Malo Mori Quam Foedari - (Death before Disgrace)
The aristocratic spirit transcended frontiers. For the nobleman Europe was the homeland. Italian plasterers and painters, German musicians, and French cabinetmakers traveled for high commissions. There were variations reflecting local traditions: the Baroque style was interpreted distinctively in Austria, Italy, Spain, and France. But high style reveals certain underlying principles and convictions.
The same is true of the intellectual life of Europe, reflecting as it did two main sources, French and English. It was especially to France that the two most powerful rulers of Eastern Europe, Frederick II and Catherine II, looked for mentors in thought and style. The French language, deliberately purified from the time of Richelieu and the foundation of the Academy, was well adapted to the clear expression of ideas. The salons stimulated the discussion of ideas and engendered a distinctive style. Feminine insights there contributed to a rational culture that was also responsive to the claims of sensibility.
Today, many European Nobles and descendants of former noble families are dispersed throughout the world, and have important careers, incorporating their rich culture into their American everyday lives. The noble ancestors command us to be a volunteer that must enlarge, expand, promote, and improve, by its commanding presence the high value goals our forefathers stood for and missions to make a real difference in their newly adopted Country with special and unique worthwhile professions: professors, market analysts, mayors, auctioneers, mortgage brokers, bankers, military, actors and artists, charity volunteers and many other vital professions.
The Caputo Family Association is in contact with a wide variety of not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations around the globe including but not limited to leading universities, research institutes, academic centers, foundations, cultural institutions, economic development organizations, human service agencies, and advocacy groups, as well as with the governmental authorities of several countries.
The Caputo Family Association exists to build friendship between its members, educate the public, further the spiritual life and growth of each member, to pursue philanthropic and charitable works, and to promote a Code of Nobility in mind and action.
The Caputo Family Association sponsors Caputo Children´s Fund through schools, orphanages and church-related programs, we touch the lives of children in Central America. More than 75,000 street children have been identified as severely malnourished in Guatemala. This is as a result of ongoing poverty, which particularly affects children living in rural areas. We also provide assistance to other charitable groups in these regions.
While the Association may from time to time rally its membership around a common charitable effort of the Caputo Children`s Fund, it places its primary focus at the local level.
Overview of the Association
This section provides an overview of the Association which is governed by its Statute. The Association makes no claim to ancient origins. It is also not a reconstituted "Order of Knighthood". The Association has neither originated from nor associated with other Nobility House or Order of Chivalry. The Association does not claim to be royal against what might appear on some websites and makes no pretension or claim to be such. The Association stands alone, separate and autonomous.
Titles in this Organization are not recognized as title of nobility by the international community. They are recognized within the Caputo Nobility Association only. The Institution is a traditional entity without royal, sovereign or political power.
All members of the Association are reminded that it is considered to be in very bad taste to publicly refer to, reproduce or exhibit any honors received outside events endorsed by The Caputo Family Association or without having received previous permission of Association`s President. Such unauthorized actions may violate governing norms which could result in disciplinary action being taken against infraction.
The Caputo Family Association discourages public discussion on Internet blog chat box of matters pertaining or referring in any way to the Association honors, considering such actions to be nothing more than gossip intended to propagate rumors that unfortunately foment speculation.
The International Nobility Association is a “lineage society”. The membership in The Caputo Family Association does not creates, or elevate a person into a status of Nobility.You should not join this organization for a noble title. You should join this organization if you want to make a positive impact on people's lives.
We invite you to apply to this organization so that we may explore how we can work together for an excellent and noble cause
THE CAPUTO FAMILY ASSOCIATION HAS SEVERAL CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS IN THE MODERN WORLD
- To promote the social institutions of monarchy and nobility and practice their principles in a world which has largely forgotten them: chivalry, honor, duty, loyalty, respect, enlightenment, tolerance;
- To organize conferences related to the aims and purposes of the Organization and the general assemblies of its members.
- To promote the culture and history of the Caputo Family and the descendants of the Holy Roman Empire.
