- See also: Shiro-Catologism
Catologism is a micronational religion, founded by Hieronymus Erasmus, Prophet of Cato in 2005. Central to its original doctrine was the belief that sins are praiseworthy, as it allows the believers to uby indulgences from the Church. Are considered to be sins (amongst other things): not knowing how to count using a hexadecimal system, and not knowing how to count using a binary system.
It had adherents in Flanders and Batavia; it also used to have a presence in Het Rijk. The Flemish and the Batavian Churches operate independently, though both have official contacts since the First United Concilium in August 2009. This instituted a rotating presidency between the two national churches. In July 2013 the Flemish Church was denounced by the Prophet and no longer recognised as part of the Catologian Faith.
In Batavia, the King was head of the Church, although it wasn’t the official state church. In practice it was lead by the Archbishop (later called 'Magister').
In Flanders, the highest ranking official was Pope Erwin I. Hetorodoxy, catologism’s rival religion, does not deny the veracity of the catological creeds, but states that catologism represents the antagonistic principle in its cosmology – the principle of destruction and decay. As such, it is as much part of God as any other belief system, and their gods are as real as any other, but they must not be revered or strengthened in any other way.
The Batavian variant was spread among several nations: South Batavia (when it got independence), Maraguo and eventually reached Kildare in Shireroth. Since the fall of South Batavia (July 2013), the Catologian Church has moved its capital to Apollo City, where Catologism under Dutch Taodosius became the main religion.
The Flemish and Batavian churches tend to lay different nuances. While in Flanders, many references had been made to Cato and the Boreal Gods, little is known about them and more emphasis is layed on commandments and practices. Batavia, by contrast, was used to a more complex categorisation of Gods. This did, however, not mean that the latter was rejected in Flanders. However, both churches recognize that they do not always revere the same gods, and find this praiseworthy.
Cato Ambetantus is recognized by all catologian churches as the greatest of all Gods, and Hieronymus Erasmus as his prophet.
Central to catologism is the believe in Cato, a wise and sly god who in the beginning was just a minor gods in the shadows of many other creatures, but eventually rose to power. After several Wars between the Gods, which He survived, His worshippers became more fanatic and spread the word.
Hieronymus Erasmus emerged from the crowd and became the Prophet of Cato. In catologian believe, he became the Messenger of the Gods (which makes Him popular with seers and priests who try to reveal more knowledge).
The Goddess Germania, originally a goddess of cult that wasn't part of the Church, became well known as Goddess of Death and Ruler of the Mines of the Afterlife (where those who had to be punished or hadn't lived their life to the fullest potential were forced to work).
From the old Southbatavian stories which the original colonists brought with them, was the one of Sisera, who once was the Heavenly Light of the Southbatavian Empire. Her aggressive stance towards enemies (and sometimes even allies) made Her worthy in the eyes of Cato to become member of the Council of Gods. She became the Goddess of War.
Flemish Pope Erwin V.H. also issued the following commandments:
1. Thou shalt always bow before the Pope.
2. Then, thou shalt always kneel before the Pope.
3. Thou shalt always revere the Pope.
4. Thou shalt always obey the Pope.
5. Thou shalt always vote for the Pope.
6. Thou shalt always give financial support to the Pope when He’s short of cash.
7. Thou shalt never doubt His Holyness’ choice of words.
He also declared the following to be the church’s dogmata:
1. There is no God but Athe, and Agnostis is his prophet.
2. Athe is composed of eleven persons, forming the Holy Undecity (Elevenhood): the Father, the Son, the Grandson, the Mother, the Granny, the Grampa, the Cousin Twice Removed, Corny Uncle Jos, Fido the Family Dog, Corny Uncle Jos’ Ex-Wife Rita and Whatshisname.
3. Every one of these eleven persons has different incarnations and avators, amongst which the Boreal gods. Nevertheless, these are also separate deities. However, Athe remains the only God. This absurd situation is part of the Grand Mystery of Being.
4. Should the Pope and Hieronymus Erasmus (praised and feared by his name) contradict themselves or eachother, this too is not a real contradiction, but part of the Grand Mystery of Being.
5. During the Holy Sacrament of Beer Drinking, Athe’s blood changes into commercial geuze and kriek (note: Belgian types of ales). Since drinking Athe is a sin, one should abstain from it and drink traditionally brewed geuze and kriek instead.
- January 1st: New Saints Day: up to two new saints can be appointed; saints having the right to sell indulgences.
- May, 1st: Day of Laughing at People with Red Flags.
- September 30th: Commencement of summer indulgences; the winter indulgences get a sale price.
- December 22nd till 25th: Turkeys are to be saved from popish hands with the help of the Animal Liberation Front.