Church of Afalia
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|Church of Afalia|
|Abbreviation||C of A|
|Theology||Catholic and Reformed|
|Supreme Governor||Queen Amelia of Afalia|
|Primate of All Afalia||Daniel Wentworth as Archbishop of Cantwell|
|Chief Layman||Lucy Manlowe|
|Headquarters||St Nicholas Cathedral Offices, Blackdon|
Daniel's Cove, Greater Blackdon, Afalia
|Separated from||Episcopal Church of Arthurista 1952|
The Church of Afalia or Aafaliiaan Diiuusdiitn is the Anglican Christian established Church of the Kingdom of Afalia. The Archbishop of Cantwell, currently Daniel Wentworth is the most senior cleric in the Church as Primate of All Afalia. The Supreme Governor of the Church is the monarch of Afalia presently Queen Amelia. The Church of Afalia has its origins in the Episcopal Church of Arthurista and was founded as a foreign branch of the Episcopal Church during initial Arthuristan contact with Afalia in the sixteenth century. The missionary Daniel Hughes is regarded as a saint by the Church for his establishment of Christianity in Afalia near modern day Blackdon in the 1570s. The Church gained independence and separated from the Episcopal Church upon Afalian independence in 1952 where the monarch of Afalia became the new Supreme Governor as part of Afalia's constitutional settlement.
Within Afalia the Church is the largest Christian denomination and largest religion in general with thirteen million members, over half the Afalian population. Although an established Church with the monarch at its head the Church plays little role in domestic or international politics though members of the Church have taken part in numerous, notable political movements and campaigns. Until the abolition of the House of Peers in 2017 it sent fifteen Bishops to the House to comment on spiritual matters and vote on policy. As the established Church any Afalian citizen or resident can, generally, marry, have their children baptised or have their funeral conducted in a Church parish, regardless of membership.
Within its constitution, first established in 1592 and revised subsequently until 1952, the Church regards itself as both Catholic and Reformed, or protestant. It regards its founding by St Daniel as part of an unbroken apostolic succession making the Church a successor of the earliest Christian churches and Church fathers. It also incorporates a number of reformed or protestant doctrines in its theology. In the Church's own words it charts 'a middle way between Catholicism and Protestantism. We are both.' The Church has a broad variety of views within its membership with more protestant, evangelical parishes to more traditional Catholic practices and beliefs. The Church has played an important part in the development of Afalia since the arrival of Christianity in 1572 and the official establishment of the Church in 1757, especially in the role of education, art and politics.
The Church has been seen as a liberal theological and progressive Church since its founding. It ordains women as deacons and priests since the 1970s and bishops and archbishops since the 1990s, though no women has become archbishop so far. It accepts and ordains openly LGBT clergy and does not call for celibacy. Since 2008, on a parish to parish basis, it has blessed and married same sex couples. The liturgy of Afalian prayer books is conducted primarily in English as well as Traditional Aafaliiaan languages and dialects, foreign languages and Latin. The Church is divided into twenty eight dioceses which match the twenty eight counties of Afalia and two northern and southern provinces. It governs itself through the Congress of the Church, a tricameral body made up of houses representing the laity, the clergy and the Bishops.
- 1 History
- 2 Doctrine and Practice
- 3 Structure
- 4 Politics
- 5 Criticisms