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Monarchy does not fit within the American political tradition, nor is it the only form of good government, as some traditionalists suggest.

By Thomas Shaffern, Crisis Magazine, May 6, 2023

Thomas Shaffern studied history, philosophy, and theology at the University of Scranton. He is now a high school teacher in Pennsylvania.

Thomas Shaffern

Many traditional Catholics online advocate for monarchy. I am not necessarily opposed to this idea. I believe the 20th century, a century characterized by tyranny and genocide, showed us that modern and “enlightened” governments do far worse damage than anything the Old Regime could muster.

Monarchists sometimes point to the Habsburgs of the Holy Roman Empire as an ideal for Christendom. I am inclined to agree with this idea. My great-great grandfather was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph. I believe the Habsburgs were one of the great defenders of the Catholic Church for many centuries. …

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