The Popecast

The podcast about popes, for people who like history and hate being bored.

About the show

Short bios on the popes of the Roman Catholic Church, and periodic interviews with experts and commentators on the papacy & Church history. Become a patron and find extra bonus content at patreon.com/mattsewell.

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Episodes

  • Interview w/ Trent Horn (Apologist, Speaker, & Author)

    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
    Papal infallibility
    When is it okay to criticize the pope, and how far is too far? 
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  • EXTRA: The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

    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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  • The Pope Who Had RBF (Servant of God, Pope Benedict XIII)

    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 ...

  • The Pope Who Was BFFs With Charlemagne (Pope Adrian I)

    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)
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  • The Pope Who Outsmarted Napoleon (Servant of God, Pope Pius VII)

    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...

  • The Pope Who Made the Emperor Kneel in the Snow (St. Gregory VII)

    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...

  • The Pope Who Built the Wall (St. Leo IV)

    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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  • The Pope They Called a Heretic (Honorius I) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 3

    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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  • The Pope Who Was Once an Antipope (Vigilius) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 2

    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...

  • Gaudete et Exsultate: Interview w/ Katie Prejean McGrady

    April 13th, 2018  |  45 mins 54 secs

    Speaker & author Katie Prejean McGrady joins the Popecast to chat about Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice & Be Glad), her recent trip to Rome for a pre-Synod gathering of young people, and how Pope Francis knows exact...

  • The First Pope to Not Be a Saint (Liberius) - Infallibility Series, Pt. 1

    March 21st, 2018  |  13 mins 32 secs

    How would you like to be the first pope to not be named a saint? First in 350 years and the only non-saint pope in 5 centuries was still pretty holy, but people thought he might be heretic. Also, people use him as an argument against papal infallibility....

  • The Pope who Condemned the Sexual Revolution (St. Paul VI)

    March 7th, 2018  |  14 mins 30 secs

    Paul VI was nothing short of a prophet. He called out society’s future ills decades before they actually happened, and reigned as pope through the assassination of an American President, the sexual revolution, and a sweeping reform in the Church. Plus … ...

  • The Pope Who Confirmed the Canon of Scripture (St. Damasus I)

    February 22nd, 2018  |  9 mins 40 secs

    Ever wonder where the official list of the books of the Bible came from? Well, this guy you’re about to learn about is who we have to thank. Every single one of those 73 books you find in Catholic Bibles was listed out by this guy, at a meeting in Rome, ...

  • The Pope Who Founded Western Civilization (St. Gregory the Great)

    February 13th, 2018  |  13 mins 52 secs

    Lent is upon us, and we have just the pope. It’s the guy who instituted giving out ashes on Ash Wednesday. The former monk. The humble, generous pontiff who basically founded Western Civilization.
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  • A Very Bad Pope (Benedict IX)

    February 7th, 2018  |  12 mins 36 secs

    Our first BAD POPE. Called by the Catholic Encyclopedia a "disgrace to the Chair of Peter" Benedict IX was pope not once, not twice, but THREE separate times, and only because dear ol' dad pulled some strings to get him there in the first place. 
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  • The Pope Who Battled Attila the Hun (St. Leo the Great)

    January 30th, 2018  |  12 mins 44 secs

    This week we’ve got a pope who was here to chew bubblegum and battle heresy … and he was fresh out of bubblegum. He also once convinced Attila the Hun to hightail it out of Rome. In short, he’s one of the greats. Literally. 
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