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TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
#471 - The Fall of the WestWe look at the role of Christianity in the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West and the continuing conflict over the Council of Chalcedon...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:06
#470 - Who was Crucified for UsThe collapse of imperial power in the West posed new challenges for the Popes of Rome who struggled to maintain control...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:12
#469 - The Ideal BishopThe clergy of the Church had roles and responsibilities beyond the sacramental. As Augustine noted, the "bishop's burden" included...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:34
#468 - Exemplars of the FaithAs the Church grew, so did the number of saints and the diversity of their stories. The beginnings of the fifth century also...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:42
#467 - Changing RitualsChanges in the Church's liturgical and sacramental practice in the first half of the 5th century. How the church of Rome used liturgy...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:10
#466 - Combating ErrorIncreasing dominance of the Catholic Church over rivals was revealed in legislation of the Roman Empire and the violence of monks...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:32
#465 - Freedom in ChristThe interaction between Catholic teaching and Greco-Roman tradition on slavery and treatment of the poor are the focus of this episode...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:57
#464 - Imagining the HolyThe first half of the 5th century sees significant changes in Christian artistic representation of Christ and the Virgin Mary in response...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:00
#463 - Making a Joyful NoiseSynesius of Cyrene, Sedulius, Mesrop Mashtots and Maruthas of Martyropolis give us examples of music appreciated by all ChristiansFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:00
#462 - The Poetry of EudociaThe poetry of Empress Eudocia and Paulinus of Nola revealed the tensions that existed in a culture that both praised and rejected...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:27
#461 - The MaronitesThroughout the Christological Controversy, monastics played an important role. While many monks, especially in Egypt, supported...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:12
#460 - The Two LeosPolitical instability continues in the West as one emperor follows another. In the East, Emperor Leo I tries to find a way out...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:48
#459 - Rome Sacked AgainThe growing division between the Mono/Miaphysites and the Chalcedonians causes significant problems for the Eastern Empire...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:43
#458 - Leo and AttilaThe conclusion of the Council of Chalcedon left the church divided: Rome vs. Constantinople and Chalcedonian vs. Miaphysite...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:16
#457 - Canon 28Chalcedon was intended to unite the Church, but in many ways the Church is more divided than it had been before...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:54
#456- The Definition of ChalcedonThe Council of Chalcedon continues and with it continue conflicts over Christology and Roman authority...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:16
#455 - The Council of ChalcedonThe Council of Chalcedon begins with a broadside against Pope Dioscorus of Alexandria. The Tome of Leo is accepted...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:50
#454 - The Turning TidesThe Eastern Empire finds itself in political and religious turmoil after the death of Emperor Theodosius II and Pope Leo IFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:21
#453 - LatrociniumAt the Second Council of Ephesus, Pope Dioscorus of Alexandria and his One Nature Christology emerges triumphant.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#452 - The Tome of LeoPope Leo I of Rome assembles a text presenting the Christology of the West in the hopes of putting an end to...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:22
#451 - The Problem of EutychesIn Constantinople, the Christological Controversy erupts once again as sides are formed over the case of Eutyches...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:40
#450 - Changing of the GuardPope Leo has problems with Illyricum. The sees of Constantinople, Alexandria, and Antioch are under new management]Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:39
#449 - The Challenge of the PapacyPope Leo finds that the collapse of the Western Roman Empire makes it more difficult for him to assert his authority in Gaul...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:28
#448 - Plenitudo PotestatisPope Leo the Great seeks to exercise his authority over the Church of Italy to ensure right practice and doctrineFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:58
#447 - The Tome of ProclusIn the West, Carthage falls under the Vandals and Pope Sixtus III tries to hold onto control of his territory.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:58
#446 - The Bishop of IrelandThe Christian Church struggles in North Africa as it finds itself facing a resurgent Vandal Arianism...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:21
#445 - Formula of UnionEmperor Theodosius II works extensively to promote union between John of Antioch and Cyril of Alexandria...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:44
#444 - Canons and DeliberationsThe bishops of Cyril's synod in Ephesus continue to make decisions about the future of the Church - a divided future.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:29
#443 - Cyril TriumphantEmperor Theodosius' plans for a peaceful discussion of theology fall apart as rival councils gather in Ephesus...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:11
#442 - Preparation for EphesusEmperor Theodosius II decides to call a council in the city of Ephesus in the hopes of making peace between...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:36
#441 - Twelve AnathemasNestorius finds himself condemned by synods in Rome and Alexandria, but just as things seem to be going Cyril's way...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:49
#440 - Hypostatic UnionCyril of Alexandria asserts his own theology of Christ in response to the arguments of Nestorius...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:25
#439 - Prosopon of UnionThe controversy over using the term Theotokos intensifies and we examine the Christology of Nestorius in greater detail.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:56
#437 - The Oncoming StormChallenges face the Church in both the Western and Eastern halves of the Empire. The Vandals invade...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:55
#436 - Cassian and GraceAs with the monks of Africa, the monks of Gaul also have problems with Augustine's views on predestination.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:51
#435 - Free Will and MonasticismWe return to the declining fortunes of the West as Emperor Honorius dies and leaves the throne in the hands of a child.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:11
#434 - ShenouteSaint Shenoute of Atribe, one of the most famous monks in Egypt and one of the most controversial...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:36
#433 Alexander the SleeplessThe Eastern Roman Empire finds itself challenged by Alexander and the Sleepless Ones...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:22
#432 - Rehabilitations and PersecutionsRehabilitating the legacy of John Chrysostom begins and the Persian Church finds itself under persecution again...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#431 - Harlots of the DesertThe stories of the Harlots of the Desert inspired Christians to repent their sins and trust in the mercy...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:25:46
#430 - Praying atop a PillarSaint Symeon the Stylite chose to ... rise up to Christ by living atop a stone pillar...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:24
#429 - God Come to My AssistanceSaint John Cassian brought many Eastern monastic traditions to the West and, influenced later Western monasticism...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:49
#428 - The Father of MysticismWe begin a series of episodes on the spirituality of the early 5th century with a look at Saint Augustine.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:60
#427 - Julian of EclanumJulian will pick up where Pelagius left off. His criticisms of Augustine's teaching on Original Sin could not be ignored.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:25
#426 - The Tractoria of ZosimusPope Zosimus' attempt to navigate the Pelagian Controversy runs up against the desires of the North African bishops...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:33
#425 - Rome has SpokenThe Pelagian Controversy heats up in the West as the Church of North Africa and Pope Innocent I condemn...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:33
#424 - The PhilosopherIn Alexandria, the conflict between Pope Cyril and Prefect Orestes explodes and the great philosopher Hypatia is murdered...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:48
#423 - Peace and WarAs the controversy over Pelagius heats up; Pulcheria becomes the new regent in Constantinople and the Church of Antioch moves...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:15
#422 - PredestinationReasons for the popularity of Augustine's views on original sin and God's grace as well as some of the more...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:04
#421 - God’s Gift of GraceA two part examination of Augustine's teaching on Original Sin and the need for God's grace...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:32
#420 - God's Gift of Free WillAfter looking briefly at Pelagius' response to Jerome's attacks, we take a look at his theology of free will...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#419 - Preachers of SinlessnessThe Pelagian Controversy heats up as Saint Jerome finds serious problems with Pelagius' views on free will and grace.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:19
#418 - Sin and Free WillThe controversy over Pelagianism: Differences in the views of the Churches of the East and North Africa.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:14
#417 - No Salvation outside the ChurchDonatist and Catholic bishops meet in Carthage, but the results are far from happy for the Donatists...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:12
#416 - The City of GodThe Sack of Rome leads Christians to reassess the historical relationship between the Church and the State.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:38
#415 - The Sack of RomeAlaric sacks the city of Rome. Augustine justifies the use of force to convert the Donatists to Catholicism...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:14
#414 - The Fall of StilichoThe Western Empire faces barbarian invasions and civil war. The Eastern treatment of Chrysostom breaks the Church in two.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:40
#413 - The Controversy over ChrysostomThe deposition and exile of John Chrysostom causes problems in the Churches of the East and West. Persecutions...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:03
#412 - The Synod of the OakTheophilus of Alexandria arrives in Constantinople prepared to make war. Empress Eudoxia is enraged. John Chrysostom...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#411 - The Conflict over Origen – Round FourIn the West, Emperor Honorious declares war on the Donatists. In the East, Theophilus of Alexandria and...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:47
#410 - Conflict over Origen – Round ThreePope Theophilis of Alexandria and the monks of Nitria clash violently over the orthodoxy of Origen...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:37
#409 - Augustine and ChrysostomIn Hippo, Augustine tries to convince the Donatists to rejoin the Catholic Church. In Constantinople, John Chrysostom...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:54
#408 - The Empire in DeclineAfter the death of Theodosius the Great, the Roman Empire found itself in a precarious situation...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:06
#407 - Conflict over Origen - Part 2The peace between Jerome and Rufinus did not last long as the controversy over Origen erupts in the West...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:44
#406 - Conflict over Origen - Part 1Origen was one of the most prolific and influential theologians of the Early Church. But was his influence was positive?Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:11
#405 - Evagrius of PontusHe exercised a major influence in the development of Eastern Christian spirituality as well as the Western understanding of...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:26
#404 - On PilgrimagePilgrimage mania took hold in the 4th century as devotion to the saints increased. Increased pilgrims also led to the development...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:19
#403 - Holy RelicsA look at the veneration of saints relics and the growing acceptance of dividing their bodies among multiple shrines.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:40
#402 -Patron SaintsThe growth of the Christian Church in the Roman Empire brought increasing attention on the relations between saint and sinnerFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:08
#401 - The Bosom of AbrahamChristian understanding of death and the afterlife in the Early Church, funeral practices and the importance of praying...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:43
#400 – The Higher ClergyThe second of a series on the clergy at the end of the 4th century with a look at clerical ordination and responsibilities....Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:21
#399 - The Clerical Cursus HonorumThe first of a series on the state of the clergy at the end of the 4th century. The clergy's social background...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:27
#398 - The Defilement of MarriageJerome's attack on Jovinian causes more problems than it solves. Augustine does better in his defense of the virtue of virginity...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:35
#397 - The Problem of JovinianThe controversy over the relative merits of marriage and virginity heats up again with the rise of Jovinian and his new heresyFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:13
#396 - Ensorcelled By Your HymnsGreat hymnists such as Hilary of Poitiers set the foundation for the development of the expression of faith in song...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:37
#395 - Singing with Voice and HeartThe Church continues to define authentically Christian music and its role in the liturgical and daily lives of the faithful...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:13
#394 - Christ in TriumphThe growing strength of the Catholic Church is reflected in the changing depiction of Christ in art and angels get wings.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:50
#393 - The Basilicas of MilanAs an imperial capital, Milan saw some of the most significant architectural innovation in the 4th century...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:17
#392 - Liturgies in the WestThe Western Empire experiences the rise of the Gallic and Roman liturgical families and we see the first mentions of...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:20
#391 - Liturgies in the EastThe way that Christians worshiped 1600 years ago continues to influence the way that Christians worship today...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:49
#390 - PenanceWhile adult baptism was the norm at the end of the 4th century, sometimes there were exceptions. As earlier baptisms increased...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:56
#389 - The Baptism of AugustineThe Baptism of Augustine helps us understand the Initiation Rites at the end of the 4th century and the transforming power...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:28
#388 - Theodosius TriumphantTheodosius once again unites the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire after defeating the armies of Arbogast and...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:16
#387 - The Destruction of the SerapeumThe complex and tumultuous relationship between Christians and Pagans is explored including Christian desecration of pagan temples...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:14
#386 - The JudaizersChristians known as Judaizers admired Jews. However, some Christian leaders spoke harshly of Jews and saw them as a threat...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#385 - The Riot of the StatuesIn the West, Ambrose triumphs over Valentinian thanks to a fortuitous discovery. In the East, John Chrysostom comes on the scene...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:20
#384 - The Crisis of the ChurchesAmbrose and Valentinian II fight over the right of the Homoean Arians to use the churches of Milan while the threat of Magnus Maximus...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:13
#383 - The Problem of Priscillian – Part IIPriscillian's triumphant return to Hispania does not last long. He faces renewed charges of heresy and sorcery and his fate is...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:55
#382 - The Problem of Priscillian – Part IWe start calling the bishops of Rome the popes of Rome. Priscillian of Avila offers us an example of the challenges...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:02
#381 - The Altar of VictoryMajor political and religious events take place in the Empire as Gratian moves against some of the oldest Roman pagan traditions.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:56
#380 - Virgin and MotherThe debates over the comparative worth of marriage and virginity in Rome, not suprisingly, also lead to debates over...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:06
#379 - The Holy Women of RomeSaint Jerome takes advantage of his time in Rome to promote the consecrated life, especially among Rome's upper class...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#378 - The VelatioThe rise of virginity in the West runs up against traditional Roman support for marriage and children...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:20
#377 - Brides of ChristThe rise of the ascetical movement brought with it the rise of the debate over the relative virtue of marriage versus celibacy...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:35
#376 - Be Fruitful and MultiplyThis week we begin a series of episodes on marriage and virginity. While the Christian understanding of marriage is...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:45
#375 - The Hebrew VerityHaving revised the Latin Gospels, Jerome undertakes the much heavier task of translating the Hebrew Old Testament...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:52
#374 - Jerome Versus AmbrosiasterWe look at the first part of Jerome's work on the Vulgate & his revision of the Gospels. Today Jerome is praised for...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:21
#373 - Union with GodThe advice of Pseudo-Macarius and Gregory of Nyssa for praying constantly and entering into deeper union with God.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:30
