In his January 30 daily homily, Pope Francis said that a Christian without the Church is “an absurd dichotomy.” His words echo those of Pope Paul VI, who once stated “It is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church.” Pope Francis’ homily reflected on the relationship between the Church and Christians. He said,
“The Christian is not baptized to receive baptism and then go on his way … 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.”
Pope Francis then went on to explain the “three pillars” of belonging to the Church: humility, fidelity and prayer.
Read more about these three pillars in the full article, at Catholic News Agency.