This Patriarchal Constitution merely summarizes and details
centuries-old existing privileges that were also expressed in other
earlier legislation. This new constitution was promulgated to compile
relevant information into one single legal document.
RVTHERFORDVS I PONT. MAGNVS
God is the sole supreme ruler of the heavens and the earth. The
representative of God on earth is the Holy Church of Christ, which
was given and continues to enjoy supreme authority. Above the Holy
Church and her officials, no civil potentate or government may stand.
We, the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen
the Deacon and Protomartyr, likewise are, by privilege of the Roman
See and Apostolic authority, have been, and remain in perpetuity
a supreme and sovereign entity, independent of and not subject to in
any way all civil governments on earth that have existed, currently
exist, or will ever exist in the future. This is applicable not only
within the traditional titular territories of the Imperial
Patriarchate, Patriarchal States, and Legations, but in all
Florentine Archfather, Legate of Christ, Custodian of the Apostolic
See of Saint Mark in Aquilaea, successor of Pope Leo X, by right of
ancient tradition and privilege, holds the Imperial dignity and
co-imperial rank. He is subject to no earthly power, potentate, or
authority, and is therefore subject to God alone. In dignity of
precedence, he ranks below only two persons, viz., first, the Holy
Father, and second, the Holy Roman Emperor of the First Reich.
ecclesiastical sovereign state need not maintain current physical,
territorial, geographical borders. Just as a corporation may not have
physical property or a storefront, yet nevertheless it possesses all
the rights and status of a corporation, so too does an ecclesiastical
state without borders maintain all the rights and status of a
sovereign nation. The Imperial Patriarchate has titular territory to
which it rightly lays claim, but over which it does not exercise
direct governmental administration. Nevertheless, the Imperial
Patriarchate maintains by ancient right the rights to make and
enforce laws, to raise and maintain a military, to coin money and
stamps, to enter into treaties with sovereign states, and all other
rights appertaining to a sovereign state.
is noted that the concept of overlapping jurisdictions in neither
uncommon nor new. There are adundant examples, past and present, of
geographical territories that have multiple extant government
authorities claiming and exercising legislative, judicial, and
executive authority therein. Such authorities may conflict with each
other. The Imperial Patriarchate, with authority under God, maintains
rightful supremacy in any an all cases.
at the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham in the House of St. Stephen
this 25th day of March, the Feast of the Annunciation, feast day of
the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham, in the year of our Lord 2020.