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Episode Info: The recent critics of Pope Francis have expanded their criticisms of the pontiff to the entirety of the faithful. They have begun to argue that the Catholic laity en masse has been duped by the clergy from the local parish priest to the pontiff himself. In making this decision, these critics of Pope Francis again reveal that they have far more in common with the early Gnostic critics of the Catholic Church than they with their contemporaries and opponents, the early church Fathers. In this episode, we briefly review some of the more recent assessments on the deception of the faithful, as argued by the English-speaking critics of Pope Francis. All Catholics should be fully aware of certain trends throughout church history. In this regard, the critics of Francis return to a classical line of argumentation leveled by many opponents of the Catholic faith not only from the early church but through the Middle Ages and unto the present day. To comment on this show or provide feedback, please navigate to The Catholic Heritage is devoted to helping Catholic Christians better understand the history, teachings and culture of their Catholic faith so that they can better love and serve Christ, the Church and their neighbors. Dr. Erik Estrada is a Catholic scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in the history of Christianity and historical theology. He also completed a licentiate (S.T.L) in theology and patristic science at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute in Rome and a S.T.B. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. If you would like to invite Dr. Estrada to speak at your next event, you can contact him at or 1-909-575-8035. iOS or Android App of the CH Show iOS App of CHS Android App of CHS Newsletter Sign-up for the CH Show To sign up for our podcast’s community newsletter, please navigate to: To place your name on the waiting list for our future learning site, please navigate to:    Follow the Catholic Heritage Show on Social Media:   The Main Catholic Heritage Website: The Show’s Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube Channel   Review our Podcast iTunes (click iTunes > Ratings and Reviews > Write a Review) and Stitcher   How to Connect with Us Comment on the show below Ask a Question via Speakpipe Leave a voicemail for the show at 1-909-575-8035 Email via Contact Form in the Footer of the Site (audio files welcome)   YouTube   How Were the New Testament Books Chosen? Old Age of a Book -   What is the Canon of Scripture - Canon is a List of Books -https://www...
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