Three popes reigning at one time.<quoted text>
Faith is not simply mental assent. You do not become a part of the Body of Christ, the Church, by merely acknowledging that Jesus is the Messiah. He is quite clear on that.
Rose, tell me where the Christians were in the first 3 centuries of Christianity if not in the Catholic Church? Tell me which Christians rejected the sacraments, rejected the authority of their bishop and the Bishop of Rome? Tell me which Christians were bible alone with no authority other than themselves, the bible and the Holy Spirit?
From the book,History of Christianity, by Clyde L. Manschreck comes the following ..
With two popes reigning during the Great Schism, each anathematizing the other, many voices cried for reform, among them Conrad of Geinhausen, Heinrich of Langenstein, Peter of Ailli, John Gerson, and Nicholas of Clemanges. The agitation for a reforming council became so great that the cardinals of both Popes finally issued a call in Piza in 409. Neither the Pope of Avignon nor the one at Rome attended. Pisa declared both of them deposed, and elected Alexander V to be Pope. But the Popes at Avignon and Rome refused to be deposed, so that Christendom was faced with the spectacle of three Popes. The situation was intolerable.