Pope Francis: ‘It Is Not Possible to Find Jesus outside the Church’

From Pope Francis’ sermon today, the feast of Saint George (Jorge Bergoglio’s own patron): “But the Christian identity is not an identity card: Christian identity is belonging to the Church, because all of these belonged to the Church, the Mother Church. Because it is not possible to find Jesus outside the Church. The great Paul VI said: ‘Wanting to live with Jesus without the Church, following Jesus outside of the Church, loving Jesus without the Church is an absurd dichotomy.’”

The Holy Father also spoke of the apostolic fervor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder the Society of Jesus, and how that fervor was intimately connected to the hierarchical Catholic Church.