|Jesus is stripped and his clothes are divided among the soldiers. But his seemless|
garment is not torn: it is a symbol of the Unity of the Church.
From St Augustine's, Ramsgate.
... the Catholic Church no longer sees the goal of Church unity as being the absorption into the Catholic Church of all other denominations.
Given the contemporary 'take' on the goal of Christian unity as no longer being one of absorption into Catholicism of every other Christian body on earth, ...
Dominus Iesus (Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under Cardinal Ratzinger). The passage is about the Orthodox churches, the point it makes obviously has universal application.
17 Therefore, the Church of Christ is present and operative also in these Churches, even though they lack full communion with the Catholic Church, since they do not accept the Catholic doctrine of the Primacy, which, according to the will of God, the Bishop of Rome objectively has and exercises over the entire Church.
Any baptised Christian who does not accept the authority of the Pope is making a mistake: he fails to grasp the doctrine of the Primacy of the Pope. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that the Pope has primacy over all baptised Christians. If Protestants all accepted that doctrine, and all the other doctrines of the Catholic Church, their sects would, of course, disapear, since their members would become Catholics. Saying the sects themselves would be 'absorbed' is perhaps misleading, but what Loftus is denying is that the Church wants to see an end of the wound in the Unity of the Church which their existence implies.
Only the other day Pope Francis spoke of the disunity of the Church as a 'scandal' in an Angelus address:
“We know that Christ has not been divided; yet we must sincerely recognize that our communities continue to experience divisions which are a source of scandal and weaken our witness to the Gospel.”
It is a scandal - a problem - which he urged us to pray and work to overcome. Mgr Loftus, presumably, has not heeded that call. As usual, he is not really listening to Pope Francis. His own agenda, preserved in his yellowing notes from the 1960s, is far more important.
|Bishop Egan giving the Blessing at the end of the Traditional Mass in his Cathedral:|
the bishop is the bond of unity.