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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-15-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-15-19

October 16, 2019

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:

  • 04:33 - What is the official Church teaching on cursing?  
  • 18:31 - What does the Church teach on the salvation of Jews? 
  • 24:29 - What is the Catholic definition of “saved”? 
  • 28:17 - What is the difference between a pastoral teaching and a Church discipline? 
  • 34:46 - Was Psalm 122 written by David? Were crucifixions already done at that time? 
  • 41:35 - I am recently divorced from a marriage outside of the Catholic Church. Can I now receive Communion? 
  • 47:25 - Why does a priest have authority to bless holy water? What does holy water do? 
  • 50:40 - When Christ came, he said that the Old Laws don’t apply anymore and that the new law is love. Is this true? Can you help me to understand this? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-15-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-15-19

October 16, 2019

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:

  • 03:28 - What do you think of pre-tribulation rapture theology? 
  • 08:47 – What historically happened in the second century in the Church? It seems like the Church Fathers letters become much longer. Was there a reason for this? 
  • 17:11 - What are the reasons that Protestantism is false? 
  • 22:39 - How did Jesus not know when the end of time would be? He said that only the Father knows.  
  • 29:34 - In 1 Peter 3:21, does the word “justify” mean “save”?  
  • 34:43 - Why didn’t we stick to the model of the 12 apostles, replacing them as they passed away? 
  • 42:32 - How is Jesus knowing something in his divinity but not his humanity possible? Doesn’t this rupture the hypostatic union? 
  • 46:33 - Is it okay for Catholics to attend and participate in a Messianic Jewish Passover? 
  • 49:10 - When we have our glorified bodies, Catherine of Siena says that we’ll be able to walk through walls. What is the point of that when we will be in heaven with God? 
  • 52:50 - I found a beautiful statue of Mary, but she doesn’t wear a mantle. Is it wrong that Mary’s head is uncovered on this statue? Can I still admire it like my other statues? 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

October 15, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 06:44 - What is the Catholic opinion of Smith Wigglesworth? Apparently, he rose people from the dead. 
  • 17:27 - In John 16, Jesus refers to the Spirit “taking” from him. What could this mean? 
  • 22:23 – Colossians 2 seems to be against penitential actions like fasting. Is this true? If so, how does this affect us? 
  • 28:28 - Was there any standard canon for the Syriac Christians before the decision of Pope Damasus to establish the canon that we have today? 
  • 35:08 - Can we interpret the story of Nicodemus as a reason for being born again? 
  • 44:35 - Is there a definitive order that the gospels were written in? 
  • 49:10 - Why is it important for us to know when Revelation was written? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Mary the New Eve

Catholic Answers Live - Mary the New Eve

October 15, 2019

How can we know that Mary is the “new Eve”? Gary Michuta explains the Marian doctrines and dogmas.

Questions Covered:

  • 21:51 - If Mary was born without sin, then we know it is possible. Why didn’t God just create us all without sin? 
  • 26:16 - If Mary is the new Eve, the mother of the Church, do Jewish people have this special relationship with her as well? Does she play a part in bringing Jewish people to Christianity? 
  • 43:06 - Is it true that Mary is perfect because the Trinity made her perfect?  
  • 45:30 - Are you finding that Mary is a second Eve from Scripture or just from faith? 
Catholic Answers Live - Cardinal Newman and Catholic Education

Catholic Answers Live - Cardinal Newman and Catholic Education

October 14, 2019

Catholic education entails a lot more than religion class and uniforms. In this episode we discuss Cardinal John Henry Newman’s thoughts on education.

Questions Covered:

  • 14:31 - Our parish school has declining enrollment. What might Newman advise us?
  • 30:30 - Do you think there are parallels between education moving toward utilitarianism and the people being more casual with worship?
  • 32:25 - What did Newman think about training in classical languages?
  • 36:34 - Did Newman write anything about conversion to Catholicism or about transgenderism?
  • 42:45 - How can a believer at a university engage in conversation and friendship with a non-believer to encourage him to think about faith?
  • 45:10 - How can we get our school curriculums more in line with Newman’s ideal?
  • 47:15 - I teach catechists. What should I tell them their students absolutely must know before they go off to university?
  • 50:02 - I’m a parent of a college student who is pursuing liberal education. But I’m also worried about his prospects of finding a job after graduating.

