Perhaps this is the wrong place to ask this question, but…
WHO is ultimately responsible for the split of Catholics and Protestants? Yes, the protestants left the catholic church, but WHY? Wasn’t it that they utterly disagreed with how the church was discharging it’s “duties”?
How is this wrong? Did not Paul baldly correct Peter re: Peter’s error when that error was potentially leading other Jewish Christians (the church at that time) astray? (“How is it that you being a Jew live like a gentile, compell the gentiles to live like Jews” etc. etc.)
What if Peter had answered Paul, “to hell with your correction! I’m the leader of the Church, not you! I’ll do as I please!”…Would Paul have been right in “splitting” from Peter?
What about the split between Paul and Barnabas, both Christians? Was this not contained in the will of God and did it not achieve His ultimate purpose; the desemination of the Word of God to the gentiles?
What I’m getting at, is there are a number of shameful things in our mutual Church history that I do not agree with, and if the Catholic church did not address those things, did not deal with those things, did not repent of those things, then I’m glad of the split.
HOWEVER, I would rather be unified with my family than continue in separation from them…So long as we are in a place of agreement, by all means let us rejoin with one another. If we still disagree, let us dialog until we can reach agreement, or agree to disagree… (“In essentials, unity…”)