How Clericalism Happened: A Tale of Theodosius

Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina

09-03-2022 • 23 mins

When asked what’s wrong with the Church, commentators from Pope Francis to Russell Shaw will blame an elusive beast named “clericalism.” But what is clericalism, and where did it come from? In this episode we track the beast to its birthplace, the Church of the fourth century. Our native guides are Augustine, John Chrysostom, and others—who offer us good counsel for defeating it in our own time.


Anonymous, The Epistle to Diognetus

Minucius Felix, Octavius

Joseph Carola, S.J., Augustine of Hippo: The Role of the Laity in Ecclesial Reconciliation

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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