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Catholic Answers Focus - Two Failed Passages on Sola Scriptura

Catholic Answers Focus - Two Failed Passages on Sola Scriptura

July 2, 2020

How can the Catholic Church teach that we need Tradition as well as Scripture when the Bible says that Scripture is sufficient as a rule of faith and for making a man “complete”? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Scripture is not our sole infallible source for doctrine when the book of Acts praises the Bereans for using Scripture alone to determine the truth?

Catholic Answers Focus - Who Was Fr. Junipero Serra?

Catholic Answers Focus - Who Was Fr. Junipero Serra?

July 1, 2020

Was Fr. Junipero Serra a dark part of history, deserving of his statues and memorials’ desecration, or was he a holy man of God who directly resisted the mistreatment and enslavement of the native peoples he evangelized? Find out here, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Catholic Answers Focus - Villain Columbus?

Catholic Answers Focus - Villain Columbus?

June 24, 2020

Is it time to give up on Columbus? In the light of modern scholarship, should we view Columbus with suspicion? The author of the highly acclaimed book Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem joins us for a look at the real man and at what he meant to do with his voyages of discovery.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Blessed Trinity in My Soul

Catholic Answers Focus - The Blessed Trinity in My Soul

June 24, 2020

What is the relationship between the soul in a state of grace and the Blessed Trinity? What does it mean to say that the Trinity comes to dwell in my soul? What is the evidence for the presence of the Blessed Trinity in the soul?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is a Church Magisterium Unbiblical?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is a Church Magisterium Unbiblical?

June 17, 2020

How can the Catholic Church teach that we need a Magisterium (a living teaching authority) when John says in 1 John 2:27 that we have no need for a man to teach us since the Holy Spirit will teach us? The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge responds.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Sacred Heart

Catholic Answers Focus - The Sacred Heart

June 17, 2020

Father Hugh Barbour explains the biblical and medieval roots of the modern devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is devotion to the Sacred Heart a divine response to an increasingly isolated and lonely modern world?

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Liturgical

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Liturgical

June 11, 2020

Yes, the earliest Christians celebrated the Mass, and they did so in ways that are impressively similar to today’s Mass. In fact, the Church lived as a liturgical community from the very moment of its birth.

Catholic Answers Focus - How Can We Know That God Loves Us?

Catholic Answers Focus - How Can We Know That God Loves Us?

June 11, 2020

Cy interviews two of our favorite women religious about their work sharing the love of God with others, and how we gain confidence in the love of God.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Hierarchical

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Hierarchical

June 11, 2020

Was there a golden age at the very beginning of the Church when Christianity was unspoiled by a hierarchical structure? Was there a blessed age when Christians were simply Christian, without authoritative leaders who had the power to govern the Church? Nope. Tim Staples explains.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Catholic Answers Focus - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

June 3, 2020

Father Hugh illuminates how God freely gives us all we need for our salvation through the sacraments. He defends this position as we discuss Pentecost and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Catholic Answers Focus - Does Matthew Teach an Invisible Church?

Catholic Answers Focus - Does Matthew Teach an Invisible Church?

May 27, 2020

The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge asks how Catholics can believe that the Church is a visible hierarchical institution when Jesus says that the Church in Matthew 18:20 is an invisible union of believers?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Is Marriage a Sacrament?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Is Marriage a Sacrament?

May 27, 2020

Why is the Church so defensive about marriage even when it is not sacramental? Why does the Church insist on the goodness of natural marriage? What does this say about sacramental marriage?

Catholic Answers Focus - Paul’s Rebuke and Peter’s Infallibility

Catholic Answers Focus - Paul’s Rebuke and Peter’s Infallibility

May 20, 2020

The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge asks how the Catholic Church can teach that Peter is infallible when Paul rebukes Peter for not eating with the Gentiles? Doesn’t this further show that Peter had no more authority than Paul?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Fear a Sin?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Fear a Sin?

May 20, 2020

Is fear a sin? Is it just an emotion? How are Christians meant to understand fear? Is there such a thing as fear that is actually a gift from the Holy Spirit? Father Hugh Barbour fearlessly tackles a host of questions about fear.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Peter Really the Foundation of the Church?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Peter Really the Foundation of the Church?

May 20, 2020

How can the Catholic church teach that Peter is the rock or the foundation of the church when St. Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 3:11 that there is no other foundation besides Jesus?

Catholic Answers Focus - Love Your Enemies

Catholic Answers Focus - Love Your Enemies

May 13, 2020

The commandment to love our enemies seems impossible sometimes, especially for those who have been badly hurt. So what does Jesus mean by this commandment? Are we all obligated to follow it? And if we do follow it, what does it mean to love those we don’t feel any love for?

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Apostolic

Catholic Answers Focus - The Early Church Was Apostolic

May 13, 2020

What is apostolic succession? Did the early Church believe in and practice apostolic succession? Find out here, with Tim Staples.

Catholic Answers Focus - Friendship in God’s Plan

Catholic Answers Focus - Friendship in God’s Plan

May 6, 2020

During this virus shutdown lots of people are giving practical advice on how to keep relationships healthy. We ask Father Hugh to give us a deeper look at friendship from a Christian perspective. Understanding the role of friendship in God’s life and plan can help us in living out friendship with others.

Catholic Answers Focus - Can Doctrine Be Trusted?

Catholic Answers Focus - Can Doctrine Be Trusted?

May 6, 2020

Sometimes it seems like nothing is solid. Everything, even within the Church, seems to be up for debate. Is this true? How solid is Catholic doctrine? On what basis can we trust that it won’t shift?

Catholic Answers Focus - Spiritual Struggles in Lockdown

Catholic Answers Focus - Spiritual Struggles in Lockdown

April 29, 2020

Fr. Hugh Barbour and Catholic Answers’ president, Christopher Check, acknowledge the struggles that people are experiencing during this challenging time of coronavirus lockdown. They address how we, as Catholics Christians, can best react and deal with the loneliness, anger, sadness, and other feelings that such a crisis has generated.