The Popecast: A History of the Papacy

The Popecast: A History of the Papacy

The unvarnished, non-boring history of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church – told in a way to remind us that the world and the Church’s problems today have happened plenty of times before. For early access and extra bonus stuff, check out patreon.com/thepopecast.

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May 18, 2022 26 min
Matt had the pleasure of being a guest on Real Presence Radio out in the Midwest, on a show hosted by none other than our most recent special guest Fr. Richard Kunst, to talk about the origins of The Popecast and his own personal favorite popes and papal history stories, among other things. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: matt@thepopecast.fm NEWSLETTER: https://popes.su...
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Today’s pope is certainly one for the record books. Even though he was only in office a couple short years, he’s memorable for one major papal staple that we take completely for granted these days. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: matt@thepopecast.fm NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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Today’s episode is one we’ve been very excited to bring you all for a long time. Our guest, Fr. Richard Kunst, is the curator of the world's largest collection of papal memorabilia and artifacts outside of the Vatican. Our conversation covers everything from how Fr. Rich’s collection came to be, some of the coolest and strangest articles he’s seen, his appearances on Pawn Stars, and (in the patron-only bonus section) even some ...
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Our man this episode is altogether unique – and not just because he’s the only Successor of Peter with this particular name. No, he’s actually most famous for something he had no control over at all – because he was dead. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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February 19, 2022 28 min
This episode is about another one of those popes who you’ve probably never heard of, but is definitely one to remember. He was saintly from an early age, and despite desiring a life of anonymity in his service to Christendom, was plucked by the emperor from obscurity to become pope and, ultimately, usher in one of the biggest reform movements in Catholicism’s 2,000 year history. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitte...
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We kept trying to find a good Christmas-themed papal bio for this week, and then we ran across this Urbi et Orbi address of Pope Benedict XVI's from 2010. It's an absolutely excellent address (as usual from him), especially with the Choir of King's College singing O Holy Night in the background, as they are at the end of the episode. Enjoy – and Merry Christmas to you and all of your families! PATREON: https://patreon...
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This week it's a special episode of the show – professor, historian, and author Dr. Michael Breidenbach joins the show to talk about his new book, Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America (https://amzn.to/3e0RDAM) Especially for those in America, the story Dr. Breidenbach tells in his book and on the podcast – how English-turned-American Catholics wrestled between fealty to the king and fealt...
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Today’s episode is about a pope who’s probably easy to overlook. He only reigned for a short time, we don’t know all that much about him, and he isn’t remembered as a saint – a canonized one anyway. And yet, he dabbled in plenty of important things and did alright. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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Today’s episode is about a pope who lived...and died...during the last and worst of Rome’s persecutions of the Christian people, that of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. But just how that living and dying went is still up for discussion. 1700 years later. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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November 21, 2021 14 min
Here's a pope who kept his head down and worked tirelessly for the good of Christendom. But in an age where secular rulers used the papacy as their plaything, he refused to be anyone’s puppet, and ended up paying the ultimate price. And what’s more, everyone though he was a bad pope until not all that long ago. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com N...
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This episode we're joined by JD Flynn and Michelle La Rosa from The PIllar to tackle one of the saltiest and most recent papal conspiracy theories – one of the doozies in pretty much the whole history of the Catholic Church. A half-century ago a pope reigned for a mere 33 days. Was it all just a strange coincidence, or was there something more nefarious afoot? PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram:...
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October 21, 2021 47 min
This week's episode is a very special one indeed. Our pope today needs no introduction, being one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter, but he does need a long episode to tell the whole tale of his long and eventful life. October 22 – the day that this episode is being released – is this man’s feast day and the anniversary of the 1978 inauguration of his papacy, so raise a glass (or a pierogi) for one of the g...
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This pope is a guy who rose from the lowest rungs of society to become the leader of a burgeoning but still illegal faith. And yet, it wasn’t the Romans who gave him the most grief. It was one of his fellow Christians. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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Today’s episode is a Popecast Redux about a pope who may well have single-handedly kept the known world from a very, very different future. In fact, 2021 marks the 450th anniversary of his masterstroke – a convening of both corporeal and a spiritual armies to lead the Catholic Christian West to victory in one of the greatest sea battles ever fought. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast...
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Our pope this week was in the Chair of Peter for barely a moment in the great lifespan of Catholic history, but his humble heart and joyful demeanor has influenced each of the three popes who followed him and put him firmly among the most memorable and beloved pontiffs of the last several centuries. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https:...
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Our pope this week was a pontiff in exile – the whole Roman Curia was in those days – who everyone thought would be near death, but he ended up sticking around for 10 years and set about cleaning up the clerical riff-raff, leaving us with one of the greatest hymns ever written, and hiring a bloodhound in a red hat to prowl around Italy and gain back what was rightfully Peter’s. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter ...
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Joining the show this week is special guest Eduard Habsburg, the Hungarian Ambassador to the Vatican and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, sharing the incredible story of Pope St. Gregory the Great, the "Pope Who Founded Western Civilization" PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com Find Eduard Habsburg o...
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This pope was far more renowned for his life BEFORE the papacy than he was after. And that was a bummer, because he kinda gets a bad rap for it. But it certainly didn’t help that he avoided accepting his election like the plague. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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Our pope this week was startlingly good for a Renaissance pontiff – he didn’t use his power to elevate all of his greedy nephews, he began as a monk and never really forgot it, and he worked so hard and so much that he could have coined the phrase “I can sleep when I’m dead.” PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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This guy was an able pontiff who brought much-needed respect back to the papacy at its lowest point in history. And on the family front, he was a real diamond in the rough. A lone bright spot amidst a group of relatives that would make the Kardashians blush. PATREON: https://patreon.com/thepopecast FB / Twitter / Instagram: @thepopecast EMAIL: popecastmc@gmail.com NEWSLETTER: https://popes.substack.com
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