The (Falsely Labeled) Seven-Headed Beast: Only Protestants Remember the Holy Roman Empire?
“For example, they will often tell you (in their praises of the coming age) that we are moving on towards a United States of Europe. But they carefully omit to tell you that we are moving away from a United States of Europe, that such a thing existed literally in Roman and essentially in mediaeval times. They never admit that the international hatreds (which they call barbaric) are really very recent, the mere breakdown of the ideal of the Holy Roman Empire.”– G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World
With the admirable exception of our friend Tribunus over at Roman Christendom, few if any Catholics on the web remember or ever even learned about the Catholic Holy Roman Empire.
This is not the case with some Protestants, especially the world’s-ending-prophesying ones. Yet their knowledge is not laudable, especially as it is mostly misinformed. Not one in ten of them could tell you of the sanctity of Blessed Karl I or St. Henry II when questioned. And their ignorance goes deeper still, as they apply to the Sacred Book of Apocalypse (or Revelations) their own Anti-Catholic pet theories about the First Reich.
Let us examine three features these Anti-Catholic rants all have in common: Continue reading