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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 21, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:25 - A Protestant told me that the Church made up the priesthood, especially using Hebrews 10:11 to say that priests can never take away sins. How can I answer this? 
  • 13:20 - What is Catholic teaching on the relationship between Church and state? Should Church and state be combined? 
  • 16:45 - What are the practical steps to becoming a saint? 
  • 30:00 - How does the Catholic Church understand the spirit and the bride in Revelation 22? How do they view God “the mother”? 
  • 41:20 - Catholics claim that Jesus rose bodily from the dead, which is a scientific impossibility. How do they defend that? 
  • 45:39 - What is the difference between doctrine, dogma, and teaching? 
  • 50:02 - What is the power of the [papal] keys? Does Peter exhibit this power in Acts when he has a vision of clean and unclean things? 
  • 52:12 - What does Revelation 3:16 mean? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 21, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 07:17 - How can I best support non-Catholic girlfriend who is learning NFP for the first time? 
  • 10:50 - My friend thinks that under certain circumstances, he can offer the Eucharist for himself, as a layperson. How can I explain to him how wrong this is? 
  • 22:13 - What is the proper interpretation of Matthew 5:18? Some people use this verse to say that we should still be under the Mosaic law. 
  • 33:20 - I was speaking with a Protestant family member who thinks that the gospels only apply to Jewish people, and the Pauline letters only apply to Christians. How can I respond to her on this? 
  • 44:24 - What does it mean when the “two become one flesh”? If a person has had a sexual partner prior to marriage, how can they become one flesh when they do get married to someone else? 
  • 47:20 - What does the Church teach about the salvation of the patriarchs, like King David and others like him?  
  • 50:43 - What happens to all the souls who were not granted Masses or Catholic burials because they died of suicide? I know that now the Church will bury them. 
Catholic Answers Live - Beliefs of the Early Christians

Catholic Answers Live - Beliefs of the Early Christians

April 20, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 20:37 – Is it the Red Sea or the Sea of Reeds in the Old Testament of the bible? 
  • 28:43 - How early did Christians start praying to Mary? 
Catholic Answers Live - Is the Mass a Sacrifice?

Catholic Answers Live - Is the Mass a Sacrifice?

April 20, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 13:18 - Why is the sacrifice of the mass so important to Catholics? 
  • 20:09 - How would Steve respond to non-Catholics who say “keep doing this in remembrance of me not in sacrifice of me” from Corinthian’s 11:24? 
  • 30:55 - What is the difference between the consecration of the bread versus the wine. For instance, when the priest holds up the host and says, “this is my body which will be given up for you and for many,” why is that different from when the wine is held up and he says, “this is my blood given up for you?” 
  • 34:31 - Why do many parishes not offer the cup to drink during communion, and how is that scriptural according to John 6 
  • 41:13 - Does Steve have any suggestions on how to teach children on the sacrifice of the mass? 
  • 46:34 - How can we as Catholics, who accept Jesus in the holy sacrifice of the mass as our lord and savior, be able to evangelize our secular and Pagan world by being tabernacles of his presence? 
  • 49:27 - Steve, how have we separated from our Protestant brothers and sisters over the sacrifice of the mass and how can we help them understand the truth of the consecration? 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

April 20, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:03 - Is the death and resurrection in baptism meant to mirror the death and resurrection of Jesus? 
  • 11:16 - Who are the Rephaim mentioned in Genesis 14 and Joshua 12? Are they in some way related to the Nephilim? 
  • 18:36 - In Hebrews 4:14-16, I wonder, how can a sinless God man relate or understand at all the sinner? 
  • 22:45 - Is the talk of veiling in 1 Corinthians 11:10 referring to the book of Enoch and the fall story and angels lusting after long hair? 
  • 29:56 – John 20:23 Jesus tells the apostles that the sins they do not forgive will be retained. Which sins are these? 
  • 32:10 - What did St. Joseph do for his work when Jesus was a child? Does the bible really tell us that Joseph was a carpenter, or could he have been a stone worker? 
  • 39:25 - Is there a biblical prophet who probably lived between 560 BC and 460 BC, when Confucius lived? 
  • 44:55 - 91.9 FM St. Joseph Catholic radio…Why did Jesus call the Canaanite woman a dog? 
  • 48:45 - What is the Catholic view of Christ’s kenosis in Philippians 2:5-11? 
  • 51:46 - Is the Joseph that married Mary the same Joseph of the Old Testament who became powerful in Egypt? If so, how old must he have been? 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

