At most of the parishes around here, one of the intercessions read aloud at Mass every Sunday invariably is “For Christian unity, let us pray to the Lord.”
Then it hit me: what exactly is meant by “Christian unity”?
I define “Christian unity” as the return of all Christians, i.e., Eastern Orthodox, Protestants, and other splinter groups back to the Catholic Church.
However, I suspect that what the author of this seemingly harmless intercession probably has in mind is indifferentism, i.e., all Christians of whatever stripe simply getting along. I’m OK – you’re OK.
The catechism (CCC 855) says this:
The Church’s mission stimulates efforts towards Christian unity. Indeed, “divisions among Christians prevent the Church from realizing in practice the fullness of catholicity proper to her in those of her sons who, though joined to her by Baptism, are yet separated from full communion with her. Furthermore, the Church herself finds it more difficult to express in actual life her full catholicity in all its aspects.”
So what is your definition of “Christian unity”???