Showing posts with label Hungary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hungary. Show all posts

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Buda Liberated — 333 Years Ago Hungary’s Capital Was Freed From the Turk

Buda eliberata, thanksgiving on the occasion of the liberation of the Hungarian capital from Ottoman rule 333 years ago. In the background the equestrian statue of St. Stephen the First at the Fisherman's Bastion.

On 2 September 1686, 333 years ago, the Holy League was able to free the castle of Buda from the Turks.

Last week, on the day of the triumph, the Savior of Hungary, Blessed Pope Innocent XI, was born. At his monument in the castle district of the Hungarian capital, a wreath was laid down and in the Matthias Church, there, a Mass if thanksgiving was said. The monument to the Pope was built on the occasion of the 250th anniversary in gratitude for the liberation from the Turk on Andreas-Hess-Platz.
"Beyond military success, the reconquest of Buda has been an important milestone in the survival of our nation. Through this reminder, we want to emphasize that we, in the future, intend to continue to live our traditions and values ​​and to protect them at all times. This is our shared responsibility. "
These words were spoken by Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, deputy mayor of Budapest. In her speech she also referred to Bl. Innocent XI, who, in addition to the renewal of religious life of the Church, regarded the expulsion of the Muslim conquerors from Europe as his main task. For this purpose he used all his diplomatic powers and all his moral authority and organized a Europe-wide crusade.

Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky in front of the monument of Pope Innocent XI.

Budapest Sr. Mayor in front of the Monument to Pope Innocent XI.

By the termination of the one and a half centuries of occupation, he earned himself immense merit. That's why he rightly deserves the title of "Savior of Hungary," as the Senior Mayor emphasized.

In his solemn speech, Mátyás Kéthelyi, President of the Actio Christiana and organizer of the memorial service, spoke of the importance of faith and mission as well as strength and unity. As he said, the liberators of Buda could give an example to today's Christians in these matters.

For if they had not had deep faith and consequent missionary awareness and had not overcome the division that sundered Europe at that time, they would not have been able to drive out the pagans who would still be in Budapest today.

At that time, Christians did not talk about dialogue. They knew that one could not oppose the heathen from the comfortable armchair, Kéthelyi added. He emphasized that at that time it was not simply a

Hungarian-Turkish war. It was a religious war, a fight against Islam. Therefore, beyond the triumphant victory over the conquerors, we must first of all be grateful to God and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who have helped the Christian armies to victory, according to the President of Actio Christiana.

Mátyás Kéthelyi, the President  of Actio Christiana, at his commemorative speech

After the wreath-laying  a Pontifical High Mass of thanksgiving was sung in the traditional Rite, which followed in the spirit of that time and the model after the victory a procession of thanks for the Church.

Who is the Actio Christiana?

Actio Christiana is a Christian NGO whose goal is the revival and spread of Hungarian and Central European religious and Christian traditions and folk traditions.

These include on Palm Sunday, the revival a re-enactment of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey; the beer blessing on Florianitag in May; the memorial service described here in September in the castle district of Buda; the Gift of St. Martin parade with lanterns in November and the St. Nicholas parade in December, mainly in the city center of Budapest.

These traditions were not allowed during Communist rule for more than 40 years. Their revival is, therefore, possible only step by step.

Painting by Gyula of Benczur: "Reclaiming Buda" (1896)

The importance of reconquest

Hungary was in constant conflict with the expanding Ottoman Empire since the second half of the 14th century. In 1354, the Ottomans occupied the first bridgehead on European soil. From then on,
Christian Europe, which they tried to conquer and subjugate, pressed against it.

Matthias Church with the miraculously recovered Virgin Mary statue

Matthias Church with the then miraculously found statue of Mary with baby Jesus

However, in 1526, at the Battle of Mohács, the medieval kingdom of Hungary collapsed under the overwhelming weight of the Ottoman army. The Turks invaded the capital Buda in the same year, but left the city again. The center of the country came only in 1541, completely under Turkish rule, under which it would remain for the next 145 years.

The one and a half centuries of occupation by the Ottomans tore Hungary to pieces. The ongoing wars devastated the greater part of the country. The Muslim conquerors chained hundreds of thousands of Christians and enslaved them. Hundreds of thousands more died in a heroic death in battle or fell victim to the enemy's arson.

This depleted Hungary would not have been able to free itself from the shackles of the Ottoman Empire by itself. A European union was necessary.

Holy Mass in thanksgiving for liberation from the Turk 333 years ago

Pontifical High Mass in thanksgiving for the liberation 333 years ago

Blessed Pope Innocent XI. It was a great effort to bring about this union in a Europe that had been
tormented and divided decades before by religious wars.

The strong belief of our ancestors and their resulting courageous attitude finally led to the victory of the Christian armies on 2 September 1686 at Buda. This triumph made it possible for Hungary, in the following ten years, to be completely liberated and become the protective bastion of Christendom.

Procession on 2 September 2019

Mattiaskirche: procession on 2 September 2019

As Blessed Innocent XI. received the news of the victory, he ordained the day of liberation in the Universal Church as the memorial day of St. King Stephen.

The pastor of the Christian armies, Blessed Marco d'Aviano, a Capuchin, celebrated Holy Mass on the day of victory that was followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the "Gunpowder Madonna" found under the rubble.

