Rorate Caeli


The new Constitution [Fundamental Law] of Hungary entered into force yesterday, and it must really be terrifying, considering the international media coverage of it.

So let us take a look at its most distressing aspects:


God bless the Hungarians
We are proud that our king Saint Stephen built the Hungarian State on solid ground and made our country a part of Christian Europe one thousand years ago.
We recognise the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood. We value the various religious traditions of our country.
We do not recognise the suspension of our historical constitution due to foreign occupations. We deny any statute of limitations for the inhuman crimes committed against the Hungarian nation and its citizens under the National Socialist and Communist dictatorships. 
We do not recognise the Communist constitution of 1949, since it was the  basis for tyrannical rule; therefore we proclaim it to be invalid.
Article L 
(1) Hungary shall protect the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman established by voluntary decision, and the family as the basis of the nation’s survival.
(2) Hungary shall encourage the commitment to have children.
Article II 
Human dignity shall be inviolable. Every human being shall have the right to life and human dignity; embryonic and foetal life shall be subject to protection from the moment of conception.

Yes, outrageous, really.

[Text of the Fundamental Law provided by the Hungarian Parliament.]


Basilius said...

The Holy See's Secretariate of State can't like this constitution at all. Do you think the Vatican will ask the Hungarians to modify it- at least to remove the embarrassing references to Hungary's Christian patrimony? Reading this Constitution, you'd think Vatican II had never happened!

Ferraiuolo said...

Deo gratias! Say 3 Ave Marias for this victory!

Anonymous said...

Budapest, here I come.

Alix said...

So proud today to be half-Hungarian!!

Call Me Ishmael said...

Moving to Hungary.

Rick DeLano said...

Do they speak much English in Hungary?

Will they generously accommodate US citizens seeking to prepare a place of recourse against the coming persecution of Catholics in the USA?

Call Me Ishmael said...

Why must people always bring up something from the Second Vatican Council in every post? Such bitter joy-killers. I pity you.

Clare Mulligan said...

True progress.

Православный физик said...

Deo Gratias

Helen Westover said...

Ismael - so sorry, but your house of cards (Vatican II) is falling down.
How retrograde to praise Vat 2!

Dan Hunter said...

Does Hungary have any every day TLM's?

Call Me Ishmael said...

Pretty far off the reservation to turn "why do people always have to talk about Vatican II in places where it is irrelevant" to it being my house of cards, it falling down, and me praising the Council.

Ecclesia Militans said...

God bless the Hungarians indeed.

I am happy for my Hungarian friends. In these troubling times, to read such sentences as these, and by the government and parliament no less, this is indeed wondrous.

M. A. said...

Fruit of the prayers and sufferings of Cardinal József Mindszenty, I am sure.

May he continue his prayers for his people, for our Holy Father and the Church.

Ceolfrid aef Dealgancaester said...

Bully for Hungary!

Christendom will be restored when the Second Vatican Council is burnt to the ground, its ashed scattered to the four winds, and the earth beneath it salted so nothing else can grow where it once stood.

Metaphorically speaking, of course...

Long-Skirts said...

"We are proud that our king Saint Stephen built the Hungarian State on solid ground and made our country a part of Christian Europe one thousand years ago.
We recognise the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood."

St. Stephen, ora pro nobis!!


“…and His sepulcher shall be glorious!” (Isaiah 11:10)

The crib –
In the shadow of the cross
Rough and hard
No lustrous gloss

No lustrous gloss
Or polished sheen
Just wood for His birth
And for the death scene

For the death scene they thought
Would end all
Casting its shadow o’er
Crib like a pall

But the crib and the cross
Both did hold
His new Body warm
His dead Body cold

Now His dead Body cold
Laid to rest in the tomb
As predicted resurrected
Warm-like from white womb

As it had been known
Back to Adam’s rib
That the wood of the cross
Was foreshadowed by crib

How was foreshadowed
This cross of wood?
Twas Mary’s tear drops
On crib as she stood

Which dripped right and left
Middle up – middle down
In the stain of a cross
On wood crib on the ground

The crib –
In the shadow of the cross
Wooden enmities ‘tween Mary
And shameful serpent’s great loss!

... please Cardinal József Mindszenty pray for the Pope!

Barona said...

Much of the outrage is also driven by Hungary's attempt to free herself from the IMF et al. In fact, these more "sensational" social changes may well be a pretext to threaten the government into adhering to the EU's monetary/financial policies.

Advocatus Militaris said...

Ad multos annos, Hungary!

As to the distractions to the great news enunciated in this post:

a. Would that the more-Catholic-than-the-pope-types practice the type of humility and endurance that Mindszenty did and seek to understand and embrace the Second Vatican Council in the light of the whole tradition of the Church and not misrepresent it; would that they also distinguish between the teaching of the Church and the poor policy decisions of Ostpolitik, etc.

b. Would also that those Vatican bureaucrats and clerics with less-than stellar historical and theological vision cease from misrepresenting the Council.

From the scourge of a. and b., libera nos Domine.

Confitebor said...

God bless the people of the Magyars, and may He be praised for providing them such a powerful patron and protector in St. Stephen the King!

JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said...

The last Christian state?

Tradical said...


The reason for bringing up V2 in this context is that after V2 the states that had the Catholic Church as the State Religion were convinced to remove protection from their constitutions.

This is generally seen as a result of the Declaration on Religious Liberty.

John Nolan said...

It get worse. The Mayor of Budapest has said he will not support the 'Gay' Olympic Games due to be held in that city next summer.

Bill M said...

May God Bless my ancestors!!!!!

Supplex said...

Awesome! Hungary, lead the way!

Tom the Milkman said...

This is a grand post! I had the honor of knowing well two heroic Hungarian priests, Father Josef Laczkovits, and Father Emeric Doman, Orat. Both privately offered the Roman Mass for nearly forty years until their deaths, quietly serving the Lord, and neither man ever wavered in his repudiation of Modernism. Hungary is an heroic nation, and Budapest is once again one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!

MC said...

When I was growing up in the late ’70’s and early ‘80’s one of my best friends was one of 12 children of Hungarian parents who barely made it out of the country during the Soviet inspired Hungarian Revolution in the late ‘50’s. These people sacrificed everything to come to the United States to avoid Soviet persecution. It is really mind-blowing (but understandable) to me to observe how things have changed to the point where people would consider taking refuge in Hungary given the fact that people couldn’t leave that country fast enough in the late 1950’s. This new constitution is indeed a positive development.

Lee Lovelock-Jemmott said...

May Hungary be an example to all nations around the world.

Robert said...

I thank God and His Holy Mother, and Holy Saint Joseph, and all the Angels and Saints in Heaven for this.

I will now keep this Constitution, and remember my family members who were so brutally slaughtered in that murderous, demonically-inspired, Communist war of genocide that was committed against our glorious Magyar Nation.

Isten, áldd meg a magyart
Jó kedvvel, bőséggel,
Nyújts feléje védő kart,
Ha küzd ellenséggel;
Bal sors akit régen tép,
Hozz rá víg esztendőt,
Megbűnhődte már e nép
A múltat s jövendőt!


Carlos Carvalho said...

Itt Brazíliában, szeretnék gratulálni minden magyar testvér az új alkotmány. Isten áldjon meg ez a nagy nemzet!

Jose said...

God bless Hungary! Long live the Holy Roman Emperor!

cybernavel said...

@Ceolfrid aef Dealgancaester.

Let's be charitable now. A "Na-Na-Na" is not going to bring anyone over to traditional Catholicism.

cybernavel said...

We need some Hungarian blood in NYC!

M. Alexander said...

I love my Hungarian roots!

Supplex said...

@Call Me Ishmael, who said, "Why must people always bring up something from the Second Vatican Council in every post?

Cause it's so much fun.

I'm kidding, but both Pre-Vat and Pos-Vat defendants have certainly dug their heels in.

Dixie Forever said...

This is awesome! God bless et favour Hungary! Saint Stephen pray for us all. JMJ

Servant of the Chief said...

I remember while on the internet game/forum/thing Nationstates there was a thread that proclaimed Hungary was turning into a fascist state both because of its constitution and the rise of 'right wing' parties in that country.

The resulting 'debate' was headache inducing.

God bless Hungary and the Hungarians for this courageous preservation of Civilization in this constitution.

Also speaking as a Monarchist myself I am also glad of its recognition of the King who had the shrine built.

Tradfly said...

@ Advocatus Militaris

"embrace the Second Vatican Council"

Right on man, let's sit in a circle holding hands, get down and totally embrace it. I may just need a few slow tokes off the peace pipe to see it "in light of the whole tradition of the Church", but if you got the weed, I got the vision.

Jack O'Malley said...

I am very much encouraged by this. I hope that Papa Ratzinger has taken note. I don't doubt he has. Let Hungary be the new Portugal. She has not lost the Faith.

Isten, áldd meg a magyart, Jó kedvvel, bőséggel. (Deus benedicat populum Hungaricum gratia tua et largitate tua.)

Hungaria restauratio Catholicae Ecclesiae in Europa sit. Deus benedicat Hungariam, nunc et semper et in saecula!

Allator said...

I love my Hungarian roots!

In 1956, as my Irish-born father proclaimed to our extended Irish clan, "we are all Hungarians now!"

God bless Hungary.

Staurofilax said...

Laudetur Jesus Christus!!!

Viva Hungria!!!

Prof. Basto said...


Noah Moerbeek said...

Long Live Hungary!

Unknown said...

The EU, USA, WTO, IMF, UN and Vatican Ecumenical and Interreligious Dept will not like this.

Anonymous said...

@JMJ--not the last, but the first of the new Catholic states! Asi sea!

I am so visiting Hungary. I'm learning Hungarian! And praying the novena to the Holy Spirit to guide and protect them! The forces of hell will turn on them. Obama might invade!

I would not have known this happened if not for this post. I don't watch enough television?! I have 'religious state' as a permanent google search, for Pete's sake.

That's what we have to aim for here. Did you know SSPX's conference in Kansas City this last October was on that topic?

JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said...


Indeed, the first! But the fight has already begun, the EU and the US have started complaining about it...

I didn't know the SSPX conference was on it, I thought it was Christ the king? Regardless we must pray for them, that the forces of hell may not prevail!

Luka said...

Isn't Mr Viktor Orban a protestant (kalvinist)? If that is so, this is the ultimate irony - it took a heretic to start re-establishment of Christendom :) The lay Catholics in post-conciliar Church obviously don't have a strength nor courage to take some crucial steps... alas!

Whatever is the case, I am most delighted to hear this, and I keep praying for my neighbors (I am from Croatia), being proud on our history and common emperors in the personal union in which we (Croatia and Hungary) once were.

Sandor said...

yes he is protestant, hungarian reformed church (calvinsts) - which is what my family is/was - in old days was about 1/3 of hungarians are more conservative than say the swedeish protestants and more "nationalist", it was calvinists who mainly fought the 1848 revolution and admiral horthy was calvinist

Anonymous said...

@JMJ-- Did you go read the whole thing? it's here:

As I understood what was discussed at Kansas City, the Catholic society puts Christ and the Church itself at the social center, meaning that the goal of human beings to get to heaven is explicit, and the Church and the state cooperate in that endeavor. I don't think this constitution does that--it notes with pride the historical fact that their sainted King Stephen brought Hungary into Christianity. It does not blur--in fact, it specifically reinforces--the separation between Church and state. It seems to use some distributist principles, as in explicitly vowing to not allow any entity to 'dominate' and by context I think 'economically dominate' is meant (that is, to be aggressively anti-monopolistic, as the Catholic economic system of antiquity was, and of course it is pro-life. It says it will protect the weak and vulnerable (as a Catholic state would, especially through protective regulation, which is what this document must intend, because elsewhere it hits hard the duty of each individual to work! to contribute!) and also private property (ditto). So I think this is only a beginning. And what would I expect? They are only 51% Catholic and you know that number must include all the half-steppers too. They, like us, are a mixed nation How would we begin here, with our mix? We couldn't say Catholic, but we might be able to say Christian. Even if they make Christianity more of a historical presence and less of a standard to bear into battle than I wish, it's a pretty nice dawn, no matter how chilly, after such a cold night. I will read the through the whole document, which is very detailed, and wish I had someone to discuss it with. It might be a blue-print we could use in the restoration of this nation to Christ our King.

Anonymous said...

@Cruise: "Does Hungary have any every day TLM's?"

Short answer: no. The communists didn't permit VII-type musical experimentation in the mass, as they counted Hungary's musical heritage to be part of the working class' inheritance. The article and then several others from the same search say that the novus ordo is celebrated in Latin, with communion kneeling and on the tongue, and never varied during all the liturgical experimentation years in the West. They have sung high novus ordo masses, with classical music. And they'd always been allowed some vernacular because of the conditions under communism.

Here's that link:

By the way, you do know that the TLM is the rite enforced by the communist party of China, because it is seen as disobedient to Rome, and the novus ordo, seen as obedient to Rome, is outlawed.

No safety in liturgy alone; only good doctrine makes orthodoxy. Guess that might be the lesson?

Danesz said...

2012+0101 came the period of BLACK and WHITE clarifying

Sandy Embry said...

Who would have believed that an American, born and bred, would want to take refuge in Hungary? But I so want to. Praise God for their courage and faith!

Leprechaun said...

Could this brave initiative mark the beginning of the reintroduction of the Kingship of Christ?
Let us pray that other nation states will take Hungary as a role model.