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Catholic: Under the Hood Classics – Episodes 454-458

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Presenting more of the back episodes of the History of the Catholic Church series no longer on the main podcast feed.

Episodes in this volume:
#454 – The Turning of the Tide/a>
#455 – The Council of Chalcedon
#456 – The Definition of Chalcedon
#457 – Canon 28
#458 – Leo and Attila

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 454 to 458

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#479 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Baptism of Clovis

In Gaul, Clovis becomes the first of the Germanic leaders to adopt Nicene Christianity. In Rome, Pope Gelasius struggles to deal with the problems caused by recent wars in Italy. The Acacian Schism continues to fester.

Links:
The Baptism of Clovis by the Master of Saint Giles

Gregory of Tours on the Conversion of Clovis

The so-called Gelasian Decree

On the Lupercalia of Rome

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#479 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Baptism of Clovis

#478 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Movement Toward Claustration

In North Africa, Fulgentius of Ruspe defends the Nicenes against the return of Arian Persecution. In Gaul, Caesarius of Arles writes the first Western rule for Monastic Women. In Italy, Theodoric seeks to keep the peace between the Arians and the Nicenes. Plus, the Athanasian and Apostles’ Creeds.

Links:
Page from from the Arian Bible – the Codex Argentus

Map of Europe in 500

Map of Church in Gaul in 506

Selections from Caesarius’ Rule for Virgins/Nuns

Athanasian Creed

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#478 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Movement Toward Claustration

#477 – A History of the Catholic Church – The School of Nisibis

The School of Nisibis and Narsai spread the Christology of Theodore of Mopsuestia throughout the Church of the East.

Links:
Mar Jacob Church in Nisibis by Gareth Hughes.

Some examples of Narsai’s Mêmrê can be found here

Adam Izdebski, “The School of Nisibis: An Ancient Religious Community?”

Frederick McLeod, “Narsai’s Dependence on Theodore of Mopsuestia”

The Christology of the Church of the East

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#477 – A History of the Catholic Church – The School of Nisibis

#476 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Church of the East Defines Itself

The Church of the East moves away from the Church of the Roman Empire through the adaptation of married clergy and the adaptation of the Christology of Theodore of Mopsuestia as its official teaching. Meanwhile, the Church of Armenia adopts Zeno’s Henotikon.

Links:
Map of the Roman/Persian Border by Cplakidas. On the map, Iberia is the land of the ethnic Georgians. Nisibis can be found just across the Roman/Sassanid border – just above “MESOPOTAMIA”

Diagram of the spectrum of Antiochine and Alexandrine Christology and where different Churches and theologians fall along the spectrum between pure monophysitism [one nature Christology] and pure dyophyistism [two nature Christology]

Canons of the Synod of Acacius/Seleucia

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#476 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Church of the East Defines Itself

#475 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Schism Continues

As the conflict between East and West over the Henotikon continues, Pope Felix III needs to deal with Nicenes in North Africa abandoning the faith and the Ostrogoths invading Italy. We also look at the theology of Philoxenus of Mabbug.

Links:
Photo of coin of Theodoric the Great

Information on Philoxenus of Mabbug

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#475 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Schism Continues

Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 449-453

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Presenting more of the back episodes of the History of the Catholic Church series no longer on the main podcast feed.

Episodes in this volume:
#449 – The Challenge of the Papacy
#450 – Changing of the Guard
#451 – The Problem of Eutyches
#452 – The Tome of Leo
#453 – Latrocinium

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#474 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Acacian Schism

Zeno’s Henotikon succeeds in establishing a tenuous religious peace in the East but provokes schism with Pope Felix III over its apparent failure to defend the Council of Chalcedon and Acacius’ unwillingness to recognize Felix’s claims of Petrine Authority

Links:
Photo of coin of Emperor Zeno by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Christopher Haas. “Patriarch and People: Peter Mongus of Alexandria and Episcopal Leadership in the Late Fifth Century.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 1, no. 3 (1993): 297-316

Rafał Kosiński, Peter the Fuller, Patriarch of Antioch

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#474 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Acacian Schism

#473 – A History of the Catholic Church – Faustus and the Henotikon

St. Faustus of Riez leads the bishops of Gaul against the theology of Predestination showing that the defeat of Pelagius has not meant the complete acceptance of Augustine. In the East, in an attempt to create unity between Chalcedonians and Monophysites, Eastern Emperor Zeno issues the Henotikon.

Links:
Photo of image of Saint Faustus by Reinhardhauke

Selections from the writings of St. Faustus

“Augustine, Pelagius and the Southern Gallic Tradition: Faustus of Riez’s De Gratia Dei,” in Grace for Grace: The Debates After Augustine and Pelagius.

Raúl Villegas Marín, “Lucidus on Predestination: The Damnation of Augustine’s Predestinationism in the Synods of Arles (373) and Lyons (474)”. Papers Presented at the Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2007. Leuven: Peeters, 2010. pp. 163-167

The Henotikon

Michel van Esbroeck, “The Memra on the Parrot by Isaac of Antioch”, The Journal of Theological Studies, New Series. Vol. 47. No. 2. October 1996. pp. 464-476

Fr. Seraphim’s Christmas Wish List

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#473 – A History of the Catholic Church – Faustus and the Henotikon

#472 – A History of the Catholic Church – Barbarian Domination

In the West, the Fall of Roman power in the West meant the domination of Arians in the Kingdom of the Vandals of North Africa, the Kingdom of the Visigoths in Hispania and Gaul and the Kingdom of Odoacer in Italy.
In North Africa, the Nicene Romans experienced severe persecution. In Italy, there was relative religious tolerance.
In Rome, political separation meant greater freedom from the Emperor far away in Constantinople.

Links:
Photo of statue of Saint Eugenius by Giovanni Dall’Orto

Map of Europe in 480

Christopher J. Nofziger, Reign of heretics: Arianism and political power in the Vandal and Ostrogothic kingdoms

Fr. Seraphim’s Christmas Wish List

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#472 – A History of the Catholic Church – Barbarian Domination