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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 15, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 00:57 - If Calvin and Luther believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary, why, when, and who put a stop to this belief? Why was the doctrine of the Assumption defined?
  • 04:28 - What is the Catholic justification for adding in the Filioque?
  • 07:20 - Can you explain how Catholics should balance the worship/adoration of God and Mary?
  • 14:17 - Where did the idea/ name for purgatory come from? And why don’t Protestants believe in it?
  • 17:55 - I have a hard time joining together the common apologetics and the early Church history, especially with the letter of 1st Clement. When I read historians, I have a hard time connecting the two because the apologetic realm seems to be heavy and strict while the history realm tends to have a lighter take.
  • 29:22 - I’ve learned that someone has to know that they’re committing a sin for it to be truly considered a sin. If someone was totally incapacitated, would they not be committing a sin if they’re not really aware that they are?
  • 33:08 - Jimmy, what evidence do you have for your different opinion on the source of the Gospels?
  • 40:15 - Could you explain the passage in Revelations that talks about Jesus spitting out those that are lukewarm? What is your opinion on those that are lukewarm in the present day?
  • 46:19 - I’m converting to Catholicism and I learned I’m not supposed to read my old Protestant books. I know sometimes apologists read these to try to come up with ways to rebut what they talk about. Should I get rid of these or what should I do with them?
  • 52:30 - In Matthew 16:18, if Jesus set up a visible, identifiable church, wouldn’t that prove Protestantism wrong because he protected his church from the gates of hell?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 15, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 04:23 - I have a theory that when Christ said he emptied himself, he removed all his ability to stop what was going to happen to him because that was the only way for him to truly put himself. Could Jimmy give his opinion on this? 
  • 15:49 - I’ve heard that approximately ⅔ of Catholics don’t believe in the real presence. If it’s a dogma, why would the 2/3s who don’t believe still be considered Catholics? 
  • 22:48 - I was visiting another parish and the priest distributing the Eucharist said, “The body and blood of Christ” rather than just “The body of Christ”. Is it ok that he said this? And how did the early Church discern that we’re fully under one species? 
  • 28:41 - I have a view of purgatory in which the people there are able to pray for people on earth. That they grow closer to God and eventually closer to heaven. Does this go along with Catholic teaching? Could you give me some insight into this? 
  • 31:39 - Among Christians I see there’s two views, one where things are Good and God made the world, and the other where the world has fallen and the Devil has reign. What do Catholics believe about this and are we supposed to believe just one or the other? 
  • 35:02 - In Genesis 1 when God is talking about making man, Trinitarian Christians say there’s evidence of the trinity because of the Hebrew words used to imply the plural, while others say that those same Hebrew words do not prove that. I want to know how to defend the trinitarian viewpoint. 
  • 45:31 - Can the will of the father and of the son ever come into conflict? I’ve heard that in the Father’s perfection, there wouldn’t need to be a coeternal son and that he would be perfect in and of himself. 
  • 49:41 - How do you know the difference between when your Guardian Angel does something for you rather than God? 
  • 52:39 - What is St. Raphael’s job? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

October 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 01:18 - When Jesus tells the 12 apostles to receive the holy spirit, could you tell me how that plays out to the rest of the generations of the world? And how can we actually discern the Spirit?
  • 12:32 - Did the apostle John write the Gospel of John or was it someone else?
  • 22:23 - My 17 yo daughter asked me why the God in the Old Testament seems much more harsh than the one in the New Testament. Why does it seem this way?
  • 28:51 - In Luke 16:9 it says “Make friends with dishonest wealth so that when it fails you, they may receive you into the eternal dwelling.” Could you tell me what it means by this?
  • 33:04 - How does God never have a beginning?
  • 35:50 - In Mark 10:17-18, why did Jesus say “Why do you call me good when only God is good?”
  • 42:30 - What does it mean that Jesus was “perfected” or “sanctified”?
  • 49:50 - In the bible does it say there’s no purgatory for children? And what would it be like for unbaptized children?
  • 51:55 - Is racism a sin? In the bible, both Paul and Jesus expressed racist views. For example, Paul says people from the Island of Crete are all lazy and gluttons. Jesus also said people from Canaan are all dogs.
 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

October 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:59 - I’m a Protestant and I’m wondering about regenerative baptism and Acts 10. How does it fit in with the Holy Spirit being upon them before and them being baptized because of it? 
  • 11:38 - Last Sunday the gospel was “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a wealthy person to get to heaven”. What does Jesus truly mean by that? 
  • 21:52 - What is the true name of the Messiah? I’ve heard that it’s Jesus but I’ve heard others as well. 
  • 28:49 - I read in the New Testament that Jesus had brothers. Is this true? 
  • 35:51 - Could you compare the passage Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” with Sirach 3:18-19 in terms of humility? 
  • 42:05 - In 1 Corinthians chapter 7 when St. Paul tells those who he’s speaking to to be celibate like him, is he speaking to administrators or the congregation of laity? 
  • 49:20 - In the bible it says Adam and Eve made original sin, so why is Mary the only one in the entire universe born without original sin? 
  • 51:11 - We have a soul and pray, go to confession, etc. to improve it, but did Jesus have a soul like us?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:35 - Does Jesus have a created soul from his human soul in reference to “begotten not made” in the Nicene Creed? And what does the “not made” mean in reference to both His human and divine nature, if He has both? 
  • 07:17 - How biblical are dreams and how much faith should I put into them? 
  • 16:08 - My friend is convinced that Jesus was married. Could you tell me how to get through to her that He wasn’t? 
  • 20:36 - I was away from the Church for about 48 years and I’ve recently come back. In a guide book I was reading on St. Peter, it said to refer to Joel 2:28. When I went to my NASV bible, there was no Joel 2:28, but there was when I went to my RSV bible. Why is it in one and not the other? 
  • 24:22 - Before my husband and I got married in the Catholic Church, his parents said he was baptized, just not in the Catholic Church. He ended up becoming Catholic after we were married and we learned that he was never baptized at all but just “dedicated”. After knowing this new information, do we have to have our marriage validated in any way? 
  • 31:08 - How far back does the tradition go for Catholics to celebrate mass every day of the week? 
  • 33:40 - My parents are both deceased and I see them in my dreams every night. Why do they? Also, how do we know if we die? 
  • 40:40 - How do we reason with those who are part of the progressive Christian movement today? Particularly on the acceptance of homosexuality. 
  • 46:33 - I have part of my dad’s ashes on my dresser. It was not my decision to put them up there, but is this bad? Does this mean that his soul is lost?
  • 49:22 - I’ve been looking for a good Catholic Bible, but in the process of this I was wondering why all of the Protestant denominations reject the books the Catholic Bible has and theirs don’t.
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 14, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 05:40 - Is the Pope a dictator? 
  • 14:10 - Was the perpetual virginity of Mary defined at a council, and who were the other women at the foot of the cross other than John and Mary? 
  • 19:05 - Is there no outreach from the Catholic Church compared to others? For example, going door to door or actively trying to convert people in public. 
  • 28:48 - Could I get some pointers on how to defend Mary’s perpetual virginity? 
  • 39:00 - I have family members that are Pentecostal. They say the saints are sleeping and there’s no way they can intercede for us at this point until the second coming of the Lord. Are they really sleeping or are they 100 percent alive? And where are our family members that have already departed? Can they intercede? 
  • 44:55 - I’m looking for a one-stop-shop resource that’s a defense of Catholicism. Could you recommend one? 
  • 47:42 - Is the “Oneness” doctrine considered blasphemy?
Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

October 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

13:50 - If someone created a truly artificially intelligent being, would it be a sin to kill it? 

18:30 - My husband had a brain aneurysm and I ended up donating some of his organs but I never talked to a priest about it. Would you be able to tell me how to discern this matter? 

23:50 - Could you define what the church means by “extraordinary means to support life”? 

29:26 - What does the Catholic Church teach about Catholics practicing Yoga? I have heard about how just doing the poses can invite demons. 

33:25 - Could you elaborate on the Catholic response towards someone who’s “brain dead”? My stepdad passed away with oxygen to his brain. I wanted to talk about this experience and was wondering if Father could talk about what happened. 

43:15 - Could you talk about the pneumonia and shingles vaccines and the use of aborted fetal cells in them? 

45:32 - A patient asked me to prescribe Cialis, but I knew he was using it with a mistress. Was it wrong to give it to him? I also had a patient whose parents were going to place her in an institutional setting, and they wanted to put her on birth control so she wouldn’t become pregnant in case she was raped. Was it wrong to give it to her? 