Since then, it is a tradition in Buda to celebrate the liberation from Mohamedan rule.

Image: Actio Christiana / Benedek Sás / Wikicommons / (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Famous Jesuit Seeks Hungarian Citizenship Because of Orban's Immigration Policy

Ex-Caritas chief for Egypt and former "Caritas Internationalis" Council for North Africa and the Middle East: "The West and the Pope do not know the true nature of Islam"

Budapest-Wien ( The well-known Jesuit Henri Boulad has been one of those voices for years, warning against a spreading Islam. A few weeks ago, the long-standing Egyptian Jesuit Provincial and director of the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria has now accepted Hungarian citizenship. In order to support the restrictive migration policy of the Hungarian head of government, Viktor Orban, and to exert a corresponding influence on the European immigration policy. This is what the 85-year-old Jesuit from Alexandria declared in an interview for the Hungarian weekly newspaper "Heti Valasz", the text of which was published by the Austrian magazine "Kirche In" in his current May issue in German. 

During an Egyptian visit to the Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Zsolt Semjen, Boulad said that he wanted to be granted citizenship. The request was made by decree. In the middle of March the Jesuit spoke the oath at a ceremony in the Budapest Parliament. With the assumption of Hungarian citizenship, he wanted to "signal that the country led by Viktor Orban has made the right decision on the issue of the migration crisis that threatens the existence of Europe," said Boulad. "I would like to (...) fight for the future and for the Christian values on the side of the Hungarians and Viktor Orbans," explained the Jesuit.

In principle, support for refugees and poor is "right and good," said Boulad, " The Church had adapted itself to the views of the French Islamologist Louis Massignon (1883-1962), for whom mystical Sufism had meant the essence of Islam. Islam, however, historically chose not the "Meccan," but the "Median," path that still determines it: "The surprises of the Koran, which appeal to unbelievers with violence and jihad, are from the Medina period [The prophet Mohammed, note], the tolerant, msystic surprises of the Mecca period."  "Rome," said Boulad, "does not understand this, and the Christians of the East, who know Islam from the inside, are not asked, they are put to the side." According to the Jesuit, the Catholic Church is based on the expertise of "Experts in Paris, Berlin, or America who are regarded as great Islamic scholars, whose views are purely academic," and thus "fell into the trap of the Christian-Islamic dialogue, which in reality resembles a dialogue of pigeons." Boulad sees this dialogue, even after 50 years, "is still at its starting point."  Big announcements about reforms in Islam have hardly any consequences. 

The Jesuit also complained that there is little dialogue with him either, and French and Canadian bishops have banned him from entering in their countries. "Masses of moderate and intelligent Muslims and Muslima think like me. They are trying to destroy Islam to save Muslims and Muslims," Boulad said in the interview. The Liberals of Islam are "faithful to the beauties of their religion. In order to preserve and defend them, they want to free themselves from the imposed dictatorship." 

Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hungary's Foreign Minister: "How Many Churches Celebrate Ad Orientem?"

The Church of the Sacred Heart Surrounded by Scaffolding
(Rome) On March 8, Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto visited the earthquake-hit city of Tolentino. The minister was personally informed about the efforts of Hungarian aid. At the same time, he also inspected the progress of the reconstruction work of art goods and the work on the masonry of the severely damaged Church of the Sacred Heart. The security work on the church is financed by the Hungarian government. The contacts were brought about by Prior Andrea Corradori with the Brotherhood of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is based at the parish.

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto (center) in Tolentino

"It was touching to see the young minister who entered the church which was closed because of the danger of collapse and genuflected to the Blessed Sacrament which was in the tabernacle, as was the case on the days of the earthquakes from the 26th to the 30th of August," Corradori said.
The minister asked the Prior of the Brotherhood of the Sacred Heart: "How many churches in Italy celebrate ad orientem?"
After the church visit,  the minister said in a local TV-interview:
"Hungary can face the challenges of the future if it is not removed from its Christian roots. For this reason, we are particularly responsible for helping the Christian communities in the world. So we did not think twice when the request came from Tolentino: We had to help!"
The Bishop of Macerata, Monsignor Nazzareno Marconi, also attended the meeting with the minister.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo: Youtube (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholishes..

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hungarian Pilgrimage to the Church of Our Lady of Csikshomlyo -- 250,000 Participants

Hungarian Pilgrimage to Szekerland
(Budapest) 250,000 people took part in 2015 in the great pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo in Szeklerland in Romania from Hungary. The pilgrimage to the Marian church dates back to an ancient vow that, following years of prohibition, has experienced a new and unimagined rejuvenation after the collapse of communism. Although Poles, Slovaks and Czechs and as well as leaders of eastern Central Europe, take part in the pilgrimage alongside Hungarians, to Szeklerland, the major event is virtually unknown in the West.

The Szekler, a Hungarian minority in Romania

Who in the German (Or anywhere else for that matter) speaking world knows the place Székelyudvarhely (German Oderhellen, Romanian Odorheiu Secuiesc)? To the Hungarians, however,  the location is not unknown, it is the historical center of Székely Land. Thus it is inhabited by a Hungarian minority in part of Transylvania which is now part of Romania.There are different theories about the exact origin of the Szeklers, which has historical and political origins. The most likely and the thesis most often represented by the Hungarians themselves  is that they were settled by the Hungarian kings for border security since the end of the late Middle Ages, as the Saxons were settled in the 12th century  near the Szeklers. Traces of  Szekler self-government can be traced back, in any case, to the 12th century.

Annual pilgrimage goes back to a vow of 1567

The Church of Csikshomlyo (Sumuleu)

The Hungarians also  know still much better, however, that Csikshomlyo (German Schlomenberg), which is the destination of a the great Hungarian pilgrimage  every year at Pentecost. In addition to the historical significance of the pilgrimage, it is marked by a national commitment that emphasizes a unity between the Christian faith and the Hungarian nation. Originally, therefore, it emerged as a pilgrimage of Szekler, but it is now regarded as a pilgrimage of all Hungary.
The pilgrimage goes back to a vow of a Catholic Szekler that promised the Virgin Mary in 1567 the Virgin Mary promised an annual pilgrimage to her for a happy outcome of a battle at Csiksomlyo against the army of the Protestant princes. Catholics were led into battle by a priest.
The Church of Csiksomlyo goes at least back to the year 1444, when Pope Eugene IV. Issued a circular calling Christendom to support the Franciscans in the construction of the church. He granted a special blessing for pilgrimages to the Marian site. However, there is an older predecessor, perhaps a chapel, for  the special devotion of the Szekler to Our Lady of Csiksomlyo. Already in 1345 it was said by the Szekler of the Tartars, that they were defeated by the Blessed Mother.  The Franciscan monastery associated with the sanctuary became a spiritual center of the Hungarian nation.

Thanks for a miraculous victory

Csikshomlyo (Stich 1856), left the church with the Franciscan monastery, above the Chapel of St. Anthony 

In 1567 the elected Hungarian King Johann II. (John Sigismund Zápolya)., originally himself a Catholic, was initially Lutheran,  then became Calvinist and then become shortly before his death Unitarian, wanted to force the Szekler to Protestantism. Zápoľský, like his father John I, was a vassal of the Ottoman Sultan. Hungary was already a Turkish pashalik. The true Lords in Budapest were the Turks. Transylvania, however, was still a free and independent, Hungarian principality.
On the Saturday before Pentecost in 1567, Johann II. marched with an army into action against the territory of the Catholic Szekler. The Catholic priest Stefan assembled the Catholics in Csikshomlyo. While the men fought in the battle, women, children and the old prayed before the image of the Virgin and Child in the old church from the early 16th century.
As a result of the defeat,  Johann II. granted in 1568 at the meeting of Torda, the decree which allowed different Christian denominations in Transylvania. That same year, the first thanksgiving pilgrimage took place for the miraculous victory in the previous year.

The Marian Statue survived pillaging Turks unscathed

The statue of Mary with baby Jesus, beneath God  the Father

In the 17th century the Turks and Tatars invaded Transylvania, massacred who resisted and abducted thousands into slavery. The churches and monasteries were burned   down. Even to Csikshomlyo they advanced and set the sanctuary on fire, but the statue of Mary with baby Jesus and the altar in the chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua above the Sanctuary, survived the fire unscathed.
Pilgrimages to the Marian church between Kis-Shomlyo and Nagy-Shomlyo (Kleinschomlen and Großschomlen) received a big boost.
After the First World War and the Treaty of Trianon, in which areas inhabited by a majority of Magyars  of the ancient kingdom of Hungary were swallowed up by the newly established successor states of Austria-Hungary , the pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo took on a new meaning for Szekler as a spiritual refuge, as a source of identity. Transylvania with Székelyföld has belonged to Romania  since 1920.

Pilgrimage banned under communist rule 40 years

Back of the covered altar

After the Second World War, Soviet-occupied Romania, was taken over by Communist Party rule. During the Soviet dictatorship, the annual pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo with the traditional procession was forbidden. On a small scale, the tradition was continued by the Szekler Catholics, however.
With the fall of the Ceauşescu regime and the end of communist rule, the pilgrimage was resumed in 1990.  Since then, it has developed into a pilgrimage of all Magyars. Thus, it was not only the Szekler  pilgrimaging to the mountain saddle, but Magyars from across  the border from all Hungarian regions. In the form of a star pilgrimage they come from all over the Hungarian-speaking area, as well as many Hungarians abroad.
Because of the large number of pilgrims, the church became too small.  In1993 a covered altar was built several hundred meters away from the church under the open sky.