April 20, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 08:09 - Do men need to be infallible in order to determine the canon of Scripture? 
  • 18:57 - Where and how do Adam and his descendants in the Bible fit into the theory of evolution? 
  • 28:45 - In Luke 8:2, the demons were driven out of Mary Magdalene. How and why does God allow people to become possessed by demons? 
  • 35:37 - Why did Christ say, “Why have you forsaken me?” to his Father on the Cross? A Protestant preacher I heard yesterday said it was because all the sins of the world descended on him at that moment. 
  • 44:02 - Words of Peace and Goodness Catholic radio…John 5:19 says that the Son can only do what he sees the Father doing. How do I understand this in terms of the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus? 
  • 50:13 - At what point in the Bible was Mary deemed a saint or deity? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 17, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 04:16 - What is the morality of the covid19 vaccine? Is it safe and good for Catholic to do? 
  • 18:00 - I am married but not in the Catholic Church. Can I receive Holy Communion? 
  • 22:26 - If humans ever settled on Mars, which Church calendar would they use? 
  • 28:38 - When is one to admonish the sinner, especially in cases of marriage in the Church? 
  • 35:48 - Matthew 6:6 says to go into your closet to pray. My father uses that verse as an excuse to not go to church. How can I refute him on this? 
  • 42:23 - Is it true that the Catholic Church was responsible for the Dark Ages? 
  • 49:34 - What is the Catholic definition of apostasy or schism? Would it apply to a person who rejects the reality of the True Presence? 
  • 51:33 - What is your opinion about the q source in making the gospels? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

April 17, 2021

Need to ask a priest? Fr. Meconi is here to answer.

Questions Covered:

  • 04:10 - Why is the principle of first fruit giving not taught in the Catholic Church? 
  • 07:06 - Which of the apocryphal writings are worth reading and learning from, and which ones should we forego reading? 
  • 11:46 - I am interested in becoming a priest. How does that work? How much freedom does one have in deciding one’s role in the Church? 
  • 13:46 - Is it permissible for a layperson to serve as a subdeacon if he is not on his way to Holy Orders? 
  • 15:13 - My brother convinced his girlfriend to get an abortion a few years ago and he just confided this in me. I am having trouble not being angry and forgiving him for it. What can I do? 
  • 17:30 - Why haven’t the clergy been teaching the laity? There doesn’t seem to be enough education or catechism for lay people. 
  • 23:11 - Why are certain elements of the Levitical priesthood retained in the Catholic Mass and priesthood while other Old Testament laws are completely done away with by Jesus? 
  • 28:44 - Why is Matthew 17:21 not included in so many Bibles? 
  • 33:05 - How can I convince someone that Christ is God? They asked me why he would call himself Son of God if he is God. 
  • 35:15 - How does our post-modern society, which doesn’t believe in real love, compare with the early pagan societies of Jesus’ time? 
  • 40:32 - Is a person who has an eating disorder in a state of mortal sin every time they misuse food or their body? 
  • 41:14 - Is it okay to date after a divorce? 
  • 42:57 - Is it okay to make a spiritual communion in Mass when you’re not in a state of grace and so can’t receive? 
  • 44:06 - I lost my brother to suicide. He struggled with diabolical things. Is my brother lost, according to Catholic teaching? 
  • 49:35 - I am a born-again Christian but not yet a Catholic. If I die, will I not be saved? 
  • 51:27 - My daughter has chosen a different sexual orientation. How can I talk to her about the truth of this? It is causing a lot of anger and frustration in our home. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Why It Matters to Be Catholic

Catholic Answers Live - Why It Matters to Be Catholic

April 15, 2021

Why be a Catholic and not a member of another faith tradition?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:53 - I am having a discussion with a Protestant friend who doesn’t think Catholics will be saved. How can I best prepare for the conversation? 
  • 13:45 - I don’t believe you need to be Catholic to be saved. I have a personal relationship with God, and it doesn’t matter to him if I am Catholic. I was not comfortable in the Catholic Church because it was just a bunch of rituals. 
  • 29:08 - My brother recently left the Church. At his church, they take communion that his pastor says is the body and blood of Christ. He says, why be Catholic when I can have the True Presence in another church? 
  • 35:19 - Why would someone want to be Catholic when the Church messed with the 10 Commandments? 
  • 45:04 - When I am talking to Protestants, the conversation often turns historical. Distortions of history are presented and it is difficult to authoritatively address these misrepresentations of the Church. How do I best have these conversations and is there a resource respected by Catholics and Protestants to establish the historical truth? 
  • 50:19 – I was raised Baptist but am really interested in the Catholic Church. I am told a lot that Catholics worship Mary. Is there biblical evidence for saying the ‘Hail Mary’? 
Catholic Answers Live - Why It Matters to Be Catholic

Catholic Answers Live - Why It Matters to Be Catholic

April 15, 2021

Why be a Catholic and not a member of another faith tradition?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 18:30 - In Lumen Gentium, it says that all religions participate in the truth of God. This is confusing. How can Catholicism be the one true faith, but a Church document also states that other religions kind of have it right, too? 
  • 33:05 - There seems to have been a shift in the Christian faith in general that the Lord is always merciful, and not about his justice. People say, yes, I am not Catholic, but I will be fine because God is merciful. How would I respond to someone who approaches being a part of the Church without conviction? 
  • 41:46 - My son is not Catholic because he agrees with Protestants who say that you just have to profess your life to God and that’s it. How do I speak to him about this? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 01:30 - As a new convert to the faith how can I be a strong Catholic witness in a predominantly protestant area?                    
  • 06:55 - What are Trent’s thoughts on Liberalism and if it is reconcilable with Catholic social teaching?                                         
  • 16:50 - How the teaching on Indulgences changed, or did it? 
  • 21:28 - Are my sacraments valid if I was baptized in the western right but confirmed in the eastern right? How does the validity of rights translate? Do you need permissions? Which Church do I belong to according to Canon law? 
  • 28:58 - How can I defend Baptism to a friend who doesn’t believe in it? 
  • 35:29 - If Adam and eve were immortal and God told them they could eat anything in the garden why did they sin by eating the forbidden fruit? 
  • 44:20 - Why was the head covering on the Shroud of Turin never mentioned? 
  • 41:10 - Since the St. Michael the archangel prayer has been prayed for over 60 years how come its requests have not been completed- to cast all the evil spirits into hell? 
  • 46:50 - Since the early development of the sacrament of Reconciliation are all sins classified as grave since they may not have been considered grave in the beginning; and are they also forgiven under the once in a lifetime public penance? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:30 - What are Trent’s analysis Arguments for atheism today? 
  • 14:31 - How can God’s power be his intellect and does the trinity disprove divine simplicity? 
  • 21:22 - Why does the Catholic church make you wait until April/Easter to get baptized, and does that prevent salvation in the case of an accident or sudden death? 
  • 31:23 - Do humans have unique essential (not accidental) properties and if they do can that be the basis for free will? (& divine omnipotence) 
  • 45:30 - I am looking for clarification on Mark 13:30? Can Trent speak to how Muslim apologists claim Jesus’ prediction in this verse is embarrassing/invalid or shames Jesus’ divinity? 
  • 52:26 - Is marriage a moral or social agreement considering marriage did not come to be until hunter-gatherer societies became Agricultural societies? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

April 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 02:34 - How do you defend the Eastern Catholic Church against roman Catholics who say they are not part of the apostolic church? 
  • 15:08 - How do you defend your reposition if the person opposes you defines the same term differently? 
  • 23:26 - What other bible passages can I use to explain to my protestant friend that Mary is our mother? 
  • 28:40 - What are Trent’s top 3 book recommendations for someone who is just getting into apologetics? 
  • 33:23 - How do you defend the traditional Latin mass when it attacked often? 
  • 44:29 - How do you defend opposition to the saints? 
  • 52:08 - How do I approach my former catholic friend, who went to catholic school even throughout college who now claims she is Buddhist? How do I approach someone who has anger with Catholicism? 
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

