, socialism, fascism, capitalism, and Nazism have all been condemned, at least in their pure forms, by several popes since the late nineteenth century.

Human dignity is one principle of Catholic social thought. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Being in the image of God, the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession facts, and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give. Pope Benedict XVI has taught that "love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel". This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression.


Variants

Traditionalism

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Traditionalism is the set of beliefs, practices, customs, traditions, liturgical forms, devotions, and presentations of Catholic teaching that existed in the Catholic Church before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. In particular attachment to the Tridentine Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass. Many traditional Catholics tend to be strongly conservatives and oppose liberal and leftist ideals.

Sedevacantism

Sedevacantism is a radical branch of Traditional Catholicism that believes The Catholic Church has been dormant since the death of Pope Pius XII, and all popes following him led The Church into heresy. The sedevacantists broke away for a series of issues from the main traditionalist group, the SSPX of the French Marcel Lefebvre (which recognizes the legitimacy of all post-conciliar popes and has more relaxed relations with Rome), to found the small SSPV, widespread in the USA and Canada.

Modernism

Modernism is a movement that seeks a break with Catholic traditions and a revolutionary change in the Church, sometimes seeing the Second Varican Council as a liberalizing and positive force in discontinuity with respect to the deplored past or other times seeing it as too much moderate and substantially conservative. A group of Catholic thinkers with markedly progressive tendencies and which emphasizes the "spirit of the council" is the Bologna school, which is based in the homonymous Italian city. Modernism was firmly condemned by Saint Pius X as "the synthesis of all errors" and until the Second Vatican Council an anti-modernist oath was imposed on all priests.

Hebrew Catholicism

Hebrew Catholicism is a branch of Messianic Judaism, The belief that Jewish theology is compatible with salvation is Jesus Christ.

Anglo-Catholicism

Anglo-Catholicism is derived from Anglicanism, a syncretic Christian denomination that takes elements from both Catholicism and Protestantism, but Anglo-Catholicism leans more Catholic than Protestant

Opus Dei

Opus Dei is an order of the Catholic Church. The order is mainly focused on helping people reach sanctity by their day to day action's, by uniting spiritual life with professional, social, and family life through a diverse number of activities. It has received a lot of criticism for it's supposed cult-like practices, even being called a sect by some, altough this claims have been debunked. The order also had a certain involvement in the late years of the Francoist Dictatorship.

Charasmatic

Charismatic Catholicism is a syncretic Catholic denomination which combines Catholicism with Evangelical Christianity

Fawkesianism

Guy Fawkes was a terrorist who in 1605, acted on behalf of a greater Gunpowder Plot that was led by Robert Catesby to depose the Anglican James I of England and restore Catholicism in England, starting by blowing up the House of Lords. The plot failed with Guy Fawkes being executed, while Catesby was killed during his last stand.

How to Draw

Flag of Catholic Theocracy
  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Fill the left half with yellow and the right half with white.
  3. Draw the Vatican coat of arms.
    1. In the middle of the white side, draw two old keys in a saltire. Their posts should be facing up.
    2. Color the left key yellow and the right key grey.
    3. Draw a red ribbon interlacing the keys at the middle and going through the bows.
    4. Draw the papal tiara on top of the keys.
      1. Draw three yellow tiaras curved up. (make sure they touch each other)
      2. Draw the outline of a semicircle on the top tiara.
      3. Draw a yellow globus cruciger at the top of the outline.
    5. Draw a white ribbon from the bottom left end of the papal tiara shaped like an inverted S. (Make sure part of it goes under the collar)
    6. Do the same thing with the bottom right end of the tiara but make it in a regular S shape.
    7. On the ribbons, draw three yellow crosses. (one at the start of the ribbon, one at the throating of the key, and one at the end)
    8. Color the ends of the ribbons yellow.
  4. Draw a mitre (half-oval) on the ball's head.
  5. Fill it with white.
  6. Draw a cream colored inverted T across it
  7. You are done!

Relationships

Fratres

  • Christian Theocracy - Jesus was catholic, right?
  • Distributism - A friend of Leo XIII is a friend of mine.
  • Integralism - That's the right spirit. We both condemn the excesses of the left as well as the right . That said, don't you see that the world has changed and it would be more practical for us to adapt to it?
    • - No, as society strays towards the abyss, we must use all we can to fight it, not join the mob in the fall from grace!
  • Elective Monarchism - The Holy See's system.
  • Pan-Latinism & Pan-Hispanism - The whole Romance/Neo-Latin World is loyal to the Church of Rome. Except Romania, which is Orthodox, but I will let it slide
  • Scientocracy - Georges Lemaître, Galileo Galilei, Gregor Mendel, Nicholas Steno, Erich Wasmann, Copernicus, all of them were brilliant scientists who followed the word of God. Apologies about the Galileo Affair, though. It was really embarrassing.
  • Pan-Nationalism - 26 + 6 = 1
  • Patchwork - Me in the modern day. I have a billion followers and phenomenal power over them, but itty-bitty living space. I still miss the bigger Papal States.
  • Mercantilism - Just a lil' help with construction and art.
  • Francoism - Avenge the victims of Red Terror.
  • National Democracy and PiS - My friends in Poland.
  • Christian Democracy - Defender of Catholic social doctrine in a democratic context, seems interesting. Furthermore, after the Second Vatican Council the Church became totally against dictatorships and their warmongering tendencies and we even have a patron saint of democracy, Pope Paul VI.

Mixtum

  • Catholic Fascism - You may be a Catholic, but I condemned your ideology.
  • Pope Francis Thought - You might be trying to use modern social media like Twitter to spread love and Jesus Christ to teach others about the Catholic faith, but your attempt to shift away from Catholic traditions and rituals, too socially liberal views and push for Ecumenicism really gets on the nerves of my more traditionally minded followers... That being said, I also think you're doing your best to enforce reforms of the Second Vatican Council, Big Papa.
  • Holy Roman Emperor - Charlemagne and Otto, I crowned as the defenders of Christendom, but so many of you, like Barbarossa, just weren't content with that, you wanted your clerical power too.
  • Orthodox Theocracy - We work together more often than not now, even if he is a schismatic. You have some heterodox theology too. But under no circumstances convert Orthodox Christians. It is a transgression again the ecumenist goal!
  • Protestant Theocracy - Brother in Christ I'm sorry for our differences in the past, now thanks to ecumenism we are understanding that we are both part of the larger Christian community and we respect each other more.
  • Islamic Theocracy - The Church also looks with esteem at Muslims who adore the only God, living and subsisting, merciful and omnipotent, creator of heaven and earth (5), who has spoken to men. They try to submit wholeheartedly to the decrees of God, even hidden ones, as Abraham also submitted, to whom the Islamic faith willingly refers. Although they do not recognize Jesus as God, they nevertheless venerate him as a prophet; they honor his virgin mother, Mary, and sometimes even invoke her with devotion. They also await the day of judgment, when God will reward all resurrected men. Likewise, they value the moral life and worship God, especially with prayer, almsgiving and fasting. If, over the centuries, many disagreements and enmities have arisen between Christians and Muslims, the sacred Council urges everyone to forget the past and to sincerely exercise mutual understanding [...] [9]
  • Crusadism - In the past we have worked together but now I am more ecumenical and the justification of war through the doctrine of Holy War has essentially been abandoned after seeing the disastrous effects of the world wars, so now we can say we are completely peaceful, pro religious freedom and pro love of neighbor, against religious wars and discrimination.
  • Person Dignity Theory - Preferable to communism still, but quite too violent.
  • Christian Socialism - While I certainly am more open to hearing your arguments justifying socialism than MLs, I'm still quite skeptical, especially considering the anti-clericalism of historical socialist movements, ESPECIALLY the protestant ones Mr. Florian Geyer.
  • Jewish Theocracy - I aided your escape in WW2, but I will not recant my contempt for your religious beliefs.
  • State Oriental Orthodoxy - Separated from us earlier on the 5th Century. The Council of Chalcedon was a valid council. Come back in communion with Rome.
  • Reactionary Modernism - I appreciate the support but I beg of you to go outside as the games of yours might have rotted your brain.
  • Bonapartism - Thank you for restoring me in France, but did you have to invade the Papal States? Also did you just crown yourself? You can't do that!
  • Anglican Theocracy - The least bad Pr*t who eventually stopped antagonizing me and started treating us as equals. But we were enemies before, especially when Ireland was under your boot.

Heretici

  • Henricanism - Heretic! Mary Tudor was right! (at least modern Anglicans are not as horrible)
  • Cromwellism - Puritanism lacked any redeeming qualities Anglicanism has. Ireland still bears the scars.
  • State Atheism - Kid toucher you call me, but it's the godless school teachers and Protestant televangelists that molest a thousand times more than I ever did.
  • Satanic Theocracy - Crux sancta sit mihi lux, Non draco sit mihi dux, Vade retro satana, Numquam suade mihi vana, Sunt mala quae libas, Ipse venena bibas.
  • Anarcho-Syndicalism - Blasphemer, you must burn for destroying the houses of god!
    • It will be done, your holiness. *burns ansynd*
  • Jacobinism - I will never forgive you for defacing Notre Dame and promoting "supreme being" idolatry.
  • Kleptocracy - On top of commandment #7, The HRE attempted to weaken me via simony, and corruption inside me (which I later got rid of) caused them to show up.
  • Pagan Theocracy - I will tie you to that tree you worship and burn you alive!
  • Esoteric Fascism - Heaven above, what is wrong with your brain?!
  • Marxism-Leninism - I won't forgive you for imprisoning Cardinal Slipyj. Burn in hell.
  • Freemasonry - Bloody masons! Never shall you enter heaven with your blasphemy!
  • Eugenicism - Absolute abomination. While I am perfectly fine with the teaching of genetics and evolution (unlike my more traditionalist followers), you literally advocate the idea of playing God!
  • Anonymous - Stop misusing the Guy Fawkes mask for your godless and lawless goals. He wanted to undo the Anglican heresy, not hack unrelated websites.
  • Existentialist Anarchism - Damn you Sartre, Dies irae dies illa!
  • LGBT+ - Your actions are intrinsically disordered. Your orientation alone is not sinful though. (According to the Pope) though it needs to be reoriented accordingly which basically means you have to resist your temptations. That being said, you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near clerical positions.
  • Turkish Idealism - 1981 never forgive! Although I did forgive the ex-assassin specifically because he regretted it.
  • Italian Monarchism - 1871 never forget! You're all getting excommunicated.

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  1. The Catholic Church establishes that marriage and sexual acts can only be between a man and a woman because the end of this acts is seen as being open towards life. It does not establish that being homosexual is wrong, but homosexuals participating in the forementioned acts is, since they can't be open towards life.
  2. https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_flat_Earth#Early_modern_period
  4. w:Pope_Leo_XIII#Rerum_novarum
  5. Even though he was opposed to laissez-faire capitalism and socialism and was in favor of trade unions, he was still in favor of free enterprise rights and property rights.
  6. w:Controversies_about_Opus_Dei
  7. w:Women_in_Opus_Dei#Men_and_women_regarded_as_equals
  8. w:Spanish_miracle#Initiation_of_boom
  9. Nostra Aetate