- To research the history of the Caputo Family, the Holy Roman Empire, Kingdom of the two Sicily, Jerusalem, Antioch and Germany;
- To promote opportunities, in charity and fraternity, in the assistance of the street children of Guatemala City and world hungry children; to your communities; and to the less fortunate in our midst.
- To promote a cosmopolitan society in which differences will be respected, welcomed and appreciated. Each one of us strives to make a difference in the betterment of all humanity through kindness, care and noble virtues.
- To reward meritorious service to the Association and its goals.
The Association is characterized as an international, indivisible, ecumenically, non-political and charitable Organization.
The Association is international in the sense that it may operate in all countries in the world and receive members without any limitations with regard to nationality, and it is indivisible in such manner that it may in no way what-so-ever be divided into two or more parts where each part may separately claim justified succession of the original Organization.
The Association is distinctly Christian in nature. It is ecumenical and shall not impose a specific denominational theology or dogma upon its members. The Organization does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of gender, race, color, nationality or religion or the lack of religion however and is open to members of other religions or worldview who can subscribe with good conscience to Associations`s Christian ideals of charity and can promise to be faithful to the stated aims and purposes.
The Organization is non-political in the sense that it does not participate in any political activity or polemics, and it is charitable through active assistance to people exposed to injustice, poverty and suffering. The Organization advance its spiritual and ethical values in society, to alleviate poverty, illness, loneliness and other suffering by enacting and promoting charity and to conserve the noble and constructive traditions of nobility and spiritual chivalry through the times.
The President of the Association is the sole representative, while operation and representation of the Organization is the responsibility of all members of the Council.
All kinds of organizations are essentially monarchical.” (David Starkey, “Does Monarchy Matter?” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 2005, 4, p. 215) It is in nations as well as in the private sector in companies, hospitals, schools, universities, churches and families. It is the rule of one that tends to prevail in all the earth. “Whether you call him Monarch, Pope, Dictator, President or Prime Minister is immaterial. In practice he is [a] King.”
The Council by the intermediary of the President may propose amendments to the Constitution, Laws, Statutes and other regulations of the Organization.
Field of Action of the Association
As an international organization the Caputo Nobility Organization shall work within the laws and regulations of the countries in which it has established units or activities. Wherever the Association runs a charitable program, it shall be done in keeping with the laws of the country in question.
The regular and administrative activities of the Association are to be financed through the annual contribution of its members and occasional gifts or grants received for this purpose. The charities of the Organization are to be financed through gifts or grants received for this purpose with or without ties attached, and from means extracted from the funds of the Association. All means received for the charities of the Organization must be applied entirely to this purpose. The means annually contributed by the members must be sufficient to ensure the proper operation of Noble Dynasty Association.
Regular accounts are to be kept regarding all fields and levels of activity of the Organization. Countries Delegates are the smallest administrative units of accounts within the Association. The accounts regarding the various charities are to be established in such manner as to enable full transparency of the use of received means towards the contributors. All accounts are to be audited and the audited annual accounts of the Association are to be included in the Annual Report. The financial year of the Organization is identical to the calendar year.
The economical responsibility of the Organization is limited to its means. The Association may not accrue debts that are in excess of the means available for administrative purposes. The funds of the Organization may not in any way be seized to cover its debts or encumbrances.
The President regulates the relation of the Association towards the press and media. The Organization is not under any obligation to reply to public criticism or participate in public political or religious polemics, but may officially correct erroneous information that are or may be detrimental to the Organization.
The external and internal information activities of the Association are to be regulated according to the decisions of the President with the Council, and to be adjusted to the needs and profile of the Organization so that they reflect its character and aims.
The Association may accept a Patron and or Protector if this may serve its aims. Such Protector must be Christian. Protection of the Organization is not associated with any power upon the Organization.
POST NOMINAL TITLES
A title is a prefix or suffix added to someone's name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. In some languages, titles may even be inserted between a first and last name (for example, Graf in German, Cardinal in Catholic usage or clerical titles such as Archbishop).
Some members uses titles such as Cav./Dama(Italian "Cavaliere" or "Knight/Dame") before their names as a polite way of respect for the organization as they are very proud to belong to, they can be used in private conversation, but are not officially recognized. These titles are private and as such, they should not be used outside of the organization.
