Levantine Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church, also known as the Levantine Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with several billion members worldwide. It is one of the oldest religious institutions in the world and has played a prominent role in the history of Western civilization. The Catholic Hierarchy is headed by the Bishop of Urceopolis, known as the Pope. The church's principal doctrines are summarised in the Nicene Creed and the Apostle's Creed; among its distinguishing features are its belief in the supremacy of the Pope and celebration of the seven sacraments.

The Catholic Church teaches that it is the one true church founded by Jesus Christ. While the Catholic Church considers itself to be the authentic continuation of the Christian community founded by Jesus, it teaches that other Christian churches and communities can be in an imperfect communion with the Catholic Church. It is possible, according to Catholic doctrine, to affirm correctly that the Church of Christ is present and operative in the churches and ecclesiastical Communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church, on account of the elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them.

The sacraments are integral to Catholic liturgical worship. The principal sacrament is the Eucharist, also called the Mass. The Church teaches that in this sacrament the bread and the wine consecrated by the priest become the body and the blood of Christ, a change it calls transubstantiation. The Catholic Church practices closed communion and only baptised members deemed to be in a state of grace, free of unforgiven mortal sin or penalty, are ordinarily permitted to receive the Eucharist.

The Church venerates Mary. This veneration is called hyperdulia and is distinct from the worship, or latria, due by justice to God alone. All of the Church's Mariology hinges on her title Mother of God. The Church teaches that her motherhood came about through divine intervention and she gave birth to him while still a virgin. It has defined four specific Marian dogmatic teachings: her Immaculate Conception without original sin, her status as the Mother of God, her perpetual virginity and her bodily Assumption into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. Numerous Marian devotions are also practised.

The Catholic social teaching emphasises support for the sick, the poor and the afflicted through the corporal works of mercy and the Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of education and medical services in the world. Catholic spiritual teaching emphasizes spread of the Gospel message and spiritual works of mercy. In recent decades, the Catholic Church has been criticised for its doctrines concerning sexual issues and the ordination of women as well as for its handling of sexual abuse cases.

Cardinals

Order Name Country Titles
Cardinal Priest Charles-Emmanuel Remanique OFM  Burgundie Archishop of Vilauristre
Cardinal Priest Renier Mielu PSS  Burgundie Cardinal Secretary of State and Dean of the College of Cardinals
Cardinal Priest Martin-Aeongus MacCollum OP  Burgundie President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
Cardinal Priest Darius Ui'Breathnach  Burgundie Archbishop of Tariege
tbd Aurél Jáborkéz Aëscárácta
Cardinal Priest Matéus Dalnorian KiravianFlag.png Kiravia Archishop of Valēka
Cardinal Priest Anacletus Bastôn KiravianFlag.png Kiravia Archishop of Béyasar
Cardinal Priest Íosevur Svanirren KiravianFlag.png Kiravia Archishop of Primóra
tbd Andreyev Isaak Nikitovich Ormata
tbd Ferdinand Aart Carman Vostaren
tbd Magnus Falkenrath Kistan
Cardinal Priest Deagan Orcutt SJ  Burgundie Priest of the Society of Jesus
Cardinal Deacon Guvzil Skröwul Zwallerkad Grandmaster of the Ljydkruss Order
Cardinal Deacon Sean MacLochlainn  Burgundie Grandmaster of the Order of the Obsidian Sparrow

Orders

Monastic

Mendicant

Clerics Regular

Lay Orders

Local practices

Burgundie

The establishment of cults around the major figures of Catholic lore was almost immediate to the arrival of Catholicism in Burgundie. This was a carry over from similar practices in the Latinic polytheistic societies. The contemporary expression of these devotions are the various monastic orders (e.g. Order of the Obsidian Sparrow and the Ljydkruss Order). In Burgundie, this is still practiced, but less dogmatically then in ages past. The Cultes della Nostra Mare (Mother Mary) and Cultes della Fuster (Joseph the carpenter) are particularly widespread. Within even some of the smaller villages in Burgundie, a church of Nostra Mare and one of el Fuster will stand completely separate. There was an effort to unite the various cults during the Great Confessional War, in the later 16th century, and many smaller cults were absorbed into the mainstream practices. This also led to what many in Burgundie term, Urceopolis Catholicism or Monolithic Catholicism. This format of worship is the recognized style by the royal family and its greatest piece de resistance is the Cathedral of St. Mattius in Vilauristre.

While local parishioners differentiate between the three mainstream forms of practice, there is no contemporary difference between them aside from some of the iconography and local regalia. Priests, bishops, archbishops, and the Cardinal in Burgundie all identify as Levantine Catholic and are not instructed in any specificity of the differences between cults. The differences and unique traditions are therefore the responsibility of the parishioners to maintain and instruct their new clergy. This practice is called the curia of the apud curiam agni (the curia of the lambs), and only occurs in the churchs ascribing to the cults of Notra Mare and le Fuster, not the standardized practice.

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