The Cool Habsburg: Ten Surprising Facts About Hungary’s New Ambassador To The Holy See
Ferenc Sullivan 2016.03.16.
Hungary’s new ambassador to the Holy See, a descendant of the late Habsburg emperor Franz Joseph I and Queen Sissy, has revealed how he feels at home alike in the worlds of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Mad Max in an interview with the conservative weekly Heti Válasz.
The father-of-five, who goes by the full name Eduard Karl Joseph Michael Marcus Koloman Volkhold Maria Habsburg-Lothringen, revealed a string of surprising facts of his life as a descendant of the once-allmighty Habsburg family:
1. He doesn’t clink beer glasses. (According to the legend, Austrians celebrated in Vienna by toasting and clinking their beer glasses after Hungary’s defeat in the 1848-49 Revolution and Freedom Fight. Hungarians vowed not to cheers with beer for 150 years. While that time frame is over – Hungarians still don’t “cheers” with beer.)
2. He sees himself as an “indigenous” Hungarian despite speaking only broken Hungarian.
3. His mind has space for reading Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Latin original and being a fan of Mad Max.
4. Even his father-in-law was an ambassador to the Vatican. (His father-in-law Alfons M. Kloss has served as Austria’s Ambassador to the Holy See.)
5. He also represents Hungary in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (as does his father for Austria).
6. He has been the scriptwriter of several movies, including Vanessa Redgrave and Mary, Queen of Scots, featuring Glenda Jackson among others.
7. Last summer, he spent several evenings in the company of his father among refugees at Budapest’s Keleti railway stations.
8. He believes that Pope Francis has “significantly tinted” his opinion on the unlimited reception of migrants.
9. He does not believe that he will be frowned upon in Western elite circles due to representing Hungary in the Holy See.
10. Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen has previously been director of communications of the diocese of Sankt Pölten.