Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-16-18

October 17, 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:

  • 00:40 - Why are so many Church activities costly? If you want to go to a retreat, talks, etc., you pay. Why is this?
  • 12:35 - Was there any other genetic or DNA on the Shroud or other religious articles?
  • 14:02 - Is time in heaven linear?
  • 16:42 - What is liberation theology and why is it not Catholic?
  • 20:30 - What does the Church teach about predestination and how does that work with free will?
  • 28:30 - What is true about what happened at the Assisi Meeting? 
  • 36:07 - Following up about Church activities costing money. Doesn’t it mean that we are not relying on the provisions of God?
  • 42:28 - What means of assisting conception does the Church authorize?
  • 46:05 - Did the Catholic Church determine the books of the Bible?
  • 51:56 - What is the Church’s position on female altar servers?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-16-18

October 17, 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:

  • 08:07 - 1 Corinthians 15:45: How did the early Church Fathers interpret this? My friend interprets this to mean that Jesus became the Holy Spirit.
  • 18:02 - How is Catholicism important for living the most fulfilling life possible?
  • 29:05 - If Jesus is a man, was martyred and is in heaven, why isn’t he a saint?
  • 33:12 - Can you explain to me the null hypothesis? 
  • 46:25 - Thomas Aquinas says that everything has a proper place. Does this leave any room for things acting outside of their nature?
  • 50:56 - Do you have any suggestions for the laiety in helping the Church through this crisis?

Resources Mentioned:

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Why Are You Not Religious? Part 2

October 16, 2018

Apologist and author Trent Horn generates moving and surprising conversations when he asks non-religious listeners to call and share why religion is not their thing.

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Questions Covered:

  • 07:06 - I am not religious because I find the overall arch of western religion offensive. Religion wants to assume that human beings are sinful and that they need to apologize for that sin.
  • 28:32 - I am not religious because I find atheism to be an incredibly enriching way to live my life. It calls me to be benevolent to others and the earth.
  • 44:23 - I find religion to be short sighted. I believe religion has half the facts.
  • 49:30 - I was religious for a long time, but for the last year I have given up my faith. I don’t believe anyone hears my prayers. 
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Why Are You Not Religious? Part 1

October 16, 2018

Apologist and author Trent Horn generates moving and surprising conversations when he asks non-religious listeners to call and share why religion is not their thing.

Book Trent to speak at your parish or next event.

Questions Covered:

  • 13:21 - I am not religious because I believe in the good in people. I believe that people do the best they can. I think religion gets in the way for a lot of people.
  • 28:46 - I am not religious because wars have been fought in the name of religion.
  • 35:21 - I am not sure if I am religious. I do believe there is a God, but I don’t practice a certain religion. I don’t know that any particular religion has it right. 
  • 49:00 - I think religion is based on fraud. Also, you do not need God to be moral. I think good things are mistakes and that suffering is the norm.
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

October 15, 2018

Listen in to hear two Catholic converts battle for Catholic Answers Quiz Show glory!

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Take Courage

October 15, 2018

Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses the irreplaceable role that courage plays for people of faith. 

Questions Covered:

  • 32:52 - How can we know when we’re gossiping or not? How can I set an example, but not be a killjoy?
  • 38:00 - How do we fully allow God to transform us? When I leave Mass, I often lose that desire for transformation.
  • 45:22 - I am a veteran. I am a recent convert and I converted because I saw courage in the Church.
  • 52:05 - My oldest son is 16 and feels called to the priesthood. Do have resources or advice?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-11-18

October 12, 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:

  • 04:39 - Why is it a sin to attend Jewish religious rites?
  • 17:15 - Can a priest validly ordain another priest in an emergency?
  • 19:17 - How does the Catholic Church treat the prophecy of Zechariah 14?
  • 28:24 - The Catholic Church teaches that anything sexual outside of marriage a mortal sin. Lots of people believe this to be idealistic and not mortal. Why are they wrong?
  • 35:20 - Can you give me further explanation of the pope of the coptic church?
  • 43:56 - Matthew 5- Turn the other cheek, resist not evil. What does this mean?
  • 49:55 - Why is it a big deal if Joseph and Mary consummated their marriage? Isn’t that what they did? Isn’t that what they should have done?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-11-18

October 12, 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:

  • 02:34 - What are we required to believe from the Old Testament?
  • 15:24 - I struggle with custody of the eyes. I have heard that anything more than a glance is sinful. When do I need to go to confession?
  • 19:18 - How can I understand what the Holy Spirit is? I understand the Father and Son, but what is the Spirit?
  • 28:16 - Should we take Luke’s gospel literally? Especially in regards to the mentioned genealogy of Jesus.
  • 34:18 - My friend is being confirmed. Why would we need a sponsor for Confirmation, when we already have godparents? Who is the roman soldier who stabbed Jesus in the side?
  • 44:45 - Should a television station host a concert inside the Basilica at Knock? They are performing the Messiah.
  • 50:58 - Of the original 12 apostles, how many were related to our Lord or each other? What were the relations?

