#488 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Death of Boethius

As the Church of Rome and the Emperor Justin move to restore ties with the end of the Acacian Schism, tensions between King Theodoric of Italy and the Byzantine Empire increase leading to the imprisonment and death of both the Roman Senator Boethius and Pope John I. In the East, the Monophysites face the challenges of Julian of Halicarnassus and the Apthhartodocetae.

Links:
Painting of Farewell of Consul Boethius to his family by Jean-Victor Schnetz.

Map of the lands of the Arian kingdoms in 526

History of Philosophy without any gaps episode on Boethius

Pope Benedict XVI on Boethius

On Julian of Halicarnassus

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#488 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Death of Boethius

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#487 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Scythian Monks

The Scythian Monks hoped to end the conflict between the Chalcedonians and Monophysites. But their endorsement of Theopaschatism – that one of the Trinity/Jesus Christ was crucified in the flesh caused concern in both the East and the West – as the debates between Cyril and Nestorius and between Augustine and Pelagius continued to challenge the Christian Church.

Links:
Painting of Fulgentius of Ruspe.

Matthew Joseph Pereira – Reception, Interpretation and Doctrine in the Sixth Century: John Maxentius and the Scythian Monks

Matthew Joseph Pereira – From Augustine to the Scythian Monks: Social Memory and the Doctrine of Predestination

Map of Diocese of Thrace showing Scythia Minor

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#487 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Scythian Monks

#486 – A History of the Catholic Church – Ending the Acacian Schism

The death of Anastasius and accession of Justin as Emperor offers a new opportunity for the restoration of ecclesiastical union between Rome and Constantinople. However, behind the union many problems remained as a union motivated by politics could not resolve religious tensions.

Links:
Solidus of Emperor Justin by CNG.

Correspondence between Pope Hormisdas and the Monks of Syria

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#486 – A History of the Catholic Church – Ending the Acacian Schism

#485 – A History of the Catholic Church – Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite

The mystical theologian Pseudo-Dionysius may remain a mystery, but the influence of his work upon the theology of the Eastern and Western Church is quite evident. From the theology of the Angels, to Christology, to Prayer, Pseudo-Dionysius left the stamp of his thought upon the Church.

Links:
Icon of the original Dionysius the Areopagite.

Pope Benedict XVI on Pseudo-Dionysius

The Works of Pseudo-Dionysius

History of the Philosophy on Pseudo-Dionysius

Vasili Vranic The Fourth Letter of Pseudo-Dionysius Aeropagite: Chalcedonian or Monophysite?”

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Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 459-463

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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:
#459 – Rome Sacked Again
#460 – The Two Leos
#461 – The Maronites
#462 – The Poetry of Eudocia
#463 – Making a Joyful Noise

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 459 to 463

#484 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Formula of Hormisdas

After a brief presentation of the Christology of Severus of Antioch and its relationship to Neo-Chalcedonianism, we move to another attempt at ending the Acacian Schism. However, Pope Hormisdas of Rome continues his predecessor’s strong line toward the East.

Links:
Image of Pope Hormisdas of Rome.

Map of Thrace – site of the Vitalian Rebellion

Positive assessment of the Christology of Severus of Antioch by a member of the Oriental Orthodox/Miaphysite Church

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#483 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Ascendancy of Monophysitism

Emperor Anastasius of the Byzantine Empire with the support of Philoxenus of Mabbug, Severus of Antioch and John II/III of Alexandria aggressively move to put an end to support for the Council of Chalcedon, but they face strong resistance.

Links:
Icon of Severus of Antioch.

Kazimierz Ginter on the Trisagion Riots

Boethius on Eutyches and Nestorius – including description of the reaction to the East’s pleas for help from Rome

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#483 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Ascendancy of Monophysitism

#482 – A History of the Catholic Church -The Symmachian Forgeries

Symmachus and Laurentius fight for control of the Church of Rome with all the means they have at their disposal. The Basilica of St. Peter’s grows in importance as the symbol of the Pope’s Petrine authority.

Links:
Ruins of the original Basilica of Saint Agnes fuori le Mura. Repaired during the papacy of Symmachus. Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro.

W. T. Townsend. The so-called Symmachian Forgeries

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#481 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Laurentian Schism

Controversy over the Acacian Schism leads to a schism with the Church of Rome and the bishops of Italy debate whether anyone but God can judge the actions of a Pope.

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Mosaic at the Basilica of Saint Agnes. Pope Symmachus is to the left.

John Moorhead, The Laurentian Schism: East and West in the Roman Church

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#481 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Laurentian Schism

#480 – A History of the Catholic Church -The Gelasian Doctrine

Pope Gelasius I enunciates the proper relationship between the Pope of Rome and the Emperor and the proper relationship between the Pope of Rome and the Metropolitan Bishop of Constantinople. Unfortunately for Gelasius, the Emperor and Bishop of Constantinople have a different understanding.

After the death of Gelasius, Pope Anastasius II strives to ease tensions with the East, to disastrous results.

Links:
The Christ between St. Peter and the Emperor

Letter of Gelasius to Emperor Anastasius I enunciating two powers doctrine

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#480 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Gelasian Doctrine