The Clerical branch is a legal novelty, and it will handle religious and environmental issues and disputes. The new branch is necessary given the mess that countries have gotten themselves into while attempting to balance secular interests against religious ones. Any religious disputes and controversies will be turned over to this branch to resolve by consensus.
The new Clerical branch will be made up of a Catholic, a Protestant, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, an Atheist and a Satanist and whatever members of any of those legitimate religious beliefs whose petition for admission is accepted by the Clerical branch. Utilizing this methodology it is hoped that the competition between these various religions will be ended, and that each religion will ultimately prohibit evangelization and a drive for new converts.
Along those lines, the world Constitution is also to include a Bill of Rights which will forever enshrine individual fundamental rights. At the moment the rights being considered, are:
- the right to privacy (such as contraception, abortion, and euthanasia);
- the right to offend God and worship idols;
- the right to dishonour one’s parents;
- the right to commit murder;
- the right to commit adultery and get “remarried”;
- the right to steal and lie; and,
- the right to covet one’s neighbor’s “significant other” and goods.
Notably, the right to think and speak freely will be absent from the new Constitution as use of that right has often proved problematic for those in power, especially, these days for the Holy Father himself. As such, he thought it would be a good idea to forever remove this right. “Of course,” said Father Lombardi with a laugh, “the Holy Father is just throwing this idea out there for the Synod Fathers to discuss. Nothing is written in stone, and, as the Ten Commandments themselves show, even if it is written in stone by God Himself, it can be changed by the Holy Spirit!”
Pope Francis, according to Father Lombardi, has also suggested that the Fathers consider specifically stating in this new world government Constitution that the Catholic Church, specifically, cannot prohibit anyone from accessing the Sacraments for any reason, especially not for exercising their Constitutional rights.
Ultimately, Father Lombardi went to pains to stress that any decision on this matter, regardless as to what the Synod Fathers think, will be left to the Holy Father who will consult with the Holy Spirit before issuing the final document.