The three crosses on Tolvajos - 250,000 pilgrims

The three crosses on the Tolvajos

Under the summit of Tolvajos, there are three large crosses with three years. 896 recalls the year of arrival of the Hungarians, 1442 the original date for the start of the pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo and 1896 to the year of birth of Aron Marton, who during the communist dictatorship was Hungarian Roman Catholic bishop of Alba Iulia , (Gyulafehérvár, in German originally Weissenburg, since 18th century Karlsburg). Bishop Marton is honored for his commitment to the Jews in World War II as Yad Vashem or "Righteous", was immediately arrested after the Communist takeover as an "enemy of the people."  After seven years of jail, he immediately took up service as a bishop again, earning him another eleven years of exile. By Western mediation,  the regime agreed that he could take part in the Second Vatican Council in Rome. Marton declined, however, because he feared that the Romanian government would refuse him right of   return. In 1967 his release was secured by  the mediation of the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz König and the Austrian Embassy. The bishop at first remained under police surveillance. Because believers did not trust the communist authorities,  a "small bodyguard" was formed among the Szekler, which accompanied the bishop until his death in 1980
In 2015, 250,000 Hungarians took part in the pilgrimage, which is also a protest against the demarcation of Trianon. The usual procession to the church which until 1993 could not be concluded, happily, because of the increasingly large crowd. Many pilgrims carry along birch branches decorated with church banners and flags of the Hungarian and Székely Land. At  the head of the procession, the pilgrims from the Szekler city of Gyergyószentmiklós (Romanian Gheorgheni, German Niklasmarkt). The special symbol of the pilgrimage is the Labarum , the ensign of the Roman army, the Emperor Constantine the Great before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, a cross and the monogram of Jesus. Under this sign, He achieved victory. The following year, the Edict of Milan was issued, with the lifting of the ban of Christianity and the persecution was discontinued.

The Symbol of Constantine the Great's Army and the Csángós

2015 pilgrimage 250,000 Hungary to Csikshomlyo

The standard at 36kg is respectively supported by the two best students of the local Catholic school. If the Szekler are hardly known to  non-Hungarians,   the Csángós  are completely unknown. They form the end  of the reduced procession. The Csángós or Tschangonen are a Hungarian minority closely related to the Szeklers, whose historic settlement area is located on the eastern slope of the Carpathians. Their territory never belonged to a Hungarian state, but was ruled by a Moldovan, Romanian prince. Finally they sing their hymn, "Thou art all fair, Maria," in reference to one of the oldest Marian prayers, the Tota pulchra es Maria, which is from the 4th century and consists of the Old Testament verses that refer to the Virgin Mary,
The pilgrimages of recent years have each had a motto, for example, in 2003 "Do whatever he says"; 2004 "Woman, behold thy son, and you, behold your mother!"; 2005 "Stay with us Lord"; 2013 "Blessed, because you have believed"; 2014 "Blessed is the womb that bore you"; 2015 "Under your protection we flee".
In 2008 a group of pilgrims broke off from the  pilgrimage to the Austrian Marian shrine of Mariazell and walked 1400 kilometers on foot to Csikshomlyo in order to participate at Pentecost in the pilgrimage.
For the first time in 2008 a special train was launched from Budapest to bring the pilgrims to Szeklerland. In 2010, there were already two pilgrimage trains. Since 2012, three pilgrimage trains leave from Budapest, the "Szekely Gyors,"  "Csiksomlyo Express," and the "Marian Train." 

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Orbán Sees Increasing Conflicts With the United States

BUDAPEST. For Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán conflicts with the US are inevitable in the future. "We have to get used to it, that the interests of Hungary and the United States do not always coincide," said the right-wing conservative politician in a speech to the ambassadors of Hungary, according to the news agency dpa . This is also true for other countries such as Germany for instance.
"To pursue an independent foreign policy is often uncomfortable, but you must become friends with this idea." There were issues where the diplomats would have to take a different line than their respective host country. At the same time he defended a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin in February. "We are not an enemy of Russia" Orbán had criticized and left open whether he would agree to a further tightening sanctions against Moscow in recent months.
He also brought the Hungarian participation in the fight against "Islamic state" into play. It was possible  that a contingent might be sent  for support to Iraq. "Hungary is part of the Western integration," said Orbán. (Ho)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hungary Invokes Christian Roots and Sovereignty -- Media Silence about "Assassination" attempt on Orban and Expulsion of World Monetary Fund

(Budapest) Europe, which has reached the highest stage of civilization, its history, is marching straight for the "great happiness". This is at least what it sounds like coming from the mouth of the EU-Middle. "As everyone knows, this happiness comes from the worship of the euro, aberro-marriage and the silence of the Christians," said Paolo Deotto in the journal Riscossa Cristiana. In this Europe, the official information seems just as selective as its morality. The familiar adage is that before the law all are equal but some more equal than others.

Whether backbenchers in parliament or ministers, the messages with which citizens are "happy" in the mass media are often filled at those times as well as irrelevant heated discussion is followed with irrelevantly worded messages. It will be reported for days. But if a European nation manages to gets released from the stranglehold on the International Monetary Fund, no one talks about it. Since it may even happen that the Prime Minister of this country is just as involved in a strange "accident", which resembles more an assassination attempt, and still no one is talking about it. It might be thought that such a financial sensation and a "assassination" are interesting and important, especially when the 1001th sham fight among politicians takes place.

The selective secrecy of the information obligation

Hungary has succeeded recently, to be rid of the by no means altruistic care of the International Monetary Fund. Whose representatives were asked to pack their bags and leave Budapest. Hungary is ahead of schedule, with the year-end loan payment of the 20 billion dollar loan taken out by the previous Socialist government. The country on the Danube and Tisza has maintained its currency and has not joined the euro zone. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is determined to restrict the economic, financial and monetary policy in the "house" and not to be dictated by international, opaque boards whose interests lie elsewhere. This line does not seem to work so bad, if it makes it possible to repay large loans even ahead of time such as the International Monetary Fund. Economic and monetary sovereignty are of course not desirable with the powerful who control Europe and determine the economic and fiscal policies of EU Member States. Not without reason was Hungary for some time under continuous-media bombardment "by the European media regime" (Paolo Deotto). Hungary is represented in a distorted light and the democratic government, as a bunch of crazed and dangerous demons that threaten the country's democracy and the opposition is silenced. At least the same or similar sounds pretty unanimous chorus. Even in the German media it has already been eagerly reported that an alleged mass exodus of the intellectual elite is, almost hastily fleeing Hungary, "frightened of the authoritarian rule of the government".

Nevertheless, even the media have to Boys Choir, sometimes even if grudgingly admit that Hungary experienced an unexpected growth.

Hungary's "crimes" against the "sacred cows" of the EU's powerful

The reigning Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has committed some serious crimes against the "sacred cows" of the EU. He has brought the central bank of the country back under the control of the Hungarian state. He urged the representatives of the International Monetary Fund to leave Hungary. He left the Hungarian Parliament to adopt a new constitution, which refers to the Christian roots of the Hungarian nation. This is for the really powerful in Brussels and Strasbourg, the flagships figures today who are [child molester] Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a single horror. They have responded since early 2012 with an international media campaign, which aims to demonize Hungary in public opinion. The aim of the media attack is especially the Prime Minister Orban. If you read some media report, you may think Orban had come to power in a violent coup. In reality, he was elected into office in democratic elections by the majority of his people. Similarly, the new constitution was in compliance with all constitutional procedures implemented by a regular parliamentary vote.

Accident or Assassination? - Parallels to Alexander Dubcek and Lech Kaczynski

But a country that relies on a new constitution based on its Christian roots, but says not a word about "gay rights", had to be lavished with indignation by the media makes of hearing between Vienna and Paris, Copenhagen and Rome. The same press that leads a media campaign against Hungary for more than 18 months, but knew very little about the remarkable debt relief from the International Monetary Fund and Hungary to report the associated expulsion of the international organization. Nor about the strange "car accident" in the end of July, in which Prime Minister Orban was involved. Orban was just to visit in Romania when a vehicle crashed into his car convoy. The driver of the car was dead and therefore can not give more information about his strange maneuvers. But the incident seems pretty obvious. As obvious as other "strange" accidents: for example, the death of Alexander Dubcek (1992) or the Polish President Lech Kaczynski (2010).

An attack can not be proved. There was no investigation. That there would be, if the incident had happened in Hungary. Striking is certainly the almost total silence of the incident by the mass media.

The readers are recommended to read the preamble of the new Hungarian constitution against the media barrage, to make an image for yourself. When the new Constitution was adopted, wrote the Spanish church historian Francisco de la Cigoña: "Today I would like to be Hungarian."

 Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Bild: Tempi
Trans: Tancred

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hungary Hands Over Public Schools to Religious Institutions

Catholic procession through the streets of Budapest
Socialists are upset because traditional morals and
values are now being taught in schools with government help.
 Isn't it the role of government to facilitate virtue?
>Edit: we’ve been following this for a while and it’s simply magnificent.  Of course, the Socialists are furious.  In other countries, the exact opposite is happening.

In a way, this is really a vindication of Cardinal Mindszenty who, despite being sold out by his superiors, held true int his passion against the Communist government of Hungary.

[TFP] The Hungarian government is transferring public schools to religious institutions, reported the French magazine L’Express.

This policy has infuriated socialist leaders within and outside Hungary and even in European countries where public education has had calamitous results. The angry complaints center on the fact that traditional morals are being restored with the help of Hungarian government policy.

Schools have brought back the singing of religious hymns as well as beginning the classes with prayer. And students’ parents get to choose the catechism to be taught to their children.

Churches retain their school subsidies regardless of the number of students. In the small town of Alsoörs, which L’Express presents as a typical case, out of a total of ninty-six families only two voted against transferring the school to the Church, underscoring the strong popular support this measure has.

Curiously enough, a Catholic priest, perhaps led by an ecumenical mentality or “dialogue” with the secularized world, after consulting with the bishop refused to take over a school.

The local Lutheran minister Miklos Rasky immediately agreed to do it and, very satisfied, said: “The current government is clinging to Christian values. This enables us to reconnect with our traditional role in the education field.”

The perplexed school teachers, the majority of whom are Catholic, were told by the pastor they will be replaced by Protestants.
Eighty schools have already been transferred by municipalities, which were also glad to no longer have to pay for these expenses that were unsustainable in the current crisis.

Leftist unions and political parties are also angry about the catechism classes now being given in schools that are still in state hands.

Education Minister Rozsa Hoffmann deplores the lack ofmoral values: “We want to restore them, whether it is protection of human life, respect for work and for the law, honesty and love of country. School is not just a place to gain knowledge: it must also transmit values,” he explained.

The education law fits into the context of the new Constitution which extols Christian values and rehabilitates the “Holy Crown” of Catholic Kings, the Hungarian incarnation of sovereign power.
Hungary Hands Over Public Schools to Religious Institutions

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hungary's Prime Minister: "A Europe Governed by Christian Values Would Regenerate"

Edit: Hungary has been challenging the established order now for some time, invoking St. Stephen, King of Monarchy, and attempting to abolish abortion. What else is in store? Also, remember, this man isn't Catholic, but protestant, but he's defending a Catholic order all the same.  The following is an attempt to translate the article from InfoCatolica with some help from google:

The presentation of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, at the XIV Congress of Catholics and Public Life on "Hope and Christian Response to the Crisis", did not disappoint the expectations of the public, with a standing ovation that broke the silence that had followed his conference. Orban said that European economic depression does not respond to a "situation", but is a result of a crisis of spiritual order. Specifically, what is happening in Europe is the result of the forgetfulness of Christian values ​​that were the basis of their prosperity.

