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St. Nikolai's Cathedral in Samistopol, Narozalica
|Primus inter pares||Ecumenical Patriarch|
|Highest Council||Ecumenical Synod|
|Language||Amathian, Solarian, and native languages|
|Liturgy||Amathian rite, and Solarian rite|
|Founder||Jesus Sotiras, according to Episemialist tradition|
|Origin||1st century |
Adunis, Solarian Empire
|Other name(s)||Episemialist Catholic Church, Western Sotirianity|
The Episemialist Catholic Church, also commonly referred to as just the Episemialist Church, is the second-largest Sotirian church, with around 230 million baptised members. It considers itself to be the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Sotiras, the one continued and uninterrupted instance of succession from the Apostles through its bishops. From that perspective, the Episemialist theology considers the Church to be practicing the Sotirian faith as it was originally, and deems its teachings to be dogmatic and ecumenical, centered on the Dyophysitist Creed, the Scriptures, the Tradition of the Church, and the concepts of Asimism.
Since it claims to be the true Sotirian tradition, the Episemialist Church considers the Solarian Catholic Church to be heterodox following the events of the Great Schism, and as such, it also considers the Amendist Churches to be lacking orthopraxy. Most other Sotirian groups are considered to be separated churches who have failed to retain the traditions and dogma of Sotirianity, while the term heretical is reserved only for those churches which do not respect the original Ecumenical Councils, which form the basis of Episemialist doctrine.
Due to its history of decentralization, it is actually a union of multiple regional churches, which are all in communion with each other, respecting the same doctrine and traditions. There is no central authority of the church like the Pope in Solarian Catholicism, but it has a primus inter pares in the Ecumenical Patriarch of Arciluco, the incumbent of which is Alexander VIII.
Through its succession of bishops, the Episemialist Church has existed continuously ever since the Resurrection of Sotiras, and it has had a considerable role and influence on the history and development of the nations in Western and Central Euclea, where the majority of the faith is concentrated.
The Episemialist Catholic Church derives its name from the Ancient Piraese ἐπίσημος (epísēmos), meaning splendid, official or formal. The term was firstly used to describe the authority and legitimacy of the Church and of its authorities in the first centuries of Sotirian existence, and it became one of the names associated with the Sotirian Church as a whole. The term gained a distinct Western Euclean sense during the Great Schism, as it was strongly associated with the Episemialist challenge of pontifical supremacy and authority. Despite the Schism however, the Episemialist Church has continuously considered itself to be "Catholic", with the same sense in which it used in Eastern Euclea, from the Ancient Piraese καθολικός (katholikós), meaning universal, central to the Episemialist belief that they are the One, True, Holy, Catholic, Episemialist Church.
Informally, the Church has also been known by many other names. Due to its its geographical distribution in comparison to Solarian Catholicism, it is sometimes known as the "Western Episemialist Church", while its differences from the Solarian character of the Catholic faith has led to it being sometimes designated as the "Arcilucan Episemialist Church", due to Arciluco's important rule in its early development.
- Ecumenical Patriarchate of Arciluco (Archbishop of Arciluco and Alikianos and Ecumenical Patriarch)
- Metropolitanate of Kartha (Metropolitan of Kartha)
- Metropolitanate of Kassar and Arthakhand (Metropolitan of Kassar and Arthakand)
- Metropolitanate of Povelia and Solaria (Metropolitan of Povelia and Solaria)
- Miersan Episemialist Church (Archbishop of Żobrodź and Patriarch of All Miersa)
- Patriarchate of Adunis (Patriarch of Adunis)
- Patriarchate of Tengaria (Archbishop of Istros and Patriarch of All Tengaria)
- Ravnian Episemialist Church (TBD)
- Soravian Episemialist Church (Patriarch of Samistopol and All Soravia)