A major Christian leader in India, concerned about the rise of nationalism and the anti-Christian attacks being made by them, as begged for help from fellow Christians and people of good will to “save our nation from nationalist forces” according to a recent report:
Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar has written a letter urging members of the Christian community to save the country from “nationalist forces” as he said the “democratic fabric” of the country was at stake, amidst growing “sense of insecurity” among minorities.
Indirectly targeting the ruling BJP in the state, Archbishop Thomas Macwan appealed to the minority community to help elect those candidates, who respect every human being without discrimination, to the state Assembly.
He said the nationalist forces were “on the verge of taking over the country”, which is why the Gujarat elections could make a difference.
In an official communique dated November 21, Macwan appealed to the Christians to organise prayer services in parishes and convents “so that we may have such people elected to the Gujarat Assembly, who would remain faithful to the Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination”.
“The democratic fabric of the country is at stake amidst growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, Other Backward Class (OBC), Backward Class, poor, etc,” he said.
“The results of this election are significant and will have its repercussion and reverberation throughout our beloved nation. It will influence the future course of our country.
“We are aware that the secular and democratic fabric of our country is at stake. Human rights are being violated. The constitutional rights are being trampled. Not a single day goes without an attack on our churches, church personnel, faithfuls or institutions,” he said.
“The recitation of the Holy Rosary at individual, community, family and parish levels will be of great help.
Encourage your faithful to pray the Rosary,” he said.
In the letter, the Archbishop has also cited examples of how such prayers saved Europe during the victory at Lepanto (referring to the battle of 1571 in which Holy League of Venetian and Spanish empires defeated Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras), and how “protecting hand of our beloved Mother Mary defeated communist governments and dictators in a number of countries”. (source)
Nationalism is currently rising in popularity and is set to rise for some time. This will lead to nothing but trouble because the nationalism of today, while it connects to a real search for a sense of history and past that many feel has been either lost, stolen, or stripped from them, will be nothing more than a pathway to another world war that will dwarf the horrors of the 20th century. This is because just like with the previous world wars, their cause is rooted in the abandonment of Christianity that began centuries ago with the acceptance of the heresy that the Church is merely a special extension of the government and society. This contrasts with the traditional Catholic view that in all societies there are three “estates”- the government, the Church, and the governed, and it is the Church that acts as both a unifying force and a barrier separating the government and the governed so that neither party can take power and subject the other to abuse.
This is the essence of all the nationalist movements that we see today, for to them Christianity is at best an ornament on the artifice of government, which acts as the creator of moranity and the church the enforcer of the state morality. When taken to its logical end, the government eventually discards the Church and designates itself as the organ by which right and wrong is articulated, thus making the government into a god and obedience to that government’s decrees an act of worship. This was the problem faced by Christians during the Roman Empire prior to the conversion of the Empire under Constantine, and this problems reared itself again in a major way beginning with Martin Luther, for it is was he who wanted the creation of ‘a German church for a German people,’ and thus as the author Peter Wiener notes, called Luther the spiritual ancestor whose philosophies over the centuries blossomed until they culminated in the actions of Hitler and his National Socialist state.
India is currently going through the same problems that we have warned are reappearing in Germany and Japan. Driven by Hindu “saffron terrorists,” their basis is in the fact that Hinduism is a nationalist religion just as how the National socialists of Germany and Japan openly admit that the reason they honor pagans of old such as the Spartans, Odin, Freyr, or Ameratsu, is because their religion is one of worship of their people, race, and land. It is simply the paganism of the ancient world repackaged in a modern context, with technical advancements and a few other lingusitic and cultural differences owing to time and place but with the same philosophical basis as its support. There is no difference between the pagans of old and the neopaganism of today as far as its philosophy and intentions are concerned.
The pagan Hindus have made explicitly clear that they want to create “Hindutva,” which is the Hindu equivalent of Hitler’s Aryan race. Hindutva is the “perfect” Hindu state, and the way that these nationalists believe they are going to attain “Hindutva” is to massacre all non-Hindus or “imperfect” Hinuds as part of a great “cleansing” just as how Germany mass murdered the Slavic peoples as well as its own citizens in the name of “purifying” its nation.
As Pope Pius XII pointed out in his famous encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge, it is good for a man to be happy with and support one’s nation and seek its best interest. However, one cannot support one’s nation an in doing so to deny the humanity of other men or use it as a weapon to exploit others for private gain at their clear and destructive loss.