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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

July 3, 2020

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:

 
  • 08:42 - Can you help me to understand Romans 8:1? 
  • 17:59 - Aside from the direction of the Holy Spirit, what determines which order men become a part of when they enter religious life? 
  • 30:00 - How do Catholics determine if something is a mortal sin? What happens to your relationship with the Holy Spirit when you commit a mortal sin? 
  • 36:02 - My Pentecostal friends claim that 1 Cor. 14:2 proves that their speaking in tongues is valid and holy. Is this true? 
  • 45:30 - I was very angry at God and told him I was leaving the Church. I don’t want to be a part of the Church, but I do talk to God sometimes. Can you help me to sort this out? 
  • 49:06 - How does free will work in relation to God’s providence and omniscience? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

July 3, 2020

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:

 
  • 04:54 - What does the Catholic Church teach about eternal marriage and eternal family? I am a former Mormon. 
  • 15:31 - Can a Catholic attend an SSPX Church to receive the Eucharist? 
  • 19:51 - What does Luke 13:23-25? 
  • 29:11 - I don’t see anywhere in the Bible that the promises of the New Covenant are given to the Catholic Church. Where do you find evidence for it? 
  • 36:23 - Can you give me an idea of what the Church believes when it comes to metaphysical views, such as substance dualism? 
  • 43:50 - What do you think of geocentrism versus heliocentrism? 
  • 50:09 - I have a lot of anxiety about salvation. I didn’t ask to be born into this game where the stakes are so high- damnation or heaven. How can I have more peace about this? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Laborers Who Came Late

Catholic Answers Live - The Laborers Who Came Late

July 2, 2020

What is the spiritual meaning behind the labourers who came late in Matthew 20:1–16?

Questions Covered:

  • 18:34 - This parable is comforting and helpful to me. The workers were paid what they agreed to. Send Secrets to Heaven 
  • 22:50 - People must remember that the payment that they’re receiving is eternal, more than enough for all. 
  • 32:31 - This parable seems to oppose the Catholic teaching of faith and works. 
  • 38:11 - Why do people “show up” at so many different times in the parable and in life? What is the merit of showing up early? 
  • 44:06 - Mother Angelica said that there are different levels of glory in heaven. Is this true? If so, are the workers earning different levels of glory? 
  • 47:47 - What you have been talking about has really caused me to reflect on my life and to be so thankful for God’s mercy. 
  • 51:20 - I am a person who came late, and I see so much merit in coming early. I wish I had known the truth much sooner.  

Resources Mentioned:

 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

July 1, 2020

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:

  • 01:09 - Is it true that I, as a non-Catholic, have a chance of going to heaven, but if my Catholic girlfriend left the faith, she would go to hell? 
  • 13:52 - Our churches opened back up here, but they are not allowing us to take off our masks to receive communion, so people are carrying the Eucharist away in their hands and consuming it elsewhere. What can I do? I do not want to disrespect the Eucharist. 
  • 18:50 - Can you explain Romans 13? 
  • 29:03 - I am an Anglican, considering the Catholic Church. Why does apostolic succession matter? 
  • 44:47 - Thank you for helping me to come into the Church. What is a quick response to my Protestant family who use John 3:16 against faith and works? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

July 1, 2020

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:

 
  • 13:39 - What do you know about the illumination of conscience? What does the Church teach about this? 
  • 19:43 - Why does the Catholic Church think that faith and works together don’t mean that you’re earning your salvation? If it includes works, then you believe that you’re earning salvation, which is wrong. 
  • 50:01 - The Church teaches a lot about John 3:16. Is 1 John 3:16 in support of John 3:16? 
Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

June 30, 2020

Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

 Questions Covered:

  • 03:29 - I reject the idea that God would allow non-believers to go to hell for eternity. 
  • 11:33 - Why does the Catholic Church teach that adultery in the heart and mind is not a mortal sin? 
  • 18:39 - I reject the God of the Old Testament and since Catholic moral teaching is based on the Old and New Testament, I reject Catholic moral teaching. 
  • 36:10 - I need clarification on the inviolability of conscience. 
  • 47:38 - I reject the Catholic Church’s teaching on illegal immigration. 
  • 52:32 - Please explain why the Catholic Church teaches that IVF is wrong. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

June 30, 2020

Which Catholic Moral Teaching Do You Reject?

