A podcast exploring the history of the Catholic Church, especially the historical background of contemporary Catholic practices and issues. Hosted by Kevin Schmiesing and Scott Schulze.
139. Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
Even after Constantine's victory at Milvian Bridge, the Roman Empire was not free of Christian persecutions. Seven years later, a persecution in the eastern half of the empire would create the 40 martyrs of Sebaste.
On this episode, Scott treks thru their fate, their attempt to keep their number at 40, and Rome’s famous Lightning Legion.
("Martyrs" series no. 1, 40 Martyrs of Sebaste)
138. The Good Old Cathedral of the Holy Cross
The “new” Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston dates to the 1870s. President John Adams was among the benefactors who enabled the construction of its predecessor, the city's first Catholic church.
(“Cradles of Catholicism” series, no. 22, Massachusetts)
137. The Grave Sin of Eating Horses?
Was there a time when eating horse meat merited a penance comparable to committing murder? Find out in this episode, as Scott treks thru the history of the Catholic Church and her ban on consuming horses.
136. The Properties of the Church
The Catholic Church owns a lot of property. How did that happen? Who actually owns the property? Can laypeople control Church property?
Scott and Kevin answer these questions—and a lot of others you didn’t know you had—as they explore the complicated and contentious history of Church property.
135. How To Die Like a Catholic
Death is not a comfortable topic for many but is a reality for all. In this episode Scott looks at the history of the Ars Moriendi, a popular Medieval text written to prepare one to die well.
134. Mary’s Montana Mission
Jesuit missionaries founded St. Mary’s Mission in the Bitterroot Valley, the first church in what would become the state of Montana.
(“Cradles of Catholicism” series, no. 21, Montana)
Best Catholic History out there
I’m an avid fan of history, and particularly of Catholic history. I’ve looked around at other Catholic history podcasts, and the majority of them are rather lacking, either focusing on largely superficial details in the lives of the saints, or looking to figures that were only nominally Catholic. Not so with this podcast, where a simple glance at the episode titles will reveal how deep they truly delve. I cannot recommend this podcast enough, to be certain!
Love listening and learning about the history of the Catholic Church. Highly recommend!
Great podcast on Catholic history
This is a podcast that I have learned so much about the Catholic faith from. Highly recommended