My lecture on the medieval reform movement of the 11th and 12th centuries, given at Guardian Angels parish in KCMO, on January 27, 2020. In it, we describe how reforming clergy reshaped the Church and assert its authority against the interference of secular authority.
My lecture on the schism between the Church of Rome and the Orthodox Churches of the East (primarily Constantinople), given at Guardian Angels parish in KCMO, December 2, 2019. It details how the schism came about and examines some of its causes.
This is a recording of my talk on the First Council of Nicaea, given Monday September 30th, at Guardian Angels Parish in Kansas City, MO. (There is a slight dead period in the recording somewhere in the middle, where I had to do some finagling of my powerpoint slides. FYI)
My talk from September 2018, in which I discuss the religious wars which plagued Europe during the Reformation period, culminating in the Thirty Years War. Was Christianity responsible for the violent wars of the period? Or were there other factors which complicate this received picture of the era? Listen to find out!
This episode was recorded in August of 2018, and featured a guest speaker, Dr. Ezekiel Stear, who gave a lecture on the history behind the Spanish Conquest of the Americas in the 16th century. (Note: you may need to turn the sound up for this episode, as the lecture was not recorded at a very high volume for some reason).
The recording of my lecture of April 2018 on the topic of the Church and the Holocaust. It discusses some of the accusations leveled against the Church, particularly against Pope Pius XII, and what type of defense Catholics should make when confronted with them.
My talk from March of 2018, in which I discuss the First Vatican Ecumenical Council (1870), called to deal with issues of church government, and more specifically, the definition of papal infallibility. It covers the religious and political background to this important council, which would set the stage for much of the modern Church, and especially the modern papacy.
This special Fourth of July episode focuses on the life of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), the Catholic landowner, politician and businessman who signed the Declaration of Independence, and helped transform an anti-Catholic British colony into a part of a union one of whose basic rights was religious freedom.
This week's episode of Catholic Lives recalls the life of Barnaba Chiaramonti (1742-1823), known to history as Pope Pius VII (1800-1823), the pope who dealt with the aftermath of the French Revolution in Europe, including the general and statesman Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he excommunicated in 1809.
Our talk given in February 2018 on the condemnation of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) will discuss why the Inquisition condemned his word. The Galileo affair is often used by polemicists against the Catholic Church, to demonstrate its supposed opposition to scientific inquiry, but our talk discusses the historical background, which does not fit the conventional narrative, and actually exonerates the Church from much (though not all) of the calumnies it has received over the centuries.
In this episode of Catholic Lives, we discuss the heroism of Witold Pilecki (pronounced Vitold Piletski, 1901-1948), a member of the Polish resistance against the Nazi occupation of Poland who volunteered to enter the concentration camp of Auschwitz to gain information. Captain Pilecki wrote a hundred page report on the camp, and both it and his life testify to the enduring power of the Catholic faith and the human spirit.
Today we take a brief look at the life of Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos (1404-1453), the last Emperor of the Romans, who came to the throne of Constantinople at the very end of the Roman (i.e. "Byzantine") empire's life, and fought a heroic 52 day siege against Ottoman forces before succumbing in May of 1453.
This is a recording of my talk at Our Lady of Sorrows in KCMO on the Inquisition. It give a broad overview of how the Church has treated heretics, how an "inquisition" as a legal process was established in the Middle Ages, debunks some myths about its destructiveness, and explains how it came to used in propaganda against the Church from the Reformation onward.
The latest episode focuses on Dhuoda, the 9th noble woman known to us only through her Handbook, the work she wrote for her eldest son William. Dhuoda's handbook instructs her son on how to live a Christian life, and prepare him for public life as an aristocrat. Written during a time of war an turmoil during the Carolingian period, Dhuoda's handbook is a testament to a life filled with grief but also a strong and enduring Catholic faith.
This is a recording from my talk way back in October of 2017 on the Crusades. It is a long one, but covers the controversy over the Crusades, their nature, and whether or not such conflicts were compatible with Christian beliefs. Enjoy!
The final talk for Controversies in Church History for the 2018-2019 academic school year, on the liturgical changes since Vatican II. Recorded at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Monday, April 29, 2019.
Our latest talk on Monday, March, 25 2019: "Necessary Additions? The Marian Dogmas, 1854 & 1950." In this talk, we explore the background behind the papal definitions of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and why popes Pius IX and Pius XII felt the need to define these dogmas when they did.
The first episode of a new series I am calling "Catholic Lives." Each episode will be a brief look at the lives of Catholics in history who have been overlooked or not as well known to our listeners. For our first episode, recorded shortly after St. Patrick's Day, we will look at the brief but fascinating career of the Battalion of St. Patrick, a unit in the Mexican army during the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848, comprised entirely of former American soldiers who had deserted the U. S. Army to fight for Mexico. Please subscribe, like and share this podcast--please help us spread the word!