Benedict XVI, Charlemagne, christendom, Europe, Europe is the Empire, History, Holy Roman Empire, The West
Because of the importance of this understanding of the West, I’ve decided to make my “Europe is the Empire” posts a regular feature on this site. Check out the original The West is Europe and Europe is the Empire, and the follow-up post, “Europe is the Empire”: Revisited.
Recently I came across the essay Europe and Its Discontents written by our Holy Father Benedict XVI, and published in First Things Magazine back in 2006. With the current crisis in Europe, it is imperative that Benedict’s keen understanding of the historical meaning of the West is more widely understood:
Europe is a geographic term only in a secondary sense: Europe is rather a cultural and historical concept.