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Bonus: Athanasius with History of the Copts!

Bonus: Athanasius with History of the Copts!

April 15, 2019

In our greatest Athanasius Interlude yet, we are joined by Johnathan Adly from the History of the Copts Podcast, to fully dig into the much exiled Patriarch of Alexandria, Athanasius! In this episode, we discuss all things Athanasius, as well as the character of the Eastern early church, the state of the empire, the power of the papacy, and how all of this ties into Coptic Christianity!

39. Damasus

39. Damasus

April 1, 2019

Pope Damasus is certainly a giant of the early church. He ensured a lasting legacy by vigorously asserting papal primacy, officially defining orthodoxy and doctrine, and putting his name and terrible poetry on epitaphs everywhere. And thats all without saying anything of the scandals, schisms and murder!

Bonus Episode: Theodoret’s Conference of Liberius and Constantius

Bonus Episode: Theodoret’s Conference of Liberius and Constantius

March 28, 2019

In this week's episode, we covered the exile of Pope Liberius following his refusal to condemn Athanasius and sign a Semi-Arian creed. A version of how this meeting between the Pope and Emperor Constantius II might have gone has been preserved in Theodoret's Ecclesiastical Histories, Chapter 13. Ergo, its time for a dramatic reading!

Thank you to David Shealy for providing several voices! Theodoret's Ecclesiastical Histories: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/27022.htm
 
38. Liberius

38. Liberius

March 25, 2019

Pope Liberius would rather die than deny his faith or condemn Athanasius. He tells us so at least twice. But Emperor Constantius is ready to call his bluff, with circumstances we haven't seen since Christian toleration. In this episode, we outline the bribery, the threats, the councils, the antipopes, and the alleged scandal that followed! Are you prepared for some co-poping?

Bonus Episode: PBC2019

Bonus Episode: PBC2019

March 21, 2019
The Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church happened at the end of February, and was the first summit of its kind in history. In this special POPEWATCH bonus episode, we go over the program of the council, the conclusions and directives announced at its end, what may come in the future, and the reactions from around the world. We also talk about why shitty Vigano is shitty.
37. Julius I

37. Julius I

March 18, 2019
Pope Julius I, the "Defender of Orthodoxy", assumed the papacy while Eusebius of Nicomedia was still stirring an Arian fuss in the East, and Athanasius was in and out of peril. But he was not going to back down! In this episode, we discuss a series of rival councils, Christmas, and cankle necks.
36. Mark I

36. Mark I

March 11, 2019

Pope Mark I witnessed many significant shifts during his early church career, so by the time he became pope, it was practically time for a break. In this episode, we introduce the Athanasius interlude, clerical fashion, and the merit of beards.

A special thank you to our friend Ben oFukushimama Laser Shark for the music for our new segment. 

 

Show notes:
Papal Ring of Pope Pius II:  https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-22068&fbclid=IwAR1c-biPNqKitoVsIHaFMTxhpJ0yAKlXzEV823gnUVSwRAbv-YBbkwtNv-4

The Tomb of Mark: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Tomb_of_Pope_Mark.jpg/800px-Tomb_of_Pope_Mark.jpg

"Why is That" Podcast Article on John Henry Newman:
http://whyisthatpodcast.blogspot.com/2018/05/saving-john-henry-newmans-legacy-how.html?m=1

Bonus Episode: The Council of Nicaea

Bonus Episode: The Council of Nicaea

March 4, 2019
We've finally arrived at the most important moment of the early church! In this episode, we set aside our popes for a substantial tangent to explore the details of the church's first ecumenical council. We will discuss the main players, the logistics, the final theological decisions, and self castration.
35. Sylvester I

35. Sylvester I

February 25, 2019

We have reached the papacy of the Council of Nicaea! But come back for that next week., because we're going to spend as much time on it this week as Sylvester did. In this episode, we will discuss his papacy, unpack legends, talk about a dragon, and yell at him to "go!"

Show Notes:
The Golden Legend Life of Saint Sylvester: http://catholicsaints.info/the-golden-legend-the-life-of-saint-silvester/

34. Militiades

34. Militiades

February 18, 2019
Militiades is our second African Pope, and held the papacy during a massive shift of Christendom in the empire that no one saw coming. In this episode, we will discuss putrefying wormy bodies, shocking edicts, and introduce the founder of the Christianization... Constantine!