Overheard on the CNN news on my XM radio in the car this morning, a young gentleman, speaking of being present at the inauguration of President Obama, remarks something to the effect of: "Where else can you go and be in the same company as whites, blacks, asians and latinos?"
In my local Catholic church.
In my parish, there is just about every demographic.
We have a priest from Africa, and one from the Phillipines.
We have a diverse community of parishioners. It is one of the things I love best about our church, because there is a place for everyone.
On a broader scale, the Catholic Church is worldwide and encompasses every nationality.
Catholic means universal.
When you go to Mass in any Catholic church in the world, you will hear the same Scripture readings in Topeka, Kansas as you will in Rome, Italy (maybe not in the same language, however)
We are unified through the Scriptures.
We are unified through our celebration of the Eucharist.
We become one body in Christ.
We come from all over the world, from all walks of life, from all nationalites, and we come together through the Mass with one voice to worship the one True God.
We have done this for over 2,ooo years.
Diversity is nothing new to us.