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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 17, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 03:06 - What is the Catholic interpretation of Romans 3:23? 
  • 12:54 - Is splitting conjoined twins the same as abortion since the chance of death is high?  
  • 19:53 - What is your advice for a beginner’s level apologetics ministry at my Church? Do you have any resource suggestions for group study?  
  • 23:47 - What is the best Catholic Bible? I am Protestant but very interested in the Church.  
  • 31:20 - Can Catholics attend a Byzantine Church? 
  • 33:55 - I am going through RCIA. How can I speak to people in my life who are really upset that I’m becoming Catholic? 
  • 40:16 - Why does God expect and want us to have faith when it is uncertain and can be prone to error? 
  • 47:22 - Which scriptures are inspired that are not in the canon of the Bible? When did the Catholic Church start using missalettes instead of Bibles? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Being Man of the Household

Catholic Answers Live - Being Man of the Household

January 17, 2020

What does being the man of the household mean? Find out here, with Prof. John Cuddeback.

Questions Covered:

  • 18:24 - I am a divorced father with two children, 10 and 12. My ex-wife has left the faith. My kids are being very rebellious. How can I best be a father, not pushing the faith on them, but drawing them towards it? 
  • 23:33 - What practical advice do you have for a couple who can’t afford to have the wife stay at home? How can the couple maintain this husband/wife balance when the man is not able to be the sole provider? 
  • 31:10 - My parents were divorced when I was a child, but my father was unswerving. Because of him, I am a Catholic today. 
  • 34:30 - What are your recommendations for good books and movies that encourage healthy manhood for my son? 
  • 42:25 - I am a single mom, divorced due to a mental illness in my husband. What can I do to help my two sons to grow into men who will be the men of the household? 
  • 45:50 - What is the path forward once your kids are grown? How are you man of the house if you are divorced? 
  • 48:45 - How can we practice masculinity in a culture of so much immodesty? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Meeting the Protestant Challenge

Catholic Answers Live - Meeting the Protestant Challenge

January 17, 2020

Karlo accepts challenges from Protestant callers (and Catholics) on Catholic beliefs that seem to contradict the Bible.

Questions Covered:

  • 06:30 - I have a Protestant friend who doesn’t believe there is a scriptural basis for celibacy in the priesthood. How can I respond to this? 
  • 15:55 - Protestants ask me why Jesus would give us his real Body and Blood. How can I answer this? 
  • 22:00 - As a Protestant, I understand blessings to be gifts from God. What is the Catholic understanding of blessing? Are blessings the same as sacramentals?  
  • 29:38 – I am a Baptist interested in converting to Catholicism. How can Catholics view Mary as perfect and a way to Christ? Where is the evidence for this? 
  • 40:47 - If Jesus is fully bodily in heaven, what are Catholics worshipping in adoration? 
  • 44:45 - A non-Catholic asked me, how can Jesus be both human and divine? They said it is a logical fallacy.  
  • 49:43 - How can I respond to my Protestant brother who says that Jesus’ blood is enough, so I shouldn’t have Mass said for my deceased mother? 
Catholic Answers Live - Meeting the Protestant Challenge

Catholic Answers Live - Meeting the Protestant Challenge

January 17, 2020

Karlo accepts challenges from Protestant callers (and Catholics) on Catholic beliefs that seem to contradict the Bible.

Questions Covered:

  • 16:06 - Why do Catholics call priests “Father” when Scripture clearly says not to? 
  • 22:14 - I am a Protestant and I don’t understand or believe in Transubstantiation.  
  • 31:50 - Why don’t Catholics believe in assurance when Scripture tells us to in 1 John 5:13? 
  • 45:00 - I am a Protestant. When my mother died, a Catholic friend told me she had a Mass offered for my mother’s soul. What was she attempting to accomplish for my mother by doing this? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-14-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-14-2020

January 15, 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:

  • 04:27 - St. Irenaeus says that Eve and Mary, the New Eve, are both virgins. How can this be? 
  • 16:58 - If you go to confession and the priest says, “I forgive you,” instead of the traditional absolution, is it valid? Are there any variations of the absolution that are valid? 
  • 21:36 - Is there a licit, feasible means of rescuing frozen, abandoned embryos? 
  • 44:43 - What is your opinion of the ESV Bible translation? 
  • 46:43 - How can I prove to someone who is not a Catholic that the early Christians really were Catholics? 
  • 52:37 - How can I better understand the Church’s teaching on “no salvation outside of the Catholic Church”? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-14-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-14-2020

January 15, 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:

  • 03:25 - As technology is progressing, will virtual reality baptism something that could become valid? 
  • 12:23 - At the end of time, will the persecution against Christians be violent? 
  • 16:20 - What is the Catholic stance on abortion? 
  • 34:58 - Why is the mother tongue of the Church Latin and not Hebrew? 
  • 41:50 - Are unbaptized babies who pass away present with us at the Mass? 
  • 45:58 - How do I defend Mary’s perpetual virginity? 
  • 51:52 - Can you suggest a Bible study for new Christians? Also, why do the Catholic and Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas and Easter on different days? 
Catholic Answers Live - Why Aren’t You Catholic?

Catholic Answers Live - Why Aren’t You Catholic?

January 15, 2020

Trent Horn explains why we’re Catholic- our reason for faith, hope, and love, and responds to callers who disagree.

Questions Covered:

  • 12:27 - I was Catholic until the 1980s when I left for the evangelical Christian church. What happened during that time period that drew so many people away from the Catholic Church? 
  • 20:03 - I feel compelled to convert to Catholicism but I feel that it will upset my family greatly. 
  • 29:25 - I am not Catholic because I am a Christian believer. I was interested in becoming Catholic but was told I had to go through a year of preparation before I can fully enter.  
  • 43:09 - I am not Catholic because I don’t understand Catholicism. Most of what I hear you talk about on the radio makes no sense to me. 
  • 43:09 - I am not Catholic because I don’t understand Catholicism. Most of what I hear you talk about on the radio makes no sense to me. – Let’s go to David next 
  • 49:29 - I left the Catholic 6 years ago and became Anglican. I am being pulled back– I went to Mass and confession this past weekend. Something that really holds me back is indulgences. I do see the historical evidence for the truth of the Church. 
Catholic Answers Live - Why Aren’t You Catholic?

Catholic Answers Live - Why Aren’t You Catholic?

January 14, 2020

Trent Horn explains why we’re Catholic- our reason for faith, hope, and love, and responds to callers who disagree.

Questions Covered:

  • 01:21 - I am almost ready to be Catholic but Mary really holds me back. 
  • 16:19 - I’ve never been Catholic. I’m not Catholic because of the current issues with the Church. 
  • 24:36 - I am Oriental Orthodox because I see problems with the philosophy of Roman Catholicism. 
  • 42:08 - I am not Catholic because I have studied historical theology and don’t believe that the current Catholic Church is the same as the early Church. 
  • 52:26 - I am not Catholic because I have a problem with praying to the saints. If I did have the time to pray, why wouldn’t I pray to God directly? 
Catholic Answers Live - Understanding Genesis

Catholic Answers Live - Understanding Genesis

January 13, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 15:48 - Was the Garden of Eden heaven? And are people in Heaven in a re-made Garden of Eden?
  • 19:22 - Who actually wrote Genesis? When was it written?
  • 30:23 - Is Genesis metaphorical or historical?
  • 35:54 - Some Jewish groups use the first five books of the bible to say that Jesus didn’t have the pedigree to be messiah. But why do they not consider the rest of the Old Testament?
  • 43:13 - A priest told me that we don’t have to believe the sacrifice of Isaac is real history, that it is just symbolic. Is that true?
  • 52:00 – Who are the “Sons of God” in Genesis 6?
Catholic Answers Live - Answering Atheists

Catholic Answers Live - Answering Atheists

January 13, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 15:15 - What is the formal declaration of an atheist? Do they just believe there is no God?
  • 19:47 - How do you prove to an atheist that God doesn’t make mistakes?
  • 29:07 - Can you explain the proof by Aquinas for God’s existence?
  • 34:10 - What resources can you recommend for kids who are having questions about atheism?
  • 44:35 - Why does the burden of proof lie on the atheist?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-9-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-9-2020

January 10, 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:

  • 02:10 - In the Nicene Creed, what does it mean when it says that Jesus is “consubstantial with the Father”? 
  • 04:52 - What does the Catholic Church teach about being a professional gambler? 
  • 08:20 - What is the interpretation of 2 Cor. 5:21? 
  • 15:23 - How can I explain that the word baptism in the Bible is talking about a physical and not a spiritual event? 
  • 22:07 - How should I go about dating in a Catholic way? It has been a very long time. 
  • 29:07 - What is the meaning of the words “mystery of faith” in the Mass? 
  • 31:46 - When Satan choose evil instead of God, did he have a true choice? 
  • 34:15 - How is the perpetual virginity of Mary significant to our faith? 
  • 40:55 - How did the wisemen know as much as they did in finding Jesus as a baby? Were these prophecies from Scripture? 
  • 45:48 - Why is Peter considered to be the first pope? 
  • 49:13 - What is Jesus’ last name? 
  • 52:05 - When was the earliest notion of the procreative and unitive truth of marriage? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-9-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-9-2020

January 10, 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:

  • 04:25 - How do I know who is speaking the truth in a world with so many voices claiming to be true? 
  • 11:47 - How much of the Council of Constance is still valid? 
  • 15:51 - What is the chronology and places of the events from Christ’s infancy to early childhood? 
  • 21:33 - If there are other civilizations in the universe, did Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross save them, too? 
  • 28:51 - Were the Psalms written before, during, or after the falling out that David had with Bathsheba? 
  • 33:35 - How can I explain to Calvinists that human beings do have free will? 
  • 42:47 - If Jesus is in the Eucharist and the Trinity is never separate, then are we receiving the Trinity? Also, are we receiving the Church and the Communion of Saints? 
  • 52:13 - Is there a category in Catholic theology called unintentional sin? 
Catholic Answers Live - Does Theology Help or Harm Faith?

Catholic Answers Live - Does Theology Help or Harm Faith?

January 9, 2020

Many argue that a simpler faith without lots of theologizing is closer to true Christianity. Mark explains why that is not necessarily so.

Questions Covered:

  • 07:50 - I think theology harms faith. There are so many false theologies. 
  • 22:27 - I think that theology is important to faith. I was an agnostic and was unbaptized. I was first led to faith through the Episcopal church, but theology helped me to find Truth in the Catholic faith. 
  • 33:00 - Theology classes, depending on who teaches, can be very harmful. It can even cause a person to lose her faith. 
  • 49:12 - I think theology has the potential to harm faith.  

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Catholic Answers Live - Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

January 9, 2020

How do we answer those who say that faith saves and baptism is merely symbolic or merely a public manifestation of an inner reality?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 17:28 - What is the real difference between a baptized and non-baptized person? 
  • 22:55 - If I baptize my son Catholic and someday, he chooses to leave the Church, what will happen to him? Should we wait to baptize him until it is his choice? 
  • 34:31 - How can a Baptist baptism be valid if they don’t believe a baptism is regenerative? 
  • 37:22 - How can an infant repent and be baptized?  
  • 45:23 - Is there any way to baptize a baby spiritually if the parents are not baptizing them? 
  • 51:49 - Does a convert have to get rid of the “once saved, always saved” belief when they are baptized Catholic? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-7-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 1-7-2020

January 8, 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:

 
  • 02:51 - Can you explain how Catholics present the Scripture (esp. the gospels)? How is it different from how Protestants would present it? 
  • 13:54 - What are the gnostic gospels? Why are they not in the Canon of Scripture? 
  • 19:44 - My father was a verbally abusive man, but he hid it outside the home. My father is now deceased, and people tell me how much they liked him and what a good man he was. How can I charitably but truthfully respond to these comments? 
  • 28:35 - When did the marriage between Mary and Joseph take place?  
  • 38:50 - If we believe that life starts at conception, why don’t we baptize babies when they’re still in the womb?  
  • 43:15 - Ephesians 2:8 proves that salvation cannot be lost. How do you respond to that? 
  • 50:25 - Can you define what deliberate consent is in the case of mortal sin? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-7-2020

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 1-7-2020

January 8, 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:

  • 07:32 - What is the Catholic perspective on righteousness? How do we obtain it? 
  • 16:59 - How can we know if a teaching from the early Church was passed on orally and recorded in Scripture or if it came from Scripture? 
  • 21:50 - How can I deal with Mormon missionaries? 
  • 32:40 - What is the origin of Christianity? Is Catholicism the first Christian religion? 
  • 37:45 - In my area, they combined three Catholic Churches to form one parish called Our Lady of Guadalupe. Why would they do that when Aztecs performed human sacrifice?  
  • 44:42 - Is Revelation 22:18-19 a good verse to prove that we can lose our salvation? 
  • 48:53 - How do we talk to Protestants who don’t believe in papal infallibility? 
  • 52:48 - How do you interpret the extremely long lifespans recorded in the book of Genesis? 
Catholic Answers Live - Eastern Catholicism

Catholic Answers Live - Eastern Catholicism

January 7, 2020

What do Byzantine, Maronite, and Chaldean churches have in common with Rome? They’re all Catholic! Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier is here to explain the beauty of a diverse Catholic Church.

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 7, 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:

  • 03:14 - What exactly was the Enlightenment and how does it relate to church teaching? 
  • 10:22 - Why does each diocese sets the age to receive confirmation? Why do some parishes take it even further to require activities and hours to attain the sacrament and other parishes within the same city do not? 
  • 13:59 - Can God love one person more than another? Does God love St. John more than St. Thomas, for example? 
  • 19:14 - What exactly did the Council of Trent declare about the Latin Vulgate? Should all Catholics assume that the Latin Vulgate is more accurate and is “superior” than the New Testament in the original Greek? 
  •  29:11 - I’ve been led to believe that a natural marriage is more than just mutual permission to perform the “marital act” but involves the intention on both parties to form a union oriented toward the procreation of children. A union formed for merely economic or legal reasons (with no procreative intent) would not be a true “marriage”. That said, one traditional view of Mary and Joseph’s union was that she was entrusted to him for protection and provision in what was intended to be a sexless, childless union. This seem irreconcilable with our natural law understanding of marriage. Is it acceptable to think that the union of Mary and Joseph was a “marriage” on in the legal sense? Sufficient to pass on inheritances (like inheriting the kingship of David), but otherwise not a true natural marriage? 
  • 37:33 - I thought Jesus and the Father were equal. In John 14:28 You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 
  • 43:12 - If Jesus submitted his DNA to Ancestry.com would it prove that he shared DNA with Joseph? With Mary? 
  • 46:47- Is it “ok” to consider that the great flood was brought about by the end of the last ice age, thus fitting many of the world’s culture’s take on flood legends? 
  • 53:27 - Why and when did Saint Peter go to Antioch and Rome? 
Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Purgatory

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Purgatory

January 7, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 13:30 – Is there any possible way to completely avoid purgatory after death and go straight to heaven? 
  • 19:18 - I know that we should pray for the souls that are in purgatory. Can we do this for the souls in hell so that they can go to purgatory, then heaven? 
  • 23:13 - Where is purgatory? 
  • 28:40 - How does a prayer affect someone in purgatory? 
  • 35:07 - Is purgatory a metaphysical place or a process? 
  • 42:38 - How can I explain to my Protestant family why we believe in purgatory? I want a short and concise way to explain it. 
  • 47:22 - Is purgatory guaranteed? I heard recently that it is not.   
  • 52:15 - I am Protestant and I do not believe in purgatory. I have a friend who does deliverance ministry and he doesn’t believe in purgatory, but he has experienced people caught between heaven and hell. I do think there is something there. 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 7, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 06:11 - Is it true that Mary remained a virgin? In the gospel of Matthew, it sounds like she had relations with Joseph after Jesus was born. 
  • 16:55 - I got married in the Presbyterian church but was raised Catholic. Am I in mortal sin because I am no longer Catholic? 
  • 23:14 - I have trouble with the God of the Bible. Why would God make the universe so large and time so vast?  
  • 40:58 - How do you know if God is speaking to you or if it is just your own thoughts? How can you discern when the Holy Spirit is speaking? 
  • 46:11 - Why don’t Catholics believe that the new Jerusalem of the Bible is a physical place? What do they believe about this? 
  • 51:22 - Did the Magi visiting Christ as a baby or the other spectacular events of his childhood affect his ministry as an adult? We don’t hear any reference of these stories when he is an adult.