Bishops - A Series on the Structure and Leadership of the Church

Bishops - A Series on the Structure and Leadership of the Church

January 2012

A comprehensive series of podcasts on the structure and leadership of the Orthodox Church by Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and host of 3 podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio.


Episodes

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Oct 14, 2013

Bishops - Part 44: The Church of Kiev and Rus

From Constantinople we go to the Church in Kiev and Rus from the 10th to the 13th Centuries.

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Sep 14, 2013

Bishops - Part 43: The Fall of Constantinople

One of the most significant events in Church history was the fall of Constantinople. Fr. Thomas helps us understand the the years immediately following the fall.

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Aug 16, 2013

Bishops - Part 42: The Council of Florence

As the series on the structure and organization of the Church continues, Fr. Thomas reflects on the famous Council of Florence and the Orthodox participation and rejection of the Council.

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Jul 30, 2013

Bishops - Part 41: 1st Half of the 15th Century

After several months, Fr. Thomas continues this series with a reflection on the 1st half of the 15th century and the further declarations of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Apr 01, 2013

Bishops - Part 40: Patriarch of Constantinople in the 14th Century

Fr. Tom says the 14th Century situation in Constantinople is critical to understanding the Church today.

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Jan 15, 2013

Bishops - Part 39: Serbia and Bulgaria

Fr. Tom now turns his attention to the late 12th to early 14th centuries to talk about the Church in Serbia and Bulgaria and their relationship with Constantinople.

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Nov 09, 2012

Bishops - Part 38: The Important 13th Century

Some call the 13th century the most important century in Church history when the schism between east and west was solidified to this present day.

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42:09
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Oct 12, 2012

Bishops - Part 37: The Crusades and More

Fr. Tom continues through the 11th and now into the 12th Century where the Crusades were launched and the spread of Islam increased.

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49:03
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Sep 21, 2012

Bishops - Part 36: The Pivotal 11th Century - Part 2

Fr. Thomas digs deeper into the Great Schism and the issues that inhibit a unification with the Church of Rome.

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Aug 31, 2012

Bishops - Part 35: The Pivotal 11th Century

If you have ever wanted a deeper understanding of the Great Schism of 1054, this podcast will be of great interest to you. Fr. Thomas explores the religious and political environment of the 11th century and the people involved.

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Aug 13, 2012

Bishops - Part 34: The Influence of St. Symeon the New Theologian

St. Symeon the New Theologian holds great importance for Church hierarchy and structure as it relates to his teaching about the relationship between the Clergy and the holy monastics.

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Jul 23, 2012

Bishops - Part 33: The 10th Century and Prince Vladimir

Fr. Tom reflects on the very important 10th Century (the 900's) and the conversion of Prince Vladimir.

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46:11
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Jun 09, 2012

Bishops - Part 32: The Tumultuous 9th Century - Part 3 - Photius the Great

Fr. Tom continues to comment on the events of the 9th century concentrating today on St. Photius the Great and his relationship to Rome and the Filioque.

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53:09
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May 06, 2012

Bishops - Part 31: The Tumultuous 9th Century - Part 2

In part 2 of Fr. Tom's reflections on the tumultuous 9th century, he talks about the missionary work of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and the controversies over language and control of the slavic nations.

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Apr 17, 2012

Bishops - Part 30: The Tumultuous 9th Century - Part 1

Today, Fr. Tom brings us part 1 of 2 talks about the difficult 9th century in Church history. This is the backstory that often gets simplified but is important in understanding why we don't have unity today.

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Feb 29, 2012

Bishops - Part 29: The 7th Ecumenical Council part 5

Fr. Tom concludes his look at the 7th Ecumenical Council with the canons dealing with building shrines or chapels and monastic discretion.

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Feb 15, 2012

Bishops - Part 28: The 7th Ecumenical Council part 4

The canons discussed today deal with church property, those who would be set apart to read in the divine services, and the appropriate clothing for bishops and clergy.

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Jan 31, 2012

Bishops - Part 27: The 7th Ecumenical Council part 3

Fr. Tom continues his look at the canons of the 7th Ecumenical Council including those that have to do with the books written by the iconoclasts, relics in the altar, and the financial affairs of the Church.

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Jan 13, 2012

Bishops - Part 26: The 7th Ecumenical Council part 2

Fr. Tom is exploring the canons of the 7th Ecumenical Council held in Nicea and today talks about bishops who are appointed by secular heads of state as well as the frequency and nature of the meetings of bishops.

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Jan 03, 2012

Bishops - Part 25: The 7th Ecumenical Council

The Orthodox Church is the Church of the 7 Councils and the 7th one is far more important than some would believe. Learn about the importance of Icons as well as the importance of the Holy Scriptures.

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Dec 13, 2011

Bishops - Part 24: 8th Century Iconoclasm

An intense and violent period in Church history surrounded the veneration of icons. Learn about those who gave their lives for the preservation of this important physical demonstration of the Incarnation as well as those Bishops who sided with with the iconoclasts and were later identified as heretics.

