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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Nov 10, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

“Let’s be plain: the Church has been in schism since 1968, if not earlier,” writes Michael Pakaluk in a provocative essay for The Catholic Thing. His choice of the year 1968 is a reference to Humanae Vitae, and the widespread resistance to that encyclical. But the problem of dissent goes far beyond that issue, he explains:

Someone who believes that abortion is homicide in principle should be disposed to place his own life at the door of a clinic; someone who is merely “personally opposed” may be disposed to send SWAT teams to arrest this man. If Catholics are on both sides of such a divide, Catholics are in schism. ….

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