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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.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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