The Councils, Episode 5: Council of Ephesus (Part I: Nestorius Rises)

Not content to attack Our Lord’s or the Holy Spirit’s divinity, the forces of evil turn to Our Lady through the heretic Nestorius, and attack the title of Our Lady as “Mother of God,” reducing her merely to “Mother of Christ,” i.e. as the heretics would have us believe, a mother of a purely human entity.

This episode gives the background of the rise of Nestorius as well as the Church’s principle of subsidiarity at work even at this time: don’t settle at a church-wide level what can be settled at a local level. When a synod of St. Cyril of Alexandria in Egypt cannot solve the problem, Pope St. Celestine must intervene, which eventually leads to an ecumenical council being convoked at a place very special to Our Lady, as she was resident there with St. John for some time: Ephesus.

A special note of thanks to Nicholas Wilton for allowing us the use his music for this series. You can find out more about Mr. Wilton and his beautiful compositions here.


Original Air Date: September 21, 2019
Show Run Time: 17 minutes
Show Guest: Father Arnold Trauner, IMBC
Show Host: Stephen Heiner
Individual Season 8 Show Price: Not available.

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