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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 16, 2021

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:

  • 01:01 - Is it within the bounds of Catholic orthodoxy to believe that God is somewhat in time rather than simply timeless? 
  • 07:27 - If God didn’t make evil and the devil can’t make anything, then where did evil come from? 
  • 11:32 - What is the “rite of introduction”? He was told in RCIA to be at Church for the rite of introduction. He doesn’t know more than that. 
  • 15:21 - Why do we say the Nicene Creed at Mass, but the Apostle’s Creed while reciting the rosary? 
  • 16:52 - How do we know when Jesus is being literal or hyperbolic? He refers to himself as the bread of life and the door for sheep. 
  • 23:02 - How could Jesus descend into hell and be separated from the Trinity when the Trinity is one? 
  • 29:44 - If a person does a sincere, good confession and penance before dying, will they still be judged for their sins after death? 
  • 33:22 - What is the best translation of City of God to read? 
  • 36:30 - Was Mary with the apostles in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came upon? Did she need the Holy Spirit since she was full of grace? 
  • 42:23 - Why have the Marian dogmas been declared dogmas? 
  • 47:37 - What should we be thinking when we pray or sing to God? 
  • 49:28 - Before the fall, was the garden of Eden and the state of Adam and Eve the same as it will be in heaven? 
  • 50:58 - How can John know the things that he wrote in John 3:22-30? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 16, 2021

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:

  • 03:50 - In Exodus 3:2, the angel of the Lord appears to Moses in the burning bush, but that when he saw the bush, he saw God. Did he see an angel or God? 
  • 11:43 - What are my family and I to do when our bishop will not allow us to come worship unless we wear masks? 
  • 14:50 - How should I respond to my Protestant family who reject the Bible verses in Revelation about praying to the saints? 
  • 21:20 - What does it mean in Leviticus 4 when it says, “sinning through ignorance”? 
  • 28:23 - What does “full of grace” mean? It is applied in Scripture to Jesus and Mary. 
  • 34:45 - Are Protestants a part of the Catholic faith? Are they recognized by Catholics as part of the same faith? I am Protestant. 
  • 42:42 - What does the phrase, “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” mean? Does it mean that the Church is protected by the sacraments? 
  • 47:15 - Are IUIs moral and approved by the Catholic Church? 
  • 51:16 - Why is the Kyrie Eleison the only part of the Catholic liturgy that was carried over from Greek, while most everything else is from Latin? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Purgatory is for Real

Catholic Answers Live - Purgatory is for Real

January 15, 2021

Purgatory is real and Karlo Broussard is here to answer listeners questions about it.

Questions Covered:

  • 07:27 - If we receive a plenary indulgence at the moment of death, will we go straight to heaven if we are not yet morally perfect? 
  • 21:01 - Is it possible that some of us who appear to be living on earth are actually going through purgatory right now?  
  • 34:44 - I had an experience where I felt like the Lord revealed a taste of purgatory to me. Is that possible? 
  • 46:30 - What is the scriptural support for purgatory? 
  • 51:49 - What is the process that a theologian goes through in order to understand the correct reading of Scripture that supports purgatory?

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - What Was Jesus Like

Catholic Answers Live - What Was Jesus Like

January 15, 2021

Who was Jesus and what was he like?

Questions Covered:

  • 19:27 - It seems like today people see Jesus as a lovey dovey hippy, but the language in Scripture from him can be really strong. Why does he use such harsh analogies and words at times? 
  • 29:26 - How can we better understand why Jesus talks about not judging other people’s hearts? 
  • 31:51 - Do we know what Jesus’ build and height were, based on the Shroud of Turin? 
  • 34:04 - What happened to Jesus between ages 12 and 30? 
  • 43:32 - What did Jesus actually look like? Why and when did artists start depicting him as a European? 
  • 47:50 - Have you seen The Chosen series? Is that a good depiction of Jesus? 
  • 50:35 - Was Jesus a handsome person? In Isaiah, it says that there is nothing remarkable about him. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 01:25 - If a Baptized Catholic gets married outside of the church to a non-Catholic, do they need to get an annulment if they get a divorce? 
  • 03:57 - How do you glorify God in a morally neutral jobs? 
  • 12:20 - How are we supposed to spread the Gospel? 
  • 18:00 – I am wondering about the ecumenical council that Pope John Paul in, the Assisi gathering, I heard from a traditionalist and he wanted to remove all the crosses everywhere that were displayed in order not to assume any of the non-Catholics– was that true or not? 
  • 28:36 - What is the best way to refute sedevacantism? 
  • 50:59 – I have heard it said of Mary of the Immaculate Conception that it was not necessary that she was conceived without sin but was fitting. How can I explain this to my Catholic friends? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 04:56 - After the second coming of Christ will we be able to explore other planets in the universe? 
  • 07:43 - Can there be a law that you are not able to practice witchcraft or black magic or anything of that sort- my family is getting harmed by people doing black magic to us- I want to create a law that prevents people from doing that to us. Can I do that? 
  • 13:34 - In Mathew 27 verse 61- we hear about the temple veil being torn open: what was behind the veil and wasn’t it lost? 
  • 16:18 - As pertaining to employment or business and our Catholic views, how do you respond to “freedom of speech but not freedom of consequences?”, for example, people getting fired for saying that marriage should be between a man and a woman .
  • 22:00 - We want to have Eucharistic adoration expanded at our church. How can we grow the community that goes? 
  • 29:10 - Who is the angel in Daniel 10 verse 5? 
  • 32:54 - I was talking to my 32-year-old son about why God allows evil to happen in the world, but don’t know how to explain it. Can you help?
  • 39:40 - Why do we have relics inserted into the altar slab of the main altar? 
  • 45:54 - Did the people who write letters in the Bible (like Saint Paul) did those people know that their letters will be used by Christians other than those to who they were addressed? 
  • 50:58 - With what is going on right now with the Pope? I am a convert and I love the Catholic Church and I am having a lot of questions right now. What are your thoughts on the Pope? 
Catholic Answers Live - How to Read the Bible

Catholic Answers Live - How to Read the Bible

January 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 18:48 - Do we take the ages of people in the bible literally?
  • 33:30 - How can I read the Bible in larger doses? How do I handle more than just a small dose?
  • 40:00 - Given the more recent non-literal interpretations of the Bible, why would I not think Jesus’ resurrection was interpretive as well?
  • 44:30 - If Aliens do exist, does that disprove that the bible is not true and that creation from the bible is incorrect?
  • 48:00 - How do I inspire my family to read the Bible and engage in Father Mike’s Bible Podcast?
  • 50:41 - Will you be able to mention how to defend sola scriptura in your podcasts or can you speak on that today?

 

Catholic Answers Live - Prioritizing Virtue

Catholic Answers Live - Prioritizing Virtue

January 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 15:40 - I want to thank John for giving me the right words to promote and discuss with other people. You’ve enabled me to have a conversation with people.
  • 27:44 - I wanted John to know that I took courses from him and I wanted to commend you both for how great you both are.

Resources Mentioned:

 
  • Life-Craft.org
Catholic Answers Live - Living in Peace

Catholic Answers Live - Living in Peace

January 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 15:35 - Are there resources or exercises for prayer to ask for peace? I have the desire but do not know how when there is so much chaos around me.
  • 23:31 - How can I find peace when I don’t find peace in doing the right thing or the wrong thing?
  • 31:19 - I come from a large family and I am the middle child. How do I gain peace and keep it within such a large family?
  • 34:50 - My daughter and I have been estranged since 2013 and I have been trying to take baby steps writing letters to her and they go unanswered. How can I find peace within myself?
  • 42:10 - How can I encourage my own priest to be as awesome as Fr. Kirby?
  • 50:45 - Responding to Katherine, look into seven sisters apostolate group. A group that prays for priests.

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 04:29 - In the Lord’s prayer, it says, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The problem is that we do not forgive people the way that God forgives. How can we reconcile this? 
  • 12:28 - Why is the Catholic position about the essence of God more correct than the orthodox position? 
  • 16:21 - Do you have any updates on when we will get the complete Ignatius study Bible? Is there a study Bible that is complete that you can recommend in the meantime? 
  • 20:13 - I am not Catholic. What is the general consensus among Catholics about the current pope? 
  • 29:10 - I have an 8th grader who is in Catholic school. She is president of her Right to Life club. Her best friend’s family is publicly promoting pro-abortion candidates. She asked me how Catholics could support abortion. How can I talk to my daughter about this? 
  • 38:00 - Was the Holy Family wealthy or poor? 
  • 44:05 - What is the Catholic view on the proposal’s that people should be chipped in order to participate in commerce? 
  • 50:08 - What are the best resources for someone who is struggling because of the clergy abuse scandal? 
  • 51:45 - Does Pope Francis bringing Pachamama into the Church count as apostasy, therefore confirming the sedevacantist position? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 02:42 - My friend thinks the Catholic Church is apostate and the whore of Babylon. How can I respond to him? 
  • 11:22 - Is there a way to bypass the Catechism in formation for children with a learning disability who can’t understand it? 
  • 14:40 - I am a single Catholic. Can I adopt a child? 
  • 18:12 - I collect Yugioh cards and some people have told me that it is demonic. Is it okay for me to collect the cards? One card is called “the Creator”. 
  • 24:00 - How would you respond to the orthodox argument that the Catholic Church overemphasizes the keys given to Peter and that the original word in Greek is not ‘key’? 
  • 30:12 - Is the Mark of the Beast something that is an explicit sign? My family is convinced that the covid vaccine is the sign of the Beast. 
  • 42:25 - My parish has canceled RCIA until August. What can I do in the meantime to prepare myself and learn? Send A Daily Defense and The Bible is a Catholic Book 
  • 51:44 - How does the Catholic Church know extreme details about the angels? Where does this knowledge come from? Is it divine revelation to saints? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - A Church in Crisis

Catholic Answers Live - A Church in Crisis

January 8, 2021

Ralph Martin discusses the crisis in the Catholic Church and what can be done. Next, with Cy Kellett.

Catholic Answers Live - Future African American Saints

Catholic Answers Live - Future African American Saints

January 8, 2021

Deacon Harold joins Cy to discuss the future canonizations of several African American saints.

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 7, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 01:17 - Is Molinism a heretical view? 
  • 11:40 - How would you address people who claim to be Christians but who don’t wear masks and aren’t willing to protect others from the virus? 
  • 17:13 - In emphasizing tradition, how do Catholics achieve a balance between Scripture and Tradition in their personal prayer lives? 
  • 28:32 - I am in RCIA. I have noticed that the NAB has different chapter divisions than the RSV and other versions. Why is this? 
  • 34:44 - My Protestant friend says that the Bible says, “faith alone”. How do I answer him? 
  • 44:00 - What were the politics happening in the world when Jesus lived? 
  • 48:54 - What is the evidence for the Assumption of Mary? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 7, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:39 - Is voting pro-choice a sin? 
  • 18:49 - What is the history of married priests and when did it switch over to celibate priests? 
  • 28:55 - What are your thoughts on shuckling while praying and how does it relate to the energy of God? 
  • 32:36 - How can I defend the protoevangelium of James? 
  • 41:40 - Why did Paul rebuke Peter when he hypocritically circumcised Timothy in order to appease the Jews? 
  • 48:12 - Atheists use Deuteronomy 2:21 to say that God is a murderous and wicked God. How can I respond to this? 
Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

January 6, 2021

Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 01:20 - Catholic teaching on redemptive suffering troubles me. 
  • 13:09 - I don’t understand why the Church teaches that the call to the priesthood is higher than the call to marriage. 
  • 21:36 - Someone recently told me that the Resurrection is just made up by St. Paul. Is there evidence for it? 
  • 29:16 - I am troubled by the Catholic teaching on predestination and election. 
  • 40:18 - The teaching that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church troubles me. 
  • 46:45 - I don’t believe in the Resurrection. Jesus’ own family didn’t believe he could perform miracles. Also, just because he rose from the dead, doesn’t mean that he is approved of by God. 
Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

January 6, 2021

Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 07:18 - I am troubled by the doctrine about the Virgin Mary called the Debitum Peccati. It has to do with the Immaculate Conception and her freedom from original sin. How can I better understand this? 
  • 18:11 - It seems like Catholics worship both Jesus and Mary. Is that true? I am a Lutheran. 
  • 29:44 - The doctrine about purgatory troubles me. What is temporal sin? 
  • 37:20 - I am troubled by Catholic doctrine on salvation. 
  • 47:35 - I am troubled by the role of the Magisterium and tradition, when there doesn’t seem to be biblical evidence for some things. 
Catholic Answers Live - Questions About Mary

Catholic Answers Live - Questions About Mary

January 5, 2021

Tim Staples and Cy take questions from listeners about the Blessed Mother of God, on her feast day.

Catholic Answers Live - Questions About Mary

Catholic Answers Live - Questions About Mary

January 5, 2021

Tim Staples and Cy take questions from listeners about the Blessed Mother of God, on her feast day.

Catholic Answers Live - Year in Review

Catholic Answers Live - Year in Review

January 5, 2021

2020 has been a doozy. Todd, Chris, and Cy are here to talk about the best and worst stories of the year.

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