Christian Divisions 'Disfigure' Church

Christian Divisions 'Disfigure' Church

The divisions among Christians have "disfigured" the church, Pope Benedict XVI said on Sunday January 20.

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Bruce Snowden
5 years ago
It’s not difficult to agree with the Holy Father that Christian divisions ‘disfigure’ the Church. In the U.S. alone there are thirty thousand different Protestant churches each calling itself the true Church of Jesus Christ. How did Christianity get so “messed-up?” Respectfully, I venture to suggest it’s cause is the unintended destructive residual effect of the well-intentioned and yes, necessary Protestant Reformation, that with the passing of time disfigured, deformed and splintered the integrity of the High Priestly Prayer of Christ, that “all may be one.” Clearly Christianity has a lot of ecumenical work to do, fulfilling Christ’s “Unity Prayer” at the Last Supper, which I like to call the “First Eucharist,” the Eucharist being first and foremost the one absolute prerequisite to Christian unity, "transubstantiating" so to speak all divisiveness within Christianity into the one Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of thr Resurrected Christ! Let’s pray that the worthy intentions of the Reformers come to pass and they were worthy. And through intertwining and intertwined fidelity continue passing on to true Christianity preserved in Catholicism and in Orthodoxy, its own Christian authenticity wherever it exists. This privileged task I leave to scholars on how to deliver to the Church, I mean the People of God, first identifiable in Adam and Eve , First Parents of the First Family of God, then en-spirited in the Hebrew Testament through Abraham’s obedience and Moses’s “Manna in the desert” and finally en-fleshed through Christ in his life, death, resurrection, ascension and in Spirit’s arrival at Pentecost, prototypical of the full unity in Faith and practice of all who call themselves Christian. This is how I understand it, “it” being in a word Baptism, ratified by my Profession of Faith in the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. . To all no offense meant, only love!

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