The Popecast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

54 episodes of The Popecast since the first episode, which aired on December 22nd, 2017.

  • The Pope Who Wrote a Romance Novel (Pius II)

    August 6th, 2020  |  20 mins 45 secs
    conversion, pope, renaissance

    Our pope this week is one unlike any other of the 265 successors of St. Peter. Smart and eloquent with a pen though he was, for most of his life he was best known as a smooth-talking womanizer and deadbeat dad whose only goal was elevating his own career, all the way up to being crowned as the emperor’s imperial poet. And then he met the pope (who he hated), and everything changed.

  • The Pope Who Canceled Rome (Adrian IV)

    July 28th, 2020  |  12 mins 29 secs
    middle ages, pope

    Our pope today, the first and only British pope in history, is a man who came from nothing and was elevated to the papacy. A monk who would’ve rather not been pope, he faced down emperors and kings and shut down the entire Eternal City when a heretic threatened to hold it hostage.

  • The Eleventh Pope (St. Anicetus)

    July 14th, 2020  |  9 mins 32 secs
    early church, history

    Our pope today reigned barely more than a century after Jesus walked the earth, and he’s best known for welcoming a disciple of the Beloved Disciple to Rome for a friendly chat about the date of Easter.

  • The Pope Who Fought the Destruction of Statues (St. Gregory II)

    July 3rd, 2020  |  14 mins 52 secs
    heresy, pope, saint

    Today we have a pope who found himself having to deal with an emperor demanding that Christian images and statues by smashed to bits. And he was having none of it.

  • The Pope Who Thought He Was Too Old (Pope Clement X)

    June 21st, 2020  |  13 mins 14 secs

    This episode is on a pope who was already almost 80 years old by the time he was elected, and he was really hoping to be able to retire in peace before his fellow cardinals got the bright idea to put him in charge. No, this wasn’t 7 years ago, or even 15 years ago. It was the 17th Century.

  • The Pope Who Said Putting a Corpse on Trial is Bad (Pope John IX)

    June 11th, 2020  |  11 mins 50 secs

    Here we have a pope who condemned a predecessor who had dug up a dead pope and put his body on trial – no big deal. He also reigned longer than most of his immediate predecessors and successors – but was still only in office for 2 years. Times were tough in the late 9th Century.

  • Two MORE Papal Difficulties (Interview on the Classical Theism Podcast)

    May 26th, 2020  |  33 mins 12 secs
    guest appearance, interview

    We were featured once more as a guest on the Classical Theism Podcast (see Episode #37 for our first appearance), this time on two more papal objections – how an ecumenical council called by an emperor can still be legit, and why Pope John XXII wasn't a heretic.

  • PART THREE - The Pope Who Destroyed Communism (Pope St. John Paul II)

    May 18th, 2020  |  23 mins 58 secs
    pope, series

    He was the first non-Italian pope in almost 500 years and the youngest in over a century, having been elected at the young papal age of 58. He also would have the third-longest reign in history, serving as pope for almost 27 years, and trailing only Pope Pius IX and St. Peter himself in terms of longevity. He’s one of the most traveled world leaders in history and the most visible, after logging over 680,000 miles as pope and being seen in-person by half a billion people.

  • BONUS: Letter of Pope Benedict XVI for the 100th Birthday of Pope St. John Paul II

    May 15th, 2020  |  12 mins 36 secs
    benedict xvi, bonus, john paul ii, pope, saint

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II (May 18), Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. This bonus episode of The Popecast is a free audio reading of that letter.

  • PART TWO – The Pope Who Destroyed Communism (Pope St. John Paul II)

    April 30th, 2020  |  23 mins 58 secs
    pope, series

    Our pope this week, once again, is one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter. Ordained a priest in secret at the start of the Communist occupation of Poland, he was a bishop at 38, an archbishop at 44, and a cardinal at 47. Though he was gifted with a towering intellect and a love for academics, his greatest joy was spending time in the outdoors – canoeing, camping, and praying with his friends.

  • PART ONE – The Pope Who Destroyed Communism (Pope St. John Paul II)

    February 22nd, 2020  |  19 mins 9 secs
    pope, series

    It’s finally here. The episode so many of you have all been waiting for. And this is just part one…

    Our pope this week is one of the finest men to ever grace the Chair of St. Peter. His life was one of unimaginable suffering, having been under the thumb of both the Nazis and the Communists at different points in his life. A renaissance man, he was equal parts philosopher and poet – exercising the head and the heart with unrivaled passion. Losing his earthly mother at age 9, he’s perhaps best known for his devotion to another Mother – God’s Mother. This is the story of his early life.

  • The Pope Who Didn't Back Down (St. Sixtus II)

    February 6th, 2020  |  14 mins 2 secs
    early church, history, martyrdom, persecution, roman canon

    Our pope this week is one of the greatest heroes of the ancient Church that you’ve never heard of. Well, at least, not until now. He was only pope for a short time, but his witness and heroic martyrdom left a mark that has echoed down through the centuries. Almost 18 centuries, in fact.

  • Answering Two Papal Objections (Interview on the Classical Theism podcast)

    January 28th, 2020  |  33 mins 15 secs
    classical theism, infallibility, interview

    Our episode this week is an interview we did with John DeRosa of the Classical Theism podcast, a show that’s all about defending Catholic Christian ideas in Conversation with all sorts of excellent guests like Trent Horn, Dr. Ed Feser, Jimmy Akin, Gomer from Catching Foxes and – somehow – yours truly. We chat about the stories of Pope Honorius I and Pope Liberius, along with lots of other great stuff.

  • The Pope Who Canceled the Jesuits (Pope Clement XIV)

    January 13th, 2020  |  16 mins 58 secs
    enlightenment, jesuits, pope

    Our pontiff this week did one of the most infamous deeds in all of papal history. It was so memorable that he’s the last pope to have taken his particular name ever since, and he was the butt of a joke at the election of our very own Pope Francis for it. His crime? He suppressed the Society of Jesus.

  • A Review of Netflix's "The Two Popes" (w/ Taylor Schroll of Forte Catholic)

    December 26th, 2019  |  39 mins 52 secs

    Netflix's new film "The Two Popes" is a recently-released biographical drama of the friendship between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, when the latter was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The film has been mostly praised in the wider culture and predominantly criticized inside Catholic circles. In this episode, Matt from The Popecast and Taylor from Forte Catholic review the good and the bad of the new film.

  • The Pope Who Made Christmas Official (St. Julius I)

    December 18th, 2019  |  16 mins 58 secs
    heresy, pope, saint

    It’s a Popecast Christmas episode this week. Not only did this guy take his turn at fighting off the heresy that had infected a majority of the world’s bishops, but he stood by one of the Church’s greatest bishops and saints, and he may have even been the one to officially declare the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth.