Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth,
a rock amidst the waves,
You are a beacon in the darkness;
You are the defender of peace,
You are the guardian of unity,
watchful defender of liberty;
in You is the authority.
These words of the Pontifical Anthem are as true today as the day on which they were written. The fact is that we cannot separate the Catholic Church and the Papal office, and all those who try will find that they have only separated themselves from the Church. We can no longer allow the falsehoods and misquotations of the Enemy to blind us into believing that we can simply reject Christ’s chosen Vicar, without at the same time ultimately rejecting Christ.