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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Through His Prince, Christ the King reigns over Liechtenstein

Feast of Christ the King, 2011


On this Feast
we congratulate and celebrate
a Christian Prince
standing firmly beneath the banner
of Christ the King:

His Serene Highness,
Hereditary Prince Aloïs Philipp Maria
who defended and maintains the
Kingship of Christ over his
Principality of Liechtenstein.


On 18 September by a referendum,
Liechtenstien refused the legalisation of abortion.

The Hereditary Prince,
HSH Prince Aloïs had announced that
whatever the result of the referendum
he would never give his royal assent to such a law
and would use his right of veto.


The courageous Prince Aloïs

Prince Alois said,
“Until now we have been proud to support
people with disabilities
in our country.
The proposal would discriminate against such people
and allow them to be eliminated in the womb.”

By Liechtenstein law, abortions are generally not allowed,
even when the abortion is performed outside the country.
Furthermore, government departments and offices
are obliged to report any abortions
of which they have knowledge.
Only when the life of the mother is endangered
and no other option remains,
is a termination of a pregnancy allowed.

(Clarification:
Abortion to protect the mother's life is wrong.
Thus the Liechtenstein law
does not reflect a perfect morality

but maintains an international standard
better by far than most,
if not all, the other countries of the world.
The prince inherited a state with its already codified laws.
His courage is shown in not permitting the laws of his state
to follow those of other countries.)

The vote was 52.3% against the proposed law
of allowing abortions within the first 12 weeks
and when any child had a disability such as Down Syndrome.

Liechtenstein is facing immense pressure
from the rest of Europe to allow abortions.

The Principality lies between Switzerland and Austria,
and has a population of 36,000.


A Christian Prince
receiving Holy Communion


Prince Aloïs, married to Princess Sophie, is 43 years of age.

The Hereditary Prince and Princess

They have four children:
Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria,
born in London; (16 years)
Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata; (15 years)
Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria (12 years)
and their youngest son,
Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria (11 years).

- Three Generations of Princes and Princesses -
Grandparents, Parents and two royal children together

20 comments:

Konstantin said...

God bless him, I wish he would go all out and ban abortion even in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Tom Esteban said...

I was reading about him just the other day! Absolutely fantastic - it's great to see a Catholic monarch standing up for the truth of the Faith. May God give him strength to stay true to the to King of Kings and His Church.

With the assurance of my prayers,

Tom

R. D. Rupert o.praem. said...

Perhaps a good time also to recall the example of the saintly King Baudouin of the Belgians. A truly Christian king.

anointedruins said...

Liechtenstein is facing immense pressure from the rest of Europe to allow abortions.

Pray for tiny Liechtenstein and their true Christian Prince. May this little Catholic principality be the mustard seed that grows into the mighty tree of a restored Catholic Europe.

David

Anonymous said...

Great to have a strong Catholic monarch. May God continue to give many blessings to the beautiful principality.
One point though regarding abortions when the life of a mother is endangered. I was always taught that in such cases the child in the womb still cannot be killed as the mother dies of consequences, not direct killing.

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

@ Anonymous:
Abortion to protect the mother's life is wrong. Thus the law of this country does not reflect a perfect morality but maintains an international standard better by far than most, if not all, the other countries of the world. The prince inherited a state and its already codified laws. His courage is shown in not permitting the laws of his state to follow other countries.

Anonymous said...

Transalpine Redemptorists:
Thank you for that clarification.

Scout said...

All of this is not terribly democratic, is it?

Anne B said...

What do you mean, Scout?

Tom Esteban said...

Anne B, 'Scout' runs an anti-Catholic website/blog (which he has called a 'pro-Catholic' website because, apparently, he wants Catholics to 'move forward' and 'progress' - you know the usual story which is the fruit of relativism) in which he surveys the Catholic blogosphere and any post he disagrees with or finds offensive finds its way onto his own blog where he comments and criticises, often twisting texts for his own good or simply ignoring Christian charity.

His latest blog entry which tries to prove out that Catholicism is opposed to democracy cites this very post from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Just some transparency for all those reading, but especially for Rev. Fr.Michael Mary and the Sons who run this great blog. The Church has many enemies; those who boldly speak the truth are targets.

A blessed All Saints day to all! Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

B. said...

Scout: Liechtenstein is one of the most democratic countries in the world. The population can hold a referendum on any law that is passed if they collect 1500 signatures. With the same amount of signatures they can hold a referendum to dissolve parliament
The massive rights of the prince were granted by the people in a referendum about 10 years ago.
I still remember the irony when the German Mass Media tried to paint Liechtenstein as "undemocratic" because they gave their prince additional rights in a referendum.

anointedruins said...

"Scout", perhaps you missed this from Fr. Michael Mary's post:

On 18 September by a referendum,
Liechtenstien refused the legalisation of abortion.


Quite democratic, contrary to your stunningly oblivious remark.

David

Anonymous said...

Good for Leichenstein!

Thank God some European country is holding fast to sanity, since the Irish seem to be hell bent on joining the rest of the mad world any time soon.

thetimman said...

As an American, forgive me if I tread into troubled waters. But isn't Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein in line to be the rightful Queen of England in the Stuart line? I get them confused sometimes, but I thought she is the presumptive heir after Duke Franz of Bavaria, or perhaps Max of Bavaria, or some such.

If so, maybe I'll add a little more to prayers for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. ;-)

Anybody know?

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

To thetimman:
Yes that is true. And now that it is possible for a member of the present Royal Family to marry a Catholic.... perhaps one day a child or descendant of Princess Sophie will return to the British throne ... it could be possible.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful to read! A true Catholic prince!

Yes, Father Michael, I understand the law as it stands is not 'perfect'; but it's better than the alternative!

R. D Rupert: I also remember the stand that King Baudouin of the Beligians took regarding abortion. In fact, he briefly abdicated rather than sign that law.

anointeddruins /David: I echo your hope about Liechtenstein's being 'the tiny mustard seed'!

Barb from NY

Anonymous said...

God bless him and his country. Wonderful. If only there were more like him.

Anonymous said...

"But isn't Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein in line to be the rightful Queen of England in the Stuart line?"

She is the rightful Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. There is no such title as King or Queen of England as the kingdom of England ceased to exist upon the union with Scotland.

Jacobite of the Kingdoms said...

I could well be wrong, but I thought that the Stuart Line accepts only the United Crown and not yet a United Kingdom?

If this is true then the Stuart claimant would be hier to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland; separate kingdoms beneath a United Crown?

This also, in my opinion, better refelcts the situation of the UK where the different nationalities are not wanting to be sucked up into a United Kingdom and would be far happier with a United Crown and separate national Kingdoms? Hence we see the desire for national parliaments and strengthening of national identities.

I would prefer a United Crown even now. The Kingdom of England, the Kingdom of Scotland and the same uniting Monarch.

Anonymous said...

Good news! I give thanks for it. Now all he needs to do is embrace the Augsburg Confession and he'd be fully catholic.

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