18 July 2011

European Memories

New Liturgical Movement has a very nice post on the Exequies of Archduke Otto of Austria here.

And Rorate Caeli has a great post on the 75th Anniversary of the alzamiento in Spain, when Communists began in earnest to try to destroy the Church in that country. Countless martyrs, including many clergy, were victimized in that brutal repression. I especially enjoyed that Rorate posted the radio message of Pope Pius XII to the Spanish people in 1939, when the communists were finally defeated.

If anyone tries to soft sell you into thinking heroically of the "Republican" forces in the Spanish Civil War, or if you are tempted to retreat into the "both sides were imperfect" dodge, remember that no historical battle on earth was ever fought with entirely unspotted troops, and instead remember this image, which I have posted here before, that sums up the Republican cause in that war:


JBQ said...

What is very confusing is the fact that in Franco Spain there was a very conservative Catholic presence. Vatican II through John XXIII brokered a concordat with the very Communists who butchered the Spanish. It was the belief of Paul VI as well that the Communists were misunderstood and could be brought to God with an understanding of the proletariat.

Anonymous said...

We in Europe will miss Otto von Habsburg dearly. A champion of freedom, a champion of Europe, the true Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Austrians and all Europeans should be proud of this man and his selfless legacy. After the dirtying of Austrian history by their involvement with the axis powers in WW2, he is a reminder of a the longer and more just history of Austria. Celebrate this man's achievements that he made for Austria, the EU and all of Europe. He died a patriot and honourable man, a person that other European royal houses and heirs should admire and aspire to. Lets hope that by the time Karl II passes away the monarchy will be restored and this can be done again. Down with that horrible sick republic!

And FYI to all Americans: If the Allies at the peace table at Versailles had allowed a Hohenzollern, a Wittelsbach and The Habsburg to return to their thrones, there would have been no Hitler. But then REMEMBER AMERICANS: The aim of WW I was to abolish the thrones of Russia, Germany and Austria. They were seen (geopolitically) as an obstacle to future 'republican' (Englightened) integration. There was NEVER question of restauring the monarchies once they were abolished.

Gott erhalte unsere Kaiser und König!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:19:

I realize that everyone blames America for everything these days, but to blame America for Versailles is a bit daft.

Britain and France drove that train off the tracks and ignored the U.S.'s suggestions (not that the U.S.'s suggestions would have been to restore monarchies, granted).

The U.S. had neither the international gravitas, nor the strong head of state needed to influence anything that went on at Versailles.

Anonymous said...

Anon 09.21, you are right when you say that France and Great Britain had the greatest influence in Versailles. But I always ask the question: Why did the Americans join the war in the first place? They were never attacked and there was no securitiy threat of any kind. I know the "documented reason" but I don't buy it.

And, yes, I realise that the causes for the outbreak of World War II can be found not only in Versailles, but long in the start of the First World War. The causes are various, complex and certainly not one-sided. The merit of the Habsburg heirs and Crown Prince Otto and his brothers-archdukes was their continuous activity for peace. But there were plenty of causes and not merely the Hitler movement. One can hardly blame the Spanish Civil War, the Italian invasions of Albania and Greece, the Finnish-Soviet War, grand mufti etc. etc. etc. on the strategy of Germany. Well, one could write a thesis on it. Norman Davies did indicate it in some articles of his hand on pre-war Poland and its regime, for instance. We might come to know once the MI5 declassifies the British secret documents, which was postponed from 2016 to 2056.

Anonymous said...

Anon (of various times):

U.S. involvement in WWI was limited at best, even if it may have been the deciding factor. And regardless of the reasons, that is completely irrelevant to whether the U.S. seat at the table at Versailles was meaningful or sop.