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Work and Leisure

Catholic Answers Live - Work and Leisure

October 14, 2019

Modern man finds himself divided between work and play. But work doesn’t have to be a daily grind. And true leisure isn’t mere amusement or escapism. Michael Naughton, director of the Catholic Studies program at the University of St. Thomas, helps us to get work right.

Questions Covered:

  • 28:56 - Is there any Catholic teaching about an economy of self-sufficiency rather than a jobs economy?
  • 33:33 - What is a good balance between work and leisure and how do we develop that balance?
  • 46:30 - I recently began working at an assisted living facility as an activity assistant. How can I help the residents live true leisure?
  • 49:35 - Can you speak more about how we are made in the image of God and how that relates to our relationship to leisure?

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-10-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-10-19

October 11, 2019

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. 

Want more from Jimmy Akin? 

Questions Covered:

  • 04:04 - What is the difference between the particular judgement and the last judgement? 
  • 14:15 - I am a Protestant. Where is the concept of purgatory in the Bible? 
  • 28:50 - On the Cross Jesus says, “My God, why have you abandoned me?” Why did He feel abandoned if He was choosing to die for the remission of sins? 
  • 33:22 - Where do you find Mary in the book of Revelation? 
  • 38:17 - Why don’t the popes have miraculous powers like Peter and the apostles had? 
  • 43:15 - Can my Church have two tabernacles or are we only allowed to have one? 
  • 44:24 - Can you please elaborate on whether the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacrifice on the Cross are the same sacrifice? 
  • 49:07 - Is there any Catholic explanation as to why Mary wasn’t present at the Last Supper? Is there anything outside of the New Testament that gives evidence to her presence during his preaching ministry? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-10-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-10-19

October 11, 2019

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:

  • 04:43 - Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper. When did the Eucharist begin to be celebrated at a daily liturgy? 
  • 07:28 - What is the Catholic response to imputation, the belief that God punished Jesus?  
  • 14:57 - When we pray to St. Raphael, is he healing us or is he bringing us healing from God? How does this work? 
  • 21:48 - If I can’t be absolved of something right now, can God still hear my prayers? Are my prayers still efficacious?  
  • 31:52 - Why does Jesus use the word “woman” to address his mother? Would it have been culturally shocking at that time? 
  • 44:30 - Is the Amazonian Synod in continuity with or inspired by the teachings of the second Vatican council? 
  • 52:10 - Is God capable of evil? 
Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

October 10, 2019

Dr. George Delgado answers questions about life from conception to death.

Questions Covered:

  • 06:12 - I have a granddaughter. She and her husband are considering artificial insemination. How can I talk to her about this? 
  • 15:00 - Is it licit and moral for people to adopt snowflake children? 
  • 20:14 - How can we better prevent women from seeking abortions? 
  • 28:54 - It is really important for people to realize that adoption is an option for infertile couples, and you can adopt domestically, not just internationally. My wife and I adopted 2 children in the United States, and it is a fantastic option. 
  • 31:16 - What is the difference between adoption v. foster care? 
  • 34:20 - Is it ethical to get your tubes tied if you’re married? How can I approach a person who has done this? Can they be forgiven? 
  • 38:08 - Are human organ and tissue transplants ethical?  
  • 50:06 - What is the best thing to do as a parent in regard to kids’ vaccinations that come from aborted fetal cells? Some of the vaccines don’t have a more ethical option. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

October 10, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 05:16 - Does something in the Bible reveal that Jesus did know He was God? 
  • 14:09 - What relation did the Old Testament have with the Jewish Torah? Also, do we know who wrote the Old Testament? 
  • 19:38 - In the book of Deuteronomy, God says that human sacrifice is an abomination. Why then would He require the human sacrifice of Jesus? 
  • 29:38 - Do you have suggestions for studying the books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles? 
  • 35:00 - Is there anything in the Bible about Mary or the saints? How can I use Scripture to back up praying for intercession? 
  • 42:08 - Is there a biblical explanation as to God split up all the languages at Babel in Genesis 11:8-9? 
  • 50:16 - How did the Church determine which books were divinely inspired? 

Resources Mentioned:

Good News Reflection for Sunday Oct. 13, 2019

Good News Reflection for Sunday Oct. 13, 2019

October 10, 2019

We all have something that God cannot give to himself: our praise and our worship.

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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-8-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-8-19

October 9, 2019

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:

  • 05:08 - What are Zohar and Kaballah? What do they have to do with our faith? 
  • 14:47 - Is Tzar Nicholas II considered to be a saint in the Catholic Church? 
  • 16:25 - What is needed to be a godparent in the Catholic Church?  
  • 21:22 - I recently found out that being Jewish is dependent on your mother, but your tribal lineage comes through your father. Doesn’t this contradict Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogies? 
  • 30:15 - Everywhere, I see images of people holding their thumb and forefinger together. What does this mean? 
  • 32:27 - How can I deal with a radical Pentecostal who is very anti-Catholic?  
  • 47:08 - I just returned from a pilgrimage to Israel. Is Israel still considered the Promised Land to the Jewish people? Is God still calling us back to Israel or is the promised land now heaven? 
  • 51:15 - Can you help me to understand the doctrine of the Trinity? Why is important that God is three persons in one God and not three gods? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum 10-8-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum 10-8-19

October 9, 2019

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:

  • 03:18 - What is a good resource to give to someone who is being mentored by the new age ideas? 
  • 05:07 - What is the best way to help homeless beggars on the street that leads them to a better life? 
  • 13:30 - Did Adam and Eve exist?  
  • 20:40 - There’s a stereotype that after the second Vatican Council, catechesis really declined. What could have caused this change from good catechesis to bad? What can be done?  
  • 28:20 - Were the communities receiving Paul’s letters Catholic communities or were they denominations?  
  • 35:57 - If I give something up to God, does that mean that I no longer put any effort into it other than praying? 
  • 42:30 - In Paul’s letter to Timothy, what is he referring to when speaking of the ‘noble confession’? 
  • 46:00 - Philippians 2:6 – “…who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped…” What does this verse mean?
  • 49:57 - In the papal bull Dum Diversas, there is a statement from the pope saying, “We grant you [to the kings of Spain and Portugal] permission…to reduce [these] persons into perpetual slavery.” Does this fall under papal infallibility? Is there another interpretation we can take from this? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Faith and Science

Catholic Answers Live - Faith and Science

October 8, 2019

Dr. Stacy Trasancos answers questions about the compatible truths of faith and science.

Questions Covered:

  • 04:08 - I love your book! Is there a multifactorial link between homosexuality and promiscuity? 
  • 19:38 - The scientific community has recently tried stop reparative therapies for homosexual people who want to overcome that lifestyle. What do you think the future in science looks like in this area? 
  • 28:41 - How much of evolution can a Catholic agree with?  
  • 33:50 - How do you explain how science doesn’t contradict faith to middle school age students? 
  • 38:32 - Is there any evidence that vaccines have affected the increase in transgender dysphoria?  
  • 42:50 - “God is an ever-shrinking pocket of scientific ignorance.” said by Dr. Tyson. What do you think of this? 
  • 49:27 - I understand evolution of animals, but don’t ever hear talk of the evolution of plants. What do we know about this? 
  • 51:25 - Even if they find a gay gene, won’t homosexuality still be wrong? How would it change our lives? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - The Gay Gene

Catholic Answers Live - The Gay Gene

October 8, 2019

Is it possible that scientists can find a homosexual DNA marker? If so, does it change the Truth of the Catholic teaching on homosexuality?

Questions Covered:

  • 23:25 - If a person is homosexual, but has had one or more heterosexual experiences, then doesn’t that make them heterosexual? Isn’t an experiment like this very difficult to conduct because of that criteria? 
  • 29:00 - How can I have a decent conversation with one of my adult children who has many homosexual friends? She thinks I am cruel because I don’t support their lifestyle choices. 
  • 34:38 - Is this gay gene inherited?  
  • 42:27 - The studies that I read said that homosexuality had less to do with genes, but with hormones and stress when the baby was developing in the uterus. What do you think of that?  
  • 46:05 - What is the responsibility of someone who is predisposed to homosexuality? Does that person have the same culpability as someone who is not predisposed? 
  • 48:56 - What role does environment play in the gay lifestyle?   
  • 51:28 - Have you heard about studies where fish and other wildlife being affected by contraceptives in the water and are now exhibiting behavior of the opposite sex? Could this be part of what is happening in our society? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

