"Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit."

C. Iulius Caesar - Commentarii de Bello Civili Bk III.68

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ungodly, unspeakable, and unattainable

The proposed elimination of the Collegium Pontificum’s right to issue constitutionally protected decreta signals the most foolhardy risk that could be taken in order to solve an internal issue of voting gridlock. For some, winning is obviously more important than the long-term security of the Religio Romana.

Not content with exposing the Collegium to the possibility of hostile interference, the author has included a raft of duties and functions that are largely impossible to fulfill. This legalistic role-play is exactly the sort of example that the opponents of Nova Roma’s legal system have seized on in the past.

Normally one would have expected these well known Luddites to heap derision on this long-winded shopping list of theoretical priestly duties, but so far they are silent. Since the aim of this “reform” is to allow one faction in the Collegium total victory over its opponents, the normal objections have of course been shelved.

What a classic example of Nova Roman power politics at its best, and better still this long and dreary suicide note is to be tacked onto the already discredited Constitution.

The ungodly married to the unspeakable in pursuit of the unattainable.