MAP#60: Council of Constance: Heretics, Schism and the Teutonic Knights

Council_of_ConstanceSix hundred years ago Anti-Pope John XXIII called the Council of Constance. It was an ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and began in November 1414. The main purpose of the Council was to end the Western Schism. In 1414 three Popes ruled the Catholic Church, Anti-Popes John XXIII and Benedict XIII and Pope Gregory XII. There were two other issues the Council addressed as well. The heretics John Wyclif and Jan Hus and the Lithuania-Teutonic Knight conflict.

The Council of Constance lasted three and a half years and completed two of its objectives, while only partially addressing the third. At the end of the Council a new Pope would stand at the Head of the Catholic Church and the heretics were repressed and burned! The Lithuania-Teutonic Knight conflict would take a little longer to settle.

Join us today as we look at the Western Schism and the lead up to the Council of Constance. We’ll also look at the Council’s actions regarding the heretics and the Teutonic Knights.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Western Schism
  • Heretics and Jan Hus
  • Poland-Lithuania-Tuetonic Knight dispute
  • And more…

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