In today’s Vatican News Service I saw the following quote from Pope Francis during his visit with an Pentecostal pastor:
“When instead we stop, we scrutinise each other too much, and we set out on another path, that of gossip. … And in this way it begins, from the first moment the division of the Church began. And it is not the Holy Spirit who causes division! … From the very beginning there has been this temptation in the Christian community. ‘I am from this group, you are from that one’, ‘No! I am the Church, you are a sect’, and so on. … The Holy Spirit creates diversity in the Church … diversity, rich and beautiful. But, at the same time, the Holy Spirit creates unity, and so the Church is one in her diversity. To borrow a phrase used by an evangelical, a phrase I love, it is the ‘reconciled diversity’ of the Holy Spirit, Who creates both of these things: diversity in charisms, and harmony in charisms”.
Where he says that “I am the Church…” or “…diversity in the Church…” is telling me that there is one Church that includes Catholics and Protestants, which is not how I thought it was. There is one church and it is Holy Mother Church or the Catholic Church. Other churches are heretical. I don’t want to seem unchristian toward other churches but if we are now One Church and it does not matter whether you believe in the sacraments, then why would I care about going to confession or not divorcing my wife and remarrying, etc.
How is that in line with Church teaching? It can’t be. I very confused and concerned about where the Holy Father is going with all this.
Can someone help me with this?