A Note on Sovereignty and the Knights of St. John

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This post is in part a response to a very recent article by the Modern Medievalist, whom I respect highly (and yet nonetheless disagree with in this case), and partly as a general response to the distortion of the concept of Sovereignty in Modern times. This has been brought to the forefront by the investigation of Holy See into the Religious Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. As the investigation is still on-going, it would be unwise to comment on specific situation of the Order today, so this post is mainly confined to the general principles involved.

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Catholic, Western, and Supranational

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Austria has always been a stronghold of Catholicism: the former head of the supranational Holy Roman Empire, the secular arm of Christendom, has always been a luminous antithesis to all forms of provincialism. This is not primarily because Austria was the head of a great empire with many inhabitants, but rather because it was Catholic, Western, and supranational…

-Dietrich von Hildebrand, Der Genius Österreichs und der Provinzialismus

Austria, the true heir and embodiment of the Holy Roman Empire, has always reflected in its forms and institutions the true Catholic ideal of the supranational county. Ever since the Roman Empire was transformed into a truly foederatial system in the fifth century Heroic Age has Christendom striven for this ideal. However, in few institutions has this ideal ever been as wholly achieved or pursued as in the Kaiserlich und Königlich Gemeinsame Armee, the Imperial and Royal Common Army, of which the Hapsburg Restoration Movement is in part a spiritual succesor and continuation. Therefore, it might be asked, what are the qualities that allowed the K.u.K. Armee to act as a unifying element of the Empire? 

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Was there ever a “Medieval Nationalism”?

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The first truly concrete, “systematized” identitarian revolution in Europe is Taboritism, the radical form of Hussitism… This furious explosion of a synthetic mixture of nationalism, socialism, and radical democracy with communist innuendos not only had devastated large parts of Bohemia, Moravia, and Upper Hungary, but also had deeply shaken the social and spiritual fabric of Europe. In their perennial ramifications the shadows of this profound revolution are still with us and will continue to be for some time.

-Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Leftism

Recently I came across an article attempting to claim that Nationalism was not only a political-philosophy that originated in the “Medieval Period,” but that it was the political norm. Referring to the Holy Roman Empire with the absurd (never officially recognized) addition of the German Nation the article goes on to claim that the Crownlands of Empire in the Sacred Ages “included all people of the German nationality,” a falsehood which completely ignores not only the Transylvanian Saxons, but also the Danube Swabians, the Carpathian Germans (Zipsers), the Walddeutsche, the Teutonic Livonians, the Saxons of Schleswig, and the Vosges Germans. Still the questions remain, was there a form of Nationalism present in the Sacred Ages, and was it the prevalent understanding of the political order?

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The Three Magi and the Sacrétemporal Worldview

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When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to adore Him…” and behold the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary His mother, and falling down they adored Him; and opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

-The Gospel of Saint Matthew, 2:1-2, 9-12

The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the threefold manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ in His earthly life, His baptism, the wedding feast of Canna, and the visit of the Magi. Of these three, Western Catholicism has held the first revelation to the Gentiles in the primary place of recollection, and with good cause. Ancient tradition holds that there were three principle Magi, men fere reges (like unto kings), St. Melchior of Persia, St. Caspar of India, and St. Balthazar of Ethiopia (or Arabia), embodying the three great gentium of Mankind, and forming in themselves a microcosm of the Sacrétemporal understanding of the world.

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100 Years… Hasn’t it been long enough?

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apostolic_hungary__30891karl_i_horseback_coronationOn this day, the thirtieth of December in the year of Our Lord 1916, one hundred years ago, a day which in this year is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Family, Emperor Karl of Austria was crowned Apostolic King of Hungary. He was crowned with the crown which Holy Roman Emperor Otto III had brought to Saint Stephan of Hungary as a gift from Pope Sylvester II, a joint act of Pope and Emperor raising the Princedom of the Magyars to a true Country and Kingdom. This glimmer of hope in the midst of raging war was quickly obscured by the clouds of darkness and horror which descended upon the twentieth century. Yet it was not wholly lost, for descendants of that great King-Emperor are still alive, to await the day that the Good which decays shall be restored.

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The Lost Count

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Deep in the snow-laden forests surrounding the river Aare in small cave a young lad stirred from a painful sleep. Fiery embers still glowed warmly just outside the low entrance of the cavern as dawn illumined the east, far from the shadow of the western mountains. He lifted his golden haired head from under great wolf pelt which had covered him the last night, still half asleep but dimly conscious of a large shadow moving in and for a moment concealing the sunlight beyond. As the boy tried to recollect what exactly it was he had seen, he suddenly realized that he could not even remember his own name.

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O Oriens splendor lucis aeternae

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O Morning Star! Splendor of Eternal Light and Sun of Justice!
Come, and illumine those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death!

“The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen… For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a Son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: He shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.”

– the Book of Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

G.K. Chesterton on the Legend of Emperor Charlemagne

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It is when a fact is thus too big for history that it overflows the surrounding facts and expresses itself in fable. Nay, it is when the fact is in a sense too solid that its very solidity breaks the framework of ordinary things; and it can only be recorded through extraordinary things like fairy-tales and romances of chivalry. Everybody felt that merely saying that one Carolus or Carl had lived and died at a certain date, and had a palace at Aix, and fought such and such campaigns against Saxons or Saracens, was wholly inadequate to explain what had happened.

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Salve Regina!

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O Lady whom the stars adorn
O Star that shone in sunless hour
Light of those now oft forlorn
Winter’s rose, unfrosted flower

Clear were those stars upon that eve
Thyself thy God did bring to earth
And Greatest Gift of God receive
Upon that night of Holy Birth

O Maria! mother purest maid!
Look kindly on thy knights in gold
To Christendom’s Citadel swift bring aid!
The help of Him Whom thou behold

And lastly we pray in the vale of tears
Save those whose life is yet unborn
Keep safe the passing of the years
For those who wait before the morn

K.u.K. HRM 5: “To Defend and Uphold the Roman Pontiff”

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Wappen_Kaisertum_Österreich_1867_(Mittel)K.u.K HRM Official Order No. 5

Members of the K.u.K. HRM:

  • It has ever been the custom of the enemies of the Catholic Church to misrepresent and falsify the doctrines and positions of her Magisterium, to create fertile lies of filth and muck for the growing of division among the Body of Christ, and to separate the flock of the Faithful from their Vicar. Now especially in this Pontificate of our Holy Father Francis these activities have renewed with greater strength.

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