#372 - Separation from the WorldWe look at the advice of Basil of Caesarea for separating oneself from sin and joining oneself to Jesus...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:08
#371 - The Nicene-Constantinopolitan CreedWe look first at the Creed that may have been adopted at the First Council of Constantinople. Emperor Theodosius moves against...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:47
#370 - First Council of ConstantinopleSeeking to resolve the problems of the Churches of Constantinople and Antioch, Emperor Theodosius calls for a council...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:40
#369 - Valens Falls Theodosius RisesInvading Goths cause chaos throughout the Eastern half of the Roman empire and cost the life of an emperor...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:52
#368 - Divided Empire/Divided ChurchWhile the Trinitarian Controversy focused on the relationship of the Son of God to the Father, the growing Christological...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:14
#367 - The Enemy of My EnemyBasil tries to unite the homoousians against Emperor Valens. However, despite Valens' persecution of bishops and...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:38
#366 - The CappadociansThe Cappadocians were some of the most influential theologians in the history of the Church; especially in the development...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:48
#365 - Bishop of a Divided CityThe death of Jovian leads to the advent of the Valentinian Dynasty and the split of the empire between the pro-Nicene...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:30
#364 - Living as LevitesAthanasius influences the spread of monasticism in the West. Eusebius of Vercelli and Martin of Tours establish the first...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:52
#363 - Bishop and MonkThe increasing influence of monastic leaders brought with it increasing concern from the bishops as to whether these monks...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:53
#362 - Harp of the Holy SpiritSaint Ephrem the Syrian, one of Syriac Christianity's greatest theologians, wrote thousands of lines of poetry designed for...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:23
#361 - Kesate BirhanThe first half of the 4th century saw the continued expansion of Christianity into lands outside the Roman Empire...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:52
#360 - Depicting the Power of ChristAfter the death of Julian, we look at the brief reign of Jovian as well as important expressions of Christian culture at this time.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:35
#359 - You have won, GalileanJulian continues his attack on the Christian Church and Athanasius attempts to end the schism of the Church in Antioch...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:34
#358 - The ApostateThe death of Constantius II on the eve of civil war paves the way for the ascension of his cousin Julian to power...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:49
#357 - Triumph of ArianismWe continue to look at the different sides of the Trinitarian Controversy... The faith of Liberius, bishop of Rome, fails...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:52
#356 - Athanasius Contra MundumConstantius II moves against the bishops of the West, including bishop Liberius of Rome, in his desire to establish a common...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:05
#355 - Fighters for ChristThe Trinitarian Controversy continues to divide the Church and the Donatist Controversy breaks out again...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:24
#354 - The Sons of ConstantineConstantine's death finds the empire divided among his relatives and the Church divided between the Nicenes and the Eusebians...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:50
#353 - Constantine and the ChurchThe legacy of Constantine continues to effect different understandings of the history of the Church...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:38
#352 - Anathematizations and GlorificationsIn his final years, Constantine continues to have a profound effect on the Church and the Trinitarian Controversy...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:22
#351 - Nicenes and EusebiansThe Council of Nicaea did not resolve the controversy over the relationship between the Father and the Son, despite...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:49
#350 - The Conversion of GeorgiaAs with the Church in Egypt, the Syriac Church in the East will develop its own monastic traditions following...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:46
#349 - The CenobitesOne cannot overestimate the importance of Pachomius and Pachomian monasticism upon the development of religious life in...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:38
#348 - The AnchoritesWith the rise of Christianity under Constantine semi-eremetical monasticism arises under the examples of Amun/Ammon...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:29
#347 - The MysteriesIncreasing numbers of Christians and the legalization of Christianity under Constantine motivate changes in Baptism, ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:56
#346 - Saint Peter's and the Holy SepulchreConstantine's devotion to Christ and the Saints inspires him to build churches at important Christian pilgrimage sites...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:45
#345 - The First Christian BasilicaThe promotion of Christianity under Constantine brought with it a rapidly growing Christian population and...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:57
#344 - The IllustresIn response to the problems of Arius, Meletius, and Paul of Samosata; the bishops enact new canonical legislation.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:13
#343 - The Nicene CreedThe Christian bishops at Nicaea strive to resolve the Arian Controversy as well as other conflicts within the Church...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:14
#342 - The First Ecumenical CouncilAs the conflict between Arius and Alexander grows larger, bishops throughout the Eastern Empire choose sides...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:01
#341 - The Presbyter Of AlexandriaThe presbyter Arius and his bishop Alexander enter into a theological dispute regarding the relationship between...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:21:30
#340 - New RomeAfter an evaluation of Constantine's Christianity, we look at the establishment of Constantinople...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:19:29
#339 - Constantine Stands AloneConstantine continues to struggle with the Donatists and Christian persecutes Christian. Civil war breaks out.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:40
#338 - The Council of ArlesThe end of the Great Persecutions brought with it great joy but also great difficulty as Christians struggled...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:54
#337 - The Rise Of ChristendomIn the West, Constantine begins to support the Church in Rome and the links between Church and State are strengthenedFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:11
#336 - In This SignIn the East, Galerius dies and the Meletian Schism comes to Alexandria. In the West, Constantine become the Master of Rome...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:14
#335 - Tetrarchs and TraditorsThe Imperial Tetrarchy runs into problems with the rise of Constantine and Maxentius, each of whom will look to...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:19
#334 - Martyrs and ApostatesThe Great Persecution also effected the Western half of the Roman Empire. Some Christians chose death over submission...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:31
#333 - The Impious On EarthThe Great Persecution begins in the Roman Empire as the Imperial Government throws its weight against the Christians...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#332 - The Illuminator And The EmperorA look at the religious and political reasons that motivate Armenia's shift from paganism to Christianity.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:57
#331- Marked With The SealIn the years prior to the outbreak of the Great Persecution... it was difficult for the Christian soldiers to serve both Christ & EmperorFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:07
#330 - The Thundering LegionThe ascension of Diocletian as Emperor brought with it significant changes in the political structure of the Roman Empire...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:36
#329 - The Manifestation Of Our LordThe History of Religions and the Chronology Theory attempt to explain why Christians in the Roman Empire began...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:32
#328 - Sol InvictusAs Christianity expanded and developed in the Roman Empire it would use pagan images and symbols to express its theology...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:13
#327 - Holding Festival In Our Whole LifeMusic occupied an important place in the life of the Early Church. Good music moved the Christian closer to God...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:35
#326 - Natalia And The New EveJust as the Early Church arose from its belief that Christ has risen from the dead, so did the Church believe...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:35
#325 - If You Wish To Be PerfectThe Little Peace of the Church meant a near forty year pause in the empire wide persecution of the Christians...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:38
#324 - Divine ProcuratorChristian bishops begin taking large roles in Roman civil society with mixed results....Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:53
#323 - The DionysiiDifferent understandings about the relationship between the Father and the Son create new tensions for the Church as Sabellianism ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:10
