|Kaiser (Caesar and Emperor) Francis Joseph I of Austria-Hungary|
On the Catholicism Pure and Simple Blog my Catholic Monarchy post was re-posted and comments came in.
One academic (nom de plume “The Raven”) decided to weigh in on the contrary side and I responded.
|Blessed Kaiser (Caesar and Emperor) Charles I of Austria, |
the last ruler of the Empire of Austria-Hungary
As can be seen, "The Raven", in saying that he yearns only for one King, namely Christ, rather misses the point that no-one is "yearning" for a Catholic monarchy as if it were a substitute for Christ but precisely because we, as Catholics, have a duty to try to build a just, peaceful, charitable, sustainable Christian society. That, after all, is precisely the role of the laity.
What he also fails entirely to understand is that one cannot "yearn" for Christ if one does not also desire what Christ desires and Christ shows us this through His Church. And there is no doubt but that His Church desired and favoured, in very signal and repeated ways, that the Christian Roman Empire be at the centre and heart of Roman Catholic Christendom.
How one can simply ignore or reject that and yet still claim to "yearn" for Christ, is pehaps not a question that admits a ready answer.
It seems somewhat to be saying "I know Thou, O Christ, art all powerful and all wise but I think I know better than Thee what constitutes Christian government".
What Christian can ever say that?
|The Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Este, |
heir to the throne but gunned down in cold blood,
with his pregnant wife, Archduchess Sophie,
at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914,
which murder started the First World War
He followed that up with this:
|Kaiser (Caesar and Emperor) Charlemagne, |
the re-founder of the Christian Roman Empire in the West
After this, I replied in full thus: