Catholic Answers Live - Be A Better Apologist

December 18, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 07:48 - How can you have a friendly conversation about Catholicism with someone who refuses every point you make?
  • 18:28 - There is historical evidence of the truth and we can know that the Catholic Church is true. How can I explain the faith side of things to people?
  • 23:53 - How can I respectfully ask to take over an RCIA class that is not being run well?
  • How do we be better apologists when people say that the Catholic Church has committed an apostasy after Vatican II?

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Catholic Answers Live - The Chaplain Is In 12-17-18

December 18, 2018

We focus on pastoral concerns but welcome any question callers would like to ask a Catholic priest as we are joined by the Catholic Answers chaplain, Norbertine Father Hugh Barbour.

Questions Covered:

  • 06:17 - How are we to understand our relationship to sin as fallen creatures?
  • 12:28 - Is there a patron saint of depression that I can pray to for intercession for my daughter?
  • 15:34 - Is the belief that only Catholics go to heaven a heresy? Where did this idea originate?
  • 19:01 - Is it alright to pray the Rosary without using the beads?
  • 20:05 - What are your thoughts on the Unbound ministry?
  • 29:00 - Can you give me any hard proof that the deuterocanonical books are inspired?
  • 33:31 - I am Protestant and I take issue with the fact that you say salvation is only through the Catholic Church. Salvation is through Jesus.
  • 41:40 - Where can I get information about exorcisms? What is an exorcism?
  • 48:50 - I am often in foreign countries that are not Christian. When I evangelize, I often get the question, “Can you baptize?” Can I do this or only in an emergency?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-13-18

December 17, 2018

Our guests grapple with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 01:38 - If a priest is in mortal sin, does it affect the consecration of the Eucharist?
  • 05:28 - How can I prove to someone that the appointment of bishops in 1968 was valid?
  • 115:16 - At Mass, I never feel good about the actions required. Am I required to do them? Can I pray for the intercession of a non-canonized saint?
  • 20:41 - Why does Father go in with the smoke (incense) at Mass?
  • 23:28 - Is it true that Jesus pre-existed the incarnation?
  • 28:35 - Where in the bible does it say that Sunday is the Lord’s day?
  • 34:26 - In Galatians, Paul refers to both Cephas and Peter. Are they the same person?
  • 39:20 - I am a convert and I have had a vasectomy, how can I live as a Catholic with my spouse?
  • 43:18 - If Jesus was supposed to be called Emmanuel, why was he called Jesus.
  • 47:28 - Is feeling the emotional need to be forgiven necessary for absolution?
  • 52:30 - How can there be one being with three persons in the Trinity?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-13-18

December 17, 2018

Our guests grapple with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 05:45 - In times past, we would run leaders through the streets when they had done a poor job/done something evil. Can we enact some sort of discipline on the bishops? If not like the old way, what is your suggestion?
  • 13:11 - If Adam and Eve’s wills were in line with God’s will, then why would they have ever sinned in the first place?
  • 17:56 - If an atheist can be saved. Why is it necessary to eat his body and drink his blood to be saved?
  • 19:40 - Why did Jesus have to pay a debt by dying for our sins?
  • 32:30 - How does Fr. Keller explain what God’s perspective of people brought into the world who are ignorant of the Catholic Church and the reality of their sin? Does God view them kindlier than those with knowledge?
  • 40:23 - Does the Eastern rite believe in original sin?
  • 42:30 - Should we be having dialogue with Muslims? Is dialogue possible?
  • 47:00 - Is the pope always infallible?
  • 49:23 - When it comes to the two Species, the Body and Blood, must you bow to the Blood if you only receive the Body?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

December 13, 2018

Dr. Delgado discusses when life begins and ends, contraception, the dignity of life, and other important pro-life questions. 

Questions Covered:

  • 09:21 - If the Church allows us to prevent or cure diseases by artificial medicines, why would we have to use NFP instead of contraception?
  • 18:18 - Is it ethical to harvest organs from donors? Can we know if someone is brain-dead?
  • 30:50 - I am a pro-life Catholic OB/GYN. Is there an ethical treatment for an ectopic pregnancy?
  • 36:00 - I’m a 40 days for life advocate. What is the best way to get information about the APR to providers?
  • 45:05 - What is the next ethical step for someone who is trying to get pregnant and failing to?
  • 49:01 - If you happen to miscarry and they decide to do a DNC, is that respectful to the baby? A doctor told me it was the only way to get them out.
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-11-18

December 12, 2018

Our guests grapple with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 14:14 - If there was another intelligent lifeform out there on another planet, would Jesus have saved them by his passion, death, and resurrection?
  • 17:31 - What do you think of Leo Tolstoy’s writings?
  • 24:11 - As a Catholic, should I be more independent politically?
  • 33:19 - Should pro-life people be more anti-war?
  • 37:20 - There has been a religious cult coming to my campus that has been claiming that God is a woman. I was approached today, and I did not know what to say. I want to be able to respond better next time.
  • 44:21 - Where in the Old Testament does it say that if you do not believe that you will be condemned to hell?
  • 51:00 - Does Mary have to die to be resurrected on the last day if she was assumed into heaven?
  • 54:30 - Is there just a thing as the rapture in the Catholic Church?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-11-18

December 12, 2018

Our guests grapple with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 04:05 - Can I be cremated? Can my partner and I be cremated and share an urn?
  • 11:19 - What happened to the faith when Noah died? Were there other “one-God” believers?
  • 17:55 - Can you please explain Revelation Chapter 6?
  • 24:00 - Why would an infant still be able to get sick when they are baptized and without sin?
  • 37:44 - Does the Catholic Church support the Republican party?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Pro Life Open Forum Part 2

December 11, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 00:51 - I have heard two sides of the story for the pill. Is it ever okay to take the pill or is it always wrong?
  • 11:50 - How many children have you fostered and adopted if you’re so anti-abortion?
  • 19:45 - At one time, the March did not allow PLAGAL or Atheists Against Abortion to march. Has this changed?
  • 28:24 - Why doesn’t the pope come to the pro-life march every year?
  • 31:58 - We’re Catholic. How can we know which companies support abortion? Why is there not more conversation about this in the pro-life community so we can put our money where our mouth is?
  • 36:35 - How can I explain to someone why in vitro fertilization is wrong?
  • 45:25 - I am pro-life. I struggle with God deciding to kill the first-born Egyptian children when Moses was leaving Egypt. Does this mean God was not pro-life?
  • 52:26 - How can we overturn Roe v. Wade?

