It is not a good thing when two people who claim to have the same belief system are at odds, and seek to tear down the others point of view, whether they do it knowingly, maliciously, or not.
It is weakening us in the spiritual fight.
Ok, here we go. An example of this 'internal bickering' is all the things going on with the Pope.
Now that right there probably already stirred the pot. Here's my point. The Pope is saying things which are very confusing, and things which some people are taking as new found church teaching or changed doctrine!
Yes, I stand with the Pope as the spiritual head of the Church, but here's the deal, the Pope is human. He is not God, and, unless he makes a statement which is EX CATHEDRA (from the chair), which means it is inspired by the Holy Spirit and becomes an infallible teaching on faith and morals, then the churche's doctrines CANNOT be changed.
I admit, I find it slightly humorous how some seem to think that whatever the Pope says is church law and must be embraced as infallible. That way of thinking can give those who are opposed to the Catholic Church even more ammunition to claim we Catholics see the Pope as God. Which of course is not the case, since there have been at least a few Pope's through the history of the church who did not live as they should have.
So there we go. Yes, I stand behind the Pope as my spiritual father but we must remember that unless the Pope speaks from the chair of Peter, church doctrine cannot be changed.
God bless you. Zac.