April 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:55 - How do I explain to my brother why we cant earn our salvation, but we can prevent it? 
  • 15:22 - How to defend human dignity when Christian prayer makes it seem like humans have no dignity in comparison to God? 
  • 24:33 - How do you better deal with scientism-the belief that science is the only form of truth? 
  • 34:45 - How to explain the Eucharist’s function historically versus how it functions in modern times? 
  • 42:15 - How to explain Marian apparitions to those who don’t believe in them? 
  • 48:10 - How do you discuss the arguments over faith alone or faith in works to protestants? 
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

April 12, 2021

Jimmy takes weird and wacky questions, answering from a Catholic perspective.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:20 - How would someone participate in the Resurrection at the Second Coming if they were to have fallen into a black hole or gone near enough to one that time stopped for them, relative to everyone else? It has been my impression that the Resurrection is supposed to happen for everyone simultaneously (maybe I am wrong), but how can this be given that time is relative? 
  • 11:24 - What would have happened if Adam and Eve had children before they fell? 
  • 14:25 - In the season finale of a popular TV show, a philosophical paradox known as “The Ship of Theseus” was alluded to. Having never heard of this, I did a web search. From what I can gather, it goes something like this: If you take the ship of Theseus and you begin replacing its parts, piece by piece, wooden board by wooden board, by the time you’ve replaced the entire ship, is it still the same ship? Is there a particular way the well-formed Catholic would approach this question with our understanding of form, nature, and the soul? I understand that our physical bodies undergo a similar, ongoing process. Shedding and recycling out old, dead cells and replacing them with new and better cells, yet I’m still me. 
  • 20:10 - I’ve been pondering a question and I suspect only you are equipped to answer in a way I can understand. Recently, on an episode, you explained Olbers’ paradox. Since I first read about this idea several years ago in one of Stephen Hawking’s books, I cannot help but think that it is in error. Mr. Akin, please tell me where I’ve gone wrong. It would seem to me that if the universe was of infinite size, and had no beginning, and the concentration of light sources throughout the universe is the same as we observe in our visible universe, then the night sky would look the same or very similar to what we see now. This would be due to the fact that, as more and more stars exist, further and further away from us, the light from those distant stars is increasingly dim. Ultimately, the light reaching us from those stars becomes infinitesimally small and imperceivable to the human eye. The rate of light reaching us on a nightly basis would be only marginally changed from what we see now, as distant stars could have rates of light sent to the earth at 1 photon/year, decade, century, etc. I have trouble believing that I’m right about this and that you, Steven Hawking, and Heinrich Olbers are wrong about this. I also don’t believe we live in an infinite physical universe with no beginning, I just don’t see how Olbers’ paradox lends any support to that belief. 
  • 29:04 - Not being an expert on Thomas Aquinas this one caught me off guard. I was asked if Thomas views God as being “outside of time” and therefore if there is time in heaven. I wasn’t quite sure where to find the answer, but the question is basically if the conclusion of Thomas’ belief about motion, meant that heaven would be an eternal moment, so I guess everyone would be sitting around in front of God frozen like statues. Is this anywhere close to what can reasonably be understood from his writings? Also, if there’s no time (or movement) in heaven, how can the saints hear our prayers or intercede for us. Is this just a big misunderstanding? 
  • 39:35 - If I discovered that someone has an object that can be spiritually dangerous to someone would it be a sin to secretly take it and dispose of it without that someone’s consent, if it can be done without his notice and if it can be presumed that he wouldn’t give that object up if informed about its danger. I’m talking primarily about objects that don’t have much morally acceptable uses. For example, let’s say my friend got a bunch of old books and magazines and asked for help in sorting them. In doing that, I found pornographic material and, because I know my friend, I know it may be dangerous for him to have and he may be unwilling to give it up if informed. Would it the be sin of theft if I took the dangerous material and destroyed it without informing the owner? What can be morally done in that kind of situation? 
  • 46:59 - Would or could Lazarus have had a NDE (near death experience)? 
  • 50:55 - If Jesus had children, would his children be demigods or just normal humans? 
Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

