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Short bios on the popes of the Roman Catholic Church, and periodic interviews with experts and commentators on the papacy & Church history. Become a patron and find extra bonus content at patreon.com/thepopecast.
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It’s finally here. The episode so many of you have all been waiting for. And this is just part one… Our pope this week is one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter. His life was one of unimaginable suffering, having been under the thumb of both the Nazis and the Communists at different points in his life. A renaissance man, he was equal parts philosopher and poet – exercising the head and the heart with unrivaled passion. Losing his earthly mother at age 9, he’s perhaps best known for his devotion to another Mother – God’s Mother. This is the story of his early life. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * Brand new Popecast shirts at http://bit.ly/popenameshirt
Our pope this week is one of the greatest heroes of the ancient Church that you’ve never heard of. Well, at least, not until now. He was only pope for a short time, but his witness and heroic martyrdom left a mark that has echoed down through the centuries. Almost 18 centuries, in fact. SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! OTHER POPECAST LINKS * Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast * Brand new Popecast shirts at http://bit.ly/popenameshirt
Our episode this week is an interview we did with John DeRosa of the Classical Theism podcast, a show that’s all about defending Catholic Christian ideas in Conversation with all sorts of excellent guests like Trent Horn, Dr. Ed Feser, Jimmy Akin, Gomer from Catching Foxes and – somehow – yours truly. We chat about the stories of Pope Honorius I and Pope Liberius, along with lots of other great stuff. Check out his show at classicaltheism.com SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at Catholic Balm Co. for sponsoring this episode of The Popecast. Check out their beard balms, lotion bars, and ESPECIALLY their brand new Petra Solid Cologne at catholicbalm.co (catholicbalm.co). Be sure to enter "POPE" at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! Become a patron of The Popecast at patreon.com/thepopecast
Our pontiff this week did one of the most infamous deeds in all of papal history. It was so memorable that no pope since has taken that particular papal name, and he was the butt of a joke at the election of our very own Pope Francis for it. His crime? He suppressed the Society of Jesus. Support The Popecast on Patreon: patreon.com/thepopecast LINKS MENTIONED FROM THIS EPISODE * "The Day the Jesuits Were Suppressed" by Professor Steve Weidenkopf – LINK (https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/this-day-in-church-history-the-suppression-of-the-jesuits-july-21-1773) * BOOK: "Mysteries, Marvels and Miracles" (including the story of St. Alphonsus Liguori bilocating to Clement XIV's deathbed) – AMAZON (https://amzn.to/39Z9Efr) * "Dominus ac Redemptor" (Brief suppressing the Society of Jesus) by Pope Clement XIV – FULL TEXT (https://jesuitportal.bc.edu/research/documents/1773_dominusacredemptor/) * "Cum Sunni" (Proclaiming a Universal Jubilee) by Pope Clement XIV – FULL TEXT (https://www.papalencyclicals.net/clem14/c14cumsu.htm)
Netflix's new film "The Two Popes" is a recently-released biographical drama of the friendship between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, when the latter was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The film has been mostly praised in the wider culture and predominantly criticized inside Catholic circles. In this episode, Matt from The Popecast and Taylor from Forte Catholic review the good and the bad of the new film. Listen to the first half of the review at https://www.fortecatholic.com/radiopodcast/167 (21:20) Become a patron ** of The Popecast at **bit.ly/popecastpatreon (bit.ly/popecastpatreon) (P.S. I sincerely apogolize for the super crappy audio on my end! With Christmas travels I was without my usual setup, so we made do as best we could in order to get the episode out in time!) Special Guest: Forte Catholic.
