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  1. #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 […]
  2. #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 […]
  3. #477 – A History of the Catholic Church – The School of Nisibis2019/01/25
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  4. #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 […]
  5. #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 […]
  6. #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 […]
  7. #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 […]
  8. #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 […]
  9. #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 […]
  10. #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. […]
  11. #469 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Ideal Bishop2018/11/30
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  12. #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 […]
  13. #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 […]
  14. #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 […]
  15. #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 […]
  16. #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: […]
  17. #463 – A History of the Catholic Church – Making a Joyful Noise2018/10/19
    Augustine tells us how music should be composed and appreciated, as well as letting us know his favorite hymn. Synesius of Cyrene, Sedulius, Mesrop Mashtots and Maruthas of Martyropolis give us examples of music appreciated by Christians both inside and outside the Roman Empire. Links: Image of hymn A solis ortus cardine. Article on Augustine’s […]
  18. #462 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Poetry of Eudocia2018/10/12
    The poetry of Empress Eudocia and Paulinus of Nola revealed the tensions that existed in a culture that both praised and rejected the literary works of the past – those of Homer and Virgil. For Eudocia and Paulinus, the examples of the great pagan poets of yesterday could be used to praise Christ in the […]
  19. #461 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Maronites2018/10/05
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  20. #460 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Two Leos2018/09/28
    Political instability continues in the West as one emperor follows another. In the East, Emperor Leo I tries to find a way out of the controversy over Chalcedon but has problems with Timothy II of Alexandria, also known as Timothy the Cat. We finish the episode with a look at how Christians outside the Roman […]
  21. #459 – A History of the Catholic Church – Rome Sacked Again2018/09/21
    The growing division between the Mono/Miaphysites and the Chalcedonians causes significant problems for the Eastern Empire, especially in Palestine and Egypt. In the West, Emperor Valentinian III is assassinated and Pope Leo I tries to keep the Vandals from destroying Rome. Links: Painting of Genseric sacking Rome by Bryullov. Leo I’s letter to the monks […]
  22. #458 – A History of the Catholic Church – Leo and Attila2018/09/14
    The conclusion of the Council of Chalcedon left the church divided – Rome vs. Constantinople and Chalcedonian vs. Miaphysite. These conflicts will influnce the future course of Christianity for the next three hundred years. We take a look at the Christological divisions after Chalcedon. Links: Painting of The Meeting between Leo the Great and Attila […]
  23. #457 – A History of the Catholic Church – Canon 282018/09/07
    Chalcedon was intended to unite the Church, but – in many ways – the Church is more divided after Chalcedon than it had been before. Constantinople and Rome are divided over the place of Constantinople in the ecclesiastical hierarchy. The Church of Egypt refuses to accept the Tome of Leo and the Definition of Chalcedon. […]
  24. #456 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Definition of Chalcedon2018/08/31
    The Council of Chalcedon continues and with it continue conflicts over Christology and Roman authority. The bishops of Chalcedon put forward a new statement of faith in the hopes of unifying the Church. Links: Painting of the Council of Chalcedon by Andreevartstudio The Definition of Chalcedon Check out the other great Catholic podcasts at the […]
  25. #455 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Council of Chalcedon2018/08/25
    The Council of Chalcedon begins with a broadside against Pope Dioscorus of Alexandria. The Tome of Leo is accepted. Marcian and Pulcheria hope Chalcedon will be result in universal agreement, but future troubles are seen. Links: Painting of the Council of Chalcedon by Vasily Surikov Extensive documentation on the Council of Chalcedon/Fourth Ecumenical Council Leo’s […]
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