Listen to the captivating and enlightening voice of Fr. John O'Malley, the internationally best-selling author and esteemed professor, as he takes you on an unforgettable journey through the 21 councils that have shaped history. In this masterpiece, Fr. O'Malley explores the power and influence of the ecumenical council, a force second only to the papacy in its impact on the church and the Western world.
Prepare to discover a fascinating world that few of us are familiar with, as Fr. O'Malley guides you through the centuries, starting from the inaugural council in Nicaea in 325 and concluding with the groundbreaking Vatican Council II from 1962-1965. This 12-part audio series unveils the profound matters of faith and the sometimes peculiar aspects of clerical conduct that were addressed by the councils. Assemblies of bishops gathering in the name of Christ or the Trinity, these councils made crucial decisions that bound the entire church. Their focus revolved around matters of doctrine, shaping what Christians believe, and "discipline," which pertained to the public behavior of bishops and priests.
As you delve into the rich tapestry of the councils, you'll witness how they bestowed upon us the creeds, reshaped our comprehension and observance of the sacraments, and resolved significant controversies. The councils offer a gateway to understanding the theological and historical developments that have shaped the church we know today. Immerse yourself in this profound exploration of the ecumenical council, and you'll gain a deeper appreciation for its enduring significance as one of the most crucial institutions in Western civilization.
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