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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

March 27, 2020

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:

  • 01:11 - Why was it sinful for David to number the people of Israel? 
  • 04:47 - Who canonized St. Peter? 
  • 08:05 - What does it mean for God to be outside time? 
  • 14:16 - I work in home health and one of my patients has depression. Is it a sin for a Catholic to encourage a Hindu to pray to the being he believes is God? 
  • 19:25 - In Ezekiel, it says that God purified the Israelites hearts with rain coming down. Why doesn’t God do that today? 
  • 21:07 - Has there ever been a pope from the Eastern rites of the Church? 
  • 24:58 - How can best explain baptism of desire to sedevacantists 
  • 35:54 - If a Catholic explorer was on a journey and required the help of indigneous people in a remote place, but they required a ceremonial washing and amulet gift to him in order for them to help the explorer, could the Catholic accept the washing and amulet? 
  • 42:07 - I am infertile. Why would God make me this way? Can I still marry? 
  • 47:31 - In the genealogy of Adam, where did the women come from to marry Cain and Abel? 
  • 51:07 - Is it true that the saints are constantly interceding for us? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

March 27, 2020

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:

  • 02:10 - Can a person receive the indulgence tomorrow if they are not in a state of grace? It is difficult to receive Reconciliation right now. 
  • 08:05 - Can you tell me about the Douay Rheims translation of the Bible? 
  • 12:51 - How can we consider Jesus a valid prophet, considering that he spoke wrongly in Luke 21? 
  • 19:32 - Is it true that hell is the default destiny for mankind? 
  • 23:03 - Why are there so many philosophers who are secular and atheist when philosophy is a search for truth? 
  • 28:42 - Does Revelation 13 refer to Emperor Nero? 
  • 33:43 - When watching a televised Mass, should you go through the motions of kneeling while watching? 
  • 39:30 – What is the best method for talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? 
  • 47:59 - Why is John’s reference to the Eucharist disregarded by most Protestants? 
  • 50:46 - What can you tell me about the Chapel Stairs in Our Lady of Loreto in New Mexico that are believed to be from biblical times? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Whys of Catholic Belief

Catholic Answers Live - The Whys of Catholic Belief

March 27, 2020

Why do Catholics believe and practice the faith in the way that they do?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 02:07 - Why do Catholics pray to Mary? Why do they worship the Pope? And why do you have to tell your sins to a priest?
     
  • 11:10 - How does one fast? Why do we fast? 
  • 19:27 - Where do the titles for priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes come from and why do we use them? (Father, Your excellency, his holiness, etc.) 
  • 28:30 - What gives Catholic priests the right to turn the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ? 
  • 35:21 - How can Catholics believe that Mary is all holy and without sin when the Old Testament shows that people can sin by mistake? 
  • 35:21 - How can Catholics believe that Mary is all holy and without sin when the Old Testament shows that people can sin by mistake? 
  • 43:40 – If I go through a divorce, would I still be able to receive Communion or get remarried? 
  • 49:55 - Why do Catholics use icons and holy relics? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Whys of Catholic Belief

Catholic Answers Live - The Whys of Catholic Belief

March 26, 2020

Why do Catholics believe and practice the faith in the way that they do?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 14:18 - What is the Catholic teaching of the sacredness of the Eucharist? Can you get sick by receiving it? 
  • 18:32 - How do I explain to a Protestant the evidence that Catholics have for Mary’s perpetual virginity?     
  • 20:20 - Why did Jesus have to die for God if he is God? 
  • 36:21 - What does the Church teach about consuming pork? In the Bible, it was not allowed. 
  • 45:25 - What is the Catholic interpretation of Psalm 110, especially the part which says, “The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

March 25, 2020

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:

  • 01:30 - Do we need religion in order to believe in God and does God need it to exist? 
  • 14:35 - Can I go to confession over the phone or can I confess my sins without a priest during this time? 
  • 28:12 - Is it true that we don’t need a physical building for a Church? How can I speak to a friend about our need for Churches? 
  • 36:39 - Did St. Paul have apostolic succession? 
  • 40:43 - Why does there have to be any gluten in the Eucharist? 
  • 42:58 – How do we know that Peter was the successor of Christ? 
  • 51:26 - Why is it so hard to be a Catholic? It seems like other religions have it a lot easier than we do. 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

March 25, 2020

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:

 
  • 07:35 - How do I respond to an atheist who believes in syncretism in the 1st century? 
  • 20:25 - In Scripture it says, many are called, but few are chosen. How do Catholics interpret that? 
  • 35:00 - Do they leave the bread in monstrance or do they change it out? 
  • 42:00 - How can our sacramentals be blessed during this time when we don’t have physical access to priests?  
  • 48:40 - Can you tell me about the three seers of Fatima? What were the graces that they received? 
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith Part 2

March 24, 2020

Cy Kellett and apologist, Trent Horn, discuss a variety of questions submitted via email and social media. If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next internet open forum, please email it to radio@catholic.com.  

