Defender of the Faith


A title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X for his book “Assertio Septem Sacramentorum,” which was a defense of the sacraments and the Sacrifice of the Mass against Luther. The kings of England still retain it on their coinage and among their official titles.

MLA Citation

  • “Defender of the Faith”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 April 2013. Web. 18 March 2018. <>