Episode 5

Published on:

11th Mar 2023

The Great Tradition & Remembering Pope Benedict | Ep. #5

In this episode, we explore the concept of the Great Tradition of the Church, examine where Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox believers can find common ground, we remember the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, discuss the future of the Catholic Church, reflect on our need for moral courage, and much more.



00:00 – Introduction

01:44 – Defining ‘The Great Tradition’

03:37 – Where Orthodoxy fits in

06:33 – Bringing Protestantism, Catholicism, & Orthodoxy together

08:55 – The difference between “Tradition” and “tradition”

11:19 – The four-legged stool of the undivided Church

14:19 – Evangelicals reclaiming historic Church Tradition

17:48 – The dangers of being apart from historic Church Tradition

19:14 – How Anglicanism treats Church Tradition

21:13 – Discussing the role of historic Church Councils

24:00 – Including Protestantism in the conversation

25:22 – The centrality of liturgy

27:48 – Why liturgy attracts people to the Faith

29:27 – Comparing Lutheranism and Anglicanism

32:14 – Why younger people desire the liturgy

35:50 – Single, young men are attracted to Orthodoxy

37:05 – Masculine and feminine Church Traditions

40:22 – Cultural opposition as a unifying force

44:47 – BREAK

45:17 – Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy

48:20 – Ratzinger’s towering intellect

52:40 – Cory’s perspective on Ratzinger’s work

58:31 – Ratzinger didn’t want to be Pope

01:00:18 – Benedict’s skill in speaking with non-Catholics

01:02:08 – When Benedict met Queen Elizabeth

01:05:20 – The media’s unfair portrayal of Ratzinger

01:07:10 – The Regensburg Address

01:08:11 – Ratzinger’s ability to speak hard truths

01:13:19 – What comes next from Pope Francis?

01:19:39 – Nathan’s perspective on Benedict’s passing

1:22:29 – Not teaching moral courage to our children

1:23:48 – The state of parochial schools in RI

1:26:45 – Conclusion


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The Rev. Nathan Stomberg

The Rev. Nathan Stomberg is the Rector and President of Holy Communion Anglican Church in East Greenwich, RI. Nathan is a loving husband to his wife, holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, works full-time as a Project Manager, is an avid distance runner, and enjoys writing about current events through the lens of a Christian worldview.