Review of Jon M. Sweeney, “When Saint Francis Saved the Church”


Jon M. Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubador Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2014). Author Jon Sweeney has a gift for making Church history accessible, interesting and relevant for a whole new generation of readers, and his latest book ably bears [Read More...]

Catholic History in Less Than Five Minutes: Pope St. Gregory I the Great (590-604 A.D.)

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The Thirteenth, and Other Great Centuries


There are two ways of looking at the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages:  as an era of monstrous corruption, or as a golden age. Both are prone to exaggeration. This Columbus Day weekend, while doing the fall cleaning, I rediscovered an old gem of a book from the year 1907 titled The Thirteenth, Greatest [Read More...]