The unity of the Church, also, is integral to her divine constitution. There is only one Church, and those not in communion with the Roman Pontiff do not belong to it. "Let there be no schisms among you" (1 Cor. 1:10). "Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; one body and one Spirit . . .one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. 4: 35). "We, being many, are one body in Christ" (Rom. 12: 5). "Upon this rock I will build My Church"(Mt. 16: 18). "There shall be one fold and one shepherd" (John 10: 16).
St. Augustine warned:
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