051: Clearing Up the Crusades

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by Matthew Leonard
The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard

catholic_FINAL_150We’ve all heard it before – “The Catholic Church is all about violence and power. Just look at the Crusades! They’re a perfect example!”

The problem (for critics of the Church) is that idea is horse-hockey.

That said, most of us have little-to-no understanding of the true heart of the Crusades…which is a complete shame. Because the fact is, the reason and rationale for what Pope Urban II began a thousand years ago is way deeper and more spiritual than what most people ever imagine.

So to enlighten us all, I brought in Dr. Andrew Jones, an expert on the High Middle Ages. We’re going to dive into the incredible history and backstory of the Crusades that no one ever talks about. We’re going to uncover what the Crusades were really about.

Among other things, in this episode we’ll explore:

  • imgresWhy the crusaders actually did it (when it cost most their fortunes, not to mention their lives)
  • The deep connection between monasticism and the Crusades
  • The little understood connection between Islam and the development of the Eastern Church
  • Why truly understanding the Roman Empire is a necessity to understanding the Crusades
  • The fascinating connection between Columbus and the Crusades
  • Why the Crusades were nothing less than a ridiculously hardcore pilgrimage

This is one you don’t want to miss. It’s going to totally transform the way you look at the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church.

God bless!


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5 Responses

  1. Leonard,
    This is such a lucid presentation of a wide-ranging and dense array of core Christianity at work during a terrible time. It shows so clearly how fidelity to Christ no matter how bad the times leads to world-changing shifts toward the good for generations to come.
    Thank you! Even the smiles and chuckles that popped up during it added to its Christian sense. Again, thanks.

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