Hungary is much in the news of late, with current leader Viktor Orban standing against the tsunami of insanity washing over the rest of Europe, threatening to deluge civilization – Western or Eastern – as we know it. As may be expected in this inverted world, he is vilified for doing so. This may seem ironic, for Hungary was for the first millennium of the Christian era an almost entirely pagan nation – with ‘Hun’ being a synonym for all that ‘paganism’ means – until the rise of her first and greatest king, Stephen, Greek for ‘crown’, or the ‘crowned one’, who was born around the year 975 as Vajk, ‘hero, prince or master’. So, by nomenclature, he seemed born for the role.
His monarchy dates from the propitious year 1000, and he reigned until his death on the also-propitious solemnity of the Assumption, August 15th, 1038. Whatever else one says of King Stephen, he was a not a milquetoast millennial, and did not believe that ‘diversity is our strength’, unless that diversity had a deeper, binding unity in the Catholic Faith, which he instantiated in his kingdom through the laws of the land, extirpating superstitious, pagan beliefs and customs. His first war was against his own brother and a pagan army.
After all, how does a nation maintain itself, without a common belief in marriage and family life, in common worship, holy days and feast days, in a shared basis in morality, the right to life and legitimate freedom, and in some transcendent truth that binds it all together? Polygamy, easy divorce, indolence, contraception, base coinage, inflation, pornography, erroneous views of marriage, the child sacrifice of abortion, all undermine and ultimately corrupt any society. (We need not elaborate on the state of Canada, with an election looming). Here is the opening of King Stephen’s letter to his son, preparing him for succession: