Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 2-20-19

February 21, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 00:38 - When do we have the first reference in the early Church fathers’ writings about the Assumption?
  • 02:31 - What was the development of the doctrine of the Trinity?
  • 07:59 - When the consecration takes place at the Mass, are we doing it in remembrance of the Last Supper or is Jesus being crucified all over again?
  • 14:08 - Is it a sin to participate in spreading a person’s remains with a non-Catholic?
  • 17:59 - What is a fair analysis of the Council of Trent? How do Catholics understand the council?
  • 24:29 - What is Messianic Judaism?
  • 28:39 - What is the best way to pray for God to hear us?
  • 35:10 - When a priest is laicized, can he stand trial like a regular citizen if he has committed a criminal offense?
  • 39:26 - Jehovah’s Witness say that by consuming the Eucharist, we are breaking the law in the Bible that says to not consume blood. How can I make sense of this?
  • 49:50 - I just started praying the rosary and the Jesus prayer. Can I replace the Hail Mary’s with the Jesus prayer?
  • 51:59 - What are indulgences and what do they do?

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 2-20-19

February 21, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 07:59 - Could you explain why different countries can have different Holy Days of obligation?
  • 13:40 - When John the Baptist was baptizing in the name of the Holy Spirit, where did he get this from? Did he worship a diune god?
  • 17:25 - Why do Catholics pray to dead saints?
  • 19:00 - Is it true that God died on the cross?
  • 20:55 - Is it advisable for Catholics to use non-Catholic biblical commentaries to better understand Scripture?
  • 24:45 - How do you respond to a non-Catholic that does not see a problem with storing cremains in a home or spreading them somewhere special to them?
  • 24:07 - Do embryonic stem cell lines have the original soul still attached?
  • 28:44 - I want to enter the Catholic Church, but my Protestant husband will not get an annulment from his previous marriage. What can I do?
  • 34:07 - Paul writes about Corinthians who were sick and were killed because they took Communion in an unworthy manner. Are they in hell?
  • 41:13 - I thought people were soul, spirit, and body. CA says that we are soul and body. Which is it?
  • 49:10 - I went on an engaged encounter retreat and was talking to the priest about my Lebanese heritage. He said there is a chance that I may be Maronite. How can I find this out?
  • 52:25 - Since Mary was born without original sin, was she capable of sinning?
  • 53:22 - What part of the soul survives after our body dies? How does it communicate with God when we no longer have a body?
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 2-19-19

February 20, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 03:42 - Someone recently told me that the Catholic Church is the “whore of Babylon.” I did not know how to respond. Is this true?
  • 08:16 - Whatever happened to St. Joseph? Why does scripture not talk about him more?
  • 17:00 - Why did God choose for Jesus to have such a hard life? Why was he born through Mary in a manger?
  • 24:30 - How were scholars able to explain away the origins of Judaism as being copied from the Egyptians?
  • 28:40 - What was the Catholic response to the Reformation? Where can I find resources for this?
  • 31:21 - How do we respond to Protestants who say that Jesus has already overcome the ‘evil one’ and that we do not need to?
  • 42:40 - I am a fifth-grade catechist. We were studying the anointing of the sacraments. One of my students asked if the hands are anointed because of Christ’s wounds and I didn’t know. What is the reason for this?
  • 45:00 - Can you explain the synoptic problem?
  • 47:35 - In Exodus, God says he’ll harden Pharoah’s heart- what does he mean by this?
  • 50:54 - What is the Church’s position on a person receiving the Eucharist in state of mortal sin?
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 2-19-19

February 20, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 02:22 - How can I talk to someone who believes that every religion is valid and true?
  • 07:17 - Can you clarify whether Jesus had brothers?
  • 17:58 - Are there different meanings of baptism throughout the bible? What does this mean for the sacrament?
  • 28:23 - How do the Pope’s changes to the catechism change our belief in the morality of the death penalty?
  • 46:10 - You claim that God is unchangeable, but before the Incarnation, Jesus was only divine. Therefore, he did change. What say you?
  • 51:39 - What can a Catholic priest do in their pastoral care regarding baptism or a sacrament before RCIA classes?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 20, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 01:48 - In Mt. 24-25, Jesus talks about running for the hills. Is He prophesying the end times?  

  • 08:37 - How many precepts are there in the Catholic Church? Who made the decision to omit the 6th precept which is the observance of the law of marriage? 

  • 17:06 - We have a visiting priest who said the Church should get rid of purgatory. I asked our priest about it and he said there is no Church teaching about purgatory. Is this true? 

