Video: The Spanish Inquisition vs the Protestant (Part 2)


At the dawn of the 16th Century the Spanish Inquisition had existed for some time. However, after years of persecuting the Conversos the Inquisition underwent many reforms. These reforms allowed the Spanish Inquisition to guide the nation of Spain through the traumatic days of the Reformation.

The incredible difficulties that came out of the Protestant Reformation were mostly negated in Spain because the Inquisition enacted the Index of Prohibited Books and Authors. The Index helped Spain avoid the spilling of blood, both Catholic and Protestant, that the other nations in Europe experienced.

From our last video (link here) we saw the darker side of the Inquisition, however, in this video we get to see the life saving acts of the Spanish Inquisition. Hope you enjoy!

The Catholic History Podcast: The Glossa Ordinaria (Ep 2)

This episode of the Catholic History Podcast takes a look at the Glossa Ordinaria or the Ordinary Gloss. It is a Bible Commentary from the Middle Ages that is truly a lost treasure. This podcast deals with the attempt by a team at Franciscan University of Steubenville who are working on translating it to English as well as the amazing history behind the Gloss. We hope you will enjoy!


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Christendom vs Jihad: Baldwin I and the First Battle of Ramleh

Yesterday London experienced a heinous and barbaric attack, and we must pray for the victims and all those affected by terrorism. It may seem to some that the preservation of Western Civilization is a hopeless struggle. When it is not being attacked by external forces it is doing a bang up job of killing itself with moral relativism and abject debauchery. However, today I want to present the story of one of the great underdog victories in Christian vs Jihad history that we may take courage and remember who really is in charge.

The First Crusade ended in 1099 with incredible success and shocked the world. The fall of the Roman Empire left Western Europe as a third world continent, however, after calls for help from Constantinople these backwater nobodies mounted an invasion on a first world land with immeasurable resources, and they won. Miraculous is the only proper adjective. Continue reading “Christendom vs Jihad: Baldwin I and the First Battle of Ramleh”

El Cid: A Spanish Knight for the Ages

In the mid-1000s the Christian kingdoms of Spain were in trouble, a trouble stemming from the seemingly perpetual problem of dynastic succession. In a world filled with democratically elected republics it is easy for us in the modern age to underestimate the sincere fear that accompanies the aging of a strong leader, however, for our Middle Ages ancestors the situation was only too familiar. Continue reading “El Cid: A Spanish Knight for the Ages”

A Warrior Priest and the Irish Rebellion of ’98

There is no doubt some of the greatest folk music comes to us from the Emerald Isle, and one of my absolute favorite ballads is Boolavogue sung by Anthony Kearns (click here). This song tells how a local country priest started a rebellion in 1798 that shook England to its core, and it is a perfect story for St. Patrick’s Day. Continue reading “A Warrior Priest and the Irish Rebellion of ’98”

The Dawn of Reconquest (Spain’s finest Hours): Covadonga

Yesterday, we discussed the invasion of the Saracen (Middle Ages word for Muslim army) into Southern Italy. Their armies had conquered all of the Christian lands from the Holy Land to Northwest Africa, and in 711 they advanced across the straits of Gibraltar invading southern Spain. Now, these specific Muslim armies are known to history as the Moors, confusing I know. Nevertheless, the differences in race and creed between these two bodies of invaders are negligible. Continue reading “The Dawn of Reconquest (Spain’s finest Hours): Covadonga”

The Leonine Walls- Make St. Peter Safe Again

Recen800px-Borgo_-_Passetto_00438tly in the media there has been a great deal of talk about the Leonine Walls due to what some see as the hypocrisy on the part of the papacy, and I definitely do not want to cast judgments on either the President of the United States or the Vicar of Christ because frankly both are way above my pay-grade. However, I do want to seize this opportunity to discuss a fascinating tale while there may still be some interest out there over the advent of the Leonine Walls. Continue reading “The Leonine Walls- Make St. Peter Safe Again”

The Spanish Inquisition: The Converso (Part 1)

The Spanish Inquisition is one of the most misunderstood topics in Catholic history. Many people have heard of it and have a vague idea of what happened, however, there are many misconceptions about the Spanish Inquisition.

This video is part one on the Spanish Inquisition. It focuses on the nature of the Inquisition’s investigation into the group known as the “Conversos”. These were Catholic converts from Judaism, and there was quite a bit of hostility towards them from both the “old” Christians as well as the remaining Jews. Continue reading “The Spanish Inquisition: The Converso (Part 1)”

Pope Joan: The Female Pope You Never Knew, That Never Was

If the title to this post confuses you, good! Then it properly represents one of the more interesting myths of the Catholic Church. Pretend we were to take a trip back to the early days of the Protestant Reformation and ask a random person if there had ever been a female Pope. We most likely would be surprised by the answer. “Why of course there was a female Pope, Pope Joan.” Continue reading “Pope Joan: The Female Pope You Never Knew, That Never Was”

The Secret Origin of Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the origins of having ashes placed on the foreheads of the Faithful is truly fascinating especially considering the overly sensitive nature of our culture. In fact, if the origins of this tradition were widely known it is more than probable Ash Wednesday services would be accompanied by protests across the nation. Luckily ignorance reigns supreme in the West.

Receiving ashes is an ancientdeployed_us_marines_soldiers_observe_ash_wednesday_150218-m-om669-813 practice to denote penitence. An example from the Old Testament: “And on the third day, there appeared a man who came out of Saul’s camp, with his garments rent, and dust strewed on his head: and when he came to David, he fell upon his face, and adored.” (2 Kings 1:2) This passage has the wonderful typology of David as Christ, etc., but the point is the act of humbling oneself using “dust” or ashes is ancient indeed.

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