It’s a Popecast Christmas episode this week. Not only did this guy take his turn at fighting off the heresy that had infected a majority of the world’s bishops, but he stood by one of the Church’s greatest bishops and saints, and he may have even been the one to officially declare the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
A free audio version of Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter_ Admirabile Signum _, defending and encouraging the use of the Nativity Scene – or Christmas creche – for families and communities to develop a deeper understanding of the mystery of Jesus Christ's Incarnation. FULL TEXT: http://bit.ly/francisnativity SUPPORT THE POPECAST: http://bit.ly/popecastpatron CATHOLIC HIPSTER BOOK (featuring Matt from The Popecast): https://amzn.to/2R7tQom
Our pope this week – one of the notorious so-called Bad Popes – was what the kids might call “a player”. A man of loose morals who only got the job because on his deathbed dear old dad made Roman officials pinky swear to elect his kid pope. Oh, and he was killed after being caught in bed with a married woman … at the hands of her jealous husband, no less. [BOOK] Catholic Hipster: The Next Level – https://amzn.to/332yG8O Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
We’re back this week with an episode on a pope who was equal parts lion and lamb. His blunt writing on papal authority was a respectful dunk on the eastern emperor, and served as that teaching’s foundation for centuries, but in the same breath he gave away all his earthly possessions before the end, and willingly died penniless. No. 49 – Pope St. Gelasius 492-496 A.D Become a patron of The Popecast and have one of your papal ponderings answered on a future episode: http://bit.ly/popecastpatreon
On this week’s episode, it’s a pope who answered to no one but God. He was fierce in battling the burgeoning heresy of Monothelitism (which claimed Jesus only had one will), didn’t care if the emperor approved his election or not, and would go on to pay the ultimate price for his efforts, all for the sake of the Church. BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST: http://bit.ly/popecastpatron
On this week’s episode, it’s another one of the “Bad Popes”. This guy loved partying so much, and was so bad at managing money, that one contemporary said he spent three pontificates worth of dough – everything from the guy before him, all of his own money, and all of his successor’s. Oh, and Martin Luther was stirring up a rebellion, and this pope didn’t do much to stop it. BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST (free stickers to the next two $2 patrons...) – Visit http://bit.ly/popecastpatron
On this episode of the Popecast it’s a guy who historian Eamon Duffy listed as one of the 10 Popes Who Shook the World. He was friends with a couple of bad popes, did some shady stuff himself in early life, then had a profound conversion and laid the groundwork for reform of the Church that we’re still feeling over 500 years later. BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST (free stickers to the next two $2 patrons...) – Visit http://bit.ly/popecastpatron
On the 160th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, Pope Francis released a letter addressed to all the priests of the world. In the letter, Francis encourages and thanks his brother priests for their service, especially during such a difficult era in the life of the Church. FULL TEXT: https://bit.ly/popecastfrancisletter SUPPORT THE POPECAST (free Popecast stickers to the next 3 patrons): http://bit.ly/popecastpatron
This week is a Popecast unlike any other. Our pope this episode was not only the first in history to resign his office, but he did so after being exiled alongside his archrival, a man who had set himself up as the Church’s first antipope. And the craziest part about it? Both of them are now saints. Also, we talk about beards at the end – thanks to a question for Nick, one of our newest patrons! BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST (free stickers to the next 3 patrons...) – Visit http://bit.ly/popecastpatron
He was in office less than a year, but left a mark on the Church that’s still making waves among Catholics and non-Catholics alike to this very day. Well-educated, a lover of sacred music, and great servant of the poor, for better or for worse this pope is known for formally condemning one of his papal predecessors – though not for being a heretic, just for being wishy-washy and neglecting his sacred duty. BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST (free stickers to the next 3 patrons...) – Visit thepopecast.fm (thepopecast.fm) and click "Become a Patron"
Our pope today introduced a day of celebration that’s endured for over THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLENNIUM. In addition to, you know, wrestling power away from a rogue dynasty and otherwise trying to keep the Church afloat in troubled waters. All in just 3 years. No big deal. *BECOME A PATRON OF THE POPECAST (free stickers to the next 5 patrons...) at patreon.com/mattsewell * LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: * Transiturus de Hoc Mundo (https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-750th-corpus-christi.html) – Papal Bull introducing the Feast of Corpus Christi * Flocknote's Popes in a Year – Pope Urban IV (https://projects.flocknote.com/note/2162800) * The Catholic Encyclopedia – Pope Urban IV (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15212a.htm) * Wikipedia – Pope Urban IV – Pope Urban IV (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Urban_IV) * The Catholic Encyclopedia – Feast of Corpus Christi (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04390b.htm)
