Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Curia Responds to Requests for Spiritual Guidance on World Military Events

By Jean DuBois


In response to various enquiries, the Patriarchal Curia of the Imperial Roman Church issued a statement earlier today on behalf of the Papa-Catholicos. The statement pertained to three key areas in military action around the world. The first regards trials for alleged war crimes. The second centered on legitimacy of large-scale contributions of war materiel and military-related financial contributions. The third pertained to large-scale military treaty alliance organizations and their potential threat to global security. As always, the Curia provided a concise statement consistent with the traditional doctrine of the Christian faith.  The Curia also urged national leaders to follow the precepts of Christian heritage and doctrine.

Response 1

War can bring out both the best and worst traits in humanity. Many fall as victims of man's inhumanity to man. Yet, while some acts do indeed exceed legitimacy under the Just Warfare Doctrine of the Christian faith, the mere existence of an unfortunate or terrible occurrence does not automatically render it a war crime. Soldiers who are carrying out orders for a stated legitimate military purpose cannot be legitimately held criminally or civilly responsible, tried, or punished for alleged war crimes. The exceptions to that are extremely rare and centre on the legitimate, reasonable possibility of such a soldier to be able to know that an act is inherently illegal and be able to prevent it in the inherently chaotic circumstances of warfare. Such greatly exceeds the authority of soldiers in general and would result in a break-down of discipline and hierarchy essential to military operations. Similarly, the question of intent, both on the part of commanders and soldiers, is absolutely essential in determining legitimacy of criminal and civil responsibility for alleged war crimes.  To hold anyone criminally or civilly responsible, to try them, or to inflict punishment of any kind in violation of these precepts for an alleged war crime is itself a grave moral offense and an affront against human dignity, rendering the perpetrators of such trials themselves potentially criminally and civilly responsible.

Response 2 

Nations that engage in large-scale transfer of weapons and other war materiel, as well as significant military funding and other support, no matter the stated purpose, become moral participants in a particular war. Thus they have moral responsibility for the results of their contributions. Such transfers often prolonged killing, suffering, and destruction. Therefore blood stains the hands of nations engaged in such transfers. Furthermore, such transfers, given their scale, if at the detriment of the population of the countries making the transfers, violate a higher objective of a nation to serve and care for the people within their borders who have therefore been placed within their care. 

     The Curia, consistent with the doctrine of the Christian faith, calls upon all nations to be prudent in their support of military actions of other nations that they may choose to do through contributions of weapons, war materiel, and money. Such support should be minimal, if it is even done at all, for their actions tend merely to prolong combat, expand killing, and increase destruction and human suffering.

Response 3

The lessons of the Great War demonstrate the problems of large-scale military assistance treaty organisations. In the Great War, the situation was one of overlapping smaller military alliances that led in short order to a simple regional conflict exploding into the entirety of Europe, even drawing in troops from other parts of the world. Similarly, large-scale military assistance treaty organisations, particularly when they treat an attack on one as an attack on all in all circumstances, have the tremendous potential to allow regional conflict to explode quickly into large-scale warfare. Nations have a responsibility to de-escalate conflicts to which they are a party as much as possible, and to act in ways that are neutral or to de-escalate conflicts not directly involving them and not instead to add fuel to the fire. 

    Also, such treaty organisations have demonstrated their continued willingness to engage in warfare with other nations outside their organisation. The existence of a large-scale treaty organisation may make it very difficult for a nation involved in a conflict with even a single country within that treaty organisation to engage in defensive or retaliatory combat for fear of drawing the entire body of nations within the treaty organisation into the conflict. Therefore, such organisations have the potential to enable one or more of their members to become international military oppressors with relative impunity. 

