PONTIFACTS
53. Symmachus

53. Symmachus

August 19, 2019

Symmachus comes into the papacy after an extreme divide between the Pro-Byzantine and Pro-Ostrogothic factions. And divides usually lead to antipopes! In this episode, we'll discuss the Laurentian Schism, the lasting implications of the Palmary Synod, and what happens during 4 years of violence.

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Ring of Hell

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Ring of Hell

August 12, 2019

Poor maligned Pope Anastasius II is forever immortalized in one of the most famous literary works of all time - Dante's Inferno! Join us as we introduce Dante and the Divine Comedy, and explore the sixth ring of hell, reserved for blasphemers and heretics. This is where Anastasius lives now.

52. Anastasius II

52. Anastasius II

August 5, 2019

Anastasius II approached the Acacian Schism with conciliation and a desire to make peace ... and he's going to hell for it.

51. Gelasius

51. Gelasius

July 29, 2019

Gelasius is our third and final African pope! And more than the other African popes, he raises questions about race.... sort of. In his episode, we discuss the ongoing and far from ended Acacian Schism, the Duo Sunt and its thousand year legacy -- and the Lupercalia!

50. Felix III

50. Felix III

July 22, 2019

Our first "medieval" pope entered the papacy between a steady western kingdom, a chaotic eastern empire, and a sorely persecuted Africa. In his episode, we discuss the official outbreak of the Acacian Schism, the ongoing battle of the Henotikon, and so many diptychs. 

49. Simplicius

49. Simplicius

July 15, 2019

Pope Simpl*cius, besides providing excellent inspiration for 00's pop bands, was pope through a series of major turning points for papal history. He would be forced to contend with the FALL OF ROME and the rise of Odoacer, the chaos in the Empire with Zeno and Basiliscus, as well as both the Enkyklikon and the Henotikon! Much nail biting ensues.

48. Hilarius

48. Hilarius

July 8, 2019

The name says it all... or does it?

Re-released to include the Hilarius sketch and song from Rob and Jaime at Totalus Rankium!
(From episode 81. Anthemius: https://totalusrankium.podbean.com/e/81-anthemius/)

Bonus Episode: The Council of Chalcedon

Bonus Episode: The Council of Chalcedon

July 1, 2019
The Council of Chalcedon in 451, is one of the church's most formative, important, and controversial ecumenical councils - and considering the massive bulk of Pope Leo I's episode, we've set aside an entire episode for Chalcedon. In this episode, we'll discuss the major factions of the Christological debate, the balance between the Tome of Leo and the Anathemas of Cyril, the Robber Synod, and the implications that orthodoxy will have for future popes.
47. Leo I (The Great)

47. Leo I (The Great)

June 24, 2019

Pope Leo I is one of only two popes to officially earn "the Great" epithet, and is by far the most significant church leader in the early church. He had a prolific international career long before his papacy, and he would go on to be an absolute giant of history. In his episode, we discuss the various ways he consolidated papal primacy as a real thing and drove off the major heresies of the day, the christological debates of the 5th century and the major steps towards orthodoxy, and how an old man pope stood up to the fiercest threats that Rome had ever faced. And thanks to Ben Vanbuskirk of Fukushima Laser Shark for our Leo Ditty!

46. Sixtus III

46. Sixtus III

June 17, 2019

The first papal name to get a second, also is the first to get a third! In his episode, we discuss potential Pelagian patronage, the ongoing conflict between Cyril of Alexandria and John of Antioch, and.... SOMETHING.