Here's a pope who came from nothing, spent his life fighting for the Truth, and ended up practically saving the world. Better to be frail in body and strong in will, than the other way around. SUPPORT THE POPECAST: patreon.com/mattsewell DOCUMENTS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE * ESSAY: The Banners of Lepanto (https://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/the-banners-of-lepanto) by Fr. George Rutler * ESSAY: Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto (https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/our-lady-of-the-rosary-and-the-battle-of-lepanto/) by Fr. Steve Grunow * POEM: Lepanto (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47917/lepanto) by G.K. Chesterton * * Consueverunt Romani (http://www.papalencyclicals.net/pius05/p5consue.htm) by Pope St. Pius V (Call to Prayer) BIOGRAPHIES OF POPE ST. PIUS V * Pope St. Pius V (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12130a.htm) in the The Catholic Encyclopedia * Pope St. Pius V (https://projects.flocknote.com/note/2393498) in Flocknote's Popes in a Year * Pope St. Pius V (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-pius-v-pope-452) at Catholic News Agency * Pope Pius V (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_V) on Wikipedia
It’s a Popecast first, folks. The first time we’re covering two popes in a single episode AND the first of three times in Church history that two brothers each held the Chair of Peter – and interestingly enough, also the first of three times that the brothers reigned back-to-back. Mama must’ve been so proud. SUPPORT THE POPECAST: patreon.com/mattsewell LINKS * Pope Sisinnius (https://projects.flocknote.com/note/3089965) (Flocknote's Popes in a Year) * Pope Sisinnius (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14028a.htm) (Catholic Encyclopedia) * Pope Sisinnius (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sisinnius) (Wikipedia) Pope Constantine (https://projects.flocknote.com/note/3089979) (Flocknote's Popes in a Year) Pope Constantine (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04294b.htm) (Catholic Encyclopedia) Pope Constantine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine) (Wikipedia)
In 1492, something else happened besides Columbus sailing the ocean blue, namely, that the most notorious pope EVER ascended to the Chair of Peter. This week it's the guy who typically tops the list of every rundown of the so-called “Bad Popes”, and who was described by contemporary historian as “more evil and more lucky than perhaps any pope before him”. SUPPORT THE POPECAST: patreon.com/mattsewell LINKS * Letter of Pope Pius II rebuking Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (https://books.google.com/books?id=jgDVSSisM0sC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=We+have+heard+the+the+dance+was+indulged+in+in+all+wantonness;+none+of+the+allurements+of+love+were+lacking,+and+you+conducted+yourself+in+a+wholly+worldly+manner.+Shame+forbids+mention+of+all+that+took+place,+for+not+only+the+things+themselves+but+their+very&source=bl&ots=IpuLNhDl8P&sig=ACfU3U1o-1BKW0avibesmXGfOewURZnfcQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw4oOg3I3iAhXhPn0KHQlvD-YQ6AEwAHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false) * Inter Caetara (http://www.papalencyclicals.net/alex06/alex06inter.htm) (papal bull granting Spain exclusive rights to colonize and explore the New World) * Pope Alexander VI (https://projects.flocknote.com/note/2360409) (Popes in a Year - Flocknote) * Pope Alexander VI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_VI) (Wikipedia) * Pope Alexander VI (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01289a.htm) (Catholic Encyclopedia)
This episode serves as a brief recap and analysis on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's recent letter on the Church's sexual abuse crisis – paired with the audio version of the letter released exclusively by The Popecast – for those who have neither the time nor the interest to wade through the minefield of Catholic Twitter to sort it all out. LINKS MENTIONED ON THE EPISODE * Full Text of Pope Emeritus Benedict's letter: LINK (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-benedict-xvi-the-church-and-the-scandal-of-sexual-abuse-59639) FOOD FOR THOUGHT * JD Flynn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdflynn/status/1116918335793328128 * Ed Condon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/canonlawyered/status/1116686902525083648 * Fr. Harrison Ayre on Twitter (2008 speech by Pope Benedict XVI): https://twitter.com/FrHarrison/status/1117322811884937219 * Kyle Helmick on Twitter (Catholics who make money off the faith): https://twitter.com/HelmickeyMouse/status/1122247925013282816 CONS (Critics of the letter) * Fr. James Martin / Twitter thread – https://twitter.com/JamesMartinSJ/status/1116348415812808706 * Massimo Faggioli / Commonweal Magazine – Benedict's Untimely Meditation (https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/benedicts-untimely-meditation) * Jamie Manson / National Catholic Reporter – Pope Benedict Explains Things to Me (https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/grace-margins/pope-benedict-explains-things-me) * Jason Horowitz / New York Times – Dueling Popes? Maybe. Dueling Views in a Divided Church? Definitely. (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/world/europe/pope-francis-benedict-letter-sex-abuse.html) PROS (In favor of the letter, even with light criticism) * Gerhard Ludwig Muller / First Things – Benedict and His Critics (https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/04/benedict-and-his-critics) * Marc Barnes / Bad Catholic – Benedict XVI's Critics Are Not Being Smart (https://bad-catholic.com/2019/04/29/really-quite-unintelligent-boys-you-must-have-some-sense-of-that/) * Ed Condon / Catholic News Agency – Analysis: How Benedict's essay supports Francis' call for 'zero tolerance' (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-how-benedicts-essay-supports-francis-call-for-zero-tolerance-48259) * Marc Barnes / Bad Catholic – Fr. James Martin You Leave My Dad Right Out of This (https://bad-catholic.com/2019/04/13/against-james-martin-who-is-against-my-dear-dad/) * Dr. Chad Pecknold / Catholic Herald – Why Benedict's Intervention is So Important (https://catholicherald.co.uk/dailyherald/2019/04/11/why-benedicts-letter-is-so-important/) * Dr. Chad Pecknold / Catholic Herald – Why did Benedict mention the Eucharist in his abuse essay? (https://catholicherald.co.uk/dailyherald/2019/04/15/why-did-benedict-mention-the-eucharist-in-his-abuse-essay/) * Fr. Raymond de Souza / Catholic Herald – Why Benedict by-passed the Vatican (https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/why-benedict-by-passed-the-vatican/)
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