Agree, like He told the Samaritan women at the well, worshipping will not be limited to a place anymore, and the Father prefers worship in truth and spirit, and the love for one another will be a trademark to the world.
The question is what did he mean by Catholic then , beyond universal, and as applied against the heresies of his day. I am thinking of how the eastern patriarchs related to patriarch of Rome jurisdictionally (beyond the primacy in honor). Was it a heresy yet to think otherwise…that is to what point was the east “Orthodox” yet still Catholic during Augustine writings? Or was this still a sleeping divide ?
For sure, for appointed bishops of that time were very close to apostlically being appointed if not actually appointed by them, as Clement was.
Well isn’t it one example of the visible church in action? Not sure because there are other examples we nix the one ???
I would think P reformorers and their SS would not toss out the scriptural norm that is set in Acts.
Now it seems we are back to an old paradigm we discussed about the women at the well. Are we back to pointing to Jerusalem or that sacred mountain in Samaria? Christ first wants us to hunger for truth and spirit, and obviously from within the Body, and be careful not to be sectarian, for Christ was not. For sure separate from heresy (gnostics, Arians), as the name Catholic signified at first, but not to separate true brethren as with Orthodox and P’s.
Again, Judaism had similar divisions, yet Christ did not weigh in save by being non sectarian, and saying ,“Salvation is of the Jews”
By the way, not sure it helps to tell those who have a different view of the same evidence, that they have ignored evidence altogether. We may ignore your interpretation of the evidence, but we do not ignore the evidence.