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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 30, 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:

 
  • 04:28 - How can I build a prayer life? 
  • 13:08 - Do wedding rings continue to have a sacramental blessing if the spouse has died? 
  • 15:39 - What is the reason Catholics wear a brown scapular? 
  • 20:04 - Is the Eucharist a means to forgive sins or must your sins be forgiven before approaching the sacrament? 
  • 28:42 - Were Adam and Eve Jewish? 
  • 31:04 - Is it impossible to avoid purgatory? 
  • 41:35 - How can I explain that the Eucharist is not just a symbol? 
  • 50:28 - With the divine office, there is an ordinary and extraordinary form. What is the difference between the two? 
  • 52:57 - What is an independent Catholic Church? Are they in communion with Rome? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 30, 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:

  • 03:24 - My Protestant friend believes that Hebrews 9 and 10 disprove Catholicism because Catholics continually offer sacrifice. How can I explain that it is one sacrifice? 
  • 09:08 - Who invented the Holy Trinity? 
  • 14:53 - Since neither candidate is completely pro-life, we would be voting for the lesser of two evils. Are we as Catholics called to write in an entirely pro-life candidate? 
  • 19:05 - Is it wrong to worship outside of the Catholic faith? I watch videos on YouTube from LDS churches to comfort myself since my dad died. 
  • 30:34 - My 24-year-old daughter is trying to convince me that Reincarnation is real and wants me to go to an event where they take me through my past lives. How can I best respond to her? 
  • 34:40 - What is the definition of the ‘morning star’? 
  • 41:53 - If we have truly free will, why can’t we do what we want? 
  • 45:45 - What is the unpardonable sin mentioned in Scripture and why is it unpardonable? 
  • 49:14 - with all these fake prophets all over the world deceiving many people, will their followers go to hell? 
  • 51:24 - My husband was taught in an RCIA class that all Jewish people will go to heaven because they are God’s chosen people. Is this true? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
  • Billy Sprague
  • Mark Heard
  • Ep. 93 and 94 from Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World
Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Priesthood

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Priesthood

September 29, 2020

What does the Catholic Church teach and believe about the priesthood?

Questions Covered:

  • 21:50 - Did Jesus establish the ministry of priesthood or did Melchisedec? 
  • 29:32 - Does the priesthood in the Catholic Church invalidate the role of Protestant pastors or ministers? 
  • 35:55 - Was Melchisedec a person or just a role? 
  • 42:50 - I was Mormon for a little bit and I felt power coming from the Mormon priesthood. How and why could this be? 

 

Catholic Answers Live - The Holy Spirit

Catholic Answers Live - The Holy Spirit

September 29, 2020

Who is the third person of the most Holy Trinity? What do Catholics believe about the Holy Spirit?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 17:40 - The Holy Spirit has always been my favorite person of the Trinity. 
  • 20:10 - Does the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son? 
  • 31:47 - Most of my family is Catholic and has received Confirmation, but they don’t seem like they’ve received the Holy Spirit. Why is that? 
  • 43:20 - Is there a future kingdom to be established here on earth? 
  • 48:53 - Do you agree with eastern theology of the perceiver Trinity? 
  • 52:34 - Is the Holy Spirit exclusive to Catholicism or is the Spirit in all Christian churches? 
Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

September 28, 2020

ROUND ONE

 1) What is public revelation?

  1. A) The revelation of God in nature.
  2. B) The revelation of God which ceased with the death of the last Apostle.
  3. C) The revelation of God before the specific revelation of Jesus.

2) Catholics believe Angels are:

  1. A) Spirits but not persons.
  2. B) Symbols of God’s power.
  3. C) Persons of a purely spiritual nature.

3) A human person is

  1. A) An individual substance of a rational nature.
  2. B) A rational soul that is trapped within a body.
  3. C) A rational individual but not a substance.

4) God created the world:

  1. A) As the best world he could possibly create.
  2. B) In a state of journeying toward perfection.
  3. C) In a fallen state.

5) Ex communication means:

  1. A) A person is condemned to hell unless they repent.
  2. B) A person is labeled as evil.
  3. C) A person is excluded from the communion of believers.

6) Solidarity means:

  1. a) Sharing all our goods in common as is done in a monastery.
  2. b) Giving to institutions rather than directly to the poor.
  3. c) Actively praying and working for the good of others, especially those in need, because they are our brothers and sisters.

ROUND TWO – 


1) The common good is:

  1. A) The “sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily” (Pacem in Terris 55).
  2. B) When society does the most good for the most people.
  3. C) The effort by society to limit wealth disparity between people.

2) Material cooperation with an evil:

  1. A)Is not always sinful
  2. B) Is worse than formal cooperation
  3. C) Is always sinful

3) Murder in the course of war:

  1. A) Is acceptable if undertaken for grave reasons.
  2. B) Is not evil because war involves killing.
  3. C) Is a grave evil.

4) Which of these is the source and summit of Christian life?