 
Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Sacred Tradition

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Sacred Tradition

October 12, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 07:16 - How could someone be a good “Berean” and know what tradition teaches if it’s not in scripture? If sacred tradition is true, why is so much of it not spoken about in the bible? 
  • 16:16 - When a bishop publishes a book, does that count as holy scripture as well? 
  • 25:08 - During the Church’s 1054 bipolar split, did sacred tradition prevail against the gates of hell? 
  • 29:32 - How do we identify what you call “sacred tradition” in its present form? 
  • 41:17 - I’m an Anglican but I agree with the importance of Sacred Tradition. 
Catholic Answers Live - Apologetics and Sci-Fi

Catholic Answers Live - Apologetics and Sci-Fi

October 11, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 22:41 - I’ve always been told that the Kingdom of God is unfolding through time. Is technology a manifestation of that?
  • 38:14 - I think there’s possibilities of extraterrestrial life because Jesus said he has other sheep not of this fold, and because the Bible mentions the word “cloud” a lot.
  • 47:52 - When does technology addiction become a sin?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non Catholics

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non Catholics

October 11, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 07:30 - Why is it better to be Catholic than non-religious?
  • 17:05 - Is God a wrathful god that destroys, or a loving god who saves? What’s the Catholic position?
  • 34:45 - If Jesus says we must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have life, how is that reconciled with the Church teaching that Protestants and atheists and other non-Catholics can possibly be saved?
  • 44:35 - What do Catholics believe about how to get to Heaven?
  • 52:25 - Who is the patron saint of the internet, and why do we need one?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 8, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 04:13 - My understanding is that according to Catholic Teaching, you’re not supposed to deprive your spouse. Given that Mary took a vow of perpetual virginity, why did she enter into marriage if she knew that she and Joseph would not create a child? 
  • 17:37 - Was Jesus ever married and what language did he speak? 
  • 24:13 - Could there be new doctrines formulated in the next 500 years as The Church changes? Specifically ones about St. Joseph (how we honor him, how he could be more important, etc.) 
  • 46:24 - In the Apostle’s Creed when it says “He descended into hell and on the third day…”, are those three days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday? 
  • 52:14 - Is it ok for me as a Catholic to attend a Protestant bible study? I was invited by a friend. 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 8, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 04:41 - I know the bible was divinely inspired, but I don’t understand the discrepancies between the gospels. 
  • 14:20 - How can I explain original sin without Adam and Eve? 
  • 19:53 - Could you explain the part of the Nicene creed where it says “begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father”? 
  • 29:00 - I have bought candles from the store and got them blessed. All the candle wax has been used, is the glass blessed as well? If so, is there a certain way I have to dispose of it? 
  • 30:33 - Did John the Baptist have a beatific vision about himself when Mary went to visit her cousin and he leapt in the womb? 
  • 36:02 - I heard Adam had a helper before Eve named Lillith, is this true? 
  • 41:25 - I believe the Holy Spirit is the female side of God because I think there has to be some sort of female part of him to have brought a spouse for Adam. Could you explain why everything about God is male oriented? 
  • 50:20 - If the body of Christ happens to drop on the floor, is there a special procedure to go about dealing with it? 
  • 52:29 - How would the Greek language have applied to everyday life of the gospel writers and the Septuagint being written in Greek?

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions

October 7, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:50 - In Matthew 12:48 - 50, Jesus asks “who is my brother?” what does he mean by this? And in the Hail Mary, why do we say Mary is the mother of God if she is only the mother of the 2nd person of the trinity? 
  • 14:50 - I’m a cradle Catholic but my father was a Presbyterian and we have had discussions about Mary having other children. I accept the dogma, but I’ve never quite had a definitive answer for it.
  • 22:45 - I have a friend who became Protestant, and he was wondering how the saints can hear our prayers. 
  • 31:00 - I was a protestant but became Catholic two years ago. I was baptized at 12 years old, and when I went to RCIA they said that was ok. Why do we not have to be baptized again in the Catholic church? 
  • 34:40 - The church says Mary and Joseph were virgins, but if they were married, don’t you need to have consummated the marriage to be considered husband and wife? 
  • 42:00 - I just became a Catholic 6 months ago. If Mary planned to be a perpetual virgin, then why did she get married? 
  • 45:00 - Why don’t Catholics postpone baptism until they’re older to decide for themselves like Protestants? Or, why don’t they have a 2nd baptism? 
Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions

October 7, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 07:15 - I’m Catholic but my barber is Jehovah’s Witness, and he says Easter is a pagan holiday. He says one of the problems with Catholicism we celebrate holidays like Easter and Christmas. 
  • 13:40 - A Protestant friend of mine was talking about Mary as the “co-redemptrix”. I was trying to explain through her response to the angel Gabriel and that she actually gave God permission through her “yes”. Could you give your comments on his thoughts? 
  • 20:30 - I’m Catholic, how can we better defend apostolic succession? 
  • 29:45 - I’ve never been to a Catholic church, but why do Catholics and other organized religions all claim that they’re the ones that are better than the others? Where in the bible does it say that we have to be a part of any one? 
  • 44:40 - In 2nd Peter, Peter says to his followers if you have questions, you should really follow Paul. Why does he say this?
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 6, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 01:45 - I called a couple months ago about why I should be Catholic, and I’m now in RCIA. What advice would you give to people that are in RCIA? 
  • 07:30 - I heard your previous answer to how we can believe in evolution and still be Catholic. The one thing that trips me up though is how Jesus will sometimes refer to Adam and Eve, so is this Jesus saying himself and confirming that they were the first people? 
  • 17:30 - Could you talk about dying in a state of grace? If you die and haven’t been to confession, what happens? 
  • 21:30 - As an Anglican converting to Catholicism, indulgences and purgatory are new to me. Could you explain them? 
  • 36:40 - Why do people call Mary holy? I’m pretty sure it isn’t stated anywhere in the bible.  
  • 45:38 - In scripture or in writings of the church fathers, did Saint Paul acknowledge and submit to Saint Peter’s authority? 
  • 51:12 - How do Catholics resolve piety and God illustrated in Socrates and Euthyphro?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 6, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:20 - How can we apply faith from Hebrews 11 to today’s world? 
  • 17:30 - How can you believe in evolution and “The Big Bang” and still be Catholic? 
  • 30:17 - What makes certain saints incorruptible? Why them and not others? 
  • 37:05 - Why do we have bodies in the new earth/ after the resurrection?
  • 44:57 - What is the process of priests wanting to celebrate the Latin Mass as opposed to the Novus Ordo mass now? I know they have to get special permission but what about establishing it within their parish? 
  • 47:35 - What is the Catholic Response to the reformation? I feel like no one has had a definitive answer to it. Could you also recommend some material to look into it more?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 5, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:18 - Could you talk about the history of the Catholic Faith in Britain in relation to the Anglican church? 
  • 14:18 - Angels are supposed to be pure spirits, do they also have souls like humans? 
  • 21:26 - What is a sacrament? 
  • 28:30 - From a Catholic standpoint, what is the role of the woman in the family? And what should a man look for in a “good”, practicing Catholic woman? 
  • 38:17 - Some Muslims don’t believe that Jesus didn’t die, how do you combat this and other arguments Muslims have against Christianity? 
  • 44:44 - Could you explain the allegories surrounding the 24th, 25th, and 26th chapters of 1st Clement? 
  • 48:45 - The euphemism of natural death is anything but natural and is a pit from the tree of knowledge, but how does Mother Mary succumb to face a natural death? 
  • 52:25 - What’s the point of miracles? Do you think they function past church authority?
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

October 5, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 05:15 - In the Roman Catholic Church we are told to ask Saints for their intercession. Why are we not encouraged to pray to those of the Old Testament that don’t have the title “Saint”? 
  • 10:00 - Why are there so many questions that come into Catholic Answers about the difference/confusion between predestination vs earned salvation? 
  • 17:35 - Are Christians who die defending the faith martyrs? 
  • 23:00 - Are our Guardian Angels “reassigned” after our deaths? And are the choirs of angels mirrored in hell? 
  • 28:48 - How are we to understand the story of Jonah without believing he was actually swallowed by a whale and lived in one for 3 days? 
  • 31:47 - Does the church have any reasoning to say whether Adam, the first man, was a modern human or a precursor? 
  • 35:05 - If we believe that Mary is without sin, and since Jesus died for our sins because he was without sin, why couldn’t Mary have died on the cross for our sins? 
  • 42:40 - Why have the rules changed that a Catholic can be cremated? Do the rules still hold that they should be buried in a Catholic Cemetery? 
  • 48:20 - What does the Church teach about good members of non-Christian religions and their ability to enter the kingdom of God? 
  • 51:28 - How is the authority that priests are given passed on to lay men to handle the consecrated Eucharist?
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