#322 - With Hearts Laid Open to GodPope Dionysius the Great of Alexandria was known for his erudition and pastoral care. But it will take all his skill to ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:48
#321 - All Things Within Its CompassThe Theological Library of Caesarea Maritima and the importance of Sextus Julius Africanus and Anatolius of Laodicea.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:14
#320 - How Man Should Become GodlyAs Christians move to play a greater part in Greco-Roman culture, they ... show Christ as the source and fulfillment of the quest for wisdom.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:31
#319 - Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good DeedsChristianity in the Sassanid Empire developed against the large and powerful Zoroastrian and Manichaean faiths. Persecution results.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:59
#318 - The Church of the EastWhile the Christianity was expanding in the Roman Empire, it was also expanding to the east, in the Parthian and Sassanid Empires...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:31
#317 - The True Treasures Of The ChurchThe Church once again finds itself facing Empire-wide persecutions as the leaders of the Christian faithful are targeted...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:16
#316 – The Bishop of BishopsThe conflict between Stephen and Cyprian comes close to causing a split between Carthage and Rome over the power and authority...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:25
#315 – The Church As One's MotherThe problem of dealing with those who had fallen away from the Church during the Decian Persecutions will greatly affect the Church...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:16:12
#314 – Whoever Denies Me Before OthersThe large number of Christians who abandoned the faith during the Decian Persecutions, but were now seeking to return...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:13:04
#313 – The Sheep Are ScatteredMany Christians will willingly die for the sake of the faith, but many more abandon Christianity from threats of torture and death...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:38
#312 – For The Safety Of The EmpireEmperor Decius wants to unify Romans by demanding that everyone, including the Christians, offer sacrifice to the gods.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:15:55
#311 – The First Christian Emperor?Mozt historians agree that Constantine I was the first Christian emperor, but there are some who ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:29
#310 – Domus Ecclesiae and Aula EcclesiaeWe continue our examination of Christian worship in the 3rd century with a return to the Domus Ecclesiae house churches...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#309 - Tituli and Domus EcclesiaeWe begin a two part series on Christian worship, beginning with the worship in the early Christian house churches.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:11:41
#308 - May All Be Saved?Origen was the foremost theologian of his time; writing on ... theological topics, publishing scriptural commentaries and ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:14:32
#307 - Acquiring for you a holy peopleWe look at how conflicts over theologies affected the history of the Church, particularly in the life of Hippolytus ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:26
#306 - Jesus Christ, Our GodFinding words to describe the relationship of the Father and Son was one of the most difficult theological issues of the Early Church.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:19
#305 - A Christian SpaceThe end of the second century/beginning of the third brought with it continued suffering of persecutions and martyrdoms ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:46
#304 - Having Preeminent AuthorityWe reflect on the growth and continuing importance of the authority of the bishop of Rome.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:24:33
#303 - The Most Dangerous FoeMarcionism, a movement so popular some think half the Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire will be supporters of Marcion of Sinope ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:18:55
#302 - Escape the MatrixA look at the Gnostics: in particular the Valentinians, a system of belief that spanned the Roman Empire...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:20:10
#301 - The New ProphecyAs the Christian Church grew both in numbers and in its geographical scope, so did differences among believers also increase...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:28:21
#300 - Conformity to ChristHow the theology of Christian martyrdom develops. The reasons some Christians sought martyrdom...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:27:01
#299 - A Most Mischievous SuperstitionA look at the reasons why Tacitus called Christianity 'a most mischievous superstition' and the ways anti-Christian hostility manifested itselfFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:25:20
#298 - Apostolic SuccessionThe spread of the teachings of Jesus brings with it also increasing differences about who are the true followers of His Word ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:27:09
#297 - The Two WaysAs the Church approaches the end of the First Century, Christians in Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome continue to develop their faith ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:24:54
#296 - The Council of JerusalemDebates over the the acceptance of Gentiles into the Church and Paul's missionary activity lead to the Council of Jerusalem.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:24:18
#295 - Saint PaulAs the young Christian Church begins to expand into the wider Roman world, it encounters a variety of beliefs and ideas...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:35
#294 - Martyrdom and ExpansionTensions between Jewish and Hellenist Followers leads to the martyrdom of Saint Stephen and ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:48
#293 - Eucharist in the Early ChurchOne of the most important rituals of the early Church was the celebration of Eucharist...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:21:14
#292 - Baptism in the Early ChurchThe Early Church believed that one could only become part of the Church Christ established through Baptism...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:10
#291 - Followers of the WayThey were united in their faith in the Risen Christ and the importance of Baptism and the Eucharist...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#290 - JesusCatholic believe that their Church was founded by and on Jesus Christ but what does that mean?Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:17:44
#289 - Catholic Church History - BackgroundWe return with the beginning of a look at the long history of the Catholic Church...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:49
#288 - The Three Pillars of Chinese CatholicismThe Three Pillars of Chinese Catholicism worked with Jesuit missionaries such as Fr. Matteo Ricci, SJ to bring the knowledge of Western science and Catholic faith into China.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:46:02
#287 - The Ambassador to the Vatican. Part TwoFinally, in 1984, full diplomatic relations were established between the US and the Holy See, something that managed to bring Catholics and non-Catholics together - on both sides of the issue.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:59:45
#286 - Ambassador to the Vatican. Part OneFrom the early years of the United States, the idea that the US should establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican, and the nature of those relations, has aroused significant controversy.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:57
#285 - Our Lady of PontmainOn 17 January 1871, a group of children in the small village of Pontmain claimed to have seen a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The effects of that apparition continue.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:39:25
#284 - Lorenzo Valla and the Donation of ConstantineThe Donation of Constantine justified Papal authority over Western Europe for centuries, until Lorenzo Valla proved it was a fraud. No one likes a revisionist historian.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:51:04
#283 - Te DeumThe Te Deum is one of the oldest and most important hymns of the Catholic Church. Many composers have written their own versions of it, including one whose Te Deum cost him his life.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:49:22
#282 - Wangari Maathai "The Tree Woman"Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, saw in the teachings of her Catholic faith a message to change her heart and then to change her country - it all began with the planting of a single tree.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:54
#281 - The GoliardsThe Goliards enjoyed wine, women, song and complaining about the Catholic hierarchy. Their poems and pranks caused scandal and the wrath of Church authorities.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:43:30
#280 - Theobald Mathew, Apostle of Temperance, Part TwoFather Mathew traveled to the US hoping to spread his Total Abstinence Society and raise funds for his work in Ireland. He attracted enormous crowds and even met the president.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:40:44
#279 - Theobald Mathew, Apostle of Temperance, Part OneFather Mathew struggled against alcoholism via his Total Abstinence Society. Conflicts with bishops, Irish nationalism, and the Great Famine threatened to undo his good work.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:34:01