There is no problem with creating what purport to be titles and calling them titles, as long as the recipients are aware of the uncertain status of such titles within the international community and – more importantly – as long as such tiles are used with discretion. We consider it a good idea particularly valid as moral value which in some manner in private ambient maintain a tradition of our culture which deserves not to die. At country or state level, such creations are practice. At a private level, it is not illegal to do so, is harmless, and if anyone wishes to recognize such titles, then they can do so. Governments invariably will not do so.
Publicly and privately corporations confer corporate titles or business titles on company officials as a means of identifying their function in the organization. In addition, many non-profit organizations, educational institutions, partnerships, associations, societies and sole proprietorships also confer corporate titles.
An honorary title or title of honor is a title bestowed upon individuals or organizations as an award in recognition of their merits. Sometimes the title bears the same or nearly the same name as a title of authority, but the person bestowed does not have to carry any duties, possibly except for ceremonial ones.
To be considered a noble or royal depends upon the laws and practices of the particular nation involved and international attitudes and acceptance.
Most family traditions of a noble ancestor turn out, on investigation, to have little foundation in fact. Most members of the noble class did not immigrate to the United States. In addition, contrary to prevailing opinion, it was not customary to disown members of noble families for unacceptable behavior. Thus traditions of an ancestor being erased or eliminated from all records are unfounded.
Nobility it 'not so much due to a “status” “by the grace of God', as it was said and it was believed at one time, but the initiative of an ancestor who, although of humble origins, personal merit, could reach a social level so high that he can have the privilege of being honored with a title. According to the will of the monarch, the title could be given to those who had no parents, or grandparents, or otherwise illustrious ancestors.
Suffice it to say that Charlemagne, when he realized he could trust someone, even if this was not of noble birth, named him Count ... with the grievances of Adalberon Bishop of Laon, who complained that "common people would climb up for merit on the high office up to nobility status”.
Title of authority, title of office or title of command is the official designation of a position held in an organization associated with certain duties of authority such our Delegates Worldwide.
The titles and post nominal granted are seen as honorifics and must not be confused with genuine knighthoods. The post nominal titles are for use within the Association only.These titles are purely honorific and must not be understood or even used as titles of nobility or Royalty under international law. Therefore, the honorific post nominal conferred to members are only forms of award or appreciation for some goods or services done to the Association or to the President of the Organization, and has nothing to do with the creation of legitimate new titles or royalty, nobility or knighthood.
Signs of Respect or Status
An honorific title may refer to a manner in which to address another person as a sign of respect. Some honorific titles, such as Mr., Mrs., sir or ma'am (madam), are commonplace; these titles have evolved from English honorific titles. For example, "mister" came from the term "master, while "Mrs." and "Ms." refer back to the British honorific term "mistress."
The clergy includes honorific titles to indicate respect and/or status within a particular order. These include everything from Father, Pastor and sister to Bishop, Cardinal and Pope. Other such signs of respect include "Your Grace" and "Your Eminence."
Other titles, while honorific, reflect a status a person has achieved within a certain field of work. A judge is referred to as "your honor" as a sign of respect. "Captain" is another example of an honorary title that relates to respect, such as the captain of an airplane.
An honorary title or title of honor is a title bestowed upon individuals or organizations as an award in recognition of their merits.
Today in Colombia, Central America, Mexico and in Mexican-American communities, the title Don or Doña is used in honorific form when addressing a senior citizen.
RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Contrary to an erroneous widespread adoption and use of a coat of Arms has never been the sole prerogative of nobility, but a faculty allows anyone, just like today, anyone can design a logo and use to distinguish their activities or properties by saving the rights of third parties.
Coats of arms are not titles of nobility, nor are they necessarily the prerogative of the nobility.
A coat of arms is meant to identify the person who uses it by indicating something of his or her personality, family history and profession. To convey this message, the shield does not use words but displays images with symbolism of greater or lesser complexity. A coat of arms can “speak” thanks to the use of different types of symbols.
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