October 7, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 01:59 - I’d like to know about the so-called “Satanic Panic” around Dungeons and Dragons, but also the related panic about D&D and murder/suicide. 
  • 16:00 - Does CCC 2290 have anything to say about people’s addiction to coffee? We all seem to give coffee a pass even though people spend lots of money on it and develop significant physiological and psychological dependence on it. Find any humorous coffee meme and substitute the word “heroin,” and suddenly it isn’t so funny. 
  • 22:21 - Where would we be today if the Library of Alexandria never burned down? 
  • 29:27 – I have questions about bodily mortification. I am reading about the lives of saints who did actual damage to their physical bodies. To me, that seems very wrong, as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and God created the body as “good,” so much so that burial of the dead is an act of Christian charity. Yet, we still are being advised in some quarters to “subdue” our bodies” with either extreme and unhealthy neglect, or actual harm. 
  • 34:06 - Was Jesus dead all day on Holy Saturday and just waiting to come out on Sunday? 
  • 36:23 - What would the implications be in terms of philosophy, theology, and morality if animals other than humans were discovered to be sapient? 
  • 45:00 - In dire circumstances, can one baptize using tea? It’s mostly water. What if it’s sweetened? 
  • 47:58 - In Confirmation class a kid once asked me this: “If there were an insane man who thought his cat was a priest, and he went to Confession to his cat and heard the cat give him absolution, would his sins be forgiven?” 
  • 49:50 - I read that Augustine believed that concupiscence is specifically passed down through the act of intercourse of the parents. Would concupiscence still be part of a child if there was artificial Insemination without any sexual act involved? 
Catholic Answers Live - How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

Catholic Answers Live - How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

October 7, 2019

Elizabeth Lev, art historian and author of “How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art,” joins Cy to discuss the life-changing impact that Catholic restoration art had on the faithful during the tumult and aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. While Protestantism threatened to destroy sacramental life, Catholic art affirmed the truth found in the sacraments, calling the faithful to deeper relationship with the Church that Christ founded.

Questions Covered:

  • 20:36 - How did Artemisia Genteleschi contribute as a woman to art in this period? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-3-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 10-3-19

October 4, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 06:30 - Is it okay to have several novenas going at once?  
  • 15:07 - What is the Church’s position on angelic ordination? 
  • 17:40 - St. Augustine seems to contradict the vision at Fatima, so who is correct? 
  • 22:17 - Is it possible to sin without having any culpability?  
  • 32:47 - Does the Church still encourage full immersion Baptism? 
  • 34:08 - What is pillar sitting? When did this happen and why isn’t it a practice in the Church anymore? 
  • 37:44 - My wife believes that Dante’s Divine Comedy is heretical, but I’m not sure if it is. Is this book okay to read? 
  • 45:50 - What guidance does the Church offer about the Free Masons? 
  • 49:02 - Were St. Joseph of Cupertino’s miracles of bilocating and levitation literal or just exaggerations? 
  •  50:44 - How can my high school daughter defend faith and free will? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-3-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 10-3-19

October 4, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 02:26 - What is the difference between temporal and plenary indulgences? How do you obtain them? What are they? 
  • 07:56 - Is it wrong for a Muslim, Morman, or Hindu family to have lots of kids or are they all gifts from God? 
  • 12:37 - Why does the Church teach that Jesus is God in the flesh when the book of Numbers says that God is not a man? 
  • 16:36 - Why is St. Peter’s cross considered to be a demonic symbol? 
  • 19:09 - Was the Anglican Church founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury, therefore having apostolic succession? 
  • 23:20 - If Catholics receive the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, when can a Protestant receive the Holy Spirit? 
  • 29:52 - What do you know about priests who are trained to perform exorcisms? How does a person avail themselves of an exorcists’ help? 
  • 33:45 - Can you explain what is going on with Amazon synod? What is it and what will happen there? 
  • 41:55 - Can you get an annulment if your husband has had a relationship with someone over text message?  
  • 44:00 - The Church of Christ claims to be the early Church. How can I refute this?  
  • 46:35 - Why does the Church use the New American Bible translation instead of the RSV? 
  • 49:37 - I was listening to Mysterious World about the Resurrection. Is there any conclusive evidence of the Resurrection? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Errors of Adventism

Catholic Answers Live - The Errors of Adventism

October 3, 2019

Cy and Tim discuss the seven main errors of Seventh Day Adventism. From the belief that God has a body to the belief that the soul is not immortal, there are many mistaken ideologies in Adventism that Tim refutes with the Truth found in Scripture and common-sense philosophy.