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Nov 23, 2011

Bishops - Part 23: The Council in Trullo (conclusion)

In this final episode on the so called Council in Trullo or the 5th and 6th Ecumenical Councils, Fr. Tom completes his commentary on the 102 canons. This includes the issue of not kneeling in church on Sunday, how to bring in Christians from other denominations, the creation and consumption of pornography, and more.

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Nov 07, 2011

Bishops - Part 22: The Council in Trullo (continued)

What is the Orthodox teaching about remarriage after adultery? What about re-baptism of one brought into the Church? Fr. Tom talks about this and more in today's episode.

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Oct 13, 2011

Bishops - Part 21: The Council in Trullo (continued)

As Fr. Tom continues his look at the so called Quintisext councils, the issues of church attendance and mixed marriages are among the topics addressed.

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Sep 29, 2011

Bishops - Part 20: The Council in Trullo (continued)

Some interesting canons are discussed in today's program including a canon against feigning insanity!

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Sep 20, 2011

Bishops - Part 19: The Council in Trullo (continued)

As Fr. Tom continues his reflections on this historic council, he today speaks about monasticism, baptism, and marriage.

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Sep 01, 2011

Bishops - Part 18: The Council in Trullo (continued)

The canons under discussion today by Fr. Tom deal with the rank and place of hierarchical sees and how that is affecting the structure of the Church today.

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Aug 19, 2011

Bishops - Part 17: The Council in Trullo (continued)

What are the canons about clergy marriage? What should the clergy wear out on the street? Why is water mixed with wine in the Eucharist? These and other issues are addressed in this episode with Fr. Thomas Hopko.

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Aug 07, 2011

Bishops - Part 16: The Council in Trullo (continued)

As Fr. Tom continues talking about the canons found in the Council of Trullo, he looks today at those canons that speak about issues like the selling of sacraments, clergy behavior, and the settlement of controversies.

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Jul 22, 2011

Bishops - Part 15: The Council in Trullo (continued)

Fr. Tom continues looking at the 102 Canons of the "Quinisext" or 5th and 6th Ecumenical Councils sometimes referred to as the Council in Trullo. Today he talks about the laws concerning relationships with the Jews and the marital relationships of clergy.

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Jul 07, 2011

Bishops - Part 14: The Council in Trullo

Fr. Tom begins looking at the 102 Canons of the "Quinisext" or 5th and 6th Ecumenical Councils sometimes referred to as the Council in Trullo. Maximus the Confessor is affirmed and many Patriarchs and Popes are anathematized.

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38:55
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Jun 23, 2011

Bishops - Part 13: St. Maximus and the 7th Century

To what lengths will a true saint go to defend pure doctrine? Fr. Tom tells the incredible story of St. Maximus and St. Martin.

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May 24, 2011

Bishops - Part 12: Dionysius the Areopagite

In his continuing series on Bishops, Fr. Tom takes up where he left off in the last episode by concentrating on the influence of the writings attributed to but not actually from Dionysius the Areopagite.

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May 20, 2011

Bishops - Part 11: Three 6th Century Figures of Great Influence

In the 6th Century, three individuals played a huge role in forming and influencing the ecclesiastical structure of the Church. They were the Emperor Justinian, Pope Gregory the Great of Rome, and Dionysius the Areopagite. Fr. Tom deals with the first 2 here and the third in the next episode.

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May 06, 2011

Bishops - Part 10: The Canons of the 4th Ecumenical Council

In Part 10 of his series on Bishops, Fr. Thomas looks at the canons of the 4th Ecumenical Council.

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May 02, 2011

Bishops - Part 9: The Canons of the 3rd Ecumenical Council

In Part 9 of his series on Bishops, Fr. Thomas looks at the canons of the 3rd Ecumenical Council.

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Apr 11, 2011

Bishops - Part 8: 5th Century Controversies

The 5th century brought much controversy, schism, and anathemas but the Church survived. Some of these divisions exist even today.

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Feb 24, 2011

Bishops - Part 7: Martyrs, Monks, and Holy Bishops

In this next episode of the series on Bishops, Fr. Tom reflects on 4th century Bishops, Monks, Martyrs, and Saints.

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Feb 14, 2011

Bishops - Part 6: The Other Canons

Fr. Tom talks about the other canons of the fourth century in addition to the Council of Nicaea.

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Feb 07, 2011

Bishops - Part 5: The Canons

Fr. Tom looks at the fourth century canons concerning bishops and clergy.

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Jan 29, 2011

Bishops - Part 4: In the Age of Constantine

In his ongoing series on bishops, Fr. Thomas explores the fourth century under the Emperor Constantine.

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Dec 02, 2010

Bishops - Part 3: The Post Apostolic Model

Fr. Thomas looks at the writings of three of the earliest Church Fathers to see the structure of the Church in the second and third centuries.

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Nov 15, 2010

Bishops - Part 2: The New Testament and Early Church Model

In the second in his series on bishops, Fr. Tom reflects on the New Testament and early Church formulations of the offices and functions of clergy.

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Nov 01, 2010

Bishops - Part 1: Prophetic, Priestly, and Pastoral

Fr. Tom begins a series of talks on the role of bishops in the Church and their relationships to each other, to the priests, the deacons, and to us. He begins by identifying what is common to all of us in creation. Please also listen to a special encouragement at the very beginning of today's episode.

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