Why Church Unity Matters

Millennial writer Christopher White has a new article at Crux. He writes:

Hostility to this pope has been mounting from the earliest days of his papacy, when his pro-life credentials were called into question, when his economic views were mocked, and when an entire encyclical was practically ignored by certain constituencies within the Church.

As someone who continues to be inspired by the life and legacies of Popes John Paul II and Benedict, it’s been all the more disheartening that such behavior has arisen from the very writers, thinkers, and publications that paved the way for my early exploration of Catholicism….

I take great solace in the affirmation of “one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church” that we profess at each Mass. That was true when I was first confirmed and it remains just as true today.

This doesn’t mean we’re a homogenous institution without different ideas and opinions. As Pope Francis has reminded us, the only place you won’t find disagreement is in a cemetery.

But it should mean that Catholics of all stripes should welcome this time of mercy that we are blessed to live in and seek to promote it rather than be polarized. For if we sincerely hope to heal a broken world, a unified Church is a necessary starting place.

You can read the full article here.