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39. Schism

1. Schism is a breaking away, a division which disruptsunity. As a sin, it is the disruption of unity born of charity. Inspecial, it is the sin of cutting away from the unity of thefaithful under the rule of the Vicar of Christ; it is the refusalto submit to the rule and jurisdiction of the sovereignpontiff.

2. Schism is a grave sin, but it is not so grave as heresyand unbelief. Heresy cuts a person off from the unity of thefaithful just as schism does; but heresy adds to this the evil ofembracing false doctrine. {-When papal infallibilityand the primacy and jurisdiction ofthe sovereign pontiff weresolemnly defined, schism became a practical denial of truths of thefaith, and hence is itself heretical.-}

3. Schismatics lose the right to exercise spiritualpowers; they lose jurisdiction itself, and not merely its licituse.

4. It is right and just that schismatics, who severthemselves from the unity of the Church, should be punished by theChurch with the penalty their action invites, namely,excommunication.

"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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