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Will the Catholic Church be Unified?

In October of 1623, Josaphat's enemies condemned him to Leo Sapieha, a Catholic and chancellor of Lithuania.  Due to their influence, Leo charged Josaphat with resorting to violence on behalf of union with Rome.

This was Josaphat's response:

God witnesses to my character.  He sees into my heart and knows the purpose of my actions.  By no evil example or uncompromising actions did I drive away from me any citizen of Polotsk or any other person in my diocese.  There is not the slightest indication of severity on my part which might have become the cause for the rebellion.  I do not drag anyone against his will into the Union and there is no proof of it.  My position as head of the church which the Schismatics threaten to take from us by force.  I do all of this in a legal, peaceful way, taking for my inspiration an ideal St. Ambrose and St. John Chrysostom, who accomplished so many great works for the glory of God unmindful of any obstacles.  If these saints had seen in their times as much wrong done to Almighty God as I now see, they would do much more about it than I.

I know of no other motive for the action of the schismatics except their jealousy and possibly the fact that we sail in the bark of the greatest captain, the successor of Christ himself.  This ship never did sail on peaceful waters, but always in the storm.

The Schismatics do the fighting and then complain that they are being beaten.  Is this not directly opposed to the love of one's neighbor as preached by Christ?

Reflecting on St Josaphat (1580-1623) today is a chilling reminder of what might be ahead for our Church.  The division among Catholics is probably wider than those outside our faith.

Will we be able to follow the Catechism?

Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity Christ wills for her. - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 820

 

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