Vatican, 07 June, 2020 / 5:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church cannot be an authentic witness to unity in diversity if it only mirrors the divisions found in society, Cardinal Kurt Koch said Friday.
Koch told CNA June 5: “The Second Vatican Council in its constitution about the Church says that the Church is the sacrament of salvation, the sacrament of unity, and how we can demonstrate this beautiful sign of unity in the Church when we are divided?”
Catholics cannot help build Christian unity when “we are the mirror of the tensions and the divisions in the society,” he noted. “And in this sense, it seems to me very important to refind the unity in plurality, in diversity. Because the diversity and plurality are not in opposition to unity.”
According to the Swiss cardinal, “today we have many, many tensions, many conflicts, many problems, and this shows that to refind Christian unity is [even] more important.”
He added that it was clear that Catholics “can be credible in the ecumenical situation only when we can refind unity in our own Church.”