Saturday, April 7, 2012

Catholicism: The Heart of History

This EWTN audio series about Catholicism from the Birth of Christ in the Roman Empire to the 20th Century is hosted by Joanna & James Bogle.

1. The Roman Imperium and Christendom: Constantine, Justinian and Charlemagne

History of the spread of Christianity and Catholicism through the Roman Empire and it’s subsequent fall to the Franks – Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.

2. The Roman Pontiff & Emperor: Keystones to the Commonwealth of Christ

In Pagan Rome the Emperor was also the head of the pagan church and had the title “Pontifax.” The Church changed the word from Pontifax to Pontiff. The Christian Holy Roman Emperor and the Pontiff were a support for one another – the Pope would approve and crown the Emperor and support the idea of the “Divine Right of Kings, while the Emperor would support and protect the Church.”

3. The Knights Templar and Hospitaller


Order of Knights created to serve the Church during the Crusades to protect pilgrims and Catholic Christian Churches in the Holy Land from Muslim invaders.

4. The Inquisition: Medieval, Spanish and Roman: What’s the Real Story?

The Roman inquisition was quite different from the Spanish and in fact was quite mild in comparison. The purpose was to root out heresy and protect the doctrines and deposit of Faith of the Church. In Spain, the State was experiencing cases where false converts, particularly from Islam, were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the Monarchy.

5. Spain, England & America: The Black Legend, True or False?


The Tears of the Indians, a book published in England, claimed that the Spanish explorers and settlers of the New World were exploiting and forcing the American natives to convert to Catholicism. This was propaganda aimed at denouncing the Catholic Church and the Spanish Monarchy as well.

6. Galileo: The Church and Science

Galileo was asked to refrain from speaking about his agreement with the Copernican view of the Universe. The Church and the Pope never said that Copernicus theory was wrong, rather the Church wanted to avoid confusion for those who would not understand the change from a Ptolemaic view to a Copernican view of the universe. Almost all of the scientific discoveries of the age were made possible through the Universities established by the Church.

7. The Protestant Reformation and How The People of England Opposed it


8. The English Civil War: What Really Happened?

9. The Enlightenment and the Suppression of the Jesuits


10. The French Revolution and the Destruction of Christendom


11. The Counter-revolution in France & Austria


12. 1848 to WWI: The Rise of Secularism, Nationalism & Totalitarianism

13. The Church in the 20th Century



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