April 12, 2021

Fr. Tad helps callers to navigate the ethics of medicine and the dignity of life.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 14:15 - I disagree that people don’t have the right to take their own life. You can’t know what a person is suffering. I think every person is entitled to their own reality.  
  • 28:35 - What is the Catholic stance on ending ectopic pregnancies? 
  • 31:33 - What is the morality of the covid19 vaccine? I feel like we are being forced to take it and I really don’t want to participate in aborted fetal cell research. 
  • 40:05 - Is anxiety medicine approved by the Catholic Church? 
  • 45:32 - I am concerned about donating my brain and spinal cord after death. I think the Catholic Church teaches that the body should not be separated or disrupted after death, but I have multiple sclerosis and really want to give my body to science so they can find a cure. What should I do? 
  • 48:35 - What would happen with abortion if we were able to remove embryos from women who want abortions and successfully implant them in women who want to carry them? Would that solve the abortion problem and would it be ethical? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 9, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 04:47 - How do Catholics answer Protestants about each of the five solas? 
  • 13:40 - Why do Catholics rest from work on the first day of the week rather than the seventh day, like the Jews do? 
  • 18:45 - Was there any difference in demonic activity or possessions before Christ’s resurrection and after, since death was defeated? 
  • 30:32 - Why do Catholics wear or use medals and use holy water? 
  • 39:11 - Who were the disciples on the road to Emmaus? 
  • 42:46 - Do we have to sell all our possessions in order to truly follow Christ and be saved? 
  • 50:00 - A Protestant pastor told me that Romans 8 is evidence against the Catholic Church being the true Church. I don’t know what he’s talking about. How can I respond? 
  • 52:12 - Was St. Joseph a virgin like Mary? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

April 9, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 02:40 - Is one plenary indulgence on behalf of the dead enough for them to be released from purgatory into heaven? 
  • 06:15 - In Mystici Corporis Christi number 86, it says, “They make the Divine Redeemer and the members of the Church coalesce in one physical person.” What does that mean? Why is it an error to think of Christ and those who make up the body of Christ as one? 
  • 12:41 - When Jesus was sent to Pilate, why didn’t he just send him to Herod, since Jesus was Herod’s subject? 
  • 16:07 - I asked my priest for Holy Water to put in my home. He asked me to bring in a bottle of water and he said a simple prayer over it. Is it really blessed, or do I need to have something more done? I thought the rite for blessing water was more involved than that. 
  • 17:48 - Are physical mortifications self-harm or mental? When is it appropriate to inflict mortifications? 
  • 23:54 - Since eternity is outside of time, is it possible that we will all reach heaven at the same time? 
  • 31:31 - The four Marian dogmas are keeping me from becoming Catholic. I believe that Mary is the mother of God, but not the other three. What should I do? 
  • 44:26 - How can I evangelize a Christian neighbor of mine without pushing her away or ruining the friendship? 
  • 49:22 - Is it rational to believe that God made the universe in an instant but also to believe in the age of the Earth presented by scientists? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for the Papacy

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for the Papacy

April 8, 2021

How can Catholics be so sure that the papacy is ordained and willed by God?

Questions Covered:

  • 14:05 - I am orthodox. I don’t understand how Catholics go from the early Church to the papacy. How do Catholics justify it? 
  • 21:50 - Did the early Christian community consistently recognize the Bishop of Rome as the leader of the Church? 
  • 29:12 - I was in the military and got the opportunity to see Pope Paul VI when we were once in Rome. I fell in love with the papacy after reading Humanae Vitae and am grateful for God’s love! 
  • 35:47 - I am a Protestant. The Church for the first thousand years was not run by individual popes, but by five patriarchs. Then the Catholic Church corrupted, then the Protestant church got away from the corruption. I see this as evidence against the papacy. 
  • 46:12 - When is the pope infallible? Our current pope has said some things that don’t sound exactly right, but I am wondering if it is not all infallible. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Love Like a Saint

Catholic Answers Live - Love Like a Saint

April 8, 2021

How can we learn from the saintly women of the Church how to be truly virtuous and holy?

Questions Covered: 

  • 23:45 - I experience a lot of scrupulosity and have a lot of anxiety about sinning and often think I have sinned when I have not. What is your advice for me? 
  • 49:45 - When did St. Bakhita live? What is the book called again? 
  • 52:56 - How does one start to become a more virtuous person? I am not sure where to even begin. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
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