Habemus Papam Recap 5: 250 Popes, 1800 years and the beginning of the last 15 episodes of this series.
In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad recaps the last 15 popes in the series. You can listen to the previous episode about Leo XII: An old traditionalist Pope who tries to reset Europe after the uphevals of the French Revolution. You can listen to the podcast about him here.
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In this Habemus Papam Recap 5, Fr. Conrad recaps some of the more important events in the last 15 episodes. Those include the Avignon Papacy and Western Schism, the controversies around Conciliarism and Gallicanism, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution, to name a few.
In this period in the History of the Church, we saw the Pope’s role in society become more of a secular power, rather than the successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ. The European powers began, in turn, to see the Pope as merely one of the many rulers in Europe. After the French Revolution, the Pope’s secular power decreased, which helped emphasize the spiritual and moral authority of the Pope in the modern era.