#278 - Vin Mariani, Cocaine, and the PopeIn the second half of the nineteenth century, the popularity of Vin Mariani spread throughout European and American society as a wonder cure for almost every ailment. What was its secret ingredient?Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:40:04
#277 - Cenodoxus and the Dangers of PrideDuring the Counter-Reformation, Jesuits used theater to warn of the dangers of Hell and guide us to the glories of Heaven. Performances of Jacob Bidermann, SJ's Cenodoxus were no exception...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:51:26
#276 - Apollo 11The first steps of Neil Armstrong were "One giant leap for mankind" and led Catholics from Vince Lombardi to Paul VI to reflect on their faith and place in the universe.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:35:18
#275 - The Papal Peace NotePope Benedict XV repeatedly called for an end to the First World War, but his cries just as repeatedly were rejected by the belligerent countries. They wanted nothing less than total victory.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:47:28
#274 - Saint Isaac of Syria and the Love of GodThe holiness of Saint Isaac of Syria transcends the divisions between the Orthodox, Catholic, Coptic and Assyrian Churches. His words have inspired Christians everywhere.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:52:13
#273 - The Coonan Cross OathDuring the Age of Exploration, the encounter between the Thomas Christians of India and the Portuguese led to a tragic schism whose effects are still felt today.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:44:22
#272 - The Pope's StoneIn the 1850s, the rise of the Know-Nothing movement symbolized increasing hostility to Catholics and immigrants in the United States. This hostility would even leave its mark on the Washington Monument.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:55
#271 - Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM - Part TwoAfter his ordination, Fr. Goldman, ministered in Prisoner of War camps. More than once his life was in grave jeopardy...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:11
#270 - Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM - Part OneWhen WWII broke out, Gereon Karl Goldmann, a Franciscan seminarian, was ordered to enlist in the German Army. He struggles to remain faithful to his Church and country...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:10:03
#269 - Two Christmas Traditions and a ThirdMany cultures have special traditions for the celebration of Christmas. Poles celebrate with the sharing of oplatki, while Germanics await the coming of the Christkindl.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:43:29
#268 - Las Brigadas FemeninasLas Brigadas Femeninas were instrumental in the successes of the Cristeros in their war against the Mexican government. These women faced arrest, imprisonment, and even opposition from some in the Catholic Church.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:35:26
#267 - Sub Tuum PraesidiumThe Sub Tuum Praesidium is our oldest prayer dedicated to the Mother of God. It continues to inspire the hearts of Christians today, just as it did over 1,750 years ago.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:35
#266 - The Knights of Peter ClaverCUTH continues to celebrate National Black Catholic History Month with a look at The Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies Auxiliary, who have worked to promote the Catholic faith since 1909.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:35:14
#265 - Idolatry in CrustThe Mincemeat pie has connections to the history of Christmas and Thanksgiving, of England and the United States, and of Catholics and Pilgrims. The pies have been praised and cursed and banned - a taste of heaven and/or hell in every bite.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:54:19
#264 - Alexamenos Worships GodThe graffito blasfemo graphically represents the type of persecution that Christians faced in the Roman Empire. Scandalous at the time it was made, it now stands as a powerful testimony to the Christian faith.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:39:53
#263 - Lift As You ClimbAs we begin National Black Catholic History Month in the United States, we look at the life and work of Lena Frances Edwards. She spent her life in defense of those most in need.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:35
#262 - The Evil of LoudunIn early 17th century France, a convent of Ursuline sisters exhibit the signs of demonic possession. The resulting investigation will reveal the evil that lies in human hearts.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:55:37
#261 - Nature Abhors A VacuumThe great philosopher Aristotle would influence Catholic understanding of theology and science throughout the Middle Ages. However, reflections on the nature of the vacuum will, lead to reflections on the nature of God.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:02:21
#260 Pagan Babies for ChristChildren in Catholic schools in the 1940s, 50s and 60s spent much time raising money to "ransom pagan babies". But the work of the Holy Child Association, was about more than baptism - it was about children helping children.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:54:58
#259 - The Saint of Urakami Part IIIn the second of a two part episode, Takashi Nagai uses his faith to find meaning in his suffering after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and uses that faith to inspire hope for others.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:21
#258 - The Saint of Urakami Part IWe are introduced to Takashi Nagai and follow his journey from atheism and materialism into Catholicism as he seeks answers to the deepest questions of his heart.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:52
#257 - Church and EmpireThe incarnation of Christ greatly influenced our understanding of history and history has also influenced our understanding of God’s activity in the world. Perhaps the clearest example - Christianity and the Roman Empire.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:36:29
#256 - The Wild West in the VaticanBuffalo Bill's Wild West Show was popular all over the world. Yet, of all his performances, perhaps the most amazing took place when he visited Pope Leo XIII.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:48
#255 - Saving Husserl's NachlassFather Herman Leo Van Breda, OFM, played a key role in the preservation of the nachlass of Edmund Husserl. At great risk to himself, he ensured that these priceless writings concerning phenomenology would survive and influence Catholic philosophy.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:43:34
#254 - The Congolese RiteFrom the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have sought how to best express the truths of the Faith in their own cultural experience. While the Faith came to the Congo through European missionaries, the Congolese people have sought ...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:49
#253 - Traveling With AngelsDuring his papacy, Pope John Paul II made several visits to the United States. Needless to say, getting everything ready for the Pope's plane travel was a lot of work but as one TWA employed attested, "it was a labor of love."Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:35
#252 - Holy CardsHoly Cards have been an important part of the Catholic faith for centuries. Whether serving as a source of inspiration or consolation, these images of the saints have helped many grow in the love of God and one another.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:23:41
#251 - Medieval BooksBooks were the livelihood of the medieval monk but they were rare and expensive. Not surprisingly this meant various and create ways to protect them.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:07
#250 - Papal Zouaves, Part 2The threat to the Papal States by the Kingdom of Italy leads Catholics to come to their aid. Catholics in Canada respond eagerly. Catholics in the U.S. are much more hesitant.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:25:55
#249 - Papal Zouaves, Part 1In 1860, faced with threats of Italian nationalism, the Pope appealed for help. Thousands of Catholics traveled to Rome to protect him and to give their lives for their faith.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:35
#248 - RetablosThe tradition and devotion of the Retablos show the common desire of Catholics to have physical and visual expressions of their faith.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:48
#247 - The Camden 28At the height of the Vietnam conflict, a group of 28 Christians - the majority of whom were Catholic - took a stand against a war they considered unjust even if meant breaking the law...Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:49:03
#246 - The Bride of ChristSaint Kassia, rejected by Emperor Theophilos, but proclaimed by the Eastern Church was one of the most important hymnographers in medieval Christianity. Her writings and work attracted the attention of the people of God of her time and continue to inspire Christians today.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:45
#245 - Praise God At All TimesFrom the earliest days of the Catholic Church, hymns sung in worship expressed the faith of Christians. Two of the earliest hymns, the Phos Hilaron and the Oxyrhynchus Hymn, show clearly the obligation that Christians had to offer praise to God and to express their thanksgiving in song.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:30:03
#244 - The Leonine UnionStruggling to live the life of St. Francis amidst the threats and temptations of the modern world, four groups of Franciscans had to decide if life together was better than life apart.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:35:40
