Controversies in Church History

Controversies in Church History
Podcast of Controversies in Church History, a monthly lecture series that takes place in Kansas City, Missouri. Each talk is recorded as a podcast each month during the academic year. Support this podcast:

The Arian Crisis, c.330-381 AD
Oct 29, 2019 • 62 min
My talk on the Arian Controversy of the fourth century, given on Monday October 28, at Guardian Angels Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. —- Support this podcast:
The First Council of Nicaea
Oct 3, 2019 • 62 min
This is a recording of my talk on the First Council of Nicaea, given Monday September 30th, at Guardian Angels Parish in Kansas City, MO. (There is a slight dead period in the recording somewhere in the middle, where I had to do some finagling of my…
The Wars of Religion, 1524-1649
Aug 19, 2019 • 64 min
My talk from September 2018, in which I discuss the religious wars which plagued Europe during the Reformation period, culminating in the Thirty Years War. Was Christianity responsible for the violent wars of the period? Or were there other factors which…
Black Legends: Myths of the Spanish Conquest
Aug 6, 2019 • 63 min
This episode was recorded in August of 2018, and featured a guest speaker, Dr. Ezekiel Stear, who gave a lecture on the history behind the Spanish Conquest of the Americas in the 16th century. (Note: you may need to turn the sound up for this episode, as…
The Church and the Holocaust
Jul 25, 2019 • 73 min
The recording of my lecture of April 2018 on the topic of the Church and the Holocaust. It discusses some of the accusations leveled against the Church, particularly against Pope Pius XII, and what type of defense Catholics should make when confronted…
The First Vatican Council
Jul 9, 2019 • 60 min
My talk from March of 2018, in which I discuss the First Vatican Ecumenical Council (1870), called to deal with issues of church government, and more specifically, the definition of papal infallibility. It covers the religious and political background to…
Catholic Lives Ep. 7: The Catholic Founding Father
Jul 4, 2019 • 16 min
This special Fourth of July episode focuses on the life of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), the Catholic landowner, politician and businessman who signed the Declaration of Independence, and helped transform an anti-Catholic British colony into…
Catholic Lives Ep. 6: The Pope That Excommunicated Napoleon
Jun 30, 2019 • 21 min
This week’s episode of Catholic Lives recalls the life of Barnaba Chiaramonti (1742-1823), known to history as Pope Pius VII (1800-1823), the pope who dealt with the aftermath of the French Revolution in Europe, including the general and statesman…
The Trial and Condemnation of Galileo
Jun 24, 2019 • 65 min
Our talk given in February 2018 on the condemnation of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) will discuss why the Inquisition condemned his word. The Galileo affair is often used by polemicists against the Catholic Church, to demonstrate its supposed opposition to…
Catholic Lives Ep. 5: The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz
Jun 11, 2019 • 14 min
In this episode of Catholic Lives, we discuss the heroism of Witold Pilecki (pronounced Vitold Piletski, 1901-1948), a member of the Polish resistance against the Nazi occupation of Poland who volunteered to enter the concentration camp of Auschwitz to…
Here I Stand: the Protestant Reformation
Jun 7, 2019 • 94 min
This episode is a recording of the lecture I gave on the Protestant Reformation in January 2018. It covers the basics of how the Reformation started, the theological issues involved, and much more. —- Support this podcast:…
Catholic Lives Ep. 4: The Last Roman Emperor
May 29, 2019 • 14 min
Today we take a brief look at the life of Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos (1404-1453), the last Emperor of the Romans, who came to the throne of Constantinople at the very end of the Roman (i.e. “Byzantine”) empire’s life, and fought a heroic 52 day…
The Inquisition
May 20, 2019 • 69 min
This is a recording of my talk at Our Lady of Sorrows in KCMO on the Inquisition. It give a broad overview of how the Church has treated heretics, how an “inquisition” as a legal process was established in the Middle Ages, debunks some myths about its…
Catholic Lives Ep. 3: A Woman Author in Charlemagne’s Empire
May 16, 2019 • 19 min
The latest episode focuses on Dhuoda, the 9th noble woman known to us only through her Handbook, the work she wrote for her eldest son William. Dhuoda’s handbook instructs her son on how to live a Christian life, and prepare him for public life as an…
The Crusades
May 9, 2019 • 75 min
This is a recording from my talk way back in October of 2017 on the Crusades. It is a long one, but covers the controversy over the Crusades, their nature, and whether or not such conflicts were compatible with Christian beliefs. Enjoy! —- Support this…
Deaconesses in the Early Church
May 4, 2019 • 42 min
In this podcast, we discuss the evidence for the ordination of Deaconesses in the early Church, and the arguments for whether or not they were ordained in the same way men were in the early Church. —- Support this podcast:…
Catholic Lives Ep. 2: Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967)
Apr 30, 2019 • 13 min
Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of West Germany, from 1949-1963, is the subject of this episode of Catholic Lives. —- Support this podcast:
Liturgy Wars: Catholic Liturgy Since Vatican II
Apr 30, 2019 • 74 min
The final talk for Controversies in Church History for the 2018-2019 academic school year, on the liturgical changes since Vatican II. Recorded at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Monday, April 29, 2019. —- Support this podcast:…
Necessary Additions? The Marian Dogmas, 1854 & 1950
Mar 26, 2019 • 51 min
Our latest talk on Monday, March, 25 2019: “Necessary Additions? The Marian Dogmas, 1854 & 1950.” In this talk, we explore the background behind the papal definitions of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and why…
Catholic Lives Ep. 1: The Battalion of St. Patrick
Mar 21, 2019 • 20 min
The first episode of a new series I am calling “Catholic Lives.” Each episode will be a brief look at the lives of Catholics in history who have been overlooked or not as well known to our listeners. For our first episode, recorded shortly after St.…
Clerical Celibacy in the Early Church
Mar 7, 2019 • 48 min
How clerical celibacy came to be mandated by the Catholic Church. —- Support this podcast:
By This Sign Conquer: the Conversion of Constantine
Feb 2, 2019 • 56 min
The Conversion of Constantine and how it altered, permanently, the Church’s relationship to political power. —- Support this podcast:
Vatican II: Continuity or Rupture?
Dec 9, 2018 • 87 min
Vatican II and the debates on what it did and what it means for Catholics. —- Support this podcast: