This is an article from First Things, written by Gerald McDermott, the holder of the Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, so it has become a question Protestants are now asking seriously, and not as the joke goes, 'Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear...?'
Maybe it's time for our 'Shepherds' (excepting of course, those Cardinals and theologians who have already guardedly asked the same question) to start thinking about it. Especially in light of the Papally approved, nay, encouraged, 'celebration' of the heresiarch Luther, who said,
I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.PRAY for the Church!
To Protect the Church
O HOLY SPIRIT, Creator be gracious to Thy Catholic Church. By Thy Heavenly Power make it strong and secure against the attacks of its enemies. Renew in CHARITY and GRACE the spirit of Thy servants, whom Thou hast anointed that they may glorify Thee and the Father and His Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
To Our Lady, Help of Christians
MARY, Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and our Mother thou seest how the Catholic Faith is assailed by the devil and the world, that Faith in which we purpose by the help of God, to live and die. To thee we entrust our firm purpose of never joining assemblies of heretics. Do thou, all holy, offer to thy Divine Son our resolutions, and obtain from Him the graces necessary for us to keep them unto the end. Amen.
Mary, help of Christians, pray for us.
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