From James Radcliffe Sir, Bishop Hugh Lindsay's remarks concerning the title "Vicar of Christ" are interesting.
It was first used by Pope Innocent III. In the process of assuming the title he saw fit to repudiate the more ancient title of "Vicar of Saint Peter": "We are the successor of the Prince of the Apostles, but we are not his vicar, nor the vicar of any man or apostle, but the vicar of Jesus Christ himself'. It has been said that this was an unfortunate development. It would seem that the Pope was effectively proclaiming his refusal to be a mere link in a tradition. and his intention of being a power in his own right.
Yours faithfully, JAMES LOUIS RADCLIFFE Hitchin SG4 9QR