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Pope Francis is easily one of the more controversial popes in the past century. This has led to many disputes among Catholics as to how far they should obey the Pope and where they can respectfully disagree with the Pope and criticize the Pope. In this episode of the “Rural Sense Show”, the Instructive Scholar talks with renowned Catholic Historian and Theologian Professor Steve Weidenkopf about this question. As they discuss this question, they also dive into some of the History of the Catholic Church regarding ecumenical church councils, early doctrinal disputes of the Church, bad popes, anti-popes, the Avignon Papacy, the Great Western Schism, the Council of Constance, the miraculous 6th Century saving of the Church from the Monophysite Heresy and, most importantly, the Heresy of Conciliarism and the teachings of Saint Robert Bellarmine on the Pope and Heresy, all of which tie in to many of the questions surrounding Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.
Articles & Church Documents Cited:
Steve Weidenkopf: Epic – A Journey Through Church History
Warren H. Carroll: The Glory of Christendom
Norman Housley: Conciliarism and the 15th Century
Steve Weidenkopf: The Real Story of Catholic History
Steve Weidenkopf: Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church
Guest’s Faculty, Twitter & Facebook Links:
Faculty Bio: Steve Weidenkopf
Amazon: Steve Weidenkopf
Facebook: Steve Weidenkopf
Other Articles & Podcasts of note concerning Pope Francis
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