#243 - Converting a PopeAbraham Abufalia believed God wanted him to convert Pope Nicholas III to Judaism and help bring about the coming of the Messiah. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Franciscans were also involved.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:39:21
#242 - The TarasqueA long time ago, the Tarasque was a terrible monster terrorizing the people of Nerluc. Today, the Tarasque is a popular figure for the people of Southern France and Northern Spain along with being a friend to all children.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:30:09
#241 - The Formation of an Identity Part IISurviving serious crisis and threats to its existence, the Uniate Church in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth comes to see itself as flower shining forth the “grandeur of the Church”.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:58:05
#240 - The Formation of an Identity Part 1Continuing our extended look at the history of the Eastern Catholic Church in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth with a special focus on how the Eastern Catholic Church began to understand its relationship to the Orthodox and Roman Catholics.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:54:37
#239 - The Family That Prays TogetherFr. Patrick Peyton dedicated his life to promoting family prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the world. The Rosary Priest attracted huge crowds and the attention of Popes and the CIA.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:00:08
#238 - Dancing ManiaThroughout the Middle Ages, Catholics saw friends and neighbors afflicted with what they believed was the irresistible desire to dance. The cure for this strange ailment, they believed, was in the intercession of the saints and more dancing.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:44:44
#237 - Peter's PenceEvery year the the Catholic Church asks Catholics to aid those in need through Peter's Pence. This collection has changed somewhat since its 8th century beginnings but still seeks to help the poor.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:47:27
#236 - The Blessing of AntarcticaAs the Year of the Priest comes to an end, CUTH takes a look at a priest, Fr. William J. Menster, who truly preached the gospel unto the ends of the world - Antarctica.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:49:36
#235 - The Philosopher's GameDuring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Rithmomachia was one of the most popular games played in universities and theological schools. It was promoted by Roger Bacon and Thomas More. Today, it has fallen into obscurity.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:48:17
#234 - Martyrdom and ApostasyShusako Endo's book "Silence" describes the trials and persecutions of the Japanese Catholic Church during the late 1500s and 1600s. But what Endo describes in fiction, Fr. Cristao Ferreira, SJ found very real.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:04:08
#233 - Operation MincemeatIn 1942, the British needed someone special to help ensure the success of the Allied invasion of Sicily. Major Martin was that person - he was dead and he was Catholic.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:44:02
#232 - The Union of Brest, Part IIIn this episode, we finish our look at the history of the Union of Brest and the effects that it had upon the Orthodox Church in the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth, plus I talk about leaving Austria.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:49:22
#231 - The Union of Brest, Part IIn the late 16th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Orthodox bishops faced some serious problems and would conclude that union with the Roman Catholic Church was the best solution.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:43:26
#230 - Michelangelo, La Pieta and Laszlo TothOn Pentecost Sunday 1972, Laszlo Toth took a hammer to the masterpiece of Michelangelo amidst a crowd of stunned visitors to St. Peter's Basilica.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:32:22
#229 - A Message for the KhanIn just a few days, the Mongol armies had devastated the armies of Western Europe and all of Christendom seemed ready to fall. Pope Innocent IV placed all his hopes for peace in the hands of a sixty-five year old Franciscan. Letter of Pope Innocent IV to the Great KhanFr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:16
#228 - Good Father GusBorn a slave, ordained a priest, Father Augustus Tolton spent his life in the service of God. He strove against great odds to show to all Americans that racism had no place within the Catholic Church.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:40
#227 - The Cadaver SynodThe Cadaver Synod or the Synod Horrenda was one of the most unpleasant events in the history of the papacy at which Pope Stephen VI placed his predecessor Pope Formosus on trial. What made it more unpleasant was that Pope Formosus had died nine months earlier.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:50:00
#226 - Where Peace ReignsMaria Gaetana Agnesi was one of the brightest mathematicians of the 18th century. When she was given a position at the Bologna Academy of Sciences, she gave it up to serve the poor. Also in this episode a few words on Kyriopascha and Palmbuschen.Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:44
#225 - Dominica de RosaLaetare Sunday, also known as Dominica de Rosa, is probably best known for the rose vestments the priest wears. This week, we take a look at how this tradition began and what it means for the spirituality of Lent.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:36:40
#224 - Ember DaysFrom the earliest days of the Christian Church, periods have been set aside for a "joyful fast" in remembrance of the gifts of God. Not only would these days increase Christian devotion through prayer and fasting, they would also have a significant influence on Japanese cuisine.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:43
#223 - PhilokaliaThe collection of writings known as the Philokalia is often considered the second most important spiritual text for the Eastern Church after the Bible. Yet, the Philokalia is not just for the East; indeed it can be enriching for all Christians.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:14
#222 - Rome of the NorthVisiting the city of Salzburg, Austria gave me an opportunity to witness the work of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, the man who "preached in stone". Famous or infamous, he certainly left his mark on the city.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:28:29
#221 - Chess ClubWhile Chess did not originate in Catholic culture, the culture of Catholicism certainly influenced the game and in turn Chess influenced the way Catholics understood their faith.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:46:20
#220 - No Middle GroundEvery week millions of Americans turned on their radios to listen to the fiery and controversial broadcasts of Fr. Charles Coughlin. He was loved and hated, with him there was, as he said, no middle ground.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:12:55
#219 - Missed Opportunity?Pope Leo XIII began his pontificate with a great vision of the Third Order of Saint Francis bringing about the salvation of Europe and the World. It didn't quite turn out that way.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:54
#218 - The Gregorian CalendarMost of the world marks its time according the calendar instituted by Pope Gregory XIII but calendar reform is a tricky business.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:43:51
#217 - Silent NightWhen Father Josef Mohr wrote the words &Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht& in 1816, little did he know how it would become one of the most inspirational Christmas songs of all time and even bring a bit of peace in the midst of World War 1.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:24:40
#216 - Matteo Ricci and the Wonderful ClockNext year is the 400th anniversary of the death of Fr. Matteo Ricci, SJ who became a model of Catholic evangelization. If he had advice for the evangelizers of today, it might be to bring a clock.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:44:55
#215 - The Saving of AssisiFaced with the twin threats of WWII and the Holocaust,the people of Assisi looked to their three protectors - God, Saint Francis, and German Colonel Valentin Mueller. Plus, Austrian Alpine Horns.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:40:30
#214 - The Fall of Monte CassinoIn WWII, the Allied forces seeking to reach Rome had to get past the German-held Gustav line. Unfortunately the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino was at ground zero.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:22
#213 - Catholic Treasure ChestIn 1938, Pope Pius XI asked the United States Church for the promotion of citizenship and faith. Response to this call led to some of the first Catholic comic books, which not only relate the concerns of the American Catholic in the 40s, 50s, and 60s but also proved...Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:13
#212 - The Coming of the Great MonarchFor centuries Catholics in Europe believed in the coming of a Great Monarch and a Final Pope who would foreshadow the End Times. This episode looks at these legends and what the Catholic Church teaches about prophecy.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:41
#211 - Catholic Schools versus the KKKIn the 1920's the Ku Klux Klan tried to shut down Catholic and other private schools in Oregon in the name of protecting American values. The effects of this would go all the way to the Supreme Court and help define human rights in the United States even today. Plus, the Eucharistic Prayer.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:52:01
