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}}The '''Imperial Church''', also known as the '''Imperial Catholic Church''', is the second largest Christian church with more than one billion members worldwide.
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}}The '''Imperial Church''', also known as the '''Imperial Catholic Church''' and less commonly as the '''Caphiric Church''', is the [[w:established religion|established religion]] of the [[Imperium of Caphiria]]. The principal leader of the church has been the [[Imperator of Caphiria]] since the Great Schism of XXX who serves the dual role of being the senior cleric, Bishop of Venceia, and the supreme pontiff of the church as a whole.
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The Imperial Church traces its origins to the [[w:History of early Christianity|rise and spread of early Christianity]] across the world. The missionary Decundas of Nemnia is often credited with introducing Christianity to the [[Latinic people|Latinic civilization]] in a time where paganism and ancestral ethnic religions dominated the region. Christianity remained a relatively minor and obscure religion through Caphiria's early history and didn't become widely adopted until the end of the [[History_of_Caphiria#Republic_era|Republic Era]] where Consul Clardino became the first prominent leader to formally adopt the religion in 314 AD.
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By the height of the [[History_of_Caphiria#Principate_era|Principate]] in Caphiria, Christianity had became the dominant faith. As Caphiria's power and influence grew during its rapid territorial expansion and regional dominance, there was also a constant power struggle between the Imperator of Caphiria and the Papacy. Initially, it began as small attempts for various Imperators to continue to expand their power and influence and neither side was particularly interested in dealing with the minor problems at the time because both parties were profiting immensely. With each new province and land conquered by Caphiria, the spread of Christianity quickly followed and the donations after.
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In the early 11th century, Caphiria was a massive and wealthy state but it was also plagued with corruption and scandal. Contention for leadership and power was rampant and various political groups were formed that vied for ultimate power. Marius Oratonius, who played a pivotal role in this era, converted to Christianity in 1079 and is recognized as the first person to give it legitimacy within its own right within the Imperium. The [[History_of_Caphiria#Civil_war_era|Great Civil War]] lasted about 4 decades and one of the results of the outcome was Caphiria formally separating from the Catholic Church to form its own church. There are a lot of reasons why this happened but the two main points are that at this point in Caphiria's history, they had just suffered a brutal civil war and the people of Caphiria were now torn between many differing ideologies.
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The Great Separation was formalized in 1113 and for many years after, pro-Catholic factions continued to challenge the leadership of the new Caphiric Church. These factions, and the people that supported the Catholic Church still, were known as Traditionalists and were heavily persecuted and executed under heresy laws. This period is known as the Months of Bloody Sundays as it was common practice for the Imperator to simply execute any people who were not coming to church in protest. Traditionalists were executed under legislation that punished anyone judged guilty of heresy against the Caphiric Church. Ultimately, the Caphiric Church went through a series of reformations (The Reformations of 1217) and the church was renamed to the Imperial Catholic Church. The reformations led to an interesting situation in which very little was actually deviated from the Catholic Church; the three-fold ministry in the Apostolic Succession was maintained; the institutional continuity of the Church was preserved without break by consecration of bishops in Catholics Orders, although the character of the organization was changed by the adoption of some reformed doctrines, the simplification of the outwards forms of worship and the abandonment of traditional vestments and art work; the retention of medieval Canon Law, liturgical music and a much shortened Calendar of Saints and Feast Days. There were only a handful of modifications, namely that the Imperator of Caphiria was given a number of ecclesiastical titles: Episcopus Caphiria ("Bishop of Caphiria"), Pius Felix ("Pious and Blessed"),Santissimus Pater ("Most Holy Father"), Vicarius Christi ("Vicar of God") and was named Pontifex Maximus, giving him the ultimate authority of presiding over the Imperial Church. This was codified in the Constitution of Caphiria as well as constitutionally establishing the Imperial Church by the state with the Head of State as its Pope. The exact nature of the relationship between church and state would be a source of continued friction into the next century.  
 
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Revision as of 20:41, 13 July 2019


Imperial Church
Latin: Ecclesia Catholica Imperium
SP KazanskyCathedral 2370.jpg
PopeAlexander Constantinus I
LanguageImperial Latin, Latin
HeadquartersVenceia
Membersover 1 billion

The Imperial Church, also known as the Imperial Catholic Church and less commonly as the Caphiric Church, is the established religion of the Imperium of Caphiria. The principal leader of the church has been the Imperator of Caphiria since the Great Schism of XXX who serves the dual role of being the senior cleric, Bishop of Venceia, and the supreme pontiff of the church as a whole.

The Imperial Church traces its origins to the rise and spread of early Christianity across the world. The missionary Decundas of Nemnia is often credited with introducing Christianity to the Latinic civilization in a time where paganism and ancestral ethnic religions dominated the region. Christianity remained a relatively minor and obscure religion through Caphiria's early history and didn't become widely adopted until the end of the Republic Era where Consul Clardino became the first prominent leader to formally adopt the religion in 314 AD.

By the height of the Principate in Caphiria, Christianity had became the dominant faith. As Caphiria's power and influence grew during its rapid territorial expansion and regional dominance, there was also a constant power struggle between the Imperator of Caphiria and the Papacy. Initially, it began as small attempts for various Imperators to continue to expand their power and influence and neither side was particularly interested in dealing with the minor problems at the time because both parties were profiting immensely. With each new province and land conquered by Caphiria, the spread of Christianity quickly followed and the donations after.

In the early 11th century, Caphiria was a massive and wealthy state but it was also plagued with corruption and scandal. Contention for leadership and power was rampant and various political groups were formed that vied for ultimate power. Marius Oratonius, who played a pivotal role in this era, converted to Christianity in 1079 and is recognized as the first person to give it legitimacy within its own right within the Imperium. The Great Civil War lasted about 4 decades and one of the results of the outcome was Caphiria formally separating from the Catholic Church to form its own church. There are a lot of reasons why this happened but the two main points are that at this point in Caphiria's history, they had just suffered a brutal civil war and the people of Caphiria were now torn between many differing ideologies.

The Great Separation was formalized in 1113 and for many years after, pro-Catholic factions continued to challenge the leadership of the new Caphiric Church. These factions, and the people that supported the Catholic Church still, were known as Traditionalists and were heavily persecuted and executed under heresy laws. This period is known as the Months of Bloody Sundays as it was common practice for the Imperator to simply execute any people who were not coming to church in protest. Traditionalists were executed under legislation that punished anyone judged guilty of heresy against the Caphiric Church. Ultimately, the Caphiric Church went through a series of reformations (The Reformations of 1217) and the church was renamed to the Imperial Catholic Church. The reformations led to an interesting situation in which very little was actually deviated from the Catholic Church; the three-fold ministry in the Apostolic Succession was maintained; the institutional continuity of the Church was preserved without break by consecration of bishops in Catholics Orders, although the character of the organization was changed by the adoption of some reformed doctrines, the simplification of the outwards forms of worship and the abandonment of traditional vestments and art work; the retention of medieval Canon Law, liturgical music and a much shortened Calendar of Saints and Feast Days. There were only a handful of modifications, namely that the Imperator of Caphiria was given a number of ecclesiastical titles: Episcopus Caphiria ("Bishop of Caphiria"), Pius Felix ("Pious and Blessed"),Santissimus Pater ("Most Holy Father"), Vicarius Christi ("Vicar of God") and was named Pontifex Maximus, giving him the ultimate authority of presiding over the Imperial Church. This was codified in the Constitution of Caphiria as well as constitutionally establishing the Imperial Church by the state with the Head of State as its Pope. The exact nature of the relationship between church and state would be a source of continued friction into the next century.