Questions Covered:

  • 03:23 - I’m a Catholic in Qatar and have many Muslim friends. We often get into friendly debates and one thing that comes up sometimes is that Jesus never said he was God. How would you respond? 
  • 07:04 - Could you please help give some background or insight on the tradition of praying for Mary’s intercession as a newly married couple at the end of a wedding ceremony Mass? 
  • 11:04 - I have a question about holy days of obligation. I think in Galatians Paul says why we still observe ‘holy days’? Why do different countries have different holy days? 
  • 16:21 - I have grown up with mass on Sunday but I get challenged by those that say nature is their church or like that. Can you give me some thoughts and verses to support gathering on Sunday? 
  • 19:10 - How can you explain to an atheist that non-Catholics cannot do meritorious deeds in order to achieve eternal life? 
  • 24:22 - Do you recommend studying formal logic? Can you recommend any resources? How did you learn to apply logic in your discussions and debates so effectively? 
  • 32:00 - What would you do if someone who firmly believes in evolution theory and says facts are facts and Religion and Faith (especially the Catholic faith) are silly? What should I say to them?    
  • 34:53 - I was talking to a J.W. about the Catholic Church and what Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “will build my church”… in which he responded, the church only means people, which means everybody, not you Catholics. How do you respond to that? 
  • 41:08 - If God’s Word is objective, then how are we allowed to interpret the Bible subjectively?
  • 44:16 - How would you recommend defending the faith to those who also “believe in the same faith,” such as parents or siblings not following the Church’s stance on contraception? 
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith Part 1

March 24, 2020

Cy Kellett and apologist, Trent Horn, discuss a variety of questions submitted via email and social media. If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next internet open forum, please email it to radio@catholic.com.  

Questions Covered:

  • 06:19 - Who recognized the Old Testament canon?  
  • 16:00 - The Bible says we are saved by faith alone.  
  • 30:25 – Why should a non-Catholic couple be considered by the church to have a valid civil union, when a formerly Catholic (or even just baptized-in-infancy) couple cannot, even if the natural elements of the two unions are the same?   
  • 37:43 – How can saints watch over us in heaven & hear our prayers of intercession when the Bible says in heaven there will be no pain & tears?  
  • 45:25 - When Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and was tempted by the devil, did the devil know that Jesus was God?  
  • 48:41 - Last Sunday in the Gospel of John, Jesus said “Neither he, nor his parents sinned”. Wait – isn’t everyone a sinner except for Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary? Jesus came to forgive sins, but he needed here only to cure the man’s blindness. So, what is a sin? And why didn’t Jesus mention the sins of the blind man needing forgiveness? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

March 24, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 02:32 - I won’t be able to receive Communion of each first Friday. Will this mess up my first Friday devotion? 
  • 04:30 - Can we know the name of our guardian angel or is it wrong to know it?  
  • 16:41 - Is there a prayer to pray to get rid of pandemic? Are there prayers for stress and anxiety? 
  • 21:15 - Why are all of the accounts of Jesus healing the blind man different? 
  • 28:39 - Is the Baptism mentioned in John 4 a Trinitarian Baptism? 
  • 34:35 - Why do we have infant Baptism? Second question, is there any chance that we are wrong that the Catholic Church is the true Church? 
  • 41:33 - Is doing laundry on Sunday sinful? 
  • 44:33 - If there are other civilizations out there (in the universe), how could they accept Mary as their mother? 
  • 49:10 - Is our day of worship on Sunday because of paganism? 
  • 51:26 - Why did Jesus use bread and wine and not anything else? 
Catholic Answers Live - Coronavirus Stress Syndrome

Catholic Answers Live - Coronavirus Stress Syndrome

March 23, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 13:50 - How do you do things for the common good but also use common sense? Is it okay to have some skepticism about what we are being told? 
  • 28:29 - Before all this stuff happened, I had a great routine. My life has changed so much now and I feel like the Church has deserted me and God has deserted me. 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

