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Roots of the Continental Reformation – Marcus Grodi

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May 10, 2016 No Comments

In this installment of Deep in History, Marcus Grodi looks at the series of events and ideas that made the 16th century ripe for a massive split in European Christianity. From disillusionment with Church authority, to the boom of literacy in the Renaissance era, to the rise of individualism, Marcus explores the fundamental shift in the way Europe looked at what it meant to be Christian during the days leading up to the Reformation.

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Study Questions:

-Grodi explains the hierarchy of authority in the Middle Ages (Church, Tradition, Scripture, Holy Spirit, and conscience) and then contrasts it with a reversed, modern-day example. Does this thought challenge your particular view of authority?

-What is Grodi’s response to the idea that the Catholic Church is “apostate”?

-What were some of the historical events that occurred in the centuries leading up to the Reformation? What effect do you think these historical events had on the authority of the Church in the eyes of the lay people?

-Read Matthew 23:3-5. What does Grodi say about the scandal that was present in the Church of the Middle Ages? Grodi gives three suggestions (questions) to consider when you face a movement in the Church. Do you find his suggestions helpful? Can you think of a situation in which his advice would be helpful?

-Read Psalm 11:3. At the beginning of his talk, Grodi asks, “What kind of Church are we going to leave our children?What are the righteous called to do, according to Grodi?

Vocabulary:

The Great Apostasy: The belief among some non-Catholics that the Catholic Church either became totally corrupt at some stage or that the Catholic Church is the product of pagan Rome attempting to infiltrate the Christian religion.


Marcus Grodi

Marcus received his BS degree from Case Institute of Technology in Polymer Engineering and worked for six years as an engineer. During this time, he was involved in a variety of Protestant youth and music ministries. He then received his Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Protestant pastoral ministry. During his more than fifteen years of youth, young adult, and pastoral ministry, his main emphasis was church and lay spiritual renewal. Marcus, his wife Marilyn, and their two older sons, JonMarc and Peter, were received into the Catholic Church on December 20, 1992. Their third son, Richard, entered through baptism.

Marcus now serves as the Founder / President of The Coming Home Network International, a non-profit, Catholic, lay apostolate aimed at helping other Christians, both clergy and laity, explore the Catholic Church. He also hosts The Journey Home, a weekly live television program, and Deep In Scripture, a weekly live radio program, both on EWTN. He is the author of Thoughts for the Journey HomeWhat Must I Do to Be Saved? the novels How Firm a Foundation and Pillar and Bulwark, and the editor/author of Journeys Home and Journeys Home II. He has taught courses in catechetics, youth ministry, leadership, and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has written regular articles for Catholic Answers Magazine, as well as other Catholic publications.