#210 - Werewolves!!!It is time for the annual Halloween episode and a look at what Catholics have believed about werewolves! Are they friendly critters or ferocious creatures? Plus an R rated Cars DVD? and some great feedback.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:55:44
#209 - The Orphan TrainFor decades thousands of Catholic children from New York traveled across the country on the Orphan, Mercy, and Baby Trains. Their stories show us the hope of the American experience, but also the darkness of the past.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:57
#208 - Good SamaritanBishop Dougherty of Philadelphia called Mother Anna Dengel a Canon Law buster. But Mother Theresa of Calcutta would say that Mother Dengel's influence went far beyond Canon Law.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:36:15
#207 - Healthy Catholic FoodieAt the age of 28, he was told he had only a month to live. Forty eight years later, thousands from all over the world, including Pope Leo XIII, sought his advice for good health.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:39
#206 - Seeking TruthFr. Georges Lemaitre's theory - that would come to be known as The Big Bang - profoundly affected the worlds of theology and science. Indeed, it continues to do so today as humanity continues to search for truth.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:01
#205 - Batman and the Legion of DecencyFor decades the Catholic Legion of Decency deeply influenced the US motion picture industry and the issues it responded to are still with us today. Plus, a bat in the classroom, Mary's Meals and new podcasts.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:47:55
#204 - Archbishop Joseph M. RayaArchbishop Joseph M. Raya was a tireless worker for social justice throughout the Middle East and the United States and he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Hear why his example continues to be valuable for us today. Plus, visiting Salzburg and Munich.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:12
#203 - Hospitals and Holy FoolsI'm back in business with a new episode on how Pope Innocent III began the public hospital in Europe and the patron saint of Holy Fools, Saint Simeon, who reminds us not to judge by appearances as well as things not to do when you are in church. Plus, what I've been up toFather Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:53
#202 - Confession and Communion Part IIIn the second part of our examination of the relationship between Confession and Communion we look at developments from the Council of Trent up to the present and see how the Church once again emphasized the Eucharist as a means of forgiveness and healing.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:59
#201 - Confession and Communion Part IFrom the beginnings of the Church, the confession of sins has been part of the reception of the Holy Eucharist, this episode looks at the historical reasons for that connection from the Apostolic times through the Middle Ages and what that connection shows us about our own connection to the Body of Christ.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:24
#200 - The King and The ChurchIt’s Episode #200 and what a better topic than The King! Elvis had a scandalous and an inspirational relationship with the Catholic faith from the beginning of his musical career until it’s end. Indeed he continues to inspire some Catholics in different ways today. Plus, the CNMC and Bears.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:39:58
#199 - Doctor IlluminatusRaymond Llull, a 13th century Franciscan blessed, with influence in theology, logic, computers, and even an appearance in Marvel Comics! Plus, when priests sing with sisters.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:33:04
#198 - Priest HolesIt’s the Feast of the Sacred Heart and the beginning of the Year of the Priest, so in today’s episode we look at a time when serving as a priest could literally cost your life and we also look at the oldest prayer to the Blessed Mother that we still use today.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:33:06
#197 - The AngelusAs the famous painting by Millet shows, the Angelus has been an important part of Franciscan and Catholic spirituality for hundreds of years. It inspires devotion to the saving deeds of Christ and reminds us of our own participation in that salvation.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:51:27
#196 - Crowned in MarriageA look at the Eastern Catholic/Orthodox rite of marriage and the theology of this most wonderful sacrament. Plus, a few words on the Franciscan Crown.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:40:36
#195 - Truth and BeautyJoin me in a conversation with Professor Jennifer Healy as we discuss Catholicism and Art over a cup of tea.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:37
#194 - Delicious Coffee!Learn how the Devil's Brew was baptized and became the preferred beverage of tired monks and friars everywhere. Plus, another monastic beverage with a bit different effect. God bless the monks!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:45
#193 - The Smiling PopePope John Paul I's papacy lasted only 33 days, but he still made a tremendous impression upon the faithful and the the world. Plus, Fr. Seraphim attempts to yodel.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:36:32
#192 - Habemus Papam?The Conclave of 1903 revealed the human element of papal election as well as the divine and it would change the nature of Papal elections ever since. Plus, Fr. Seraphim gets a taste of the outdoors.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:47:31
#191 - The Mercy of GodThis week's episode is a special lecture from Sr. Gaudia from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Poland speaking about Sr. Faustina and the spirituality of Divine Mercy. Also, listener e-mail with some more questions about Orthodoxy and the Eastern Churches.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.01:00:50
#190 - Barack, Joachim and the FranciscansWhat is the truth behind the relationship of President Barack Obama and Joachim of Fiore and why are there so many different types of Franciscans? Listen to this weeks CUTH for the answers.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:53:08
#189B - The Life of Saint Mary of EgyptA special episode dedicated to the life of the patron saint of penitents and a saint very popular in both the Eastern and Western Churches. Her story can inspire all of us to repentance and trust in God’s mercy.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:35
#189 - The Penitent ManLent is the season of penance and what better example of penance than that of the Order of Penitents. Find out what it takes to undergo a second baptism.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:49
#188 - The SwallowThe Swallow in Europe has spiritual links both to Jesus Christ and to his Blessed Mother. The Swallow also announces the coming of spring and of our Savior. Plus, the Akathist and animal sounds.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:60
#187 - Sober JoyMore on the saying of Alleluia during Lent, this time why the Eastern Church says it so often. Information on the devotion to St. Joseph and St. Patrick in the Eastern Church.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:30:47
#186 - The A WordThe history of “Alleluia” and why we don't say it during the Lenten season, the Mission of the Eastern Catholic Church and a patron saint for metrologists - not meteorologists.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:55
#184 - Protecting LifeA special interview with Deirdre McQuade, the assistant director for policy and communications with the USCCB, about FOCA and the Right to Life Movement. Plus, travel in Poland and “What is God Doing In My Life Right Now”Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:09
#183 - Caravaggio and ConversionIt's the Year of St. Paul and one of the most famous depictions of his conversion was done by the artist Caravaggio, not only a striking image, but an interesting history. Plus, a bit more on the Eastern Churches and What Is God Doing In My Life Right Now Day.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:30
#182 - Sacraments in the East and WestToday's episode looks at differences and similarities in the understanding of the sacraments in the Catholic and Orthodox Church, a review of the movie Pope Dreams and what to do when you don't understand the language of the Mass.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:52
#181 - Union in LoveHow Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI took important steps toward promoting Church union, visiting Salzburg and Munich and answers to listener questions.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:14
#180 - Separation and UnionArchbishop John Ireland and why some call him the founder of the Orthodox Church in America. Plus, the problems of cold churches and an interesting icon exhibit.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:46:54
#179 - The Jesuit BarkHear why some call the Jesuits the first multinational pharmaceutical organization (and what that has to do with their bark) also music appreciation and a visit from the Magi.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:42:40
#178 - Rosary CrusadeAustria was in very bad shape after the end of WWII but a renewed devotion to the Rosary brought hope and freedom. Plus, the celebration of Silvester/Sylvester and some great music.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:50
#177 - The BabushkaHear a famous story of someone who was too busy during Christmastime and a history of the Catholic Church’s care for unwanted children.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:27:55
#176 - PresepioThe history and devotion of the early Nativity Scene, the story of St. Francis and Greccio, and the Neopolitan Presepio show the great importance of the Christ child in the life of the Church.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:00
