Tolerance leads to division
Respect for the persons of others should always prevail. But tolerance of error can never give unity in truth. Tolerating error will cause people to remain divided as ever in their beliefs.
Moreover peaceful coexistence is not enough. Perfect coexistence is necessary. And that will only be possible through Church unity. And a perfectly united Christian Church will result only from a return of the churches that caused a division to the one fold of the Catholic-Church. After all, Christ sent His Church to fight the forces of evil.
“Tolerating error will cause people to remain divided as ever in their beliefs.”
Discipline and order are essential, not tolerance
If a country sent an army to resist its enemies, how would that army get on if different subordinate officers walked off with groups of soldiers, disobeying orders of the higher command, and deciding to try out what they thought to be better ideas of their own?
“If a country sent an army to defeat its enemies, how would that army get anything done without discipline and order?”
And if superior army officers protested against the indiscipline of hotheaded subordinates, would you blame them? Or suggest that, since all aimed at defending the country, they should work harmoniously with these insubordinates, whilst still allowing them to do as they please?
No, the answer is that discipline and order are essential, and it cannot come through tolerance, respect and collaboration. Our Lord knew this, and exactly for that reason warned us against such divisions, saying, “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” (Mk. 3:24)
(Source: Radio Replies, Fr. L. Rumble MSC & Fr. C. Carty MSC, 1937)
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