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2.6 Second Constantinople: The Emperor and the Waffling Pope

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 26, 2022 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Every council represents a crisis—often provoked by strong and eccentric personalities. But Constantinople II, in 553 AD, may have been the strangest of all. At the center of the drama were an imperial power couple, Justinian and Theodora, and a weak pope who vacillated between cowardice and duty.


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Biography of Justinian

Biography of Pope Vigilius

Paul Senz, Church Councils: 100 Questions and Answers (foreword by Mike Aquilina)

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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