Matt Sewell is the host and creator of The Popecast. As part of his work at Flocknote, Matt created the popular [Popes in a Year](flocknote.com/popes) daily email series, a short bite-size bio of every pope from Peter to Francis. Matt is married to Rachel, and together they're parents to Leo, who will make his entrance into the world this June.
June 5th, 2019 | 15 mins 56 secs
pope, renaissance, saint
Here's a pope who came from nothing, spent his life fighting for the Truth, and ended up practically saving the world. Better to be frail in body and strong in will, than the other way around.
May 17th, 2019 | 10 mins 19 secs
The first of three times in Church history that two brothers each held the Chair of Peter – and interestingly enough, also the first of three times that the brothers reigned back-to-back. Mama must’ve been so proud.
May 10th, 2019 | 16 mins
In 1492, something else happened besides Columbus sailing the ocean blue, namely, that the most notorious pope EVER ascended to the Chair of Peter. This week it's the guy who typically tops the list of every rundown of the so-called “Bad Popes”, and who was described by contemporary historian as “more evil and more lucky than perhaps any pope before him”.
April 30th, 2019 | 17 mins 2 secs
abuse scandal, benedict xvi, good popes
This episode serves as a brief recap of sorts and analysis on Pope Emeritus Benedict's recent letter on the Church's sexual abuse crisis – paired with the audio version of the letter released exclusively by The Popecast – for those who have neither the time nor the interest to wade through the minefield of Catholic Twitter to sort it all out.
April 13th, 2019 | 36 mins 33 secs
abuse scandal, benedict xvi, good popes
On April 10, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI released a letter addressing the scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church – of which the full audible reading can be found here. The retired pope gave historical background to how the scandal came to be, how it's affected the formation of priests in seminaries, and what the Church ought to do about it.
March 19th, 2019 | 43 mins 13 secs
Dr. Chad Pecknold, associate professor of theology at the Catholic University of America, joins the Popecast this week to talk about the present scandal in the Church, human nature, St. Augustine's two Cities, and the papacy's role in securing the Church...
March 13th, 2019 | 13 mins 12 secs
This week’s pope has a bit of an ironic name. During his six years in the Chair of Peter, nothing too exciting happened, and certainly nothing that seemed to live up to, uh, how we currently define "hilarious."
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February 28th, 2019 | 42 mins 38 secs
Catholic apologist, speaker, and author Trent Horn joins Matt on The Popecast this week. Topics covered (among others) include:
Biblical basis for the papacy
When is it okay to criticize the pope, and how far is too far?
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February 22nd, 2019 | 5 mins 46 secs
Normally the Church celebrates feast days for persons – men and women from every age who the Church has held up as models of holy living – but today is a day that celebrates a chair.
Well, at least what the chair represents.
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February 20th, 2019 | 13 mins 30 secs
This week’s pope didn’t want the job, and lived like he didn’t have the job, which got him in some hot water. But the people who worked closest with him knew him only as the parish priest of Rome, and ultimately his personal virtue carried the day. Plus ...
February 11th, 2019 | 17 mins 17 secs
This week’s pope is defined by two words. Charlemagne and iconoclasm. And no, I’m not talking the Trump Twitter kind of iconoclasm.
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Pope Adrian I (The Catholic Encyclopedia)
Pope Adrian I (Wikipedia)
January 29th, 2019 | 16 mins 1 sec
The pope we’re talking about today was mild-mannered and monkish on the outside, but tough as nails on the inside. He’s went toe to toe with the tiny tyrant for 10 years, and was imprisoned for 6 of them. Never one to let the Church be bullied, he return...
January 18th, 2019 | 18 mins 31 secs
This week’s pope was once described as the epitome of a Christian gentleman, a man of universally recognized virtue, and a profound scholar. He was never one to back down from a fight, and stopped at nothing to reform a broken Church. 1000 years ago, tha...
January 8th, 2019 | 18 mins 31 secs
A worker of miracles, a battler of barbarians, and someone described as a man who lived to perfection the saying “pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.” This week it's Pope #103, St. Leo IV.
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May 12th, 2018 | 12 mins 8 secs
Wait, a pope was actually condemned as a heretic by an ecumenical council of the Church? Sounds like the jig is up – papal infallibility is a false doctrine! Right? Well...we shall see.
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April 20th, 2018 | 13 mins 24 secs
This week's pope was one of the only guys to have been an anti-pope before getting legitimately elected, he pretty much killed his predecessor, and was a bit of a wuss to boot. Yes, even the Bishop of Rome can be a weak-willed flip-flopper, and it follow...