I guess I was just looking for context, since I hate analyzing such quotes apart from the context of the larger works wherein they were written/spoken.
Who uttered this quote?
I was hoping to get some thoughts on it before anyone knew who said it, but fwiw it was Alexei Khomiakov, in his work The Church is One.
A sensible practice
(they need a thumbs up emoticon here). Fwiw, the work is available online
. The quote is taken from the section titled "The Visible and Invisible Church".