   Nations have a right to establish their own such organisations in response to other treaty organisations as a matter of legitimate security and self-defense. However, such alliances overall should be avoided and preferably disbanded.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

New Gallican Priest Ordained

BUENOS AIRES 15 May 2022 (NRom)

His Most Excellent Reverence Monsignor Rodrigues, Archbishop of Lyons and Primate of the Gallican Rite ordains a new priest for the Holy Church.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Concordat Strengthens Religious, Historical Work

By Jean DuBois 

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 27 April 2022 (NRom)

The Pontifical Household of the Imperial Roman Church (Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate and Anglican Patriarchate of Rome) and the Pontifical Roman State recently signed a concordat with the Royal Merovingian Dynasty. Once the rulers of France before Charlemagne, the Merovingian household is one of the most ancient royal and noble families in the world today. The Merovingian dynasty is also the temporal head of the Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church, which, in addition to having its own Primate, is under the spiritual leadership of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate. This concordat, signed by Rutherford I and Don Rubén de Gévaudan, builds on an established and long-lasting partnership for religious service, humanitarian work, and the preservation of the traditions and history of our common ethnic heritage.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Blessing Ex Urbe for Easter 2022

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 17 April 2022 (NRom)

Video of the Blessing Ex Urbe for Easter 2022. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Archfather sends Holy Thursday Letter

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 14 April 2022 (NRom)

Holy Thursday letter of His Holiness the Florentine-Roman Papa, traditionally sent to priests, clergy, and lay leadership. 


This year our Lenten journey saw much of the world torn apart, as it has been so many times in history, by hatred, bigotry, ignorance, and fear. As we know from the prophet Isaiah, however, the people that walked in darkness shall see a great light. That light is Christ. Tomorrow we commemorate our Lord as Victim, and Sunday we celebrate His glorious Resurrection. The light of Christ triumphed and will continue to triumph forever.

We recall again that the Roman State that is Our sacred duty to maintain was the foundation of modern society. It was built on ancient values of rationality, community, courage, and virtue. When the light of Christ illuminated the empire, those values were brought into their fullest, meaningful form. They went from being merely a means of good living to being the path to eternal life.

To ensure that we may each have the hope of eternal life, on this day so many years ago, our Lord established the Holy Eucharist, ordaining the Apostles priests. This day each year we truly celebrate the establishment of the Christian priesthood, for it is truly from the altar of God that all authentic service must flow. God’s holy justice must be maintained rather than abandoned in favour of mere worldly expediency, political maneuvering, or hatred. Yet, that happens all too often in the world.

We give Our fraternal greetings and Our blessing to each of Our brother priests around the world! We especially give Our fraternal greetings in Our blessing to the clergy of the newly-reestablished Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church.

Therefore, We charge each of you this coming Easter season to continue in your Christian service, sustaining and spreading the ideals of our Christian civilisation so that the light of Christ may be seen in each of you and reflected to others.

Rutherfordus Pp. I
Servant of the Servants of Christ

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Florentine-Roman Supreme Pontiff Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Source: C-Comm; NC Publications Office

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 07 April 2022 (NRom)

H.H.E. Papa Rutherford I recently received the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award for baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting business institutions, Region 4. Built on the significance of the classroom teacher to the mission of degree-granting institutions, the award is an annual award that recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. One recipient is chosen from among associate degree institution applicants, and one from among all baccalaureate/graduate degree institution applicants within each of the eleven ACBSP regions around the world. The selection process evaluates nominees based on a series of criteria, teaching philosophy, and recommendation from university administration. In the summer, one recipient will be selected for the international award. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching that is open to the entire membership. The award recognized the Archfather's innovations in remote/virtual teaching experiences to benefit on-campus students; innovations in learning experience for online students; real-world, guided discovery experiential learning approaches; creative approaches to availability to students; success in ensuring accessibility to students with disabilities; contributions in diversity, both in and out of the classroom; effective incorporation of cultural and international components in the classroom; outside service to the community, nation, and world; and scholarly contributions to the field of pedagogy.

The Archfather teaches economics, finance, and international business at the University of Minnesota's Crookston campus, with a focus on empowering students to take control of their own future and succeed in an ever-challenging world.