Is NOT a depiction of Pius IX, as some have presumed.

It is Raphael’s  Julius II.

Pope Julius is the hero of this blog because he was the ultimate Catholic polemicist. In the course of having an argument with certain European crowned heads, the situation became volatile.  This volatility manifested itself so furiously that Julius’s argument eventually transcended words, and His Holiness took the fight to the streets, eventually taking his opponents behind the proverbial woodshed, where their differences were settled definitively.

In this way did Pope Julius put to work  the inverse of the maxim of St. Francis: “Preach the Gospel always; if necessary, use words.”

Eternal Memory!