Ritter Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Knight of Austria, and Exemplar of the Hapsburg Restoration Movement, died on this day seventeen years ago in Lans, Tyrol. As this is the first post marking the anniversary of this great Austrian’s death, I thought it would be fitting to give his biography in his own words (taken from his book, Leftism):
Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth,
a rock amidst the waves,
You are a beacon in the darkness;
You are the defender of peace,
You are the guardian of unity,
watchful defender of liberty;
in You is the authority.
These words of the Pontifical Anthem are as true today as the day on which they were written. The fact is that we cannot separate the Catholic Church and the Papal office, and all those who try will find that they have only separated themselves from the Church. We can no longer allow the falsehoods and misquotations of the Enemy to blind us into believing that we can simply reject Christ’s chosen Vicar, without at the same time ultimately rejecting Christ.
The second cardinal tragedy [of the Great War] was the complete break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by the treaties of St. Germain and Trianon. For centuries this surviving embodiment of the Holy Roman Empire had afforded a common life, with advantages in trade and security, to a large number of peoples none of whom in our own times had the strength or vitality to stand by themselves in the face of pressure from a revivified Germany or Russia. There is not one of these peoples or provinces that constituted the Empire of the Hapsburgs to whom gaining their independence has not brought the tortures which ancient poets and theologians had reserved for the damned.
Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm
K.u.K HRM Official Order No. 1
Members of K.u.K HRM:
- At Feldkirch on the Austrian border in 1919 our Emperor and King Karl I declared the so called Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich-RÖ), its laws, and government null and void.
- As such government is null and void, the K.u.K. H.R.M. (Imperial and Royal Hapsburg Restoration Movement) does not recognize this government as sovereign or legitimate, and hereby issues a Formal Declaration of Nonrecognition to the RÖ.
Formal Declaration of Nonrecognition to the Republik Österreich:
Whereby it is evident by the laws of the Empire that the so-called Republic of Austria is de jure not a legitimate government, that it has been convoked illegally, and its decisions are null and not binding, the HRM formally and officially does not recognize the so-called Republic of Austria or its decisions or its representatives as having any legal or official standing.
- Furthermore, the knights, canons, and members of the HRM are to honor the Holy Empire on the day of November 12, in such ways as by flying the Imperial colors, singing the Imperial anthem, reciting prayers for the Emperor, and reading the Feldkirch Manifesto.
-Ritter von Donau, Knight Commander HRM
I am and remain the rightful ruler of Austria. I have not and will never abdicate. The current government is a revolutionary government, as it has eliminated the state authority appointed by God. I see my manifesto of 11 November as the equivalent to a cheque which a street thug has forced me to issue at gunpoint… I do not feel bound by it in any way whatsoever…
Whatsoever the German-Austrian Government, the provisional and constituent National Assembly has decided on and decreed in these matters since November 11, 1918, is therefore null and void for me and for my House.– Emperor Karl I
Austriae est imperare orbi universo
The Alpine Republic of Austria has made every imaginable effort to deny its historic roots going back to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. It shed all the symbols recalling the Hapsburg monarchy either in the form of the Danubian monarchy or its real matrix, the Holy Roman Empire.- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Leftism
The Republiksadler (pictured above) may symbolize many things, but it does not symbolize Austria. The singled-headed eagle may symbolize the Republic, but it does not symbolize Austria. The mural crown on its head may symbolized the Middle Class, or it may symbolize the triumph of Oligarchy, but it does not symbolize Austria. The Hammer and Sickle in its talons may represent Industry and Agriculture, or they may represent the pomps and empty promises of Socialism, but they does not represent Austria.
Austria is an ideal which the Left will never understand, a concept which they cannot grasp. Austria is not some tourist country with scenic mountains. Austria is the sacred homeland of Emperors, Noricum of old, the very heart of Christendom. Austria stands for civilization, for the fight against the Great Defeat in hope of the final Victory.
Of course, our Victory is their defeat, and the truth is on our side- or rather, we are on the side of the Truth. That is the reason for the Republiksadler, and the Republik it represents. False history and false symbols are necessary to hide the truth, yet the Truth will not be hidden for long.
Austriae est imperare orbi universo
The decisive task of Christians consists in seeking, recognizing and following God’s will in all things. The Christian statesman, Charles of Austria, confronted this challenge every day. To his eyes, war appeared as “something appalling”. Amid the tumult of the First World War, he strove to promote the peace initiative of my Predecessor, Benedict XV.
From the beginning, the Emperor Charles conceived of his office as a holy service to his people. His chief concern was to follow the Christian vocation to holiness also in his political actions. For this reason, his thoughts turned to social assistance. May he be an example for all of us, especially for those who have political responsibilities in Europe today!- Pope St. John Paul II
These few sentences eloquently express the heroic life of Blessed Karl, the Last Emperor and King. Pope Saint Pius X said of him that he was “Heaven’s reward to Austria for all her faithfulness to Pope and Church.” He took his sacred duty as King-Emperor as it was meant to be taken. He magnificently conveyed the principle of Catholic Kingship: “I have done my duty, as I came here to do. As crowned King, I not only have a right, I also have a duty. I must uphold the right, the dignity and honor of the Crown…. For me, this is not something light. With the last breath of my life I must take the path of duty. Whatever I regret, Our Lord and Savior has led me.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary
On the day of his death the Emperor asked his wife which day it was. “The Mother of God’s day,” answered the Empress. “Saturday, then,” he confirmed delighted. After his death, the body of Emperor Karl was placed in the Marian church of Nossa Senhora do Monte on Madeira, where it still rests today.
Faithful Fulfillment of the Will of God
Emperor Karl sought the Will of God in everything he did. For him it was the most important principle of his life and all of his actions. Eyewitnesses also tell of his love of chastity, and his absolute refusal to tolerate indecent language in his presence.