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  1. #488 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Death of Boethius2019/04/12
    As the Church of Rome and the Emperor Justin move to restore ties with the end of the Acacian Schism, tensions between King Theodoric of Italy and the Byzantine Empire increase leading to the imprisonment and death of both the Roman Senator Boethius and Pope John I. In the East, the Monophysites face the challenges […]
  2. #487 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Scythian Monks2019/04/05
    The Scythian Monks hoped to end the conflict between the Chalcedonians and Monophysites. But their endorsement of Theopaschatism – that one of the Trinity/Jesus Christ was crucified in the flesh caused concern in both the East and the West – as the debates between Cyril and Nestorius and between Augustine and Pelagius continued to challenge […]
  3. #486 – A History of the Catholic Church – Ending the Acacian Schism2019/03/29
    The death of Anastasius and accession of Justin as Emperor offers a new opportunity for the restoration of ecclesiastical union between Rome and Constantinople. However, behind the union many problems remained as a union motivated by politics could not resolve religious tensions. Links: Solidus of Emperor Justin by CNG. Correspondence between Pope Hormisdas and the […]
  4. #485 – A History of the Catholic Church – Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite2019/03/22
    The mystical theologian Pseudo-Dionysius may remain a mystery, but the influence of his work upon the theology of the Eastern and Western Church is quite evident. From the theology of the Angels, to Christology, to Prayer, Pseudo-Dionysius left the stamp of his thought upon the Church. Links: Icon of the original Dionysius the Areopagite. Pope […]
  5. #484 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Formula of Hormisdas2019/03/15
    After a brief presentation of the Christology of Severus of Antioch and its relationship to Neo-Chalcedonianism, we move to another attempt at ending the Acacian Schism. However, Pope Hormisdas of Rome continues his predecessor’s strong line toward the East. Links: Image of Pope Hormisdas of Rome. Map of Thrace – site of the Vitalian Rebellion […]
  6. #483 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Ascendancy of Monophysitism2019/03/08
    Emperor Anastasius of the Byzantine Empire with the support of Philoxenus of Mabbug, Severus of Antioch and John II/III of Alexandria aggressively move to put an end to support for the Council of Chalcedon, but they face strong resistance. Links: Icon of Severus of Antioch. Kazimierz Ginter on the Trisagion Riots Boethius on Eutyches and […]
  7. #482 – A History of the Catholic Church -The Symmachian Forgeries2019/03/01
    Symmachus and Laurentius fight for control of the Church of Rome with all the means they have at their disposal. The Basilica of St. Peter’s grows in importance as the symbol of the Pope’s Petrine authority. Links: Ruins of the original Basilica of Saint Agnes fuori le Mura. Repaired during the papacy of Symmachus. Photo […]
  8. #481 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Laurentian Schism2019/02/22
    Controversy over the Acacian Schism leads to a schism with the Church of Rome and the bishops of Italy debate whether anyone but God can judge the actions of a Pope. Links: Mosaic at the Basilica of Saint Agnes. Pope Symmachus is to the left. John Moorhead, The Laurentian Schism: East and West in the […]
  9. #480 – A History of the Catholic Church -The Gelasian Doctrine2019/02/15
    Pope Gelasius I enunciates the proper relationship between the Pope of Rome and the Emperor and the proper relationship between the Pope of Rome and the Metropolitan Bishop of Constantinople. Unfortunately for Gelasius, the Emperor and Bishop of Constantinople have a different understanding. After the death of Gelasius, Pope Anastasius II strives to ease tensions […]
  10. #479 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Baptism of Clovis2019/02/08
    In Gaul, Clovis becomes the first of the Germanic leaders to adopt Nicene Christianity. In Rome, Pope Gelasius struggles to deal with the problems caused by recent wars in Italy. The Acacian Schism continues to fester. Links: The Baptism of Clovis by the Master of Saint Giles Gregory of Tours on the Conversion of Clovis […]
  11. #478 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Movement Toward Claustration2019/02/01
    In North Africa, Fulgentius of Ruspe defends the Nicenes against the return of Arian Persecution. In Gaul, Caesarius of Arles writes the first Western rule for Monastic Women. In Italy, Theodoric seeks to keep the peace between the Arians and the Nicenes. Plus, the Athanasian and Apostles’ Creeds. Links: Page from from the Arian Bible […]
  12. #477 – A History of the Catholic Church – The School of Nisibis2019/01/25
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  13. #476 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Church of the East Defines Itself2019/01/18
