Scholar Says CNN Series ‘Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History’ Aims to Dispel Myths About Papacy

The history of the papacy will be the focus of a six-part CNN series starting Sunday that one scholar says will dispel some of the myths people believe about the Roman Catholic Church.

Actor Liam Neeson will narrate the series, “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,” which will reportedly show never before seen footage and share historic accounts about past popes.

Anthea Butler, the graduate chair and associate professor of Religious and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, believes it’s important for people to learn about the history of the papacy and what the men who became the head of the Roman Catholic Church achieved.

Butler will lend her commentary to the series and believes it will be compelling for not only Catholics, but Christians of all denominations and nonbelievers who are interested in history.

“A series about the pope helps people understand a couple of things,” Butler told The Christian Post. “One, the papacy is not just about a religious figure, it’s about a figure that’s important to politics and government. The Vatican is a government, basically. Secondarily, I think it’s important for people to see the history.

“Christians know the pope is not just a part of the Catholic Church, it’s a part of their history, too,” she added.

Butler told CP she hopes that some of the misconceptions people have about the head of the Roman Catholic Church don’t deter them from watching the series.

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Source: Christian Post