  • 29:32 - Why aren’t bishops excommunicating political leaders who are committing serious public sins? 

  • 35:35 - My wife divorced me in 1986. There was no annulment obtained. Am I still married to her? Also, now that my children are adults, can I share with them what happened? 

  • 44:22 - Why is Easter called Easter? 

  • 48:24 - Why are some of the readings in the lectionary not continuous? Some verses are left out.  

  • 51:26 - I have a lot of atheist friends who have a philosophical argument about God’s divine hiddenness. They argue that I should have encountered him if he exists. How can I respond?  

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Glorious Chastity

February 20, 2019

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, TX explains his recent blog about glorious chastity. He delves into the differences between chastity and celibacy, what chastity means for people of different vocations, and how living out chastity is every person's responsibility. 

"God’s plan is for Glorious Chastity to always guide sexual desires along a path of accompaniment with His Divine Plan and the wondrous gift of participating in His creation. He has created us in His image. In His awesome love, He has opened the door for a man and woman to channel their natural attractions through His will to cooperate with Him in continuing His creative love in the world. The glorious beauty of God’s plan allows a man and woman, committed to each other in the marital bond, to be open to God’s creativity and to the possibility of begetting children as they express their love in profound intimacy. We need to step away from today’s casual familiarity with what a sexual relationship involves and be in awe of God’s grand design which allows us to truly live as His children. Glorious Chastity means that every legitimate sexual act is directed toward God’s creative plan. Even for the spousal love of a man and woman committed in marriage, they must always seek to live chastely. They are challenged to ensure that every natural urge and desire is channeled toward their one true love and blessed before God." -Bishop Strickland

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 2-14-19

February 15, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 04:43 - Are there specific consequences of sin?
  • 13:07 - My 91-year-old mother asked me, when she dies, how will she find of her loved ones in heaven?
  • 16:41 - My father passed away. He was not Catholic. Is there any chance he could be in heaven? Can my prayers help him?
  • 19:42 - How am I to interpret the phrase, ‘Jesus has conquered death’?
  • 28:32 - Can we pray to family saints for the conversion of other family members?
  • 34:45 - How can I explain to a non-religious friend why I am Catholic? How can I share the truth?
  • 44:42 - How does the process of beatification work? How long does the canonization of martyrs take?
  • 50:31 - What would be the Church’s take on this- if we met an alien species, would it be ethical/moral to have sexual relations with them?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 2-14-19

February 15, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 03:32 - In Matthew 19, Jesus says that marriage is not allowed unless for unchastity. What does this mean?
  • 17:31 - What is the issue that the Church has with the gender reassignment surgeries?
  • 20:41 - After a priest is laicized, does he still receive a salary from the Catholic Church?
  • 22:33 - Are there any writings passed down by the Jews rebuking what the Christians came to believe through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection?
  • 29:03 - I just took my first job out of physical therapy school and was told that I wouldn’t have to join the union. Now that has changed, and they say I need to join it. Some of the politicians they back and agendas they give money to I cannot support. What can I do?
  • 35:02 - How does a parish know which creed to pray during Mass? Are we meant to sit after Communion?
  • 37:03 - My sociology teacher told me about a primitive race of human beings who do not have morals. Is there a race of humans who don’t have souls?
  • 43:22 - Does the gospel of Matthew indicate that Mary was not a perpetual virgin?
  • 47:50 - When the temple was destroyed, did God’s presence leave? Did His presence ever return?

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Catholic Answers Live - The Jewish Roots of Catholicism

February 15, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 12:03 - How can I help my good friend who is Jewish to come closer to the faith?
  • 16:18 - Did Jesus and the Jews believe in sola scriptura? Also, how was the Jewish canon decided upon?
  • 28:54 - Did the Catholic belief in relics come from the Jewish tradition of saving the bones of holy people?
  • 39:53 - What were the question you asked the Blessed Mother? What were her answers?
  • 43:27 - When you converted, which form of the Mass did you feel most drawn to?
  • 50:08 - Is it true that if someone denies the faith that they cannot return?

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Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

February 15, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 09:13 - How do you speak with people who are lapsed Catholics?
  • 16:11 - I never hear you use miracles to defend the faith. I am just curious why you don’t and wondering if I should not use them in defending the faith.
  • 30:02 - How can we rectify the mistake that Protestants make in saying that Catholics are evil? I heard a preacher on the radio say that Catholicism is the dragon in Revelation.
  • 35:32 - I have a family member who is using an IUD. How can I approach them about living the faith?
  • 43:30 - How can we explain to Protestants our belief in free will v. predestination?

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Catholic Answers Live - Gender and Faith

February 12, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 15:49 - I am transgender. I am Catholic and go to Church. Does God accept me?
  • 28:30 - I work as a music composer. Our industry is saturated with the new gender ideology. Can you advise me on how I continue in such a field around such people while being a person of faith?
  • 34:29 - If God gave us free will, why can’t we choose our sex? He gave us the freedom to choose.
  • 44:30 - Our son came out and said he’s a woman. He is 26. He is beginning the transgender process. We are shocked and looking for help. He separated himself from us because we wouldn’t support his choice.
  • 50:01 - My 12-year-old granddaughter has sexual dysphoria. Could trauma be the cause of this dysphoria? Can she heal from this?
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Catholic Answers Live - The Chaplain Is In 2-11-19

February 12, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 06:16 - Recently we lost a pet that was very dear to my wife and me. Can you offer any words of encouragement about this?
  • 09:53 - What is the necessity for a layperson to have a spiritual director?
  • 19:19 - My friend is a non-denominational Christian. He asked me to go to bible study with him, but I declined. Was this right to do? How can I explain that I feel being Catholic is the true faith?
  • 28:28 - How can I approach my wife who only believes in God and Our Lady of Guadalupe? She will not go to Mass or discuss the faith further.
  • 35:15 - What are some tips for how to get started with contemplative prayer?
  • 44:13 - I know Jesus taught us not to fear and to trust, so how could the Agony in the Garden have happened?
  • 48:14 - I am trying to return to the Church. I haven’t been to a church in a few years. I am struggling to pick a church.
 
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Catholic Answers Live - The Whys of Catholic Belief

February 11, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 08:00 - Why does the Church allow for so many annulments every year?
  • 16:43 - How can you believe that the words of the Bible are the words of God?
  • 29:20 - How can Catholics believe that God is not present in hell and yet believe that he is omnipresent?
  • 34:21 - Why does the Church recognize baptisms and marriages from Protestant churches?
  • 42:53 - What does it mean to love God?
  • 48:34 - If God knows the past and the future, then do my choices matter? Doesn’t it mean that salvation is predetermined?

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Kids Q&A

February 11, 2019

Children between the ages of 3 and 16 are welcome to call with their questions about the faith. Tune in for an hour of thoughtful and intelligent questions from the youngest members of the Church.

Questions Covered:

  • 02:37 - Why did God create plants or animals if they cannot love?
  • 05:26 - How can God hear you when you pray?
  • 11:51 - Do you know God if you’re in hell?
  • 14:04 - If God intends for the world to be peaceful, why would he allow people the ability to make weapons?
  • 18:45 - Can you explain how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one God?
  • 23:49 - How do you respond to someone who says that God didn’t create the earth because the Big Bang happened?
  • 32:38 - Why can’t girls be priests?
  • 35:03 - How does a priest know that we are forgiven by God in confession?
  • 39:32 - What if Mary had said no to be the mother of Jesus?
  • 40:42 - How do we know that the angels exist? Why are they depicted as having wings?
  • 44:27 - How can I understand how God is outside of time?
  • 47:16 - How did God make the world? How was God born?
  • 50:32 - How can I respond to people who say we evolve from a non-living thing?
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 2-7-19

February 8, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 04:53 - Where does the authority for priests to administer the Sacraments come from?
  • 08:11 - In Thessalonians, it says that the man who holds us back will be moved out of the way. Who do you think this man is?
  • 20:45 - Why is consubstantiation incorrect regarding the Eucharist?
  • 30:24 - My brother suddenly died a few months ago as a non-practicing Catholic. Does that mean he has gone straight to hell? Are there prayers I can pray to help him?
  • 40:10 - What is the Church’s position on communicating with the dead?

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 2-7-19

February 8, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 07:07 - Why did Catholics change the day of the Sabbath? Why do Catholics treat the popes like they’re Christ?
  • 20:33 - Are we allowed to go to a wedding that is not Christian?
  • 35:12 - How can we reconcile our belief in the Eucharist (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity) with the fact that Jesus said the bread was his Body and the wine was his blood?
  • 45:14 - A priest told me that after three times of confessing a mortal sin, there can be no absolution. Is this true? Can you only be forgiven three times?
  • 49:21 - What is the difference between holy water and sacred water?

 

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