    The Church of the East moves away from the Church of the Roman Empire through the adaptation of married clergy and the adaptation of the Christology of Theodore of Mopsuestia as its official teaching. Meanwhile, the Church of Armenia adopts Zeno’s Henotikon. Links: Map of the Roman/Persian Border by Cplakidas. On the map, Iberia is […]
  14. #475 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Schism Continues2019/01/11
    As the conflict between East and West over the Henotikon continues, Pope Felix III needs to deal with Nicenes in North Africa abandoning the faith and the Ostrogoths invading Italy. We also look at the theology of Philoxenus of Mabbug. Links: Photo of coin of Theodoric the Great Information on Philoxenus of Mabbug Check out […]
  15. #474 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Acacian Schism2019/01/04
    Zeno’s Henotikon succeeds in establishing a tenuous religious peace in the East but provokes schism with Pope Felix III over its apparent failure to defend the Council of Chalcedon and Acacius’ unwillingness to recognize Felix’s claims of Petrine Authority Links: Photo of coin of Emperor Zeno by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. Christopher Haas. “Patriarch and […]
  16. #473 – A History of the Catholic Church – Faustus and the Henotikon2018/12/28
    St. Faustus of Riez leads the bishops of Gaul against the theology of Predestination showing that the defeat of Pelagius has not meant the complete acceptance of Augustine. In the East, in an attempt to create unity between Chalcedonians and Monophysites, Eastern Emperor Zeno issues the Henotikon. Links: Photo of image of Saint Faustus by […]
  17. #472 – A History of the Catholic Church – Barbarian Domination2018/12/21
    In the West, the Fall of Roman power in the West meant the domination of Arians in the Kingdom of the Vandals of North Africa, the Kingdom of the Visigoths in Hispania and Gaul and the Kingdom of Odoacer in Italy. In North Africa, the Nicene Romans experienced severe persecution. In Italy, there was relative […]
  18. #471 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Fall of the West2018/12/14
    We look at the role of Christianity in the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West and the continuing conflict over the Council of Chalcedon in the East as seen in Emperor Basiliscus’ Encyclical. Links: Image of Daniel the Stylite Map of Europe in 476 Basiliscus’ Encyclical – found in Chapter 4 Fr. Seraphim’s […]
  19. #470 – A History of the Catholic Church -Who was Crucified for Us2018/12/07
    The collapse of imperial power in the West posed new challenges for the Popes of Rome who struggled to maintain control. Meanwhile, in the East, the conflict over the Council of Chalcedon heated up once more with the arrival of Peter the Fuller. Links: Image of Pope Hilarius Peter the Fuller, Patriarch of Antioch Fr. […]
  20. #469 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Ideal Bishop2018/11/30
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  21. #468 – A History of the Catholic Church – Exemplars of the Faith2018/11/23
    As the Church grew, so did the number of the saints and so did the diversity of their stories. The beginnings of the fifth century also saw increased devotion to Mary and new ways of showing one’s appreciation for the saints. Plus, Peter Chrysologus and Patrick of Ireland. Links: Photo of ampulla from Shrine of […]
  22. #467 – A History of the Catholic Church – Changing Rituals2018/11/16
    In this episode, we look at changes in the Church’s liturgical and sacramental practice in the first half of the 5th century – how the church of Rome used liturgy to promote unity and Augustine’s problem with a congregant over liturgical innovation [on Augustine’s part]. We finish with an examination of the developing understanding of […]
  23. #466 – A History of the Catholic Church – Combating Error2018/11/09
    The increasing dominance of the Catholic Church over its rivals was revealed in the legislation of the Roman Empire and in the violence of monks against pagans, Jews, and heretics. Indeed, by the mid-5th century, we find a growing willingness to punish theological differences with the highest penalties. Links: Photo of Santa Sabina with pillars […]
  24. #465 – A History of the Catholic Church – Freedom in Christ2018/11/02
    The complex interaction between Catholic teaching and the historic traditions of the Greco-Roman tradition on the particular issues of slavery and the treatment of the poor are the focus of this episode and help us to see the how Christianity affected and was affected by the surrounding culture. Links: Photo of mosaic of two Roman […]
  25. #464 – A History of the Catholic Church – Imagining the Holy2018/10/26
    The first half of the 5th century sees significant changes in Christian artistic representation of Christ and the Virgin Mary in response to the growing power of the Church and the recent controversy over Mary as the Mother of God. Church construction also underwent some important developments both in terms of placement and architecture. Links: […]
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