Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
What I think is that we in the church - and especially I as an Archbishop - I'm responsible for maintaining our rules, and making sure we hold to unity in the Body of Christ.
Church unity comes from corporate humility.
The Hundred Years' War, like the crises of the Church in the same period, broke apart medieval unity.
The challenge for the church is how do we have unity about basic beliefs and yet respect individual differences.
Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.
There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church.
The True Church can never fail. For it is based upon a rock.
T. S. Eliot
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
Hans Urs von Balthasar