On each episode of “Setting the Record Straight” you will hear another fascinating yet neglected story from two thousand years of magnificent achievements of the Catholic Church. Historical Apologist Charles Coughlin presents these intriguing stories based upon respected and authoritative historical sources. Misinformation and disinformation about the earthly work of the Catholic Church is corrected. “Setting the Record Straight” will quench the thirst of Catholics who want to hear true stories explaining their glorious heritage.
Astonishing Louis IX was one of God’s great gifts to the entire world as a model of wisdom, virtue, and temperament. He was the real life embodiment of the legendary wise king described in many religions. He commanded the largest army ruled the largest and wealthiest kingdom, and led the European centre of arts and intellectual thought. In wartime he displayed genius as an innovator in the art of military logistics and wise strategy. He courageously fought at the front of every battle. In peacetime his compassionate character led him to introduce a humane legal system and to spend time listening face to face to the common people, defending them against nobles when necessary. Beggars were fed from his table, he ate their leavings, washed their feet, ministered to the wants of the lepers, and daily personally fed over one hundred poor.
“Merrie Old England” is an accurate description of the good times of the 13th Century. People had refined manners and open hearts. Troubadours sang of idealized love. Chivalry ennobled men and protected women. Secular life was clustered securely around the Catholic Church’s monasteries, universities, and hospitals. Intellectuals abounded. Communities were small so a lot of laws and administration were not needed. The secular guilds were democratic organizations that cared for their member’s earthly needs from the cradle to the grave. There was very little poverty. There were old age and disability pensions, and even insurance of all types.
Universities are a natural invention of the Catholic Church. They are one of the many beneficial gifts Catholic Culture showered on the world in the 13th Century – The Age Of Illumination. The universities had a larger number of students that they do today. They were administered by democratically elected student fraternal organizations, not by the professors. There was an academic freedom so liberated that it puts to shame our modern politically correct university communities. As a result the 13th Century University provided a safe home for an unmatched concentration of great scientists, philosophers, theologists, medical doctors, legal experts, artists, writers, and musicians. Though it was 250 years before printing, anyone could borrow the numerous hand-copied books from university lending libraries, even the gloriously illuminated ones. It was a time of intelligence, sacredness, trust, happiness, and sublime earthly works.
through God’s human creatures from the earliest days of the Catholic Church. It reach an astounding height as an illuminating positive response to the darkness shadows of the Protestant Reformation. This crest of created beauty continued for four centuries. Is it over?