(CEU / InfoCatolica) The Hungarian Prime Minister wondered how it was possible that the collapse of the European dream of union based on Christian beliefs was still driven by them. "The European crisis," he said, "has not come by chance but by the carelessness, neglect of their responsibilities by leaders who have questioned precisely those Christian roots, that is, the driving force that allowed European cohesion, family, work, credit ... These values ​​were the old continental economic power, thanks mainly to the development which in those days was done in accordance with principles."

As an example of the economic collapse that led to the crisis, he cited a change in direction of the credits previously granted to persons accredited, as responsible, but have come to offer to those who were not. There was a credit, yes, explained Viktor Orban, but even this was subject to the "standards" of Christianity. Thus, in a "Christian Europe" the excesses that caused the current difficulties, would not have been possible, he said. "A Christian Europe would have noticed that every euro is worked for. A Christian Europe would not have allowed entire countries sink into slavery to credit."

Loans with usury, uncollectible lead to debt slavery

He recalled how the Old Testament prohibited usury and how the Church has always rejected the abusive charging interest ... until the Reformation which gave way to greed, so that now the credits have been stripped of their moral dimension and entire countries have become enslaved by debts. "The yoke is no longer the sword to become debt," he added. This has become a more acute crisis in which political leaders have begun to forget the human aspects to be forced to pay the debts of the former, who in turn, have safeguarded their personal interests placed in large companies or institutions after "a career" in politics, said the prime minister of Hungary. The new leaders look with scorn and mock Christian values, especially for the defense of life, family.

The Example of Hungary

Orban has stated his belief that behind every successful economy there is "some kind of spiritual driving force." "A Europe governed according to Christian values ​​would regenerate" stressed in the light of this reasoning."

He gave the example of his country, Hungary, explaining that a poor country like Hungary with a legacy of communism and where the average pension is 250 euros, has begun to rebuild morally. Calling to mind that their first king, St. Stephen offered the crown to the Virgin Mary, dying without issue.

Your new constitution is based on the dignity, freedom, family, nation, fidelity, and love, with the express obligation to help the poor. That is, it is based on Christian values, something that has deeply angered the European left that came to condemn in the Parliament in Strasbourg , because it wants to make Europe a continent where atheist family concept is replaced by individualism.

As a result of his own experience, Viktor Orban proposed a renewal of culture and politics based on Christian values ​​and, more precisely, in the description that St. Paul makes where charity rejoices with the truth. "We must make our that message and not see another way ..." Orban said at the end of his lecture, enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience for a few long minutes of applause.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hungary's Prime Minister: "If the Church Were Stronger, The Nation Would be Much Stronger"

The Hungarian Prime Minister is a lighthouse in a circle of unscrupulous political criminals, who want to impose their absurd Democracy.

( Hungarian Constitution asserts that the foundation of all life has its origins in the family.

That's why homosexual unions are not protected by the same rights as families.

It forbids homosexuals to adopt children.

Viktor Orbán (48)anounced this at the end of January in an interview with journalist and musician Jan Pospieszalski (57) in a broadcast for ‘Blizej’ on Polish state television.
Orbán is evangelical reformed and the father of five children.

As a younger politician he belonged to the opposition against dehumanizing Communism.

The interview discussed above all the giant majority of the new Constitution of Hungary. It is a milestone of progress.

That is the reason why it was bitterly fought against by obscurantist left circles.

A European Politician

The Hungarian Constitution declares that human life must be protected from the beginning.

With that it struck the barbarism of abortion down.

Orbán stressed that the defense of human life isn't merely valid for Hungary, but concerns all of Europe.

No Money for the Violence of Abortion

Orbán will be distorted by a left-obscurantist discussion.

These despisers of people are angered that the Hungarian Government are distributing the EU-payments to the promotion of adoption instead of abortion.

One inhuman individual attacked Orbán even in the EU-Parliament.

In his answer Orbán insisted that life is still widely "not respected".

That is -- according to Orbán -- a relic of the Communist regime, which hold people and life in contempt.

He continued: "If we had a strong Church, then the nation would be much stronger."

And: "I in the process of attempting an alliance with politicians, for whom Christendom and traditional values are important."

That is a great power for me

Orbán also stressed that prayer has a long tradition in Central Europe:

"For me this tradition has great significance."

Before difficult undertakings people would pray for him: "That is a great power and help for me."

"I would like to thank you for this talk and wish God's blessing on every single citizen of the Polish nation."

Here's the Interview in German, unfortunately, where he also thanks Poland for its demonstrations on behalf of Hungary:

Friday, December 30, 2011

Budapest's Mayor Distances Himself From "Lifestyle"

Berlin's homosexual propagandist, Comrade Klaus Wowerweit, just fell on his nose in Budapest.  The answer of his colleague in Budapest.
István Tarlós
of Budapest
© Pressefoto, Wikipedia

Very dear Governing Mayor [Klaus Wowerweit],

My Dear Colleague,

Regarding your recent inquiry, [to support the homosexual-rout "14th Euro Games 2012"] I would like to inform you with the following.

