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The Truth is Known Only to a Few People – The Gnostic Character of Recent Criticism of Pope Francis – CHS 79

The Truth is Known Only to a Few People – The Gnostic Character of Recent Criticism of Pope Francis Series

One of the salient characteristics of recent criticisms of Pope Francis is the insistence that this awareness is only enjoyed by a few people. Recent English-speaking critics of Francis across the globe have argued that knowledge about Francis and his true agenda was only seen by a few vigilant Catholics since the beginning of his pontificate. As the months and weeks go by,

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The Appeal to Personal Feeling – The Gnostic Character of Recent Criticism of Pope Francis – CHS 74

In the recent past, certain US and Canadian lay Catholics have taken to criticizing Pope Francis. Among their various and numerous criticisms, they often insert a personal testimony about their initial reaction to his election. They note that when they first saw him step out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, they immediately experienced some uncertainty.

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Earlier Scholarship on the Papacy and Catholic Criticisms of Pope Francis – CHS 73

There are strong parallels in the ways current Catholic critics are evaluating the words and deeds of Pope Francis to the way earlier scholarship on the papacy evaluated the words and deeds of his predecessors.

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The Problem with Secret Information about Pope Francis and the US Catholic bishops – CHS 67

A recent trend has emerged among certain lay Catholics with substantial online internet followings. In their social media feeds and various media productions, they are making various claims about Pope Francis and US Catholic bishops on the authority of their unnamed “sources.”

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The Gnostic Character of Recent Catholic Criticisms of Pope Francis – CHS 62

Catholic laity have recently begun to use Gnostic rhetoric in their criticism’s of Pope Francis. In this episode, we provide a brief overview on Gnosticism’s origins, tenets and conflicts with the bishops of the early Church.

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How Fair is Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ Words? – CHS 60

Is media coverage of Pope Francis’s words fair? In this episode we discussed the various factors that go into the ways the media handles Pope Francis’s words. We consider such factors as the ability of journalist to grab an audience’s attention,

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Church Scandals, the Papacy and Augustine of Hippo – CHS 018

Church Scandals, Reform and Augustine of Hippo

 

Augustine of Hippo provides us an historical example of how one bishop dealt with challenges involving the Bishop of Rome in regards to Church discipline and doctrine.

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Gnosticism and the Canon of Scripture – CHS 017

Gnosticism and the Canon of Scripture

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Why did marginalized Christian groups add books to the canon of Scripture? In this episode we explore the rise of the various first and second-century Gnostic groups and their attempts to compose new Gospels and other sacred

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The Popes Determined the Canon of Scripture – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 9

The Popes Determined the Canon of Scripture – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 9

How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss another criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining

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