Questions Covered:

  • 17:00 - I do not understand why the Catholic Church does not support gay marriage.  
  • 33:42 - I reject Catholic moral teaching on natural law. 
  • 44:50 - I question Catholic teaching on NFP and contraception. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Church Nativity Weekly Message - It’s a Mystery to Me Week 2
Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

June 29, 2020

ROUND 1 PETER AND PAUL

1) In his second letter, Peter says we will one day:

a See the divine nature

b Touch the divine nature

c Share in the divine nature

2) Peter’s first successor of Peter as the leader of the Church in Rome was:

  1. a) Forgotten by history
  2. b) Linus
  3. c) James the Just

3) In the letter to the Galatians:

  1. a) Peter rebukes St Paul
  2. b) St Paul rebukes Peter
  3. c) Paul and Peter rebuke the Romans

4) Which of the following is true about St. Peter:

  1. a) Has such a powerful healer that people laid the sick out in places where they thought Peter’s shadow might fall on them
  2. b) He only healed when all the Apostles were gathered together
  3. c) He showed no evidence of being a healer

 5) The Apostle Paul was a:

  1. a) Sadducee
  2. b) Temple Priest
  3. c) Pharisee

6)  The bishops of the Orthodox Churches are:

a.) Not successors of the Apostles as Catholic bishops are

b.) Successors of the Apostles

c.) Successors only of St. Paul but not of St. Peter

 

ROUND 2 Sacrament of Marriage Questions

1) Even married couples may not resort to Invitro Fertilization because:

a.) God creates life without our cooperation, and we cannot interfere with that

b.) IVF separates a child’s conception from the conjugal act of its parents

c.) There is no certainty that an artificially conceived person will have a soul

 

2) Catholics believe that marriage is:

  1. a) An eternal bond
  2. b) A life-long bond
  3. c) A life-long bond except in cases of annulment

3) When a baptized Protestant marries a baptized Catholic:

a.) Their marriage is sacramental

b.) Their marriage is valid but not sacramental

c.) There marriage is not valid

 

4) Marriage is the only sacrament:

a.) That was already an institution before Christ raised it to the status of sacrament

b.) That no priest of the Catholic Church can receive

c.) That the government has the right to deny

 

 

5) It is a grave offense against marriage:

a.) For spouses to attempt to regulate the spacing of children

b.) For governments to coerce parents to have fewer children

c.) For a person to seek an annulment if the spouse does not want it

 

6) The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls marriage:

a.) “a union of God with the human race”

b.) “a collaboration for raising children”

c.) “a partnership of the whole of life”

 

ROUND 3

True or False

  • True The earliest non-biblical Christian text is sometimes referred to as Teaching of the Twelve Apostles and is also called the Didache

 

  • FALSE The Gospel of Luke is probably based on the preaching of St Paul

 

  • TRUE The Gospel of Mark is probably based on the preaching of St Peter

 

  • TRUE In the First Letter to the Corinthians, St Paul argued forcefully that Christians should not be suing each other in Roman courts (1 Corinthians 6:1-1a)

 

  • FALSE The Apostolic Fathers were Peter, James, and John

 

  • TRUE St Paul urged his fellow Christians to work out their salvation in fear and trembling

 

  • TRUE Peter said that some things in the letters of St. Paul are hard to understand.
Catholic Answers Live - Jesus:  Emmanuel or Mere Prophet?

Catholic Answers Live - Jesus: Emmanuel or Mere Prophet?

June 29, 2020

Was Jesus truly divine or was he just a holy man?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:48 - Atheists claim that Josephus wrote the Bible. How would we respond to this? 
  • 16:53 - I have heard that God’s people are Muslims, Jews, and Christians. How does God work through Christ to bring all those people together? 
  • 30:10 - Jesus is not God. I think God works through Jesus. We are all vessels the way that Jesus was. 
  • 47:30 - Muslims quote Mark 14:32 and John 14:28 to prove that Jesus is not God. How do you respond to that? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

June 26, 2020

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:

  • 01:20 - How should I go about studying the Bible? 
  • 06:36 - What is the status of independent Catholic Churches that aren’t under their local diocese in their county? 
  • 14:00 - Are there any Catholic resources for help with schizophrenia or psychosis? 
  • 17:07 - My parish priest comes to our book club and dominates the conversation. We don’t mind him coming, if he comes as a guest and respects the rules of the club. How can we ask him to stop doing this? 
  • 24:26 - Why do people claim that the Latin Mass is the only valid rite of the Mass? 
  • 36:18 - A coworker told me that Jesus is referenced as the Son of God many times in the gospels, but only referred to as divine once or twice, so refuting the Trinitarian God. How can I defend the Trinity? 
  • 43:56 - How can we know that we are interpreting Scripture appropriately? 
  • 48:30 - What is the Church’s teaching on the illumination of conscience? 
  • 51:13 - Living in a Christian community, so many people around me believe in the Rapture. Is this really going to happen? 
  • 52:34 - Can Catholics try to pray someone out of purgatory? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

June 26, 2020

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:

  • 05:12 - According to Scripture, what events will tell us that the world is ending? 
  • 15:15 - When you see an angel, how do you know it is real? 
  • 18:53 - A friend told me purgatory was not necessary because, after we die, we no longer have a body or bodily temptations. How can I respond to that? 
  • 24:20 - Why does God harden people’s hearts in the Old Testament? 
  • 34:10 - Will the Church identify the anti-Christ when he comes? 
  • 35:50 - I am a practicing Catholic but my wife is not a baptized Christian. She comes to Mass with me every week. Does she have a chance of going to heaven? 
  • 42:00 - How should a Catholic approach politics, media, etc.? Do we have to take a “side or can we just approve of certain things and not of others? 
  • 48:42 - Why do we follow the successor of Rome and not of Antioch? 
  • 52:17 - I have an old Bible that is falling apart. How should I dispose of it? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

June 25, 2020

Should the Bible be taken literally? When was the Bible established? This and more with Jimmy Akin.

Questions Covered:

  • 02:21 - Can you help me to understand Exodus 4:24-25? 
  • 07:10 - Matthew 24:14 says that the tribulations that were going to happen to Jerusalem would be the worst that the world would ever see and would never see again. Was this true? 
  • 18:57 - How could the earth possibly be created in 7 days? What do we believe about the creation account in Genesis? 
  • 24:16 - Is there any reference in the Bible to skin color or race? 
  • 31:58 - In Romans, Paul writes about treating your body as a temple. In the temple, they used incense. I like to smoke cigarettes. Could that be me to incensing my temple? Or should I quit smoking? 
  • 38:30 - When were the books of the Bible dogmatically defined?  
  • 46:35 – There are times in the Bible when it seems like God “changes” his mind (like when Mary changes Jesus’ mind at Cana), but God is unchangeable. How can this be reconciled? 
  • 51:44 - Jesus talks about himself metaphorically, calling himself living water, so why would talking about himself in the Eucharist not also be metaphorical?

Resources Mentioned:

 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

June 25, 2020

Should the Bible be taken literally? When was the Bible established? This and more with Jimmy Akin.

Questions Covered:

  • 07:00 - The scriptures take about the imputation of the righteousness of Christ and his glory. What does the Catholic Church say about this?  
  • 15:41 - Do reverence or piety result in supernatural health protection based on what the Bible says? 
  • 24:13 - What does Ephesians 2:8-9 mean? 
  • 34:23 - It seems like Jesus celebrates the Passover with his apostles on Holy Thursday and then on Friday, when he had been crucified, they had to take his body down in order to prepare for the Passover. When did the Passover happen? 
  • 47:13 - In 2 Timothy 3:17, why is the Greek word “artios” used, when in James 1:4 a different Greek word is used, but in English, both passages use the word “complete”? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

June 24, 2020

Cy Kellett and senior apologist, Jimmy Akin, discuss a variety of questions submitted via email and social media. If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next internet open forum, please email it to radio@catholic.com.  

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

June 24, 2020

Cy Kellett and senior apologist, Jimmy Akin, discuss a variety of questions submitted via email and social media. If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next internet open forum, please email it to radio@catholic.com

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

June 24, 2020

Cy Kellett and senior apologist, Jimmy Akin, discuss a variety of questions submitted via email and social media. If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next internet open forum, please email it to radio@catholic.com

Catholic Answers Live - Debunking Historical Myths

Catholic Answers Live - Debunking Historical Myths

June 23, 2020

What is the truth about the history of the Catholic Church?

Questions Covered:

  • 15:08 - When it comes to the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, the Catholics took the hardest hit, but that isn’t taught. 
  • 21:10 - How can we deal with the lack of cultural representation of black and other minority groups in society and how can that be rectified? 
  • 29:33 - When did the Catholic Church start using the word Easter? My friends say it comes from a pagan festival. 
  • 35:35 - When will we see statues and discussion of Dorothy Day and other great figures? 
  • 46:35 - Why would people want to take down statues of President Roosevelt? Can you explain this a little bit more? 
Catholic Answers Live - One Less God Than You

Catholic Answers Live - One Less God Than You

June 23, 2020

John DeRosa debuts his new book, One Less God Than You.

If you have spent any time on Twitter, in a college quad, or at the dinner table with a freshman philosophy major, you’re probably familiar with the litany of slogans that religious skeptics employ in an attempt to rescue you from the foolish belief that God exists.

Even our public schools and mainstream media often can’t help but parrot the tropes and memes that seem to leave thinking people with no alternative but to embrace atheism.

How can a Christian respond?

You can ignore them—but then you miss a chance to evangelize and to strengthen your own faith. You can spend years mastering theistic apologetics before you reply—but that takes, well, years. Or you can let John DeRosa (Classical Theism) help. In  One Less God Than You, he breaks down twenty of the most common atheist challenges, exposes their substantive and logical weaknesses, and shows you how to craft effective answers.

Atheism is more aggressive and widespread than ever before, so we believers have a crucial task before us. Read One Less God Than You and prepare yourself to respond with the joyful truth that God is real.

Questions Covered:

  • 14:02 - If there’s more than one church with different beliefs, then which one should an atheist choose? Why should they join a church when people of faith are confused? 
  • 17:50 - Why don’t you use the argument of miracles to convince people about the existence of God? 
  • 23:15 - What is the best way to answer an intellectual atheist who talks way over my head? 
  • 30:16 - How can I respond to people who claim to be Catholic, but they don’t believe and follow Catholic teaching? 
  • 33:30 - How would you answer, “If God is all good and all powerful, then why does he allow so much evil and suffering?” 
  • 42:20 - I come from an atheist family. How can we go about evangelizing family when they seem apathetic to the question of God? 
  • 45:38 - My kids say evolution is truth and proven and faith is a myth. How can I respond? 
  • 48:45 - How do I deal with friends who are on the fence about faith in general? They don’t want to believe that God even existed, let alone that he died for us. 
  • 51:33 - Someone is marrying into our family who has no religion. How can I start a conversation about faith with him? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
  • New Proofs for the Existence of God by Fr. Spitzer  
  • 5 Proofs for the Existence of God by Ed Feser 
Catholic Answers Live - Kids Show

Catholic Answers Live - Kids Show

June 22, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:12 - Due to COVID-19, do kids who were supposed to get their First Communion this year still get to have it? 
  • 15:17 – When we receive First Communion, why do we have to go through all those classes? 
  • 19:13 - The churches are going to reopen in two weeks, but our dad doesn’t want us to go outside the house. Should we obey him or the church? 
  • 23:18 - What is the role of the Church in political life? 
  • 35:55 - Why did God make church? 
  • 44:13 - How can God exist all the time if nobody made him? 
  • 47:50 - Can a priest say that you can’t receive communion on the tongue? 
  • 50:24 - Why does God allow the riots?