Did You Know We Catholics Had A Czar?

I didn’t either.

Czar, you know, derives from Caesar, usually set against God as a possible choice for a person. USN&WP could choose their headlines a bit more carefully, I would think.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Did You Know We Catholics Had A Czar?

  1. Liam says:

    Before 1955, the Ordo Missae included a prayer for our emperor, with an English translation courtesy of Wikipedia (for good or ill):

    “Regard also our most devout Emperor [Name] and since Thou knowest, O God, the desires of his heart, grant by the ineffable grace of Thy goodness and mercy, that he may enjoy with all his people the tranquillity of perpetual peace and heavenly victory.”

    In practice, this was omitted (at least outside the Austrian Empire) after Emperor-elect/King of the Romans Francis II dissolved the Holy Roman Empire (thereby becoming Emperor Francis I of Austria), but it took Pope Pius XII to actually excise it from the Missal.

  2. Liam says:

    If you want a suitable image of our last emperor:

  3. Liam says:

    Notice, btw, that he is vested with a stole in priestly fashion, though he was really only Emperor-elect, as the last true emperor was Charles I, crowned in Bologna by the pope whose Rome his armies sacked three years earlier….

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