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Practical Apologetics Tips

October 11, 2018

Trent Horn, apologist at Catholic Answers and host of The Counsel of Trent, joins us to offer practical tips for using apologetics in your day to day interactions.

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Questions Covered:

  • 03:52 - How do I explain our reasons for tithing? A Protestant pastor told me that my dad is sick because he didn’t tithe and that we need to pay their Church a lot of money in order to get better.
  • 15:09 - What are the best apologetics for explaining the reason for performing a Catholic baptism?
  • 30:07 - Slavery seems to be a biblical and Catholic value, at least until the 19th century. How do we explain this?
  • 38:04 - My family are new converts to Catholicism. How can I explain to my atheist family why we became Catholic? 
  • 47:43 - How do you bring the faith up to people without being rude or pushing them away? What is a good place to start?

Resources Mentioned:

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

October 11, 2018

Dr. George Delgado, medical director at Culture of Life Family Services, joins us to discuss the complexities of what it means to be pro-life, from conception to natural death. 

Questions Covered: 

  • 07:45 - What are biological ways to defend monogamy? Is there evolutionary evidence for monogamy?
  • 17:10 - What are some suggestions for what I can tell my daughter about IUDs? She was convinced by her doctor that it would benefit her.
  • 22:36 - What is the logic of a state that allows abortion, but a pregnant mother killed by a drunk driver is considered a double homicide? How can we talk to people about this?
  • 29:50 - How can we talk to the women who are not victims, who know they have a child, and who still want to get an abortion? I pray outside an abortion clinic.
  • 36:36 - Does Planned Parenthood offer counseling after abortion? Also, are there statistics for coat hanger abortions before Roe v. Wade?
  • 45:23 - A few years ago there was a case where a woman was pregnant and there was a problem with the baby. The baby was aborted to save the mother’s life. Was this right?
  • 50:44 - What are the statistics on how many women get multiple abortions?

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-9-18

October 10, 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:

  • 04:21 - I recently attended a Mass that featured a rock band and other deviations in the liturgy. How am I supposed to react to disconcerting changes like this in the liturgy?
  • 16:02 - Is curiosity a sin? Is intellectual greed the same as curiosity and is it a sin? 
  • 22:59 - What can a Catholic apologist do when they are married to a non-Catholic?
  • 32:07 - Does each person in the Trinity have unique knowledge or shared and the same?
  • 35:55 - Should we pray for Satan and the fallen angels for redemption?
  • 42:00 - What is the difference between sacrifice and penance?
  • 47:57 - Why do Roman Catholics always say that there are no married priests when the Eastern rites do have married priests?
 

 

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-9-18

October 10, 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:

  • 03:52 - After reviewing the Congolese Mass, I observed that some of order of the Mass was different and that they burned incense at different times. Is this accepted by the Vatican as a valid way to celebrate Mass in a 3rd world country?
  • 08:00 - I know the concept of holiness and of sinfulness, but a lot of the time I feel like I am somewhere neutral in the middle. Is there a word for this?
  • 15:00 - How will the Final Judgement affect those who have already died and been judged?
  • 18:57 - What is the best way to protect yourself from people who wish evil on you?
  • 23:02 - How did the gospel writers obtain information about when people were visited by angels? Also, how were people not aware that Jesus was God while he was growing up?
  • 29:05 - If we believe God created everything, how can we understand that God could create hell?
  • 33:13 - Why do we pray certain mysteries of the Rosary on the days that we do?
  • 37:45 - Has the eastern orthodox changed their teaching on birth control? Is there any kind of limit as to what we can change under the guise of pastoral care?
  • 44:23 - What exactly does submission in marriage mean?
  • 50:43 - What are the differences in Scriptural interpretation between Protestants and Catholics?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger

October 9, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 15:14 - Was there ever a book of Enoch in the Bible?
  • 17:39 - Why do Protestants not have the Apocrypha?
  • 24:05 - Did Martin Luther remove James, Peter, and Revelation from the Bible? Are they there now because people wanted them back?
  • 29:28 - Has a question about the Deuterocanonicals and your book.
  • 31:34 - Does the fact that some of our celebrated traditions are not founded in approved Scripture discredit those traditions or ideas?
  • 38:06 - How was Scripture given to us and passed down?
  • 43:53 - I am curious about the different versions of Catholic bibles. Why don’t we all have the same books?
  • 49:23 - Why do some Protestants believe in sola scriptura? Which ones do and why?

