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Mark Langley ('89)Inspired by Fr. Mike Schmitz’s enormously popular “Catechism in a Year” podcast, veteran Catholic educator Mark Langley (’89) has started a similar podcast centered around understanding another classic Church document: The Catechism of the Council of Trent.

“Written in the second half of the 16th century (under the direction of two saints!),” says Mr. Langley, “the Catechism of the Council of Trent is arguably the clearest and most succinct presentation of the Catholic Faith available.” Indeed, the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church — the subject of Fr. Schmitz’s podcast — calls the Council of Trent document “a work of the first rank as a summary of Christian teaching.” Mr. Langley aims to expound this older Catechism with the same goal as Fr. Schmitz, namely, to “understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter.”

Mr. Langley is well suited for the task. He has taught high school for 25 years and helped pioneer a renewal of classical Catholic education in 2003 by founding an award-winning Catholic high school, The Lyceum, in Euclid, Ohio, with friend Luke Macik (’87). In 2021, he took to the pioneering trail once more, helping to found the Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

With Fr. Schmitz covering the more recent Catechism and Mr. Langley the older, listeners to both podcasts can dive into the deep end of the Faith, availing themselves simultaneously of “what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52).