Religion is one of the most important factors in the way in which people and states act in the Dutch Superpower TL, this page outlines the different religions and the way in which they influence the world.
The Roman Catholic Church once the largest congregation in the world split disastrously in the 1940's when the then Dictator of Spain Francisco Franco had bishops working under him who published a new doctrine of individual faith that urged that the Church needed no one messenger to represent it and that its primary duty was to the individual rather than to Rome, As a result the Catholic Church was split into those who believed in the doctrine of individual communion with God and those who believed that Rome. was the seat of all holy power.
Papal Catholicism continued as mainstream Roman Catholicism after Franco and Spain's split with the Church. Instead of trying to spread the good word as Francoist bishops did the papacy became obsessed with retaining what support it had and ensuring that it maintained an important role in Italian politics. In 1990 however the Italian Queen Maria I had enough of Papal interference and overthrew the Pope and installed herself in his place, ending any façade of loyalty to Rome by the other Papal Catholic states.
Latin Catholicism is made up of those Catholics still loyal to the deposed pope from 1990, Pope John Paul who was evacuated from Rome by Brasilian and Mexican troops in 1991. John Paul now resides in Rio where a new St Peters has been constructed. Latin Catholicism maintains the idea of devotion to the pope as leader of the church but has incorporated many Francoist ideas including a devotion to helping the poor. When he finally passed away in 2003 a previously little known Jesuit Bishop became pope as Francis I and has further focused the Church on economic issues.
Italian Catholicism is the last claimant to the Throne of St Peter and the only one that can trace its line back to the foundation of the Church. Little has changed in Italian Papal Doctrine aside from a new focus on Italian nationalism and the idea of returning to the middle-east which has surely nothing to do with Pope Maria's desire for ever expanding papal rule.
Bavarian Catholicism is the newest of the fragments of the old Roman Catholic church but also the only one with the backing of the College of Cardinals. It split from the Latin church in 1995 when the Bavarian Bishop Joseph Ratzinger published a piece harshly criticizing John Paul for being to liberal, Surprisingly the majority of the College of Cardinals agreed with him and elected him as Pope Benedict with his seat in Munich.
In the beginning there was only Individual Catholicism and Roman Catholicism and despite the massive splits in Roman Catholicism since the divide Individual Catholicism would have remained united were it not for political maneuvering that artificially split the church.
Anglican Catholics believe in the Francoist teaching that the poor are the most important but substitutes its focus on devotion to God through the state by teaching that only by deep individual communion can one become close to god. Furthermore they believe that the Eucharist needs no leader and that anywhere two Christians eat break and drink wine that they are remembering Jesus.
The primary segment of Independent Catholicism Francoist Catholicism is the state religion of a number of Francoist States, the exception to this is China where Buddhism and traditional Chinese religions remain dominant, the core tenets of Francoist Catholicism and two fold, firstly that the state is the divine instrument of Christian and that the treatment of others as you would like to be treated is the only commandment that really matters. For a time Francoist Catholicism was the largest religion in the world, although the shattering of the Francoist movement broke the move towards Francoist religious dominance.
Ottoman Catholicism is essentially Francoist Catholicism repackaged into a form that was more acceptable to the Ottoman Empires other inhabitants, particularly Muslims. Most notably Ottoman Catholicism includes aspects of pilgrimage and harsher fasting during lent in order to bring about commonality between Ottoman Catholics and the empires Muslim inhabitants.
The largest over branching type of Christianity protestantism began in the rural heartlands of Germany as a result of disagreements between the Church in Rome and the churches in Germany over the Papacy's corruption.