Catholic:Under The HoodAuthor: Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, TOR
14 Nov 2018

Catholic:Under The Hood

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Explore the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church from a Franciscan Perspective. Sound seeing tours, interviews, and more.

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    #466 – A History of the Catholic Church – Combating Error

    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 […]

  • Posted on 09 Nov 2018

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    #465 – A History of the Catholic Church – Freedom in Christ

    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 […]

  • Posted on 02 Nov 2018

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    #464 – A History of the Catholic Church – Imagining the Holy

    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: […]

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2018

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    #463 – A History of the Catholic Church – Making a Joyful Noise

    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 […]

  • Posted on 19 Oct 2018

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    #462 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Poetry of Eudocia

    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 […]

  • Posted on 12 Oct 2018

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