March 20, 2020

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:

  • 06:35 - The translation 1 Tim. 3:15 seems to change based on the version of Scripture you use. Which is correct? 
  • 14:15 - How long did Joseph and Mary live in Egypt before Herod died? 
  • 19:50 - How can I answer my Protestant friend who says that God predestined us to heaven or hell because he is all-knowing, even before He creates us? 
  • 24:11 - I am in RCIA but the coronavirus is messing up the schedule for me to become Catholic. Is there any way for me to become Catholic in an emergency rite? 
  • 29:33 - What is the best way to dive into the catechism for the first time? 
  • 33:33 - Can you tell me more about the blessing of religious items? What is the purpose of this? 
  • 38:34 - I don’t understand where we find penance in Scripture. In the Bible, Jesus forgives but does not ask for anything. Why do priests give penance? 
  • 48:42 - Should the Bible be taken literally? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

March 20, 2020

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:

  • 06:35 - The translation 1 Tim. 3:15 seems to change based on the version of Scripture you use. Which is correct? 
  • 14:15 - How long did Joseph and Mary live in Egypt before Herod died? 
  • 19:50 - How can I answer my Protestant friend who says that God predestined us to heaven or hell because he is all-knowing, even before He creates us? 
  • 24:11 - I am in RCIA but the coronavirus is messing up the schedule for me to become Catholic. Is there any way for me to become Catholic in an emergency rite? 
  • 29:33 - What is the best way to dive into the catechism for the first time? 
  • 33:33 - Can you tell me more about the blessing of religious items? What is the purpose of this? 
  • 38:34 - I don’t understand where we find penance in Scripture. In the Bible, Jesus forgives but does not ask for anything. Why do priests give penance? 
  • 48:42 - Should the Bible be taken literally? 
Catholic Answers Live - Overcoming Obstacles to Belief in God

Catholic Answers Live - Overcoming Obstacles to Belief in God

March 19, 2020

Having trouble believing in God? Karlo can help.

Questions Covered: 

  • 14:40 - What argument can I give to someone who doesn’t believe in God but is open to evidential support for the existence of God? 
  • 21:48 - How can I talk to atheists who say that Christianity is invalid because the Catholic Church caused many deaths throughout history? 
  • 35:50 - I understand Aquinas’ argument for God’s existence, but I do not see a good argument for Jesus Christ being God.  
  • 42:20 - Why does it matter if God exists? 
  • 48:45 - I am considering leaving the Catholic faith for atheism or satanism. Why would I stay in an imperfect Church? 
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

March 19, 2020

Trent Horn helps callers in difficult situations to defend the faith.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 09:35 - I am starting evangelization with a group. How do I answer the accusation of atheists who say that the God of the Bible is immoral? 
  • 28:00 - In these times when people will not be interacting face to face, what are some online resources that we can use to explain and defend the faith over social media, email, etc.? 
  • 32:31 - My dad takes the Bible literally and has taken to heart things like sacrifice and he does not act like a good person. What should I do? How can I talk to him about true faith and not the twisted version of faith he’s following? 
  • 40:47 - Is it legitimate to tell a non-Catholic Protestant that the Protestant church is a result of a fallen priest?  
  • 46:20 - I have a friend who says the Bible is just recycled stories from older cultures like the Egyptians. Is this true? How can I respond? 
  • 51:26 - What was the purpose of the millions of lives that lived before Jesus came? Was that a waste? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

March 18, 2020

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:

  • 02:35 - Is it true that you can consecrate bread yourself along with the priest while watching Mass on the livestream? 
  • 14:00 - Why can’t I live with my girlfriend? We have love. 
  • 23:05 - Is it okay for priests to live stream the Mass to people in the Church parking lot and then to distribute the Eucharist to the line of cars? 
  • 31:55 - Is it wrong to receive the Eucharist in the hand? 
  • 42:10 - I am struggling with serious habitual sin. What can I do?  
  • 47:50 - If one partner in a marriage is using contraception but the other spouse is opposed to it, what can they do?  
  • 53:05 - What Bible translation is the best for a Catholic to use? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

March 18, 2020

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:

