NATIONALISM IS CONTRARY TO THE CHURCH
It is so important that the Church
should be one. And this was proven in the case of Europe; she
was united into one great nation as long as she was Catholic, then
known as the Holy Roman Empire. That was the time man was most
satisfied, secure and happy.
Then the Spaniards became Spaniards,
the Germans, German, and the French became French. That was
the beginning of the destruction of the Church. The tragedy
was that the Catholic church, herself, became nationalistic.
Before, there was only the Pope. Then, suddenly, there was a
French Pope, a German Pope, an Italian Pope. There was even a
Vatican in Rome and a Vatican in Avignon, France. Today, we
even have an African Church and an Asian Church. Though some unity
has been preserved, local churches took national colors with
different social habits. The lack of unity had weakened the
church. The Church cannot function in such a weakened position.
Unity is the most important
characteristic of the Catholic Church. Remove unity and all
evil would rush in. The tragedy is that unity was taken for
granted; the Church woke up filled with evil that she could hardly
manage. She discovered the importance of unity at a time there
was nothing she could do about the disunity.