The event "14th Euro Games 2012" planned by the [homosexual] organization Atlasz-Frigo in Budapest was supported by Dr. Gábor Demszky as a private person.

I personally can't agree with this.

Naturally I recognize that there are people who are members of the named organizations are in agreement with that way of life.

I naturally recognize  the rights of these people.  But I would not like to personally mix in the work of this organization.

On my side -- as the Head Mayor and also as a private person -- I would in any case distance myself from such manners of living their events.

It is not in my power to support them.

I then must ask that you accept my point of view and I am grateful for your understanding.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once more contraguate you on your relection as governing mayor of Berlin and wish you much success and health in your mayoral work.

Budapest,  27th September 2011

 With friendly greetings,

 István Tarlós

Head Mayor [of Budapest]

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hungary: Priest Murdered by Bolsheviks Commemorated

Hungary commemorates the Martyr Father Szales Kiss -- Franciscan executed by the Communists

Hungary is to recall Father Szalez Kiss with a memorial plaque.  The Franciscan was a martyr of the secret of the confessional. The plaque in Sopronköhida is going to be erected where he was executed. Father Kiss was found guilty under false pretenses on 11 December 1946 and condemned to death by a Soviet war tribunal. "There is no one for whom I would break the secret of the confessional," he said during his hearing, before which he was tortured in an inhuman fashion by the Bolsheviks.

Father Kiss was viewed by the Communists as a counterrevolutionary and therefore worthy of death as a reactionary, because he had formed a Christian Democrat youth group in the city of Gyöngyös. As a youth he had partaken in actions against the Soviet occupation, so the Franciscan was found guilty of attempting to plan an armed conspiracy against members of the Red Army.

A Soviet military tribunal condemned him at the end of this trial, which was a pure farce, to death. In his life Father Kiss had fallen into the clutches of a totalitarian regime once before. Between 1942 and 1944 the Gestapo attempted to imprison him in Debrecen, because he hid Jews from deportation and brought them to safety.

Link to katholisches... 

  Text: RV / Giuseppe Nardi 
image: Függetlenseg

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hungary Bans the Anglican Church

Update:  This was an exaggeration, but there is still a strange relationship with the Hungarian State as it tries to cut its funding due to shrinking budgets.

Editor: Who says you can't turn back the clock? It's fairly irrelevant in Hungarian society anyway.  But you recall that Hungary invoked St. Stephen and called for a defense of life in its Constitution.   How much longer before they restore the Monarchy?

Of course, they could skate under the ban by embracing the Anglican Ordinariate.
Church of England Newspaper

Hungary has introduced a new law governing the registration of religious groups that critics charge discriminates against minority faiths, and strips St Margaret's Anglican Church in Budapest of its status as a religious organisation.

On 14 July the Hungarian Parliament adopted "The Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion and on the Status of Churches, Religions and Religious Communities" Law, by a vote of 254 in favour to 43 opposed.

Introduced on 10 June in Parliament, the proposed legislation would have created three tiers of religious groups, with differing authorities to conduct worship and engage in charitable activities under Hungarian law. Human Rights activists, NGOs and a number of religious leaders objected, arguing, in the words of the Washington think-tank, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, the bill gave Hungary "a tiered system offering an inferior religious status to minority faiths that violates the right to religious freedom and the right to be free from religious discrimination."

H/t: Virtue On Line

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

EU Continues to Propose "Sterner Measures" Against Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

Editor: last week, just before Easter, we heard the rousing declaration of the Hungarian Parliament, along with howls of protest from many quarters, revoking its old Stalinist Constitution and invoking its first Christian King, St. Stephen, affirming Hungary's connection with Christendom and working against same-sex marriage. Here's the story from the German District Site of the SSPX:

Vivanne Reding, European Commissar for Justice and basic rights, read a speech in the last year for the EU-Parliament what the true significance of the EU is:

"We don't want any people to resist same-sex marriage. In case this isn't understood, we will have to employ sterner measures."

Now the EU commission would like to implement what Frau Reding had proposed and put it in a misleadingly good sounding request.

There will be fewer administrative restrictions for EU citizens through the recognition of all personal status among all of the EU Nations: that touches birth status as well as death, marriage, partnerships and adoption status.

That sounds good for the time being, practical and good. There are, however, in the EU, Nations with very different laws in effect regarding what are valid marriage and adoption rights. This will force conservative nations to accept liberal legal requirements, even if these conflict with their Constitutions.

If for example, two Hungarian lesbians "marry" in the Netherlands and receive semen to conceive a child and Mother 2 adopts it, Hungary then has to recognize the artificial "family" upon its return to enjoy all of the rights and privileges of a natural family.

Therefore a nation must recognize this situation, which would be in contradiction of its own legal system. This situation contravenes national sovereignty and the principle of subsidiarity.

The European Constitution prescribes the legal harmony of the right and agreement of family rights of the member states, and is expecting that the EU "guidelines" are enacted to promote "homosexual marriage" without a consensensus through the back door.

