Fidei Defensor – A Letter to King Charles III

Fidei Defensor – A Letter to King Charles III

Editor writes…

Below, my letter to King Charles III, which you will find self-explanatory.

Letter…

His Majesty King Charles III,
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

Sir,

I write with concerns about your pledge – widely publicised across the internet – to protect the multiple faiths of a diverse Britain “no less diligently” than Christianity in your new role as head of the Church of England.

As you will know, your inherited title, Defender of the Faith (Fidei Defensor), was conferred on King Henry VIII by Pope Leo X by means of a papal bull, in recognition of the King’s defence of the Catholic religion, specifically the seven sacraments, against the attacks of the dissident priest Martin Luther.  There was, of course, no “Church of England” at that time – and, in any case, Henry’s ambition was not to launch a new Church but to be accepted as head of the Church in England – that is, he sought to replace the Pope as head of the only Church in existence, the Catholic Church.  As a Catholic myself, I believe it is important to remind you, respectfully, of the origin and nature of this designation obliging the monarch to defend the authentic Christian religion, which, in the nature of things, excludes the public defence of opposing religious claims.

In the light of your pledge to non-Christians, therefore, it is timeous to reflect on the fact that the resultant split in Christendom following Henry’s defiance of the Pope’s authority, together with Luther’s apostasy, means that we now have widespread religious confusion.  We see people who are members of thousands of Protestant denominations, all claiming to be Christians while differing from one another in beliefs.  They have separated themselves from the Church founded by Christ and thus, predictably, having slipped their moorings, they are now drowning in a sea of confusion.

Add to that, Sir, the confusion caused by your pledge to non-Christian religions to protect their beliefs, as if their man-made religions could possibly be on an equal footing with that established by Christ the King – the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  From the spiritual confusion of the Reformation era, then, we have moved into spiritual, religious, and moral chaos, with the error, now widespread, that one religion is as good as another.  How can this be the case when they contradict what God has revealed to us through Christ His Son, that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life? It cannot be charitable, surely, to conceal the truth that Christ is necessary for salvation. We have moved, perhaps inevitably, from the error of believing that one “Church” is as good as another, to believing that one religion is as good as another.  Pagan or Christian, it really doesn’t matter, is the attitude now abroad.

Henry VIII has already gone to his judgment; standing before the terrible Judgment Seat of God, he has been held accountable for his role in leading souls out of the Church founded by Christ.  Each of us, whether our station in life be lofty or lowly, must also account for our efforts, or the lack thereof, to defend and spread the truths of the authentic Christian Faith.  We must show diligence, certainly, for the well-being of those who are not Christians. As individuals, they must enjoy our respect, but we risk offending God, and may suffer the loss of our own soul – and the souls of others under our influence – if we give public support to their false religions and erroneous beliefs.

St Thomas More, credited with assisting King Henry VIII in writing the pamphlet that won him the title Defender of the Faith, poses a key question: “What does it avail to know that there is a God, which you not only believe by Faith, but also know by reason: what does it avail that you know Him if you think little of Him?”

Your Majesty, my prayers – for what they are worth – are with you as you begin your reign, and I extend my sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.  I have been praying for the repose of her soul. May she rest in peace.

Yours faithfully…

Comments (48)

  • Catherine Reply

    Editor,

    A wonderful letter indeed. I am proud of you for using your confirmation duty as you do with this latest letter to the new King. I commend your active duty in defending the Catholic Faith. We need to pray that King Charles III does the right thing in his new role.

    September 17, 2022 at 11:27 am
    • editor Reply

      Catherine,

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it’s some letter, isn’t it… God has been good to give me so many talents. Add to that, my beautiful humility and one has to wonder that there were any gifts and virtues left over to give to others. Can you hear me sighing in peaceful contemplation? If not, try this… S i g h… 😀

      Seriously, I’m very grateful for your kind words and for your reminder of the importance of praying for the new King.

      September 17, 2022 at 11:07 pm
      • Michael

        Dear Editor

        I completely concur with you and your excellent remarks.

        Unfortunately, l suspect the King will view the Anglican tradition as one of many Faiths all equally valid as each other, including Catholicism which has underwent a deep process of relativisation in the past fifty plus years.

        I once saw him interviewed on this matter and he expressed the view that he would like to be considered defender of faiths- given the plurality of religious beliefs in UK and Northern Ireland.

        Either way all are in error as there is only one true faith as established by Christ and Confirmed by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

        I look forward to the day when all things are restored in Christ and his True Church.

        Are Maria!

        Every blessing

        Michael 🙏

        September 19, 2022 at 10:59 am
    • mary Reply

      A wonderful letter which really needs to be written, and who knows what ripples it will produce. Nobody in authority is correcting Charles’ errors so it is down to us.

      September 20, 2022 at 9:40 pm
      • editor

        Well, Mary, it’ll be in tomorrow’s post, so let’s listen out for those “ripples”!

        September 20, 2022 at 10:24 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Well done for writing, but I think our new King is so deeply confused in matters of religion, and also not to mention so deeply compromised himself (i.e. his marriage to a divorcee). He is also in thrall to the new green religion and has been for many years.

    September 17, 2022 at 12:41 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      WF,

      We keep being told that he’s a “thinker” so if that letter doesn’t make him think his “green religion” again, and his title “Defender of the Faith”, they need to stop calling him a “thinker”!

      September 17, 2022 at 1:15 pm
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      WF,

      One of the reasons the King is so deeply confused in matters of religion, as you rightly say, is because nobody is correcting his errors – definitely not the Catholic hierarchy who are as guilty of religious indifferentism as he is, so if he reads this letter, it just might strike a chord of truth with him.

      The same goes for his personal adulterous situation – if he makes the connection between the adultery of Henry VIII and his own lifestyle choices, again, he may think more deeply about everything.

      I think it’s well worth writing the letter, praying that it has some good effect. It shouldn’t be down to lay people to take up these issues, but the clergy are too busy being “prudential” LOL!

      September 17, 2022 at 1:24 pm
      • Lily

        Margaret Mary,

        That I agree with. If the bishops were doing their duty, they’d have spoken out long ago about the abuse of the title Defender of the Faith, and the monarch’s support for every sect under the sun. I hope Charles sees editor’s letter and stops to think.

        September 17, 2022 at 4:54 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Margaret Mary,

        Since both the new King and Prince Harry are in adulterous unions, would their unions become automatically valid if Sir Parker-Bowles and Megan’s husband died ? I’m single and definitely not a marriage tribunal expert by any means.

        Any information is much appreciated !

        Margaret USA 🇺🇸

        September 18, 2022 at 4:16 am
    • Laura Reply

      Westminsterfly,

      I’m guessing you think it’s a waste of time writing to the new King, but you give all the reasons why he needs to read that letter!

      September 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Laura,
        No it’s not a waste of time at all. Fraternal correction is never a waste of time. If you understood my comment as being that, you couldn’t be more wrong. As I said: “Well done for writing”. I didn’t say “What was the point of writing, waste of time”. Sometimes just one letter, one sentence, or even one word can tip someone over into accepting they have been going down the wrong path. It’s one of the spiritual works of mercy that the Church asks us to perform. What I meant is, given the King’s spiritual / marital / ecological baggage, it WILL take a miracle of grace to convert him. Also, don’t forget that the Royal Family is riddled with Freemasonry as well, unfortunately. Which doesn’t help. I don’t know if the King is a Freemason himself, before anyone asks me.

        September 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm
      • Laura

        Westminsterfly,

        I’ve obviously misinterpreted your earlier comment, so please accept my apology. I do see what you mean about him, especially being deep into the green religion, but as I now know you believe yourself, that’s all the more reason for people to write to remind him of his duty to defend the true faith, not every other religion under the sun.

        September 17, 2022 at 9:13 pm
      • Fidelis

        I agree, King Charles III really does need to read that letter – even if it makes no impact (although I think it would) he’ll have read it and his conscience will be touched in some way.

        September 19, 2022 at 10:11 am
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      You won’t be receiving a redundancy notice but since great/wonderful/masterful or similar are missing from your comment, you WILL receive your first warning letter, just as soon as the stamps bearing the new King’s head are issued… 😀

      Seriously, I understand your point, as the biro said to the pencil. But, as you ALSO said, elsewhere, we have a duty to correct and so whether or not it’s wanted (and from my experience it’s never wanted), we still have an obligation to put in our tuppence-worth, so to speak 😀 Therefore, and thus, the King will receive my tuppence-worth next week… er Royal Mail permitting 😀

      September 17, 2022 at 11:01 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Fab. I’ll come and visit you in the Tower of London, when you’re in shackles. It’s only a short ride away. And DON’T think they’ll be ‘inviting’ you there to try on all the crowns!

        September 18, 2022 at 5:50 pm
    • Margaret USA Reply

      Westminsterfly,

      Since he’s into everything “green”, maybe everyone should start praying the Green Scapular prayer for the King:

      “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.”

      This prayer was given by Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to defeat the Communists and all revolutionary men:

      Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and all the instruments of His Holy Passion, that Thou mayest put division in the camp of Thine enemies, for as Thy Beloved Son hath said: ‘A kingdom divided against itself shall fall’.

