…judges Francis’ idea on sects forming part of the Church

  • Confession of faith of Maximus, Urban, and other Africans before Pope Cornelius

‘We know that Cornelius, bishop of the most holy Catholic Church, was chosen by God almighty and by Christ our Lord; we confess our error; we have suffered imposture; we have been deceived by treachery and captious loquacity; for although we seemed to have held, as it were, a certain communication with a schismatical and heretical man, nevertheless our heart has always been in the Church; for we are not ignorant that there is one God and that there is one Lord Christ, whom we have confessed, that there is one Holy Spirit and that there ought to be one bishop in the Catholic Church.’ (Denzinger-Hünermann 108. Saint Cornelius. Letter Quantam Solicitudinem to Saint Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, 252)

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