This is where the EU shows what its understanding of Democracy is. "A more stringent measure" sounds, if anything, like hard enforcement from above without the consideration of the opinion of the people and must probably deserves to be described as "Dictocratic"! It is also deplorable that these words come, of all things, from the Commissar for Justice and Basic Rights! Who still pleads for the true basic and natural rights of citizens in the EU, as for example, those rights of a child for a natural birth and to be raised in a family with father and mother? Must these adolescent children deserve to be sacrificed to these homosexual ideologues?

Whoever wishes can learn more about resisting the forced recognition of same sex "marriage" by the EU, here. It has English and German.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hungarian Constitution Invokes St. Stephen, Abolishes Abortion

Editor: Of course the EU will want to look into this, ehem. Forget about sovereignty. With a special h/t to Alaric who also posted this on FE.

In Hungary the powers of progress have had the political upper hand. They used the opportunity of the hour to renew the land. By Lajos Weberstein
The Crown of St. Stephen

( The decadent EU does everything to destroy Marriage and Europe and capitulate to the stone age.

Actually, it's not everywhere that Europe is being laid flat by progress.

So the Hungarian Parliament has ratified this Tuesday a new Constitution.

The Constitution was adopted by a two-thirds majority of the national government party 'Fidesz'.

'Fidesz' are the representatives of the anti-Democratic, old and ex-communist Hungary -- and their accomplices in decadent Europe -- they are a thorn in their sides.

It is also the case that this party took part in the fall of the Communist Dictatorship.

After the introduction of the new constitution, the stone age opposition of the Left seethed.

Because the text is such a clear rejection of political masochism, it begins with the words:

God, Save Hungary

National Commitment

We, the members of the Hungary Nation, assert our responsibility to say the following for all Hungary at the beginning of the millennium:

We are proud of the fact that our King Stephen, the Saintly Patron of the Hungarian State for a thousand years had built a secure foundation and placed our Fatherland in the line of Christian Europe.

We are proud of our forebears, who persisted for that, who have fought for the freedom and independence of our Land.

We are proud of the great spiritual accomplishments of the Hungarian people.

We are proud that our people had defended Europe for a thousand years and whose common values were enriched by their talents and enriched its industry.

We recognize the role of Christianity in the persistence of the Nation.

The Constitution protects the institution of marriage as a life in common between a man and a woman as well as the family as the foundation of the nations progress.

The constitution promotes the decision for to have a child.

The defense of the family was the ruling concerning the main focus of the law.

The anti-child opponents wanted to put forward their opposition to unlimited respect for human life.

Actually the new Constitution said:

"The value of human life is unfathomable. Every person has the right to life and human value; the life of the foetus is protected from conception to birth."

The new Hungarian constitution contains also a debt limit, unlike any other European constitution has.

Translated from

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hungary May Introduce Constitutional Ban on Homosexual Marriage

[national secular society] Under pressure from the Vatican, the Hungarian government is planning to introduce a complete ban on abortion and any prospect of legalised gay marriage in its new constitutional proposals.

At a meeting with the pope earlier in December, the Hungarian ambassador was told that it was “desirable that the new constitution be inspired by Christian values, particularly in what concerns the position of marriage and the family in society and the protection of life.” The pontiff’s wishes are reflected well in the governing Fidesz party’s proposal, which — in additional to mirroring papal teaching on abortion — says marriage is “the most natural community of man and woman.”

The pope told the ambassador that “Europe would be finished” if heterosexual marriage were no longer “the norm”. He said: “Europe would no longer be Europe if such a basic cell of the social construct were to disappear or to be substantially changed.”

Read further... 

H/t: Pewsitter

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Faith and Politics Meet: Pope Benedict on Faith and Legislation

Benedict XVI to the New Ambassador from Hungary:  Legislative initiatives which value alternative relationships and family models, will promote the relativization of legislation and awareness of values in society.

Rome ( morning Pope Benedict received in audience the new Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the Holy See, Gábor Győriványi.  In his German address, the Holy Father recalled the reinstatement of diplomatic relations with the Holy See and the Hungarian Republic in 1990 and expresse the hope, "that the deep wounds of the materialistic conception of man, which after  45 long years years will strengthen and heal the heart and society of the citizens of your land, in a climate of peace, freedom and attention to the dignity of man."

Benedict XVI explained that the Catholic Faith belongs as the cornerstone of Hungary's history.  Politics and Christendom [Sic] were touched upon: "The Faith has its own certain and particular nature as an encounter with the living God, who opens a new horizon wide of an actual domain of reason.  But he is also a purifying power for the reason thereby, that he enables reason, to do Faith's work better and to better see its qualities.  For that reason commands and patterns of behavior which impose, which don't take part in the Faith.  It simply goes to the purification of reason, which will help, that which, what is good and just, which is understood here and now and then can be carried out".

The Pope underscored then that it is of importance that a new constitution of the land is inspired by Christian values, respects marriage and family, and defends the country.

"We all know, how much marriage and family are engangered today --  to which through the removal of its most essential values of the constancy and indissolubility on the basis of an increasing liberalization of divorce and increasing habit of cohabitation between man and woman without the legal recognition and the protection of marriage, to various other forms of life styles which have no foundation in the culture and legal history of Europe.

The Church can not endorse legislative initiatives which legitimate alternative partnerships and family models:  "They attack the principles of natural legal principles and thus are for the relatizing of  legislation and also the consciousness of social values."\

The rest of the Pope's speech is down at