Resources Mentioned:

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Street Evangelization

October 9, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 05:40 - What would you say the best success story is for you in evangelization? How do you know when the Holy Spirit is taking over a conversation?
  • 18:46 - Everyone keeps saying that it is the laity’s job to change and transform the Church in response to all of the scandal. What specifically do we do?
  • 28:36 - How do we get people to actually evangelize? Can we get people to actually do anything?
  • 35:25 - Do you have to have a permit to do evangelization?
  • 41:07 - Is evangelization necessary for salvation? Where does it say that in the catechism?
  • 46:32 - People can be good outside of faith, so why should they convert to Catholicism? How does faith change morality or ability to be good?
  • 50:13 - Why street evangelization? 
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Catholic Answers Live - Answering the Protestant Challenge

October 8, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 16:11 - Don’t you think the Catholic Church should stop trying to influence the policy of our country and mind it’s own business?
  • 30:35 - How can Mary hear all prayers if she is human? Wouldn’t that be possible only for God?
  • 35:34 - I’m a beginner in apologetics and I have a lot of Protestant friends are very skilled in apologetics. I’m struggling to know if I should debate them or not.
  • 43:25 - Why do you Catholics pray to Mary?
  • 52:03 - How can you believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary when the gospels says Joseph did not have relations with Mary “until” she gave birth? Doesn’t until imply afterward she was not a virgin?

Resources Mentioned:

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

October 8, 2018

immy and Cy tackle your weird questions. 

Questions Covered:

05:07 - Was Moses circumcised? If he was, then why was his heritage a surprise to him?

08:47 - Scientists are suspending the life of separated animal brains. What is Catholic thought on this?

15:00 - I want to know if there will come a time when God stops creating souls.

19:16 - My 5 year old, Patrick, wants to knows why Jesus made dinosaurs.

23:16 - You live in the universe of “The Walking Dead” in which it is a biological certainty that a human being who dies will reanimate as a flesh-eating zombie unless the brain is destroyed. If you are bitten, you will contract a terrible fever that will certainly kill you. Does the principle of double effect make it permissible for you to take steps that, after you’re bitten, would destroy the brain in order to avoid becoming a death trap for others)? If not, do you still have a moral obligation to try to mitigate the dangers posed by your zombie self?

28:53 - Is beauty objective? Recently, I heard a theology professor on CA say that beauty was subjective and I was very troubled after hearing that because I've always heard the contrary.

41:44 - Why do male seahorses give birth?

46:48 - During teleportation, where is the person?

52:25 - Please describe how it might be possible for Heaven, Purgatory, Earth, and Hell to be in 4 or fewer different universes (that we live within a multi-verse environment).

 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-4-18

October 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:

  • 01:33 - Today’s Mass reading today said that Jesus sent 72 of his disciples in pairs. Were these 72 formed before the discourse of the Eucharist?
  • 05:40 - What are the moral implications of aborted fetal cells being used in vaccines?
  • 13:31 - How can I defend the Blessed Mother to my Protestant in-laws? Can you give me specific Scripture passages to support the evidence?
  • 20:26 - Can you contrast Matthew 16:12 and Matthew 23:1-3?
  • 29:19 - Do Catholics believe that Mary is omnipresent?
  • 34:06 - If the priest is such a big deal in the Catholic Church, then why are priests barely mentioned by Jesus in the New Testament?
  • 46:55 - Does the “made in the image and likeness of God” truth apply to only homosapiens or also our ancestors who lived before homosapiens?
  • 52:38 - What does grave matter mean in regards to NFP? When can you practice NFP and when can’t you? 
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-4-18

October 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:

  • 12:21 - Is dogmatic universalism seen as not allowable in the Church?
  • 20:06 - How can I respond to my husband who wants to “shop around” in other faiths? We have 3 young children and I want them catechized in the Catholic faith.
  • 29:52 - I am getting married this weekend and I want to know your best marriage advice!
  • 33:59 - When does life begins according to the Church?
  • 37:40 - Who wrote the gospels and what was the order that they were written?
  • 45:57 - Why is Cardinal McCarrick not being punished?
  • 50:02 - With this transgender movement, could there be a situation where a woman who transitions to a man tries to become a priest? Would that be allowed?
 
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Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for the Priesthood

October 4, 2018

Questions Covered:

  • 20:32 - Do non-canonical Orthodox churches have valid priesthood?
  • 24:07 - If two homosexual priests perform homosexual acts and confess them to each other, is that legitimate?
  • 30:29 - Why do some observers say that Melchisedec is a pre-incarnate Jesus?
  • 35:04 - How can I explain to someone why the Church ordains only male priests?
  • 45:40 - When you’re in the sacrament of confession, you have to resolve to sin no more. In the footnote of an encyclical, it says that some people who commit adultery can still receive communion. How is that consistent with the sacrament of confession?

 

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Catholic Answers Live - The Chaplain Is In 10-3-18

October 4, 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:

  • 06:45 - When does life begin?
  • 16:04 - Are the souls in purgatory at the communion of saints? Was Mohammed inspired by the angel Gabriel?
  • 22:31 - I want more information about Catholic traditions of mourning and praying for the dead.
  • 33:19 - Why is reception of the Eucharist in the hand allowed? Why isn’t the St. Michael prayer said at the end of the Novus Ordo Mass?
  • 44:43 - When you meet God when you die, do you have time to repent? Do you go immediately to heaven or hell? Does purgatory exist? 
  • 50:45 - What resources are there to discover genealogy?
 
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