What in particular is it that is unified?
We all adhere to the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ that were passed down through the Apostles and held to over almost 2,000 years by the Catholic Church. However, there is also diversity in unity, because of the different regional traditions and customs of the various particular Churches within the Church (Roman, Maronite, etc.). It resembles the Unity of the Three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one God, the Blessed Trinity.
May God bless you abundantly and forever!
Christ is the Cornerstone.
Christ is the life of the Church. Without Him, our churches would be empty tombs.
Christ is the Word Made Flesh. He remains among us in the outward form/symbol of bread and wine, present in the tabernacle. When the sanctuary light is lit, we know He is present. There are times when the Blessed Sacrament is removed for various purposes, and when this happens, the doors of the tabernacle are left open, and the sanctuary light off.
Christ comes to us through the Mass, the greatest power of goodness on the earth. Dr Scott Hahn said one time the sacraments are the Lord’s ‘atomic bombs’ against the devil.
The catholics have the eucharist, there cannon law is confusing , Moses, moses, moses …
Bless them … : )
This is an important question for all Christians. As a young man, coming from a “non-denominational” upbringing, I had some faith in Jesus. So when it was time for me to devote to Him at a Church, I was compelled to learn about the Church, historically and why there are divisions with different interpretations.
1 Cor. 1
10*I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
How do we come to “the same mind and judgment”???
I believe the Catholic faith has the greatest foundation and interpretation for all of her members to come together in one faith, understanding, Teaching, “mind”, and “judgment”.
We all (Christians) appeal to Scripture as the infallible Written Word of God! But this alone isn’t sufficient for all to agree on Teachings. Yet, we certainly cannot put aside the Scriptures, because they are from One author. We see, within Scripture, that Jesus established (or set apart) one of the twelve and prayed for him in this office which was distinguished from the others. Jesus also established His body and blood as a means to come together.
Holding fast to Jesus, will mean holding fast to the office of Peter and to His Eucharist. This brings perfect unity, so long as we are doing so with a clear conscience.
Christ is the Word Made Flesh…the Fruit of the Tree of Life that went out ahead of fallen Adam and Eve…hope always there…the fulfillment of Manna from Heaven.
Canon Law is for Catholics who are going into higher education. You just follow your pastor and bishop…in communion with the Holy Father.
We hear the Word of God at the Liturgy of the Word. The Nicene Creed and Prayers of the Faithful follow the Word of God – Old Testament reading, the Psalms for praise in music, then the Epistle read by a lay person. The assembly stands and the priest goes to pick up the book of the Gospels, holds it high and then goes to the pulpit…reading the gospel and then giving the homily that also draws on the other readings.
After the Prayers of the Faithful where we pray for everyone all over the world, we then sit.
The second part of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
After Holy Communion we are blessed, and then go out to serve the Lord in our neighbor.
You can look up St. Justin the Martyr, describing how Mass was said in Rome, written for the Emperor of Rome in 154 AD. This is how Mass was said throughout the entire Christian world.
 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
When Christ expelled the money changers and their wares out of the temple…He likewise answered the priests that He would tear down the temple and rebuilt it in 3 days…meaning He will be the Church…He will be the life of the Church.
He is wholly actualized in us when we not only hear His Word through the Holy Spirit…but that we eat of His flesh and blood in thanksgiving and then the Word we hear becomes enfleshed within us…and this actually is endured in the Oral Tradition…and the Breaking of the Bread.
Or consider Christ appearing to some of the apostles on the Road to Emmaus, and how they did not recognize them, and He rebuked them in regards to understanding Scripture…‘You still don’t understand?!’…and then when they broke bread with Him…they then recognized Him, He disappeared…but then they understood Scripture through the Eucharist whereas before – the apostles still could not the Word of God even after Our Lord’s resurrection from the dead.
Rising from the dead for the atonement of sin, was not enough for us to understand Scripture.
We need Our Lord in the Eucharist to provide us the key of understanding Eucharist…and the response is to serve.
Jesus is the living temple within us…ours a living faith based not on script but on the Word of God in the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is thus the source of life and the unifying source of the Church…not man.
So if a pope through some position of pastoral administration doesn’t go with our conscience, we still have the Mass and sacraments, the catechism, and other components of the Church that do not depend on men in themselves.
The challenge is to find Christ alive in the Church, and once you find Him…and learn from Him through the Church, you never go away because then you are fed.
Today many give up with so many steps…the soil of the earth today, hardened and with so much distraction.
Another aspect of Church unity is diversity of spiritualities, rites, etc. We don’t all march lock-step in the same spirituality and there are various rites, such as Latin or Eastern for example, and other liturgical forms. There are ordinariates that allow for rites to be transferred from other Christian ecclesial communities, such as the Anglican Ordinariate.
We hold to the teachings of Christ in his Church, but we live those in various ways. This is why there are many religious orders, each emphasizing a different charism. The unity of the Church is deep and wide, not narrow and confining. It’s a banquet of delights not a one menu meal. Those who take advantage of this diversity find all they could possibly want and much more.
The Church’s teachings-and our adherence to them-that’s what makes us Catholic.
Protestants who believe in Christ and bear witness to the gifts of the Holy Spirit witness Christ.
But the fullness comes in the full deposit of faith in Christ…the problem is if we look too much at others…and no one is perfect. Alot of times those who leave the Church do so because of a disagreement or misunderstanding of the priest, not the doctrine and sacraments.
So one has to learn and study what is the fullness of faith in Christ in the Church and keep one’s eyes on Him because He alone is the source of unity…and life.
I am a grandmother and I am still continuing to learn about my faith and how it is lived out in other cultures…and others’ histories.