The Holy Church was a very powerful religious organisation in Lyra's world who enforced the practices of Christianity to its society. Those who went against the teachings of the Church were deemed heretics and subject to harsh punishments including execution.
The Holy Church used the Bible as its scripture and the basis of its teachings.
The Church was composed of various courts, councils and colleges which did not always agree. Among them were:
- The College of Bishops
- The Consistorial Court of Discipline
- The Society of the Work of the Holy Spirit
- The General Oblation Board (semi-private)
- The Office of Inquisition
- The League of St Alexander
- The Security of the Holy Spirit
- The Office of Child Protection
Behind the scenesEdit
- The Holy Church is referred to exclusively as the Magisterium in the film adaptation, in an effort to avoid offending religious organisations.
- The Holy Church is based on the Roman Catholic Church.
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