This Sunday occurs as we begin the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Before considering unity among the broader Christian community, we have to consider unity among Roman Catholics. There are evident divisions, so often rooted in ideology and our various ways of celebrating the Eucharist and who can minister in what ways.

There are even divisions concerning relatively sensible matters such as the wearing of masks during the COVID crisis. Most days at the celebration of the Eucharist, one of my personal prayers is for those working with Pope Francis, but also those working against the Pope.

One would think that some members of the College of Cardinals would have in mind the peace and unity of the Church. I find it a sad statement about our Church that there are individuals spreading division and actively working against unity.

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