The Pope of Rome, who claims to be bishop over the entire world and runs a city-state that demands global obedience, yet again condemned Nationalism over the weekend. This time in an interview with an Italian news outlet, La Stampa, Francis said that discussions of Nationalism sound similar to that which was espoused by Adolf Hitler in 1937.
Nationalism is a term denoting belief that the nation-state political unit, or body-politic, is an essential component in the preservation of civil liberties and individual rights. The opposite of Nationalism is Globalism, a belief that nation-states should be either non-existent or be subordinate to global and/or regional governments and international bodies. The Roman Church, and particularly the Jesuit order (that of which belongs Pope Francis) has consistently held that entire world should be subject to the Vatican in Rome.
It should, therefore, come to no surprise that the man who the Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Baptist Confessions of Faith call the anti-Christ (an eschatological figure who Christians believe will set up a one-world government) is castigating Nationalism, which is the antithesis of Globalism.
For many years in the United States, Roman Catholics could not easily hold public office, for the widespread fear that their allegiance to the Vatican would usurp their allegiance to the nation-state of their Citizenship. The Pope’s words echo back to a foregone time when Rome set itself against individual nations with independent governments.
John Adams, the second president of the United States wrote…
“My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola.”
The Popes specific remarks over the weekend were aimed at Nationalism in Europe, in places like Italy, the European Union, the UK, and very likely, the United States. There is a growing Nationalist sentiment among nation-states that they should be independent and reassert the liberties of their people up against international governing bodies.
The Pope said…
“I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. ‘Us first. We … We … These are frightening thoughts.”
Nationalists are primarily concerned with the civil liberties of their Citizens, exhibiting an “America first” (or Great Britain first, etc) mentality. Globalists care less about individual liberty, and prefer instead to focus on collective prosperity.
However, the Pope was mainly addressing an Italian controversy involving Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who has gone back-and-forth with him on the subject of immigration. Francis believes in no borders or immigration enforcement, and Salvini insinuated that Francis was insane for claiming that illegal immigrants aren’t a danger to national safety.
As for the ties between Communists and Francis, as well as an understanding of his Marxist leanings, read this post by the American Spectator.