There is (understandable) growing concern in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian circles about the growth of Ethnic Nationalism in North America and Europe.
I left a comment about it on this First Things article that says “Catholics must resist ethno-Nationalim” that I’ll expand upon here.
Uhm, no. No we mustn’t necessarily resist it. We should be cautious, not terrified.
Yes, Ethno-Nationalists killed many Catholics and also Eastern Orthodox Christians in history. That’s not an indictment. It’s just a fact.
However! Depraved (or just stupid) Catholics, as well as people from other religious and political and ethnic groups, have committed (or unwittingly abetted) atrocities too.
Furthermore, there have been multiple Ethno-Nationalist governments and entities never turned into depraved genocidal lunatics. There are numerous examples from history of non-evil, sane Nationalists. Today’s Scottish Nationalist Party is hardly getting ready to Smite the English and raze Wales, after all.
By comparison, with only a few exceptions here and there, most of the last century’s genocidal maniacs were Communists, not Nationalists.
The history of Communism shows clearly: they always wind up murdering Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, and then pretty much any otherc, 100% of the time sooner or later.
Nationalists, this is not so.
Yes you may meet the Commie, the Social Justice Warrior of today, and he may try to be your friend. He may even try to talk about so-called “Liberation Theology” and how Communism is ultimately Christian. Never believe him. A committed Communist is a Committed Social Justice Warrior–and as Vox Day says they always lie.
If you even hear about Liberation Theology, note its history: it was once suppressed as clearly Marxist, then evolved into something more practical: “Liberation” in the current Catholic thinking, for those who know it, includes Liberation from ANYTHING that is SPIRITUALLY oppressive. And such liberation cannot be done through force of arms or draconian means that harm others.
Yes, you may have heard the phrase “Social Justice” was originally Catholic. That’s because it was. So were “brotherhood of man” and “universal love.” These reflect core concept of this nature:
- Slavery is wrong.
- Treating your employees like property is bad.
- If a whole group of people are hurting, help them if you reasonably can.
- Don’t treat people from another religion or race as inferior to yourself.
- Try to grant equal dignity to every human being, male or female, you meet. (Unless they make it impossible, obviously.)
Those all sound “liberal.” They aren’t. They’re ancient Christian ideas, and not just Catholic ones by the way.
Historically, Communists have a habit of stealing Catholic terms. Sometimes we steal them back. No, Pope Francis really is NOT a Liberation Theology Commie, even though his choice of words sometimes sound a sour note for people who know what real Commie propaganda is.
I left the following comment on First Things, which I’ve cleaned up a couple typos on, which may clarify things for anyone wondering, and may also be comfort for Catholics who are afraid:
Unlike the Communist, the Nationalist doesn’t necessarily have to be our enemy. Neither, frankly, does the self-described Race Realist. Indeed, the notion that some races may be smarter, or slower, or better dancers, or more spiritual, or whatever because of genetics? Whether you believe that stuff or not, that isn’t necessarily unCatholic either.
The things that are unCatholic are genuine race hate, genuine and real oppression, unprovoked and unnecessary violence, that sort of thing. “Hey Hungarian dork” isn’t hate. “Torment Hungarians for sport!” is.
Furthemore, segregated communities are not necessarily unChristian. Some people may not like the idea but that doesn’t make it unChristian. Yes, segregation may cause evils, especially if it’s forced and brutal. But integration, especially forced integration, can cause many evils too.
There is no reason you cannot fiercely love your country and support it from those who would attack it or are tearing it down. There’s no reason you can’t love your ethnicity either. Only Ethno-Racial stereotyping of individuals, in a genuinely harmful way (not a “hurt your fee fees” way), is the real sin. Check an authoritative Church source and you’ll likely find none disagree.
The fact is that because Atheism is on the rise, it is to be expected that hardcore Nationalism and hardcore Communism both should be making a rise. And that may be the key to the Nationalism debate: Atheist Nationalists tend to worship the State or The Race. And by the way, yes Hitler was an Atheist–he started somewhat Christian but multiple documents of his own words show that by the end, he was an atheist as was his entire inner circle, including the occultists. (NB: most occultists are Atheist or lean that way.)
On the other hand, genuinely Godly Ethno-Nationalists, who know and acknowledge God is ultimately Supreme, not the Nation or the Race, who respect the human dignity of foreigners who are no threat, who do not think The State or “The Race” are always righteous and never wrong–these are people with whom we can get along, even if we are sometimes uncomfortable or in disagreement.
One thing is for sure: with the rise of Atheism is also the rise of people’s need to feel connected. Communism is very nearly totally impossible to work with Catholics, which is why they always get around to murdering us. But the Ethno-Nationalists? No. They can be reasoned with. They can be lived with. They can be shown respect, and thereby, their grievances can be heard, and not just slapped down with contempt and rage.
For any Ethno-Nationalist readers: I do not need to be your enemy. We don’t need to be your enemy. Most Catholics just want to practice our faith without harassment, and we are willing to talk if you have grievances. By comparison, the Communist is invariably our enemy: the Communist always lies, and always murders the faithful the minute they’re no longer useful.
This is why we should be concerned about the rise of Ethno-Nationalism, but blindly opposing it is STOOOPID. If poor working class whites, or whites who are now a minority in their own communities, cannot speak for their interests as a group, they WILL eventually turn violent, and it will be understandable why: you can’t just keep beating them down (which our cultural elites have done to a LOT of working whites. See the work of our Eastern Orthodox brother Rod Dreher of The American Conservative for more on that).
Our main goal as Christians should not be to hate the Ethno-Nationalists, or blindly “oppose” them. It should be to listen to them, and hopefully find where we can find shared faith in God and common ground. That’s the Catholic way to treat practically ANYBODY, after all.
Finally, I’ll leave this video, which I distribute to my right-wing pals every time they hear 80 year old Pope Francis using words that were popular when he was younger in South America, thinking he’s turned Commie. No, he hasn’t, even if he makes some Catholics cringe sometimes at his choice of words: