Our guest for this episode is a member of one of Europe’s most famous Catholic families and dynasties.
For 800 years, the Habsburgs have done and seen it all - occupying the highest offices of the land, both civil and religious; ruling over kingdoms stretching across the continent and the ocean; and serving as last men standing in the defense of Christendom and Western civilization against outside aggressors.
In this conversation, Ambassador Eduard Habsburg highlights the rich legacy and stories of the Habsburgs, drawing upon his recently published book The Habsburg Way: Seven Rules for Turbulent Times. Although their political empire may have faded into the history books, this fascinating family still has a lot to teach men and women of faith and goodwill in the 21st century.
We also discuss what it’s like having a front row seat as a diplomat in the corridors of the Vatican. To cap things off, we talk about the Ambassador’s boss, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban - who’s described by his critics as a threat to democracy and European unity, and by his supporters as one of the Western world’s few remaining defenders of fundamental freedoms.
Eduard Habsburg has served as Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See and Sovereign Order of Malta since 2015. Prior to joining the foreign service, he wrote screenplays for zombie movies and novels, and also produced cartoons.
Websites / resources referenced
Eduard Habsburg, The Habsburg Way: Seven Rules for Turbulent Times (2023)
Jason Horowitz, “Hungary’s Ambassador to the Pope, With an Offbeat Resumé”, The New York Times (August 27, 2023)