      And the Holy Face prayer:

      “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name and for the salvation of all men (especially King Charles III).”

      N.B. Parentheses are my addition – the prayer ends with “all men” – but I usually add the person’s name if I’m praying for someone specifically.

      Make these prayers known !

      Margaret USA 🇺🇸

      September 18, 2022 at 5:26 am
      • westminsterfly

        Margaret USA
        That’s a brillliant idea, in view of the Green Scapular’s history of conversions. Editor! If you haven’t sent that letter yet, put a blessed Green Scapular in it! If too late, I’ll send one to the King. I know the Holy Face prayers. Another great devotion.

        September 18, 2022 at 6:39 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    A masterful letter, Editor. We can only hope and pray that the King unshackles himself from the Satanic globalist agenda.

    September 17, 2022 at 3:02 pm
    • Lily Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I agree. Unless King Charles sees the folly of giving his weight to globalist agenda, we’re in trouble.

      September 17, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    • Frankier Reply

      I wish I could write a letter like that.

      As for the masons. he wasn’t too keen on joining but I’m sure it, like all his military medals and uniforms, is part of his job now

      And sure Camilla is a devoted 🤭 Catholic, maybe only with a small c though.

      September 17, 2022 at 8:32 pm
      • Laura

        Frankier,

        I think you could write a very good letter and you’d put some good jokes in there, LOL!

        September 17, 2022 at 9:14 pm
      • editor

        Frankier,

        I think Laura has nailed it! I have no doubt whatsoever that you could write a letter to catch the attention of the new King – big time. Your quick wit is legend here, although you don’t share it often enough 😀

        September 17, 2022 at 10:56 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Camilla is Catholic ?!? I had no idea!

        September 18, 2022 at 4:11 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA

        No, Camilla is not a Catholic. She’s Anglican. Her husband, Andrew Parker-Bowles, is a Catholic and they had a Catholic priest officiating at their wedding.

        September 18, 2022 at 8:45 am
      • westminsterfly

        She’s not a Catholic. She married a Catholic (Andrew Parker-Bowles) in a Catholic church, but she remained Anglican. He re-married after divorcing her, but I think it was a civil ceremony, which suggests no annulment of his first marriage took place.

        September 18, 2022 at 8:46 am
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      “Masterful” – I take it the cheque/check arrived? 😀

      September 17, 2022 at 10:57 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        No, but I did get a bill for taking up too much space….

        September 18, 2022 at 12:34 am
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Not that av anytime for Charlie and am probably showing my age but ones on here can maybe remember when Charlie was asked why He wasnt showing any signs of getting married He said, and i quote .” Its mostly Catholic Girls i meet “. Now we know that Charlie and Diana was a set Marriage for an Heir who is William ? Al let those who have eyes to see know what the question mark is about. Also Charlie is a Globalist Tool ,nothing more and nothing else. Remember His build back better speech . I think it was Bill Gates The Obamas or maybe even Bergoglio himself who wrote it for Him.
    Just a quick word on Bergoglios acting abilities .At His latest Chit Chat conference He never mentioned Jesus Christ once . But then again we as Catholics know ,why He should He. ?

    September 17, 2022 at 6:11 pm
    • Laura Reply

      No, actually, what Charles said was that he always fell for Catholic girls, and his grandmother, the Queen Mother, warned him against doing that (I can’t remember the exact words but that is the long and the short of it).

      I don’t understand people who think that Catholics should be allowed to marry into the Royal Family – they obviously don’t think it matters that their children would be raised as Anglicans. That’s always struck me as very odd.

      I sincerely hope he reads editor’s letter, because it is bound to make him think.

      September 17, 2022 at 6:26 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Laura i maybe wrong and i know the Oul Queen Mother put Charlie Right. But one Catholic Princess He was Romantically attached to was NOT for turning . If my memory serves me correctly it was Luxemburg so Charlie had to move on. And they want us to have respect for The Crown. Sorry but not in my Home. As i said earlier i have time for The Queen as a Person, but have no time for the title. To say otherwise would certainly be hypocritical of me .

        September 17, 2022 at 10:15 pm
  • Rapport Reply

    The powers are trying to tweak the phrase Defender of the Faith to Defender of Faith or Defender of Faiths!

    September 17, 2022 at 7:32 pm
    • editor Reply

      Rapport,

      Yes, that is something that has done the rounds but it’s not so easy to change history – the original papal bull is available for anyone who wants to check it out.

