Fidei Defensor


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Fidei Defensor

(ˈfaɪdɪˌaɪ dɪˈfɛnsɔː)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) defender of the faith; a title given to Henry VIII by Pope Leo X, and appearing on Brit coins as FID DEF or FD
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It was issued on 1 November 1517 by Leo X, the pope who was to appoint Henry VIII fidei defensor a few years later, and the king received between a quarter to a third of the proceeds.
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.
In an age of compromise that waters down our beliefs, of ambivalence and "politically correct" language, all of which have led to much confusion and disobedience on the part of the faithful and of some members of the hierarchy, your magazine has truly earned the title of "Fidei defensor"....