  • 03:55 - Is coronavirus the great chastisement that prophecies have foretold? 
  • 14:50 - How can you say that we won’t know if we are truly detached from sin until we are beyond this life? Maybe some people can tell if they are. 
  • 19:55 - How can I help my friend who does not believe in God anymore because science has disproved a lot of what he believed in? 
  • 33:33 – How can I respond to people who say that we don’t know that the gospels are primary sources? 
  • 46:39 - How can souls already be in heaven or purgatory; how can they rise from their graves at the Last Judgement? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Peace of Christ

Catholic Answers Live - The Peace of Christ

March 17, 2020

In times of uncertainty and confusion, Fr. Paul talks about clinging to the Peace of Christ.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 16:46 - What do you suggest for those of us who do not have Mass or Churches to go to? What can we do in our family life to bring the peace of Christ into our homes? 
  • 22:17 - Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace, but he also says he does not come to bring peace, but the sword. How can we reconcile these two things in our world today? 
  • 24:51 - What are our obligations now that Mass is suspended? 
  • 36:30 - For myself and those who struggle with depression, should I be seeking spiritual direction or a therapist? Is the sick feeling that I sometimes get during my depressed periods a spiritual attack? 
  • 40:27 - In the history of the Church, has the Mass and the Eucharist ever been withheld from the people? 
  • 45:23 - If I follow the 10 Commandments and pray the Rosary every day, am I living in the peace of Christ? If I am a Catholic in my heart but I was baptized in another Church, would you hear my confession or give me the Eucharist? I attend Mass but am not Catholic. I want the peace of Christ. 
  • 49:42 - Where can I look for a spiritual director? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Person of St. Joseph

Catholic Answers Live - The Person of St. Joseph

March 17, 2020

Who was St. Joseph and why would Catholics be consecrated to Christ through him?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 15:15 - Did Joseph and Mary have other kids? 
  • 18:10 - In the prophecies, the Messiah was supposed to be descended from the royal line of David. Does this prophecy make St. Joseph a king?  
  • 22:15 - Can we still do the consecration if we wouldn’t be finishing on St. Joseph’s feast day? 
  • 31:22 - Why is St. Joseph called the “Terror of Demons”?  
  • 34:03 - Have you heard or experienced the Sicilian celebration of St. Joseph?  
  • 35:55 - My son is a seminarian right now. How can I help my son, who didn’t really have a father figure, to call on St. Joseph as his father? 
  • 42:45 - What are your thoughts on St. Joseph’s age? 
  • 47:00 - What can we do on a local level to help get St. Joseph on the universal calendar? 
  • 49:30 - When people are trying to sell their homes, they get a little holy card of St. Joseph and bury it in the yard. Is this reverent or appropriate? 
  • 51:29 - What are some ways we can incorporate praying to St. Joseph in our daily lives? 
  • 53:45 - Why does Joseph appear so seldom in Scripture? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2

March 16, 2020

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:

  • 02:19 - Was the reign of David supposed to be continually held by his descendants until the time of Christ’s birth? 
  • 13:17 - Does the Catholicity of the Church come from the Eucharist or from the unity of the Church? 
  • 17:00 - What do the letters above Jesus on the cross mean?  
  • 21:14 - My Protestant friend says, “The things Catholics do don’t matter, just repent and be saved.” How can I respond to this? 
  • 28:45 - When did Mary get her glorified body if she didn’t die? 
  • 34:00 - Can I get some points for talking to my brother who wants to leave the Church and become a Lutheran? 
  • 42:05 - Is there Scriptural evidence for following religion and not just believing in Jesus? 
  • 47:18 - I am struggling in my prayer life. Why do we need to pray if God knows our needs? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1

March 16, 2020

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:

 
  • 5:00 – My grandson is not baptized. Can I take him to Church and get him the sacraments? 
  • 11:52 - What does Canon Law say about being withheld from receiving Communion? 
  • 17:31 - Why do we need to confess to a priest? 
  • 22:12 - Are Catholics aware of Cardinal Pell being in jail and is there anything being done about this? 
  • 29:05 - If I stay home from Mass because of the coronavirus, is that a sin? My diocese has not canceled Masses.  
  • 31:43 - What can you tell me about Pope Innocent the VIII? 
  • 34:10 - I am Catholic but I really want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Where can I start? My priest told me I cannot take RCIA classes. 
  • 41:40 - I am in marriage prep and RCIA and I won’t be able to receive the Eucharist at my wedding. Will that affect the validity of our marriage? 
  • 46:32 - Can you explain Mark 16:16 versus Luke 23:32-43? 
  • 51:05 - If a priest is bad or has sinned, can he still say the Mass and consecrate?