Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky: Political “Unity” vs. Christian Unity

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*Image: A Eucharistic procession in Madison, Wisconsin on August 15, 2020 [CNA photo by Joe Ptak, Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald]

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 3, 2021

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Virginia.


Rev. Jerry J. PokorskyDivisive politics seems to poison every aspect of contemporary life.  So there is an urgent need to reconsider what it would mean if what we were to seek is not an illusory political “unity,” but what true public harmony depends upon: Christian brotherhood.

When we say brother, the immediate, literal meaning usually comes to mind: He is my brother, by blood. If we are thinking about the brotherhood of mankind, our thoughts are typically more abstract, often sentimental aspirations. What do we mean when we, as Christians, refer to one another as brothers in Christ?

The sin of Adam and Eve mortally wounded human nature.  The world became subject to the divisive influence of the Devil, the “Prince of this world.” Unity gave way to disunity. Adam blamed Eve for his sin. Cain murdered his brother Abel. In His justice, God sent a flood to destroy the wicked, sparing the righteous Noah and his family. …