Pope praises Americans' faith and warns of perils of secularism: Bishop Lori of Bridgeport,Conn., said:"We appreciate very much the encouragement he is giving us to reach out to victims, efforts to maintain and expand safe encironment programs, and to do so in a context of preaching and exemplifing moral integrity(can be found in Confucianism) and supporting the family.
Family is "Jia" as the basic meeting ground of the West and the East, Chinese culture stresses family as known to all and Pope emphasizes family as well. I would detect the same reasoning for any harmonious society.
"Qi jia zhi guo ping tian xia" in Pin Yin system of romanization i.e. In searching for peace in the world, we must start from our own family, then the nation and the world.
However,"Guo jia" is a nation with two Chinese characters in the sequence as a combined expression, but not to say "Jia guo" In other words,an individual must be loyal to his/her nation first as in this context.
Secularism denies the Creator or "Lao tian ye" Here we detect the common ground again since "Lao tian ye" is a popular expression to address the Divine regardless of individual's religious affiliation. If I remember right,Rud. Kipling stated that the twin of the East and the West shall never meet but I do see the meeting ground as I stated above.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao, a student studying the West and the East in Chinese and English languages and Economics. April 17, 2008