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#299 – A History of the Catholic Church – A Most Mischievous Superstition

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As the Christians spread throughout the Roman Empire, so did opposition against them increase as well – hostility from neighbors and persecution from State. In this episode, we look at the reasons why Tacitus called Christianity “a most mischievous superstition” and the ways that anti-Christian hostility manifested itself.

Links:

Image of Emperor Marcus Aurelius offering a sacrifice

Tacitus and Pliny on the Christians

Earlier episode on the Alexamenos graffito

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Morning Catholic Links – Feast of the Assumption Around the World

Assumption procession in Greece

Assumption devotions in Greece

Assumption celebrated by Armenian Apostolic Church

The Feast of the Assumption and the Arabic Woodstock

Assumption in India

Assumption in Cleveland’s Little Italy

Italians also celebrate Ferragosto

#298 – A History of the Catholic Church – Apostolic Succession

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The spread of the teachings of Jesus brings with it also increasing differences about who are the true followers of His Word. Those followers of Jesus who have come to be called Christians and members of the Catholic Church, begin to set standards for who belongs to the faith – and who is outside it.

Links:

Image: La consécration de Déodat by Claude Bassot

Wikipedia article on Docetism

Chart of Apostolic Succession in the Early Church

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podcasticon#298 – A History of the Catholic Church – Apostolic Succession

Morning Catholic Links – Franciscans, Benedictines, Birds and pictures with the Pope

Franciscan Friars visit Nicaragua

Venerable Monk Shares Herbal Lore at Master Gardeners’ Trailside Site

Life-size cutouts of Pope Francis pop up ahead of Philadelphia

Rev. Birdsall tends to a different flock

Papal Artifacts offers unique collection of Church History

Father Richard Kunst offers a great deal of interesting history about the Papacy.

You can find out more at the Papal Artifacts website

Morning Catholic links

UNF students on the El Camino

New book on the Venerable Bede

The inspiration of Professor Jérôme Lejeune

The history of Ein Kareme

#297 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Two Ways

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As the Church approaches the end of the First Century, Christians in Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome continue to develop their faith both in light of the growing Gentile membership as well as in response to the continuing reality of sin.

Links:

Image of Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Map of Christian communities at the end of the First Century

Map of Osroene/Edessa

Sources for Roman Church:
First Letter of Clement
The Shepherd of Hermas

Sources for Alexandrine Church:
The Epistle of Barnabas

Sources for Antiochine Church:
Epistles of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Epistle of Polycarp
Martyrdom of Polycarp

Sources for Church outside Roman Empire
Odes of Solomon

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#296 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Council of Jerusalem

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Debates over the the acceptance of Gentiles into the Church and Paul’s missionary activity lead to the Council of Jerusalem. While it becomes easier for Gentiles to become Christians, it is part of a growing division in the Church. Jewish wars against the Romans will further alienate Christians from the Church’s Jewish traditions.

Links:

Image of stones from the destroyed Temple of Jerusalem

On the Council of Jerusalem

On the First Jewish-Roman War

On the Bar Kochba Uprising

On the Birkat Ha-Minim against Christians

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#295 – A History of the Catholic Church – Saint Paul

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As the young Christian Church begins to expand into the wider Roman world, it encounters a variety of beliefs and ideas such as Mystery Religions, Platonism and Stoicism. Into this world, will go Saint Paul – seen as the second founder of Christianity by some, a betrayer of the teachings of Jesus by others.

Links:

Image is Paul and Barnabas at Lystra by Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem

Map of missionary journeys of Apostles

Map of missionary travels of Saint Paul

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podcasticon#295 – A History of the Catholic Church – Saint Paul

#294 – A History of the Catholic Church – Martyrdom and Expansion

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Increasing tensions between Jewish and Hellenist Followers of the Way will eventually lead to the martyrdom of Saint Stephen and the flight of the Hellenists into the wider Hellenistic regions of the Roman Empire. This spreading of the faith will bring with it significant changes in the structure and practice of the early Church as they begin to be called Christians and they begin to welcome Gentiles.

Links:

Reputed location of stoning of Saint Stephen

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podcasticon#294 – A History of the Catholic Church – Martyrdom and Expansion

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