"What Unites Us Is Greater than What Divides Us"
by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 31, 2017
The current unparalleled crisis in the Church is largely the result (aside from the utterly disastrous “liturgical reform”) of the proliferation of pseudo-doctrines, slogans and buzzwords in post-conciliar thinking. Among these are “ecumenism” (an essentially meaningless neologism) and its absurd mantra respecting Protestant “ecumenical dialogue partners”: i.e., that “What unites us is greater than what divides us.”
The slogan manifestly violates the first principle of rational thought: the law of non-contradiction, which states that a thing cannot be, and not be, at the same time and under the same aspect. For example, running water can become ice, but it cannot be ice and running water at the same time.
The ecumenical slogan posits the nonsensical notion that Catholics and Protestants are simultaneously united and divided, which is not the same thing as saying that Catholics and Protestants might happen to agree on this or that isolated point of doctrine while not being united in the same religion. That is, the word “united” is being abused to suggest a unity that does not and cannot exist so long as Protestants remain outside the Church that Christ founded, the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, which is identical to the Mystical Body of Christ.
As Pope Pius XII explained in his landmark encyclical on the Mystical Body:
“Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed. ‘For in one spirit’ says the Apostle, ‘were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free.’
“As therefore in the true Christian community there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there can be only one faith. And therefore, if a man refuse to hear the Church, let him be considered — so the Lord commands — as a heathen and a publican. It follows that those who are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit.”
This has been the constant teaching of the Church: that there is no Christian unity outside of her, and that Protestants are not within her unity, notwithstanding any valid baptism they may have received at the hands of some non-Catholic minister. To recall the teaching of Pius XI in this regard: “the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it.”
That is, without the return of the dissidents to the one true Church, there is no unity with them. Hence, alluding to the teaching of his predecessor, Pius XII insisted in his instruction regarding the “ecumenical movement” that the bishops “must restrain that dangerous manner of speaking which generates false opinions and fallacious hopes incapable of realization; for example, to the effect that the teachings of the Encyclicals of the Roman Pontiffs on the return of dissidents to the Church, on the constitution of the Church, on the Mystical Body of Christ, should not be given too much importance…”
But it is precisely “fallacious hopes incapable of realization” that animate the futile enterprise of “Catholic ecumenism” with its suspension of the law of non-contradiction in order to posit the absurdity of unity in the face of irreconcilable division.
Ecumenical nonsense in the thinking of post-conciliar churchmen is precisely a sign of the “diabolical disorientation” among the hierarchy of which Sister Lucia spoke in light of the Message of Fatima and the Third Secret in particular. Considering the chaos that “ecumenism” has unleashed in the Church over the past fifty years — with the Roman Pontiff himself embracing lady Lutheran “bishops” in a false display of “unity” where none can possibly exist — can we not say that ecumenism is literally the work of the devil?