The Popecast

The Popecast

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/mattsewell. ... Show More

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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 o... Read more

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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'... Read more

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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 r... Read more

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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://ww... Read more

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On April 10, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI released a letter addressing the scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church – of which the full audible reading can be found here. The retired pope gave historical background to how the scandal came to be, how it's affected the formation of priests in seminaries, and what the Church ought to do about it. FULL TEXT: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-benedict-xvi-the-chu... Read more

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Dr. Chad Pecknold, associate professor of theology at the Catholic University of America, joins the Popecast this week to talk about the present scandal in the Church, human nature, St. Augustine's two Cities, and the papacy's role in securing the Church as a divine institution.  Dr. Pecknold will be speaking at Healing the Breach of Trust on March 26, a day of talks at Catholic University of America and part of a series of planned... Read more

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This week’s pope has a bit of an ironic name. During his six years in the Chair of Peter, nothing too exciting happened, and certainly nothing that seemed to live up to, uh, how we currently define "hilarious."   Become a patron and get early access to Popecast episodes, ask a question to be answered on the show, and get special bonus content – patreon.com/mattsewell   LINKS  Pope St. Hilarius (Flocknote's Popes in a Year) "Four Sa... Read more

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Catholic apologist, speaker, and author Trent Horn joins Matt on The Popecast this week. Topics covered (among others) include: Biblical basis for the papacy Papal infallibility When is it okay to criticize the pope, and how far is too far?  BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsewell   LINKS (mentioned in this episode) [BOOK] Bad Shepherds by Rod Bennett (Sophia Institute Press) Ut Unum Sint (On commitment to Ecumenism) – Encyclical b... Read more

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Normally the Church celebrates feast days for persons – men and women from every age who the Church has held up as models of holy living – but today is a day that celebrates a chair. Well, at least what the chair represents. BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsewell   LINKS Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience, February 22, 2006 Franciscan Media – Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

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This week’s pope didn’t want the job, and lived like he didn’t have the job, which got him in some hot water. But the people who worked closest with him knew him only as the parish priest of Rome, and ultimately his personal virtue carried the day. Plus he had RBF. BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsewell

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This week’s pope is defined by two words. Charlemagne and iconoclasm. And no, I’m not talking the Trump Twitter kind of iconoclasm. BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsewell   LINKS Pope Adrian I (The Catholic Encyclopedia) Pope Adrian I (Wikipedia) Pope Adrian I (Flocknote's Popes in a Year) Excerpt on Paul Afiarta in Thomas F.X. Noble's The Republic of St. Peter The History of Charles the Great by J.I. Mombert (1888) Duodecimum Sae... Read more

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The pope we’re talking about today was mild-mannered and monkish on the outside, but tough as nails on the inside. He’s went toe to toe with the tiny tyrant for 10 years, and was imprisoned for 6 of them. Never one to let the Church be bullied, he returned the papacy to the respect it deserved, after decades of being drug through the proverbial mud. One of my personal favorites, Pope Pius VII.   BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsew... Read more

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This week’s pope was once described as the epitome of a Christian gentleman, a man of universally recognized virtue, and a profound scholar. He was never one to back down from a fight, and stopped at nothing to reform a broken Church. 1000 years ago, that is.   BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/mattsewell   FURTHER READING: The Popecast on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – @thepopecast The Cluniac Reform (Pope Benedict XVI) Letter of Gregory... Read more

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A worker of miracles, a battler of barbarians, and someone described as a man who lived to perfection the saying “pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.” This week it's Pope #103, St. Leo IV.    FOLLOW & SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/mattsewell   LINKS The Popecast on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – @thepopecast [BOOK] Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler – AMAZON  

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Wait, a pope was actually condemned as a heretic by an ecumenical council of the Church? Sounds like the jig is up – papal infallibility is a false doctrine! Right? Well...we shall see. SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/mattsewell LINKS- Letter from Pope Honorius to St. Honorius of Canterbury- Popecast on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – @thepopecast - [BOOK] Pope Fiction (by Patrick Madrid): bit.ly/popefiction

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This week's pope was one of the only guys to have been an anti-pope before getting legitimately elected, he pretty much killed his predecessor, and was a bit of a wuss to boot. Yes, even the Bishop of Rome can be a weak-willed flip-flopper, and it followed him around during all 18 years in office. SUPPORT THE POPECAST: patreon.com/mattsewell LINKS- [BOOK] Pope Fiction (by Patrick Madrid): bit.ly/popefiction- Popecast on Twitter: @t... Read more

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Speaker & author Katie Prejean McGrady joins the Popecast to chat about Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice & Be Glad), her recent trip to Rome for a pre-Synod gathering of young people, and how Pope Francis knows exactly what he's doing in his mission of evangelization.  Support the Podcast: patreon.com/mattsewell LINKS Gaudete et Exsultate (FULL TEXT) [BOOK] Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with ... Read more

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How would you like to be the first pope to not be named a saint? First in 350 years and the only non-saint pope in 5 centuries was still pretty holy, but people thought he might be heretic. Also, people use him as an argument against papal infallibility.  SUPPORT THE POPECAST: patreon.com/mattsewell   Popecast on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – @thepopecast   [BOOK] Pope Fiction (by Patrick Madrid): bit.ly/popefiction  

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Paul VI was nothing short of a prophet. He called out society’s future ills decades before they actually happened, and reigned as pope through the assassination of an American President, the sexual revolution, and a sweeping reform in the Church. Plus … drumroll … he just became a saint.  SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/mattsewell HUMANAE VITAE: http://bit.ly/popecastHV

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Ever wonder where the official list of the books of the Bible came from? Well, this guy you’re about to learn about is who we have to thank. Every single one of those 73 books you find in Catholic Bibles was listed out by this guy, at a meeting in Rome, 16 centuries ago. SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/mattsewell

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