October 4, 2021
  • 04:23 - How as Catholics do we understand the Nephilim and Og without sacrificing history and science? 
  • 16:14 - Reading different Catholic publications, I come upon saints who don’t have a date on the liturgical calendar, and who are, speaking frankly, obscure.  They are honored on All Saints Day.  Would asking for their intercession be more efficacious given that the more popular saints are very busy with the prayers directed to them? 
  • 18:42 - I read a quote on Twitter attributed to St. Padre Pío, in which he told someone he prayed regularly for the good death of his Uncle, to which the other person replied confused because his uncle had passed away years ago. St. Padre Pío replied that it didn’t matter because God was not bound by time and He would make use of his prayer if that was His wish. Regardless of the veracity of this quote. Is this possible? Can we pray for the good death of someone who died years ago, and can that change something that happened in the past? 
  •  Based on the theory that the transporter kills the person and then replicates them as clones, here’s a scenario: Captain Kirk goes to confession and then beams down to the wacky planet. While there, he does not get baptized and has unmarried relations with green women and then beams back up. He does something like this numerous times throughout his tour of duty aboard the Enterprise. Does that mean there would be multiple Captain Kirks in heaven, purgatory, and hell? 
  • 29:15 - My girlfriend and I have been watching the show “Agents of Shield” and came across an interesting moral dilemma. Spoilers ahead, some listeners might want to skip this one. 
  • In the show, an Android is created and is nearly indistinguishable from human. She gets her hands on the Darkhold, a seemingly dark magic book, that can enable the reader to do essentially anything. To escape her Android programming and have “free will”, she uses the Darkhold to create a machine that generates a human body for herself, crafted from matter taken from an alternate dimension, complete with her consciousness/memories/etc. At this point, she considers herself to be human, as she now can choose what she wants to do and is experiencing feelings, not just the simulated responses to stimulation her android self had. 
  • My question is: Is she really human? I remember an episode where you spoke about the Star Trek transporters, and how it essentially destroys and creates another human body. In this case, would this human body receive a soul? Would the dark forces at play, or alternate-dimensional matter inhibit this from happening? And how does an AI consciousness play into it all? 
  • 00:00 – Here’s a sci-fi question wrapped up with some theology for you… Have you ever seen the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and how do you think it treats the ideas of gnosticism, kabbalah, and other esoteric themes? 
  • 00:00 – Since Jesus touched millions of items throughout his life and over thousands of years the items have broken down, yet matter is never destroyed, would this mean there are atom sized relics? 
  • 45:00 - In number 2116 in the Catechism, the Church rejects all forms of divination because they all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and humans. How would time travel into the future for the purpose of seeing the future before God has revealed it not fall under the same condemnation? Isn’t time travel “power over time”? (extra info: even if God allows us to figure it out through natural technological advancement, we couldn’t conclude that he must be fine with it for the same reasons we don’t accept technological advances in contraception, cloning, and other sinful acts.) 
  • 50:00 - In the Netflix show Peaky Blinders, a woman confessed to a priest that she’s going to murder someone. Obviously, this isn’t how the sacrament of confession works. However, not only does the priest NOT correct her, but he then goes to Scotland Yard and informs them that the woman intends on murdering the individual. Has the priest broken the seal of confession, or is he not bound by the secrecy because it wasn’t a valid confession since it involved a murder that was going to take place, not one that had taken place? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Relationships

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Relationships

October 4, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 22:54 – All of my children have left the faith and a large part of why we won’t talk to them about it is because we’re afraid, like how Rose mentioned fear dictating our actions. What should I do? 
  • 29:29 - I’ve been in a relationship where I’m trying to bring the person to Jesus. Now I think I want to break up and discern the priesthood, but I’m afraid that might lead her down a bad path. 
  • 36:46 - How do I honor my father who abandoned me when I was young and has no relationship with me? 
  • 42:54 - I ended a relationship in which I felt a bit emotionally unsafe. How can I move on from the things I feel sorry about? 
  • 49:14 - I’m a domestic abuse survivor with PTSD and have plans to get euthanasia-assisted suicide because I have no reason to live. If I do that, will I go to hell? 
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