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    The Inquisition

    The Inquisition is a Holy Institution whose purpose is to combat heresy. This role is only given to the most faithful men. They must be of high intelligence, with a flair for rhetoric, and morally uncompromising. An Inquisitor is expected to be a scholar, an investigator, and a prosecutor.

    Heresy is any belief that is contrary to the Doctrine of the Church. It can be accidental or purposeful.

    Only priests can be full-time Inquisitors, though monks and friars may be called to assist the Inquisition in various capacities, and may even act as deputy-Inquisitors.

    Only faithful members of the Church can be called to face the Inquisition. It is up to the secular authorities to pursue those who deride the Republic's religion from without.

    Being found guilty of heresy is merely a rejection of one's ideas, and not necessarily a condemnation of the person themselves. If found guilty of heresy, the accused should be offered the chance to repent. If they accept, minor punishments ranging from fines to a letter of apology can be levied. Those refusing to repent should be excommunicated, censured, their teachings labeled as heretical, and any writings they have published destroyed. If they continue to preach false, they should face the secular authorities for more serious punishments.

    An Inquisition called on an individual, or group, will start by first establishing the procedures by which the trial(s) will take place. Here are a few suggestions:

    I. The Investigation.

    1. During this time, the Inquisitor will gather all information available on the accused.

    a. Witnesses should be gathered and words spoken by the accused may be used against or for them at trial.

    b. Any written works should be gathered and used as evidence for or against the accused.

    c. The accused should be interviewed and they may choose to remain silent. Though their choosing to remain silent should be brought up at trial.

    2. If enough evidence is gathered that the Inquisitor feels the accused is guilty, a trial against the accused will be called.

    II. The Trial

    1. The trial should take place in the Diocese in which the accused is a resident with the Bishop acting as judge.

    a. The Bishop may appoint two other monks, friars, priests, or Bishops to help him in the judgment of the accused, forming a tribunal.

    b. The Bishop may request secular authorities to act as Officers of the Court to maintain proper decorum and provide security.

    2. The accused should be allowed to write to any priest and ask them to speak in their defense at their trial, or they may act in their own defense.

    a. Priests are allowed to refuse.

    b. Priests who accept should be careful they do not commit heresy themselves.

    c. All evidence, for and against, gathered by the Inquisitor should be shared with the defense.

    3. Evidence against the accused is first offered by the Inquisitor.

    a. Verbal testimony from witnesses should be presented first.

    b. Written testimony should be presented second.

    4. Evidence in defense of the accused is offered by the defense.

    a. Verbal testimony from witnesses should be presented first.

    b. Written testimony should be presented second.

    5. Final thoughts are offered by the Inquisition.

    6. Final thoughts are offered by the Defense.

    III. Judgment

    1. The Bishop, or the tribunal, will take a day to consider the evidence.

    a. If a tribunal, they should discuss the evidence in private.

    b. The other two members of the tribunal will advise the Bishop on the evidence, but the Bishop will make the final decision.

    2. The Bishop will announce the decision.

    a. If innocent, the accused will be freed.

    b. If found guilty, punishment will be determined.

    IV. Punishment

    1. The heretic will be excommunicated immediately.

    2. The heretic will be given the chance to repent.

    a. If the heretic repents, the excommunication should be rescinded.

    b. If the heretic refuses to repent, the excommunication stands.

    3. The Inquisitor will offer a suggested punishment.

    4. The Bishop and/or his Tribunal will question the heretic directly.

    5. The Bishop will announce the punishment.

    a. The Inquisition will see that the punishment is enforced.

    b. Excommunicated individuals may be turned over to the secular authorities for punishment.

    Any time before being found guilty, the accused may offer up a full confession and repent. In this case, skip straight to the punishment.
    Last edited by Azerath; 12-09-2014 at 02:07 PM.
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