Malta Minute with the Catechism: Unity and Diversity in the Church

  • Program #: 87
  • Description: Does unity in the Church eliminate diversity? No, says the Catholic Catechism. From the beginning, the Catholic Church has been marked by great diversity; diversity in God's gifts, diversity in the multiplicity of cultures and people who are its members. There is even diversity in its "particular" churches who maintain their own traditions. The Catechism asserts this is not a threat to the church's unity. Sin, however, and its consequences are a constant threat to unity. The number one bond of unity is charity which binds everything together in perfect harmony. There are also visible bonds of unity: profession of one faith, common celebration of divine worship, especially the sacraments, and apostolic succession through the sacrament of Holy Orders. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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