Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Welcome back, Pio Nono!

This picture is a demonstration of Pope Benedict XVI's 'hermeneutic of continuity': he is wearing a stole bearing the arms of his great predecessor, Pope Pius IX. Read about this great Pope here: a moderniser and an anti-liberal, he called the First Vatican Council which proclaimed the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. Hat-tip to Fr Z.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen