The Ursuline church is a Christian religion that formed from the antediluvian matriarchal Roman Catholic Ursuline Order in Quebec. The Ursulines maintain antediluvian Catholicism in Canada, while refusing to acknowledge the authority of the Pope in New Rome. They are found throughout Francophone Canada and parts of northern Vermont and Canada. It is also found in the Acadien county of Usitukun in southern Nova Scotia.
The Ursulines originated as an antediluvian religious order, patronized by Saint Ursula. Introduced to the Americas during the colonial era, their presence could be found wherever the French colonized. During and shortly after the great cataclysm, Quebecois Roman Catholics, unable to contact old Rome, turned to the Ursuline order for leadership. Since then the Ursulines have served as Quebec's continuation of antediluvian Catholicism, and their followers have steadfastly refused to recognize the American Pope in New Rome.
Instead, the Ursulines have their own Ursuline See in Quebec led by the Abbess-General in a similar fashion to the Pope. As of 2666, the most famous Ursuline Abbess-General has been Agrippine 'the Maid'. Under her reign the Great Schism between Ursulines and mainstream Catholics would be temporarily mended, until her death in 2304 divided the faiths once again.
Holy Sites Edit
The Ursuline faith has five holy sites:
- Nouvelle Orleans
As of 2666, three of the holy sites (Quebec, Montreal, and Riviere-du-Loup) are held by members of the Ursuline church. The holy site of Detroit has been seized by the factory-worshiping Rust Cultists, while the city of Nouvelle-Orleans is ruled by the Voodoo burghers of the Orleans Republic.
The Ursuline church has a few defining mechanics, mostly involving their unique form of Papacy.
- The Abbess-General is elected in the same fashion as the Pope.
- The Abbess-General can declare crusades.
- Women can become priests, and are the only ones who can become cardinals.
The Ursuline faith has one heresy:
Realms at Start of Game Edit
- Grande Ligne
- St. John Valley
- Ursuline See