Catholicism and nationalism

Interesting article on the Washington Post website in which Anthony Stevens Arroyo succintly summarizes the checkered history of the Catholic Church’s relationship to national cultures, from Matteo Ricci’s recommendation that priests be allowed to grow beards to gain respect in China, to the creation of a Polish National Catholic Church in the US in 1897. Arroyo concludes “It is our Catholic DNA to hate nationalisms, but embrace cultural celebrations.especially in the American context.”


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