"On this Rock I will build My Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it."
These words tumbled through my mind as we saw the 265th Vicar of Christ today in general audience. This is extremely reassuring in difficult and uncertain times (when is the world not in "difficult and uncertain times"?). Perhaps that's precisely why our Lord created the Petrine office in and for the Church. It's all part of His not leaving us like sheep without a shepherd. We have no need to fear the wolves...who or whatever they may be! His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI...ad multos annos!