Tuesday, April 23, 2019

RIP Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019)

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced that HRH Grand Duke Jean passed away early this morning. I am sorry to learn of the death of this model constitutional monarch and beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Reigning from 1964 to 2000, he was the last surviving head of state who had fought in World War II. Grand Duke Jean abdicated on October 7, 2000, just over a week after I started my website in New York on September 29. Therefore his was the first royal reign whose end I "reported" on, as I now report on the end of his long life. Obituaries: European Royal History Journal, Telegraph. A state funeral will be held on Saturday May 4.

I think this four-generation photo from last summer captures the joy Grand Duke Jean took during his retirement in being surrounded by his family. Standing: Antonius Willms (b 1988) holding his son Zeno (b 2018), his wife (Zeno's mother) Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau (b 1986), her father Prince Jean (b 1957).
Seated: Grand Duke Henri (b 1955), Grand Duke Jean (1921-2019), Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (b 1956).

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Church and The World

Christians often talk about issues where what the World wants and what the Church wants diverge. And I'm sure there are ways in which I'm guilty of siding with the World. But I honestly think what frustrates me the most is the areas in which the World and the Church seem to be aligned against me. Both the World and (since Pope Leo XIII) the Church tell me that it's acceptable for monarchies to be abolished and replaced by republics and that those who are sad about that just have to live with it, other issues being more important today. No. I don't want to. Both the World and (since the 1960s) the Church tell me that it's acceptable for the kind of music I love to be replaced by "music" I find disgusting and that those who don't like it have to be tolerant of others' preferences. No. I don't want to. In these two areas, at least, I insist that I'm right and the World and the Church today are both wrong. And I don't care how arrogant that makes me. I've made do with Anglicanism for almost 10 years now but sometimes I really wish I could found a new branch or denomination of Christianity that would be uncompromisingly both monarchist and musically traditionalist. I don't suppose it would have many members though.