Decretum pontificum de decretis (Nova Roma)
This decretum is currently active.
QVOD BONVM FAVSTVM FELIX FORTVNATVMQVE SIT POPVLO ROMANO QUIRITIBVS. The Collegium Pontificum having met in order to consider, has approved the Decretum de Decretis:
- The Collegium Pontificum may administer its own internal affairs by issuing a decretum (pl. decreta) as per the Constitution VI.B.1.c.
- The Collegium Pontificum may issue a decretum directing a priest or priestess in his or her duties. Decreta of the Collegium Pontificum bear the weight of religious law (fas) among the various priesthoods. Should a priest or priestess fail to comply with a decretum issued by the Collegium Pontificum, the Pontifex Maximus or any Pontifex may bring the matter before Collegium Pontifcum, seeking a fine against the priest or priestess, or his or her removal from the priesthood. (Ref: Constitution VI.B.1.b)
- Those member of the whole Collegium who hold any one or more of the offices of the Rex Sacrorum, Regina Sacrorum, the Flamines Maiores, Pontifex Maximus, Virgo Vestalis Maxima, Pontifices, and Flamines Minores may vote on a decretum (pl. decreta).
- No individual member of the Collegium Pontificum shall have more than one vote by virtue of holding more than one office.
- The usual procedures used to call the Collegium into session shall apply when a decretum is submitted for consideration by members of the Collegium Pontificum.
- No decretum shall be issued within the first seventy-two (72) hours from the time when an issue is first presented to the Collegium for deliberation. During that time any member of the Collegium may request, in the same forum where it was presented, or mailing list, a delay so that the question can be discussed by all members who wish to participate in the deliberations of the Collegium.
- If after the seventy-two (72) hours have passed and no member of the Collegium has requested a delay, any member of the Collegium may issue an opinion on the issue to be considered, and thereby begin the deliberations of the Collegium. Once begun, all members who wish to provide his or her opinion shall have forty-eight (48) hours to respond. Presenting an opinion shall constitute a vote on the issue.
- After forty-eight hours (48) have transpired, with the conclusion of the Collegium's deliberations, it shall be determined what is the majority opinion on the issue(s) presented. From among those who joined on the majority opinion, one shall be selected to write the majority opinion, and thus the decision of the Collegium Pontificum. From among those members who did not join in agreement with the majority decision, one may be selected to write a minority opinion.
- The majority opinion on an issue shall thus become the decretum of the Collegium as a whole. The decretum, as well as the minority opinion that shall be attached to the majority opinion, shall be recorded to the Acta Pontificum