St. Francis, St. Clare & dealing with Clerical Corruption – Podcast

St. Francis, St. Clare & dealing with Clerical Corruption – Podcast

In this podcast, Dr. Italy shares why St. Clare of Assisi ought not merely be a footnote to Francis’ story.   And how both saints successfully dealt with the clerical corruption of their day.

Since the days of Judas, there have always been bad apples among the clergy.  In the days of St. Francis and Clare, clerical corruption was particularly bad since being a bishop or Cardinal meant ownership of lands and considerable streams of income, not to mention the prestige of belonging to the nobility.  Some bishops were obviously in the ministry for the wrong reason.

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Clare, on the other hand, lived up to her name, which means “clear,” pure and light.  She and her mentor, St. Francis, encountered plenty of unworthy clergy in their day.  Their way of dealing with this problem is instructive for us today.

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