Season 9, March Course: The Councils

Wishing a blessed and fruitful Lenten season to our members and readers. This March commences at once with the first Sunday of Lent. Not only do we have the entire month to prepare for Holy Week, but also the opportunity to offer up our prayers and sacrifices in union with the patron of this month – good St. Joseph. What better saint to lead us to a greater knowledge of Our Lord than His foster-father! May St. Joseph assist us in preparing our hearts for Easter!

We continue our series this month entitled: The Councils, where Stephen Heiner and his guest Father Arnold Trauner shed some light on certain actions taken by the Catholic Church against some heresies that still concern us to this day. How did the popes deal with the various attacks against the Catholic Church? How did these councils resolve the issues presented and what were the issues? You can enjoy these 8 new episodes, starting on March 9th, to discover the popes’ efforts to preserve the teachings of the Catholic Church and to clarify past controversies.

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Join Stephen Heiner and Father Trauner as they discuss these fascinating subjects concerning the prominent history of the church councils. Understand the vigilance and determination of the popes when resolving disputes between nations as well as in condemning heresies and evil practices.


The Councils, Episode 9: Second Council of Constantinople, Part I

In this episode Father Arnold Trauner and host Stephen Heiner will discuss the backdrop to the 2nd Council of Constantinople. It turns out, Monophysitism just wouldn’t go away. Key ideas to understand from this...


The Councils, Episode 10: Second Council of Constantinople, Part II

In this episode, the Council itself is discussed, including: How it proceeded Why the Pope was in the geographic area of the council and yet did not attend (and did not send legates) How...


The Councils, Episode 11: Third Council of Constantinople, Part I

In this episode a new pretender rises up in the place of monophysitism: monothelitism, which is the idea that Our Lord only had one will, instead of two wills that came from His two...


The Councils, Episode 12: Third Council of Constantinople, Part II

In this episode we will review the proceedings of the council, including the first case of heretics using forgeries of Church Fathers to make their case. We also review the anathematization of Honorius by...


The Councils, Episode 13: Second Council of Nicea

In an unusual turn (though an unsurprising one) an Emperor leads the charge of heresy. At issue? Images and statues. Emperor Leo III invest iconoclasm and goes on to destroy images and statues of...


The Councils, Episode 14: Fourth Council of Constantinople

The general distrust and unfriendliness between East and West continues to grow and reaches a new level via the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne. The Pope has now found a secure political...


The Councils, Episode 15: First Lateran Council

In this episode, we will explore the first Ecumenical Council to be held in the West, and actually in the cathedral of the Popes: the First Lateran Council. Before doing so, however, we discuss...


The Councils, Episode 16: Second Lateran Council

In our season finale, we discuss what happens when rival factions of Cardinals conspired to elect their own claimant after the death of Honorius II. This council would heal that schism and feature more...


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