Following Christ Without the Church is a False Dichotomy
So that I am not accused of being hypocritical and “picking and choosing” which of Pope Francis’ things I dislike to make him look bad, here is something good that came out of his Thursday morning Mass.
I caught this over at the National Catholic Register.
Pope Francis said in his Thursday morning daily Mass that “It is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church; to listen to Christ, but not the Church; to be with Christ at the margins of the Church,” he said. “One cannot do this. It is an absurd dichotomy.”
Yes, it is absurd to say that one loves Christ but does not want to belong to His Church, that is, the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis also added: “The first fruit of Baptism is that you belong to the Church, to the People of God. One cannot understand a Christian without the Church” and “A person that is not humble, cannot hear along with the Church. He hears only what she likes, what he likes,” noted the Pope, adding that this humility can be seen in David’s prayer, when he says “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house?””.
Read the full article over at their website, they provide a very good in-depth analysis of the homily there.
Its definitely a step in the right direction, however, if you remember way back in August when talking about converting others he said specifically ““Do you need to convince the other to become Catholic? No, no, no! Go out and meet him, he is your brother. This is enough. Go out and help him and Jesus will do the rest.”” Keep that in mind.
Continue to pray for Pope Francis and the Church. Offer up your sufferings and joys for them.