Oh, see the brilliant weaving of phrases, both true and suspect, so calculated to subtly dance around the question. Why do you liberals refuse to simply answer the question. The separation of the Church and State is an evil, certainly to be tolerated at times, but an evil nonetheless. The Catholic Church and the civil government ought to be united in perfect concord. To approve of something that was once tolerated is to betray the truth.
The Church and state are really distinct entities -- and therefore not "united" in the sense that they become fused into one entity. The ought to be united in the sense of mutual cooperation with a view toward their respective ends.
Caminus speaks the truth on this subject. The Church and State are to be united to one another in a perfect and substantial union as is analogized in that of the human soul and human body which are one substance, one man. Similarly the Church and State are like one Mystical Christ. Would you say it is fine to have the Mystical Christ's Soul separated from His Body? No. It can happen, yes, but so can death but you would not and ought not to desire
someone's death (though reason may be had for it). The Church and State are distinct, you are right, and so are the human soul and body for one is spirit and the other physical matter, the soul cannot do what the body does nor the body what the soul does, but their unity is substantial, "they" are one entity
, even as the Church and State ought to be united substantially by both being Catholic. The Catholic Church united to the Catholic State (preferably the Roman Catholic