Defender of the Faith


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Defender of the Faith

Henry VIII as defender of the papacy against Martin Luther (1521). [Br. Hist.: EB, 8: 769–772]

Defender of the Faith

Henry VIII’s pre-Reformation title, conferred by Leo X. [Br. Hist.: Benét, 258]
See: Irony
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The title "Head of the Commonwealth' appeared for the first time to conform to the Royal Titles Act and, in accordance with the Act of Parliament in 1543, the title "Defender of the Faith" was continued.
We must presume the same applies to recruiting a defender of the faith as to getting a striker.
He was, posthumously, bestowed the title Defensor Fidei or Defender of the Faith by Pope Plus XI.
He was already king of the muses, lover of fame, defender of the faith, even before he left the midwife's arms.
Their topics pivot on the central issues of the monarchy and the role of the monarch as Defender of the Faith; implications for the churches of the reform of the House of Lords; and equality of gender and sex and the consecration of female and gay priests to the episcopate.
The prince has said he wants to be defender of faith rather defender of the faith once he becomes king.
Taking it further, the Government could declare us to be a secular country, withdraw support for the Church of England, and remove FD which stands for the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) from the monarch and coinage which is erroneous anyway, having been awarded to Henry VIII by the Pope for his defence of the Roman Catholic faith before he broke with Rome in 1534.
Sovereigns have taken the title Defender of the Faith since Henry VIII's time.
Unquestionably, he was an able defender of the faith during a most horrible war that was fought, many were convinced, to preserve Christian civilization against a pagan enemy.
"Allen asks--and answers--all the right questions about the church's chief 'defender of the faith.' His entertaining narrative helps us understand how and why the institutional church put the brakes on Vatican II."
"No, it is absolutely unscriptural," he answered, "and for an out-standing 'defender of the faith' it is indeed a strange performance." (28) Senex continued: "Dr.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the chief defender of the faith, is fond of using the concept of communio to describe the family of the church, which he says is supposed to model the perfect communication that goes on between the three divine persons of the Trinity itself.