03/31/20 • 68 min
In recent years, the existence of a "pontiff emeritus" has caused some confusion for faithful Catholics, with two living popes at the same time. But imagine if there were THREE living popes, none of them "retired," all with their own rival supporters among the cardinals of the Church--what would this be like? How would we know whom to follow as Catholics?
In this episode, Controversies in Church History details the Great Western Schism (1378-1417), when just such a scenario took place in the Church, and examines how the Church became divided between rival popes, how this was resolved, how people at the time experienced it, and what we can learn from this messy episode in the Church's long history.
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