Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Responding to some predictable Americanist criticism of his March 2009 Remnant article on Grand Duke Henri and the euthanasia controversy in Luxembourg, Brian McCall defends monarchy from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. His article (which is dated June 2009, though I did not find it until recently) is good as far as it goes, focusing on classical and medieval political theory and distinguishing monarchy per se from the hereditary aspect with which it is commonly associated. However, while it is technically true that the Papacy is an elective monarchy and that monarchies do not have to be hereditary in order to be, strictly speaking, monarchies, I do believe that hereditary succession (for good reasons) over time became so closely linked with most Christian monarchies that a monarchist must be able and willing to defend it, for reasons I outlined at my forum here. Nevertheless I commend Mr. McCall for his efforts, which may be more likely to convince skeptical American Catholics of the potential merits of monarchy than either a more fervently dynastic approach or anything I could write as an Anglican.