      September 18, 2022 at 11:20 pm
  • Tony Reply

    Great letter!
    Sadly, I’m sure the woke brigade will say that the King is simply fulfilling his so-called Christian duty, by vowing to protect all religious minorities from persecution and is supposedly upholding our right to freely practice our own religion, without interference.

    As if that’s a good thing.

    Hopefully he’ll soon see sense and release another statement which isn’t as respectful of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Catholics.

    However, the King has pledged to uphold the true Protestant faith in Scotland and Anglicanism in England. So not all bad

    September 17, 2022 at 9:13 pm
    • editor Reply

      Tony,

      Welcome – I think this is your first comment on this blog, so thank you for it.

      September 17, 2022 at 10:54 pm
  • editor Reply

    Thanks to those who praised my letter – the rest of you can expect redundancy notices in the post as soon as the new stamps bearing the King’s head are in use 😀

    I hope to have the letter in the mail early next week, so if I’m missing in action here, it’ll be because I’ve been called to London – whether to Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London, I’m not quite sure 😀

    September 17, 2022 at 10:53 pm
    • Margaret USA Reply

      Please post the Royal reply (even if it comes from his secretary or one of those junior aides). I think all of us would really like to see it.

      September 18, 2022 at 4:07 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        Post it here? Are you kidding? I’ll be having it framed and auctioned, and the bidding won’t stop until I’m a millionaire billionaire! 😀

        September 18, 2022 at 5:16 pm
  • Frankier Reply

    Editor
    Sorry, I thought it was Camilla who was the catholic.

    As for the letter to King Charles the third (try pronouncing that the Irish way): I`m not so sure he would be allowed to read it.

    You mention me sharing my (half?) wit! As someone said recently on here, I share it all with my wife since she hasn`t got any

    September 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm
    • editor Reply

      Frankier,

      That reminds me of the man who was introduced to a married couple and asked the husband if this was his first wife. The man was puzzled and said, yes, of course, why do you ask? Reply: “Because I couldn’t imagine you making the same mistake twice”! 😀

      I’ve met couples where I’ve been dying to say that, but it would have been far too obvious that I wasn’t joking 😀

      September 18, 2022 at 5:18 pm
  • Bernie Reply

    That letter is the best thing I’ve ever read on this blog, and that’s saying something. I sincerely hope King Charles III gets to read it. There’s no doubt it would make him think hard, IMO.

    September 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    • editor Reply

      Bernie,

      I almost missed your comment – thank you for your extremely generous praise. I share your hope that the King will read the letter; it’s all in the hands of Divine Providence.

      September 19, 2022 at 8:34 am
  • editor Reply

    crofterlady emailed the following link which looks to be very interesting indeed – video embedded in the article.
    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/6137-terra-carta-kazakhstan-and-the-new-world-religion

    September 19, 2022 at 8:32 am
    • Fidelis Reply

      I watched that Remnant TV video, but Michael Matt doesn’t appreciate the difference in the bishops in the USA and the UK. He can find bishops who will confirm his children in the traditional rite, but you won’t find a bishop in the UK who would do that – not to my knowledge, anyway, correct me if I’m wrong.

      So, his easy-going attitude is understandable from the American point of view, but our experience is very different.

      Also, Bishop Schneider telling priests to continue to offer the TLM despite Traditionis Custodes is all very well and good but what if a bishop turns really nasty and removes that priest’s faculties? Can he still operate as a priest, albeit underground?

      September 19, 2022 at 10:02 am
  • crofterlady Reply

    A few things. Firstly , I have it on very good authority that Charles is not a freemason. He was advised by Lord Mountbatten to give them a wide berth.
    Secondly, my children were Confirmed in the Tridentine Rite by the auxiliary bishop of Westminister at the Spanish Place Church.
    Thirdly, as far as I know, once a priest, always a priest, even if laicised and can say private Masses.

    September 19, 2022 at 10:27 am
  • editor Reply

    I’m just back from being out… posting my letter to the King. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be one of those people who just loves having a pen-pal, because I point-blank refuse to fork out for a fountain pen. We’re bang in the middle of a cost of lockdown crisis, money is tight, and, anyway, I can scarcely keep up with emails. So, let’s just hope he pays attention to the contents of the letter and doesn’t get distracted by the aura surrounding my humble self, imagining it might bring him fame and praise by association. This is what happens to one all the time, it can be difficult, one has to admit…

    Seriously, do you agree with Dan Wootton that the Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau is just awful?

    September 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    I think you could do a whole thread on the awfulness of Justin Trudeau. It would be a long thread . . .

    September 21, 2022 at 12:49 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      Here’s a talk show host in the USA reporting that Trudeau song, and he’s mocking him – Trudeau is really not a popular person.

      September 21, 2022 at 2:27 pm

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