QVOD BONVM FAVSTVM FELIX FORTVNATVMQVE
SIT POPVLO ROMANO QUIRITIBVS
The Collegium Pontificum having met on ante diem V Kalendas March
(February 25th, 2003) the decision was that,
Tiberius Octavius Claudianus was appointed Sacerdos Templi Ianus
it was proclaimed:
RELIGIO ROMANA BLASPHEMY DECRETUM
By this decretum, the Collegium Pontificum officially clarifies the
'blasphemy clause' contained in the Nova Roma Constitution located in
the Public Institutions Section, VI (a):
"Magistrates, Senators, and citizens need not be practitioners of the
Religio Romana, but may not engage in any public activity that
intentionally blasphemes or defames the Gods, the Religio Romana, or
The College of Pontiffs declare the intent of the above constitutional
phrase to mean the following:
The Religio Romana will not come under attack with intent to remove
or replace the Religio Romana as the State religion of Nova Roma;
and that the Religio Romana shall not be deliberately slandered,
defamed, or mocked with intent to undermine its position as the
State Religion of Nova Roma.
No elected official shall use their elected powers or political
status as a means of working to undermine, remove, or replace the
Religio Romana as the State Religion of Nova Roma.
No Citizen or Magistrate shall actively encourage public disrespect
for the Gods of Rome, or actively advocate the non-practice of the
Religio Romana no matter what their personal beliefs
The above declaration does not indicate individual censorship.
Comments, questions about the Religio and its involvement with the
State, or the members of its priesthood are encouraged as long as
these do not escalate into a general public disturbance.
The Collegium Pontificum hereby states the process under which the
'blasphemy clause' may be invoked by the Collegium Pontificum:
Citizens, or guests of Nova Roma violating the above provisions are
subject to the following action:
The College will issue a public notice to the person or persons in
question, informing them that a continuation of certain actions may
result in a complaint of 'blasphemy' being lodged against them.
Such a notice would be considered a warning, under which time no
official action would be taken. Should the behavior in question
cease during the following 24 hour period the matter shall be
If the offender stops only later to resume, the 24 hour
period will no apply and the College will be free to react at
If the offender continues past the 24 hour period, a formal
complaint shall be issued to the Nova Roma Senate and
Praetors, requesting official civil intervention in the
matter. The Pontiffs will be considered witnesses, as well as
any citizens who were witnesses to the offence, for the
Action will be determined by the sitting Praetor at a hearing, and
may include banishment, fines, depravation of certain freedoms
(I.E. list moderation) at their discretion.
A magistrate who violates the clause and the warning, may be
removed from office by Senatorial decree before any hearing may be
conducted. Failure of such a decree, shall mean the magistrate will
not be tried while sitting, but at end of his term shall
immediately be subject to his hearing.
A Pontiff or Priest who violates the clause shall be removed from
office by majority vote of the College and turned over to the
Praetors for their hearing. If not convicted, they may petition for
Bene omnibus nobis.
On behalf of the Pontifex Maximus
Valete, Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus Augur
5 MARTIVS 2756