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Statute of the Congregation of the Holy Inquisition
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Preamble

The Holy Inquisition is the special ecclesiastical tribunal created to fight and prosecute heresies, blasphemies and heterodoxy within the Holy Roman Theological Church and to preserve its flock of believers against those pernicious and dangerous ideas, which are nothing more than treacheries and deceptions put in place by the Adversary of the One True Faith.

Regarding the Congregation of the Holy Inquisition

Article I The Congregation of the Holy Inquisition is managed by a Prefect, appointed by the Supreme Pontiff himself, who shall bear the office of Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Roman Theological Church.

Article II Every cardinal shall appoint in his Archdioceses one Inquisitor, chosen among his own clergy. The Inquisitor must have distinguished himself for piety, equity, devotion and knowledge of the canon laws.

Article III Every cardinal shall appoint a maximum of three laymen, among the believers of the flock which has been entrusted to his guidance. These laymen shall be chosen taking in particular account their piety and equity.
For the Supreme Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition, the Grand Inquisitor shall appoint himself the above mentioned laymen, on the advice of the local clergy of Rome.

Article IV The Grand Inquisitor may at any time dismiss an Inquisitor or a secular member of the Congregation of the Holy Inquisition at his sole discretion, once he judges one of them unworthy in any way of their office.

Regarding the functioning of the Holy Inquisition

Article V The Supreme Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition is incorporated in Rome, in the Pontifical Palace. The Supreme Tribunal shall have jurisdiction in any dispute or process, disregarding the place where the blasphemous or heretic fact has been committed.

Article VI A diocesan Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition shall be incorporated in every Archdioceses. It shall have jurisdiction in prosecuting any heretic or blasphemous act committed within the borders of the Archdioceses.

Article VII Ordinary the process will be held in the capital of the Kingdom where the heretic or blasphemous fact has been committed. The cardinal Archbishop may require the process to be held in another location through a motivated instance presented to the Grand Inquisitor.

Article VIII The Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition may request to the secular Authority to restrain or arrest the accused, if necessary.

Duties and obligations of the Inquisitors

Article IX Every Inquisitor has the sacred duty to watch on the flock of believers which has been entrusted to his surveillance, in cooperation with the local clergy and, if needed, secular Authorities. Once an investigation is started, the Inquisitor has the duty to inform of it the Grand Inquisitor, otherwise the process shall be considered void.

Article X The Grand Inquisitor can take upon himself every trial or investigation made by one of the member of the Congregation. He then will decide if the process shall be held at the Supreme Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition or to the competent diocesan Tribunal.

Article XI The Grand Inquisitor has the duty to supervise the application of the rules stated in this decree in every single process or investigation made by the Holy Inquisition in order to avoid any injustice.

Regarding the Tribunal

Article XII A process held by the Holy Inquisition shall end within 7 days. The accused shall receive a notice of the accusations made against him by the Holy Inquisition 3 days before the process beginning.

Article XIII A tribunal of the Holy Inquisition is ordinary composed of three members. The Inquisitor himself and two others clergymen in case of a process held against a priest; the Inquisitor himself and two laymen in case of a process held against a layman.

Article XIV The members of the Tribunal are chosen randomly among the clergy of the Holy Roman Theological Church or among those laymen, who has been previously selected by the cardinals Archbishops.

Article XV The Inquisitor may suggest in special cases to the Grand Inquisitor the name of those who he sees fit to assist him during the process. If the Grand Inquisitor grant him, then the Tribunal is formed. Otherwise it shall be composed randomly.

Article XVI In order to render to a just verdict every member of the Tribunal shall vote. The Inquisitor vote shall be the last vote cast, so as not to improperly influence the response of the others two judges.

Article XVII The verdict shall be pronounced using this ritual formula: “Immanueli nomine invocato, pro Tribunali sedentes et solum Teos prae oculis habentes, decernimus, declaramus et definitive pronuntiamus” (Invoked the name of Immanuel, for those who sit in this tribunal and having only Teos in front of us, we decide, declare and definitively pronounce) followed by the declaration of guilt or innocence.