#175 - The Unconquered SonChristians celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December, is that really when Christ was born or is there a different reason? Plus, Fr. Seraphim tries to sing again.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:30:19
#174 - A Spanish ThanksgivingAlmost 25 years before the Pilgrims arrived in the New World a group of Spanish Catholics and native Seloy people celebrated their own Thanksgiving, but it probably didn't include turkey.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:36
#173 - Turkeys and PumpkinsContinuing our Thanksgiving/Harvest Theme, in this episode the introduction of the Turkey to European cuisine and why certain priests wear pumpkins on their heads.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:25:59
#172 - TatersIt's the season of Thanksgiving which means time for eating and what will be more plentiful on the table than potatoes? Listen to the Catholic connection to this ubiquitous vegetable and a bit on the joy that is the Austrian Thanksgiving.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:30:18
#171 - A Catholic Ghost StoryA special scary story for Halloween - guaranteed to leave you shaking in your bones! Especially because it's true - or at least truthy. Listen and decide for yourself!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:24:11
#170 - The Four ChaplainsFour Army Chaplains serving their country in WWII and the example that they have left us. Plus, Fr. Seraphim takes a flying leap.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:11
#169 - When The World Falls ApartWhat happens when the world as you know it comes to an end? This week - the Fall of Rome and how it relates to recent events.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:07
#168 - The MasonsThis week - a look into the history of the Catholic Church and Freemasonry and whether a Catholic can be a Freemason. Plus, adventures in chocolate!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:33:40
#167 - The Silence of Pius XIIPope Pius XII actions during the Holocaust have been the focus of much discussions - particularly over his apparent silence in the face of Jewish persecutions. Was Pius XII really Hitler's Pope?Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:34:30
#166 - Of Pirates and BeerAn early CUTH in honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day! This week - that most wonderful of beverages - Beer! Learn about the saints who loved beer, why we can drink beer during Lent and the beer prayer!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:51
#165 - The True CrossOn the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross we hear a story of the finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, how many pieces of the True Cross are there in the world and why this day is the day of our victory! Plus, adventures in Munich.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:21
#164 - Dealing with the DevilBuilding a church takes a lot of time, money and prayer - but what happens when the Devil gets involved? Let's just say you don't want to be the first person to go in that church.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:27:32
#163 - Vatican CookingThe Vatican is more than encyclicals it also offers recipes! This week's episode looks at cooking in the Renaissance and the first celebrity chef.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:32
#162 - Francis and MissionThis week we have a guest presenter - historian Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM. Fr. Dominic shares his insights into Franciscan history, spirituality and what they say to us today.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:52
#161 - Rambling OnLast episode before I head back to Gaming, Austria is also the conclusion of our long look at the history of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages with the importance of the Council of Florence and what it meant for Church Union and the power of the Papacy.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:36:59
#160 - The Boxer RebellionThe eyes of the world are focused on China this week as CUTH turns its eyes on the Boxer Rebellion, the examples of the Chinese Martyrs and the protection of the Blessed Mother.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:27
#159 - The Council of ConstanceThe problems of the papacy continues as the Church again tries to end the Schism at the Council of Constance and looks once more to weaken the power of the pope.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:27:53
#158 - And Then There Were Three…It’s a return to the Western Schism as the Council of Pisa tries to figure out how to deal with the problem of two popes, the rise of Conciliarism and how John XXIII fits in to all of this.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:36
#157 - First MassWorld Youth Day is coming and so we take a brief break from the Medieval Church to hear about Fr. James Dixon and the beginnings of the Catholic Church in Australia.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:35:32
#156 - Where Sin Abounds…In a Church divided in two, the grace of God revealed itself in the Netherlands inspiring a deep and wondrous influence upon Christians up to the present day. In this episode we hear the story of the Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life and why we should have joy in Christ.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:45:36
#155 - Pope vs AntipopeThis week we enter into a particularly troublesome period for the Church as king and saint find themselves torn between Urban VI and Clement VII each claiming to hold the keys of St. Peter. Plus a few comments on the Catholic New Media Event.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:37:27
#154 - Avignon PapacyThe Pope hasn't always lived in Rome. In today's episode we hear about why the Clement V decided to move, what it meant for the Church and why it became known as the Babylonian Captivity.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:04
#153 - Scutum SobiescianumThis week is the second part of our look at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 with the Winged Hussars, the little Cappuchin, and sudoku. Plus, how to get a constellation named after you.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:38:52
#152 - Vienna 1683Another week, another podcast, another siege of Vienna. If you thought things looked bad in 1529, wait until you hear this week's episode.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:54
#151 - The Siege of the MolesSince I'm studying German in Vienna, this week's episode is about an important event in Viennese history when a seventy year old German officer faced the might of the Ottoman army.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:32:60
#150 - The Mystery of PenanceA look at Pope Saint Callistus' papacy serves as a jumping off point for a look at the nature of penance and so, if you ever wondered why a priest tells you to say 3 Our Father's and a Hail Mary, take a listen!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:11
#149 - CUTH Goes to the DogsThis week, we find out what Saint Roch, Saint Christopher, and Saint Guinifort have in common and about the problem of cynocephaly. Plus, some follow up comments on last week's episode.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:23:34
#148 - Christian MeditationIn this episode, we look at the practice of Centering Prayer and Christian Meditation and talk a bit about what I've been up to the past few weeks.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:03
#147 - Seeking The Divine MercyThis Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and to help prepare us for celebrating Our Lord's infinite mercy we hear a talk given at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Poland. Plus, Catholic: Under The Hood hoodies are now available!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:41:19
#146 - Pussy Willows and the EuchatastropheJ.R.R. Tolkien is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but he also has a deeply spiritual devotion to the Eucharist which we will look at in this episode and talk about the relation of the Pussy Willow to Palm Sunday.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:11
#145 - Travel ReflectionsFinally a weekend without traveling and time for an update on my visits to Poland and Majorca, Spain. Plus, new theme music!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:29:11
#144 - A Franciscan Visits the Benedictines - Part TwoFinally, I'm back with part two of the tour of the Benedictine Monastery of Melk. In this segment we visit the library and the abbey church.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:22:40
#143 - A Franciscan Visits the Benedictines - Part OneTravel through the Benedictine monastery of Melk in Austria to learn more about Benedictine history, spirituality, and the Church in Austria - including the interesting reusable coffins.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:21
#142 - Sing Along With Fr. SeraphimWe round up the Christmas and post-Christmas season with humor and song as we look at an interesting French medieval tradition known as the Festum Asinorum and learn not only what it had to do with the Christmas message but also why you're not likely to see it celebrated today!Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:31:23
#141 - Tea Troubles and AntipopesA return to the history of the papacy with a talk about the first antipopes Natalius and Hippolytus as well as some of the antipopes of today. Evelyn Nicholson provides more information about Boy Bishops and other British traditions of the Christmas season.Father Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.00:26:39

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