At Christmas Mass in the Vatican, Pope Leo III ushered in a new era as the year A.D. 800 came to an end. The pope crowned Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne, protector of Christendom and emperor of the newly created Holy Roman Empire.
Europe had fallen into disarray after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. Petty kings carved up the continent, while the Eastern Roman Empire, based in Constantinople, focused on threats from Eastern Europe (particularly the Bulgarians) and Asia.
The papacy often contended with warring tribes and the kings of Lombard in order to protect the Papal States, wherein the popes ruled as the highest authority — though not without facing the machinations of powerful Italian families. Pope Leo III even had to flee to Charlemagne's protection after surviving an assault by Roman citizenry. Although popes occupied the Chair of St. Peter, local rulers often attempted to dictate the practice of the Faith.
Charlemagne is known today as a Frankish king but his realm, through inheritance and conquest, encompassed most of modern-day Western Europe (his capital was located in Aachen, in present-day Germany). He was also the grandson of Charles "The Hammer" Martel, who defended the Frankish kingdoms from an Islamic incursion, smashing the forces of Abd al-Rahman at the Battle of Tours in 732.
Many of Charlemagne's military expeditions were against pagan Saxons and Avars, many of whom were converted to Christianity after their defeat. Charlemagne also strengthened the institutions of the Church in his realm. Rather than hewing to localized disciplines, clergymen were united in the practice of the Faith, and educational and moral training were strictly enforced.
This partnership between Church and State allowed emperors to effectively rule their realms in the temporal sense, while the papacy, now protected from petty kings, exerted influence in the sphere of faith and morality. Popes did not dictate policy on taxes, war or justice. Instead, they helped ensure each action was guided by morality.
The moral influence of Christianity on how realms were governed began to transform the pagan world into one where, under Catholic rulers like King Alfred the Great (the ancestor of many English kings), women are said to have had even more rights than under the later (Protestant) queen Elizabeth I.
The rejection of monarchy hurt Europe. But it was also a rejection of the Catholic Church and its role in the world that degraded society to the point we find ourselves in today. Under democratic governments, leaders follow the whims of the masses — while exploiting their own positions to gain global control. Such leaders may believe in no god, in pagan gods or even that they themselves are "gods."
In Germany, the descendants of Charlemagne's Christian kingdom have been conquered by their ancient enemies — with the help of Germany's Catholic Church.
During an interview in October, Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, observed, "The hegemony of the West that lasted for centuries is now over. A new, international system is emerging."
Erdogan is justified in making this claim after a year of subjugating Christians in pursuit of his goal of revitalizing a pan-Turkic Ottoman Empire. (Notably, Turkey finances the construction and upkeep of many of the mosques in Germany.)
In July 2020, Turkey's Council of State declared that the Hagia Sophia, constructed in the sixth century as a Christian church, can be reconverted from a museum into a mosque. Erdoğan highlighted the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II during the ceremony turning Hagia Sophia back into a mosque (demonstrating his interest in the religious aspects of Islamic jihad and its role in subjugating Christians and other so-called unbelievers).
Later that year, in the fall, Turkey sent jihadist terrorists from Syria and Libya (and attack drones with components from Israel and the United States) to help its Muslim-Turkic ally Azerbaijan in a war of conquest against Christian Armenia.
The international community has been largely silent on Turkey's role. The International Criminal Court has ruled against Azerbaijan for war crimes, but Turkey remains unaffected.
❗️❗️❗️The Court's order once again reaffirms the legitimacy of the concerns raised by the #Armenian side regarding the POWs and other detainees, endangered Armenian historical and cultural heritage in the territories of #Artsakh and the Armenophobic rhetoric of #Azerbaijan pic.twitter.com/BVpfqnF966— Armenia in Council of Europe ���� (@armrepcoe) December 8, 2021
Back in the rubble of what used to be the Holy Roman Empire, the city of Cologne declared this year that the Muslim call to prayer will be allowed to be broadcast on loudspeakers.
One German Muslim, Ahmad Mansour (an Arab-Israeli psychologist), criticized the move in October.
"It's not about 'religious freedom' or 'diversity.' The mosque operators want visibility. They celebrate the muezzin as a show of power over their neighborhoods," warned Mansour.
Mansour is an advocate of so-called moderate Islam. However, his position, characteristically anti-jihad and opposed to anti-Semitism, has earned him the ire of fake Catholics.
For instance, Georgetown University, a Jesuit-run private school, hosts a "Bridge" research initiative on "Islamophobia" that has claimed Mansour "bolsters the extreme views of the Islamophobia misinformation experts, right-wing media enablers and anti-Muslim politicians."
The largest mosque in Cologne was built in 2017 and inaugurated by Erdoğan. The Catholic Church in Cologne fundraised to aid the construction of the mosque — all while planning to reduce the number of Catholic parishes from 500 to 50 by the year 2030.
In Aachen, Charlemagne's former capital, public squares are being renamed "Moscheeplatz" (mosque square).
Secularism embraces the idea that all religions are equal and, essentially, the same. Islam, however, has never viewed itself in that light, and faithful followers of Islam will always attempt to subjugate Christians. Christians must remember, as we celebrate the season of Christ's coming, to keep ourselves in a state of grace for His return and the hopes and expectations that come with it.
But we cannot afford to compromise with heretical thinking in a blasé attempt to maintain the peace. We must boldly proclaim Christ is king — not Allah or the globalist elites.