Pope Julius VII
|Papacy began||11 Freihetimónaþ 248|
|Previous||Iohannes Paulus XIII|
|Birth name||Maximillien Jean-Luc Reynard|
Pope Julius VII, (French: Jules VII) born Maximillien Reynard (24 Honórimónaþ 184), is the current head of the Catholic Church. He took as his papal motto "Pax Mechyrdica, Pax Christi," translated as "Peace of Mechyrdia, Peace of Christ."
Julius VII was the first pope to extend an olive branch to the Latinate pagans of the rest of the Olympia sector; his initial attempts were rebuffed, however, until the election of Governor Marc Caton. Julius has issued many encyclicals, including Natura Pecuniae where he made the statement that capitalism is compatible with Godly life, and Natura Armorum in which he cites various Biblical passages to state that Jesus intended for his followers to arm themselves to protect the innocent.
Julius also canonized Róman Gawrilić Śtertów, the man who ended the Arkant Horde's invasion of Mechyrdia, when it was discovered that he was a practicing Roman Catholic. He later declared that Śtertów was the patron saint of naval boarding.
Julius went back on Catholic doctrine dating to the Age of Terra, and said that what determines a fair wage for a certain laborer is how much of his type of labor is needed and how much of it is available; in other words, supply and demand.
In spite of this apparent endorsement of capitalism, Julius maintained that the nation must come before the market, and that international capitalism takes out one of the primary pillars of piety. "God may come first," said Julius, "but the Nation comes second."
Julius also declared that, while divorce isn't a sin in and of itself, enabling divorce through welfare is a net negative for civilization, as Family is the third pillar of piety, coming after God and Nation.
Right to bear arms
Julius, in his encyclical Natura Armorum, declared that Jesus intended for his followers to arm themselves. He quoted Luke 22:36 from the Latin Vulgate, saying "Dixit ergo eis: Sed nunc qui habet sacculum, tollat; similiter et peram: et qui non habet, vendat tunicam suam et emat gladium." (Eng. "Therefore he said to them: But now he who has a purse, should take it, and also a bag; and he who does not have a sword, should sell his tunic and buy one."). Julius explained this with the context that Jesus wanted the innocent to be protected from wrongdoing; he built upon this idea by declaring "If everyone is armed, then no one is". That is to say, if a few people have weapons and the rest don't, then the few are free to terrorize the many; however, if everyone has a weapon, then anyone who attempts crime will quickly be shot.
He also elaborated upon the idea of turning the other cheek; it's not a statement of surrendering, but rather a dare: "do it again jackass, I dare you", and declared that turning the only cheek is only to be done if one is not in mortal danger.
Julius denounced the idea of a divine right to rule, declaring that "God appoints no one man to secular authority". However, he still maintains a pragmatic view of government, and agreed with Chancellor Basileiów that different nations and cultures are best suited for different forms of government; fanatical cultures are best fitted with authoritarian government to keep the fanaticism in check, while moderate cultures are best fitted with libertarian government to allow the people to express themselves.