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Catholic Answers Focus - Does Conscience Trump Doctrine?

Catholic Answers Focus - Does Conscience Trump Doctrine?

April 21, 2021

What if my conscience says one thing and the Church says another? The Catholic Church clearly teaches that I must follow my conscience at all times while also teaching that the Church has authority over me. Joe Heschmeyer offers some help for those who are confused about conscience.

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Have Priests if We’re All Priests?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Have Priests if We’re All Priests?

April 21, 2021

Karlo Broussard, author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge, takes on a common challenge to the Catholic priesthood. If Peter says all Christians are priests — and he does — then what need have we of a Catholic priest?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Tradition Reliable?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Tradition Reliable?

April 14, 2021

It seems like Scripture is so solid, and Tradition is so ephemeral. Why should we trust that God has revealed himself to us in Sacred Tradition? And which traditions, exactly are revealed truths? Catholic Answers’ newest apologist, Joe Heschmeyer, explains.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Tithing Just a Tax?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Tithing Just a Tax?

April 14, 2021

Canon lawyer and journalist Ed Condon from pillarcatholic.com joins us to answer some hard questions about tithing. Is tithing required of every Christian? If so, is it just a tax? And if not, then what is required?

Catholic Answers Focus - Religion Is Not Social Activism

Catholic Answers Focus - Religion Is Not Social Activism

April 7, 2021

As tempting as it may be to treat social activism as if it is our highest calling, in fact, it is not. Father Jeffery Kirby’s new book, Real Religion, attacks the idea that Biblical religion can be reduced to a kind of social activism. We asked him about how Christianity views social activism.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is the Big Bang a Proof of God?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is the Big Bang a Proof of God?

April 7, 2021

Karin Oberg is a professor of astronomy at Harvard University who also teaches Aquinas at the Thomistic Institute. Who better to ask about whether or not the Big Bang gives us slam dunk evidence for the existence of God?

Catholic Answers Focus - Who Is the Anti-Christ?

Catholic Answers Focus - Who Is the Anti-Christ?

March 31, 2021

We couldn’t get him to name any names, but we did get Jimmy Akin to explain what the Bible has to say about the nature of the anti-Christ. Without doubt many will be surprised by just how little the anti-Christ is mentioned in the Bible, and that it is probably more accurate to talk about “anti-Christs.”

Catholic Answers Focus - Is the Covid-19 Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is the Covid-19 Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?

March 31, 2021

Modern governments sometimes demand that entire populations participate in this program or that, which, quite naturally for Christians, regularly raises the question of the Mark of the Beast. So, what is this mysterious mark? Jimmy Akin joins us to give us some insights into how we can identify it.

Catholic Answers Focus - Biblical Religion Is Not Self-Help

Catholic Answers Focus - Biblical Religion Is Not Self-Help

March 31, 2021

Taking our cue from his new book Real Religion, we asked Father Jeffery Kirby to explain a distinction he makes between the religion of self-help and the religion of the Bible.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Vatican Blessing Decision Anti-Gay?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Vatican Blessing Decision Anti-Gay?

March 24, 2021

CNN host Don Lemon took on the Vatican in a conversation with the women of The View. He explained that he doesn’t think God approves of the Catholic refusal to bless same-sex unions. We asked apologist Karlo Broussard to respond to Mr. Lemon’s take.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is it a Sin to Call Someone a Jerk?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is it a Sin to Call Someone a Jerk?

March 17, 2021

A listener asks us if it is wrong to say bad things about others, especially online, if the bad things are true. Turns out, it is, and theologian Dr. Scott Hefelfinger explains why.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Chastity Education Anti-Gay?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Chastity Education Anti-Gay?

March 17, 2021

Our friend from down under, Monica Doumit, the Director of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney, shares another legal innovation from Australia, laws that are meant to protect gay people by making it illegal to teach chastity as Catholics understand it. We ask her what the laws require, and what the Catholic Church actually teaches about human sexuality.

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part 3)

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part 3)

March 11, 2021

The boss is back, and this time he’s taking on the big daddy of Catholic misbehavior: the Spanish Inquisition. Our president, Chris Check, wraps up our three part series on inquisitions with a sober look at an iconic time in Catholic history. And if this piques your interest, take Chris’s class on the Inquisition at the Catholic Answers School of Apologetics. schoolofapologetics.com

Catholic Answers Focus - Anger as Bad Apologetics

Catholic Answers Focus - Anger as Bad Apologetics

March 10, 2021

It’s a delicate time to talk about anger. There is a lot to be angry about. There’s a lot in the secular world to be angry about. There’s a lot in the church to be angry about, but we want to be giving an account of our faith that draws other people—most especially our children—towards the faith. Matthew Walther and Cy Kellett discuss how anger can ruin apologetics.

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part 2)

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part 2)

March 3, 2021

Why did the Church end up in such a bitter struggle against the Cathars, and how did that struggle play out? Our three-part dive into the various Catholic inquisitions continues as we ask Catholic Answers President Chris Check what really happened in the Medieval Inquisition.

Catholic Answers Focus - Sharing the Faith with Those Who Don’t Care

Catholic Answers Focus - Sharing the Faith with Those Who Don’t Care

March 3, 2021

Listener Geraldine writes from the Netherlands to ask for an episode on “indifferentism.” Just how are we supposed to share the Faith with people who show no interest? We get some helpful answers from Matt Nelson, author of Just Whatever: How to Help the Spiritually Indifferent Find Beliefs That Really Matter.

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part One)

Catholic Answers Focus - Catholics and Inquisitions (Part One)

February 25, 2021

We begin a three-part dive into the various Catholic inquisitions with Catholic Answers President Chris Check. In part one we ask about the mindset of the Catholics who first established the mechanisms of inquisition.

Catholic Answers Focus - Confession and Modern States

Catholic Answers Focus - Confession and Modern States

February 24, 2021

Monica Doumit, the Director of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney in Australia, explains how anti-confession laws are bringing frightening implications not just for priests but for Catholic schools and other Catholic institutions throughout Australia. But do Catholics really have a right to keep secrets from secular authorities?

Catholic Answers Focus - Defending Classical Theism

Catholic Answers Focus - Defending Classical Theism

February 17, 2021

John DeRosa, author of One Less God Than You, explains what classical theism is, why the Catholic Church embraces it, and how to defend it against less noble visions of the divine.

Catholic Answers Focus - What Good Does Adoration Do?

Catholic Answers Focus - What Good Does Adoration Do?

February 17, 2021

Father James Boric, the rector of America’s first cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, joins us to explain why he chose Eucharistic adoration as a cornerstone of his parish-building efforts. It turns out there is a lot of power in sitting quietly with Jesus.

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