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Catholic Answers Live - Pro Life Open Forum Part 1

December 11, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 08:24 - On social media, a lot of people are advocating for abortion. Should I comment and argue with them?
  • 19:24 - I think that Pope gives a golden rose. Why is there a comfort with killing children in this country?
  • 24:37 - How can you tell people that you are feminist and pro-life?
  • 31:38 - How can I talk to my generation as a young pro-life advocate?
  • 36:40 - How can we know if a fetus is a human? How can I respond to the “my body, my right” argument?
  • 47:35 - How should we counteract the euthanasia argument?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-6-18

December 7, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 04:51 - What is your position on the second rapture?
  • 19:31 - How should I interpret Matthew 5:25-26?
  • 24:40 - What does 1 Corinthians tell us about salvation and purgatory?
  • 41:57 - Are there other types of miracles other than medical miracles or physical healings?
  • 48:12 - What is the Catholic perspective on Ayn Rand’s writings and objectivism?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-6-18

December 7, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 05:10 - What is the Immaculate Conception?
  • 18:04 - In the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes, what is the significance of the fish?
  • 22:31 - Given that in the first century a lot of people reported seeing ghosts and dead people, how do we know that the apostles claiming to see the risen Lord were not seeing a ghost?
  • 33:55 - Revelation 7:3-8 talks about 144k people- what does that number mean? Is it literally representative of the number of people who are going to heaven?
  • 36:21 - Is there a difference between Eve being born without sin and Mary’s Immaculate Conception?
  • 44:00 - Who was the legitimate successor in the Great Schism of the 1300s?
  • 48:20 - Why do I cry every time I take Communion at Church?
  • 51:22 - Why did we begin taking the Eucharist in our hand instead of directly on the tongue from the priest?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Why Apologetics Matter

December 6, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 17:25 - What is the best way to share apologetics with others?
  • 28:41 - I am in conversation with my cousin who misunderstands Mary in the Church. How can I use apologetics to explain this to him?
  • 43:30 - What’s the difference between a catechist and an apologist?
  • 51:00 - How do you open the door to apologetics, especially when you’re speaking with someone close to you?

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Catholic Answers Live - The Chaplain Is In 12-5-18

December 6, 2018

Questions Covered: 

  • 08:19 - How can I explain why masculinity is essential to the priesthood?
  • 13:43 - When did crucifixes become a symbol of the faith? I know Christians could not wear crosses for fear of their lives at first. When did that change?
  • 20:21 - When is it appropriate to talk to my pastor about the way the liturgy is run at my Church? Can I make suggestions to him as to how things could be more beautiful, etc.?
  • 24:12 - How am I supposed to understand the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? What truly is her role?
  • 28:51 - Why can’t I have a nuptial Mass on All Souls’ Day?
  • 32:58 - What is the relationship between how we are made in the image and likeness of God and the Incarnation?
  • 35:43 - You say a man is someone who takes care of someone else. If that’s true, then what is a woman?
  • 37:46 - I have seen a series of anti-Catholic comics. I am wondering what Fr. Hugh can suggest to me.
  • 45:00 - Can you explain the idea of the New Adam and New Eve?
  • 48:44 - Does God kill the human ego?
  • 51:30 - Is taking care of people masculine or feminine?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-4-18

December 5, 2018

The callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief.

Questions Covered:

  • 04:44 - If someone is divorced and dies, what happens to their soul? Is suicidal ideology diabolic?
  • 14:38 - Does God the Father have another name besides God the Father?
  • 18:58 - Do Catholics believe that Mary was immaculate and without sin? Do Catholics believe that Mary is Co-Redemptrix?
  • 25:02 - I am a new Catholic, but my family is not. Can I continue to take communion at my evangelical church with my family?
  • 35:00 - As an agnostic, my biggest question is: How do I know what to believe? Lots of Christians tell me different interpretations of morality.
  • 43:46 - Is it true that you can pray prayers of deliverance for your family?
  • 46:45 - What is the difference between the Protestant translation and the Catholic bible on John 3:16?
  • 52:58 - A non-Catholic friend and coworker of mine comes to daily Mass with me. She asked me what the doctrine is behind confession. Can you help me?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-4-18

December 5, 2018

The callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief.

Questions Covered:

  • 03:16 - Did Jesus ascend, flesh and blood and soul, into heaven?
  • 07:03 - How do we know when Jesus was born?
  • 12:41 - What is the difference between soul and spirit?
  • 15:14 - Why did Jesus get his Y chromosome come from?
  • 21:31 - How were the first popes elected?
  • 25:10 - Was Jesus bound to covenant law?
  • 36:40 - What foods would Jesus have eaten?
  • 42:53 - I was born Catholic but am now Protestant. Am I now condemned because I am no longer Catholic?
  • 47:29 - What does the Catholic Church teach about babies who die before they’re baptized? Can a baby be baptized in utero?
  • 50:51 - In the Canticle of Mary, it says “all generations shall call me blessed.” How should blessed be pronounced? Why?

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