You will hear more about World War I beginning soon, as 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the war that finally killed off the remnants of Christendom. Whether one marks the Protestant revolution, the French Revolution, or some other event as the beginning of the end, the final destruction of the Holy Roman/Austrian-Hungarian Empire was the death certificate moment.continue at St Louis Catholic
As it happens, today marks the 97th Anniversary of the last coronation of the Hungarian Kingship-- in this case, Emperor Blessed Karl of Austria and Empress Zita were crowned King and Queen of Hungary in Budapest on December 30, 1916. According to long tradition, the Emperor himself could not issue binding law in Hungary until he was crowned there according to the Hungarian custom.
The photo above is from that joyous day. Below is a summary of the ceremony, thanks to Wikipedia (so don't write your research papers based on it). Please note how beautiful the idea and practice of a Catholic Monarchy are indicated by the ceremony itself.
Like everything else Catholic, the concept is reviled today. How fitting that the last Holy Roman Emperor should have been a saintly man, raised to the altars. Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us scattered orphans of Christendom!