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The Document of the Unification of the Churches was the ultimate result of the Council of Rome. The Council and the Document put an end to the religious schisms that plagued the Christian faith.

History

Great Schism

The Christian religion was split into two separate parts, one east, one west, following disputes between the Bishop of Rome, commonly called the Pope, and the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Pope insisted that as the successor of St. Peter the Apostle, who was chosen by Jesus Christ himself as his successor, he maintained authority over the entire Christian world. The Patriarch of Constantinople disagreed, saying that the Pope was first amongst equals and that no church was to be subservient to another. The split was effectively finalized in 1054, and since then, the Catholic and Orthodox churches had a cold relationship towards each other. 

Western Schism

End of the Western Church

Provisions

Political

  • Noting the mundane influence on the Patriarchs of Rome and Constantinople, during Religious Councils only the Patriarchs and people that the Patriarchs request be admitted may take part in such councils.
  • Regarding the number of Patriarchs, new ones may be admitted on the Council of Patriarchs as they become of relevance, but to do this their city must be under Christian rule so as to be free of any other religion's influence.
  • New Patriarchs may also be admitted if a city of religious significance rises to such a level that it requires a Patriarch.

Religious

  • Noting, as before the religious differences regarding Christianity in different regions, it has been decided that divine inspiration can come from many different sources, noting the religious effects of other Apostles and Saints. As such, it is ruled that each Church shall govern itself as it sees fit, proper to its own interpretation of divine events, unless there is a clear contradiction with either established biblical canon or a unanimous ruling by the convened Council of Patriarchs.
  • Any Patriarch may call such a Council at his digression to address an issue that is deemed relevant and important for the faith as a whole.
  • In such Councils, the Patriarch of Rome shall hold the prestigious title of "First Among Equals," yet noting the revelation of divine inspiration from other areas, his vote shall have the same weight as the others.
  • The name of the new unified Church shall be the "Holy Catholic Church" in order to inspire a sense of religious unity and unified Human potential for the Church.

Other

  • It will be noted that at the present date of this document, 1447 in the year of our lord, the present Patriarchs as accepted in this treaty are the Patriarchs of Rome, Constantinople, and Canterbury.

Signatories

1447

  • Patriarch and Bishop of Rome, His Holiness, Pontifex Maximus Pius III
  • Patriarch of Constantinople, His All Holiness, Gregory III
  • Patriarch of Canterbury, Inspired Father, Justus I

1640

  • Patriarch and Bishop of Alexandria, His Most Blessed Beatitude, Matthew III 

1814

  • Patriarch of Antioch, His Holiness Moran Mor, Ignatius Matthew
  • Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Most Godly Beatitude, Polycarpus

Languages

  • Latin
  • Greek
  • English

Footnotes

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