While celebrating Holy Thursday Mass at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran, Pope Paul VI condemns a "ferment practically of schism" which is dividing the Roman Catholic Church. His remarks are directed primarily at liberal Catholics who are critical of authoritarian attitudes within the Vatican.
Pope Paul VI says:
"How can it be a Church, that is a united people, when a ferment practically of schism divides and subdivides it, breaks it into groups attached more than anything else, to arbitrary and basically selfish autonomy disguised as Christian pluralism or freedom of conscience?
Does unity still exist within the Church? Does the Catholic Church still exist as an authentic mystical body, a concrete, effective, spiritual structure? Are there still people who desire to reach unity through love instead of falling into the single dimension of profane hedonism and simple material progress?
Do not we too have 'divisions' such as those St. Paul deplored among the Corinthians? Let us renounce the spirit of discord, the verbal attacks on brothers."