Towards a Catholic Christianity: Inadequate Proposals

In two previous posts, we noted an emphasis in Christ’s high-priestly prayer upon the theme of Christian unity (Part 1), as well as several factors that have prevented such unity from being fully realized (Part 2). Disagreements have led to divisions, which in turn have led to the formation of different denominations or sects. Not surprisingly, Christians have not agreed how to solve this dilemma. As a result, there have been different approaches to Jesus’ “unity prayer” in John 17. Continue reading

Toward a Catholic Christianity: The Major Obstacles

In the previous post (Part 1), we noted an emphasis in Christ’s high-priestly prayer (John 17) on the theme of Christian unity. Jesus desired that his disciples be united in creed, united in cause, and united in charity towards one another. Such unity should be important to us, inasmuch as it adorns the gospel and fulfills our Savior’s prayer. But the unity for which Christ prayed has not yet been realized. What’s the problem? Continue reading