The Structure of the Roman Church

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The Structure of the Roman Church

The Pope is the mortal head of the Church. When a Pope is selected, he inherits the responsibility of leading the Church accordingly to God's intruction. At the Pope's right hand is the Roman Curia, a group of Cardinals acting as assistants to the Pope, and administrators to the rest of the Church.


Bishops were considered above every head of state and even instructed kings. In the middle ages, kings were to have in their courts, at least one bishop. They were considered nobles in the Church hierarchy. Along with this status was, of course, their lavish lifestyle. They lived in manors and wore fine clothing. In order to achieve this status, Bishops would generally hail from a wealthy family of nobles. They would then study for years in what would likely be a foreign university.

The responsibility of the Cardinals was to elect the Pope. They were to elect whom they felt was in God's favor. Along with this, they were representatives for the Vatican. They served in various congregations regarding responsibilities such as overseeing bishops, evangelism, and education in the Catholic Church. Cardinals didn't recieve their status from passing a test. They were Bishops deemed worthy of being a Cardinal by the Pope.




Priests, otherly known as clergy, though not nearly as wealthy as bishops, did impact the everyday lives of the people in their parish. They provided spiritual counseling and other religous services. They listened to confessions, preached about saints and other religous topics every Sunday. Due to the services they provided, they were exempt from taxes.

This picture is a literal representation and reminder to Church goers that Jesus is the Key to Heaven. (Jesus is holding a Key in this picture.)

This stained glass from Notre Dame reminded church goers of the persecution that Roman Christians faced. Many fled from Rome.

Baptism: The act of being Spiritually Reborn in water as Jesus Christ instructed his followers to do in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Marriage: Holy Matrimony is public statement of God's love and values.

Confirmation: This is the act of finding your Spiritual Gifts from Baptism and commiting to them.

Reconcilliation: This is the act of converting, confessing your sins and celebrating God's unconditional forgiveness. You are then to be forgiving.

Eucarism: Also known as Communion, this is the act of growing closer to God with the wine representing Jesus'blood which was shed, and the bread representing His flesh which was beaten and pierced

Holy Orders: The ordaination of priests to lead other Catholics by bringing them the Sacraments.


Annointing of the Sick: This is the ritual of healing the physically, mentally, and spiritually sick


  • 60d3be6ad1b6960d3be6aed381 6 months ago

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    Good afternoon. The clothes of clergymen are made in accordance with the content of church canons, since they are used for conducting divine services. Each of its fragments is fraught with deep meaning and custom vestments, originating from ancient times. My brother, a priest, no longer sews clothes himself, but buys from . There is everything for the service