  1. A) Baptism
  2. B) The Eucharist
  3. C) Heaven

5) The Communion of Saints refers to:

  1. A) The canonized saints who can be honored at Mass.
  2. B) All of the saints in heaven whether they have been canonized or not.
  3. C) All of those who have been made children of God by Christ whether in heaven, on earth, or in purgatory.

6) A Catholic patient choosing euthanasia or medical suicide:

  1. A) Cannot be given the sacraments unless they repent.
  2. B) Can receive confession before dying.
  3. C) Can receive all of the sacraments to help them as they go to God.

 

FINAL JUDGMENT

1) T or F Every soul in Purgatory is a member of the Catholic Church.

2) T or F Human dignity can only be violated in self-defense.

3) T or F The Church denies that natural marriage is possible and only accepts sacramental marriage.

4) T or F Jesus teaches that if a man marries a divorced woman he commits adultery.

5) T or F No adult can come to a state of justification without faith.

6) T or The souls in Heaven have more faith than we do.

7) T or F The souls in Heaven are perfected in love and incapable of suffering.

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

Catholic Answers Live - Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You?

September 28, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 16:05 - My daughter is troubled by Catholic teaching on sexual morality. She claims to be pansexual. How can I speak with her about this? 
  • 24:50 - I struggle to understand how Mary could be the Mother of God. Can you explain it to me? 
  • 28:31 - I struggle to understand how Mary could be the Mother of God. Can you explain it to me? – Send Behold Your Mother 
  • 34:00 - Can you clarify what it means to be made “in the image and likeness of God”? Does this mean that God the Father looks like a human being? 
  • 40:23 - I don’t understand how the Trinity is 3 people. Also, why would Jesus pray to the Father, to himself? 
  • 45:02 - I am troubled by the doctrine of apostolic tradition being passed down infallibly. 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 25, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 02:12 - What is a good place to learn Latin? I became Catholic in June and have been attending the Latin Mass, but I don’t know any Latin. 
  • 08:05 - Why aren’t Catholics allowed to join a Masonic Lodge? 
  • 15:46 - My mother is a fundamentalist Christian, and I am Catholic. She asked me what Catholics believe about the dual theory of salvation. How can I answer her? She is not a scholar, so I want to explain simply. Send Drama of Salvation 
  • 23:29 - Why can’t there be no God? Isn’t it possible that it’s just atoms out there and this is it? 
  • 28:34 - What exactly is papal infallibility? 
  • 31:42 - How do I explain to my friend that the orthodox church split from the Catholic Church and not the other way around? 
  • 40:27 - Why didn’t you include an index in your book, “The Bible Is a Catholic Book”? 
  • 42:10 - There are three sixes consecutively in my phone number. Is my phone number evil? Do I have to change it? 
  • 44:41 - I heard on a Catholic radio show recently that between September 21-December 21 will be the worst of the pandemic, guaranteed, and that we must spiritually prepare ourselves. Is this Church teaching? 
  • 50:50 - What is the best argument to convince someone of theism? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 25, 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:

  • 05:45 - Where did the feeding of the 5,000 take place? The gospel accounts seem to contradict each other on this point. 
  • 13:23 - What was the manna that God provided to the Israelites in the desert? 
  • 17:31 - I used to work in a urology office as a secretary. Sometimes I would schedule vasectomies for the doctors. Was this sinful? Does it need to be confessed? 
  • 21:04 - How long does Christ stay with us after we have received him in the Eucharist? 
  • 28:23 - My coworker thinks that abortion is the only solution for women in third world countries who have a lot of children. How can I respond to this? 
  • 33:24 - Is it possible to worship the same God as Muslims if we are not united in faith with them? 
  • 41:25 - What is the book of Enoch? 
  • 46:20 - Are there any documents or parts of Scripture that talk about Caiaphas and the rest of the Sanhedrin after the Resurrection? 
  • 49:40 - I am not yet Catholic. I am thinking about becoming Catholic but am Lutheran. What can I do to remove mortal sin from my soul in the meantime? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Refuting Arguments in Favor of Relativism

Catholic Answers Live - Refuting Arguments in Favor of Relativism

September 24, 2020

Relativism is confusing and wrong. How can we refute it?

Questions Covered: 

  • 13:41 - My mother-in-law is agnostic. When I try to talk to her about the Catholic Church, she says things like, “All religions promote peace,” as if there are no differences among the different faiths. Is this relativism? How can I respond? 
  • 20:37 - When the president uses relativism, how should faithful Catholics respond? Is it enough to support a president because they are pro-life, even though they use relativism in other areas? 
  • 34:05 - Are you saying that you shouldn’t force your opinion on someone? 
  • 43:48 - How can I respond to “I feel” arguments from relativists? 
  • 48:00 - Can you give me some tips on how to respond to pro-choice people who say, “What if it was your daughter/you were in their situation…” etc.? 
  • 51:44 - Do the ends ever justify the means? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Let Go of Anger and Stress

Catholic Answers Live - Let Go of Anger and Stress

September 24, 2020

In a world of chaos and negative news, how can we keep our peace and let go of anger and stress?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 18:49 - My husband is angry and stressed over the election, his mother, and being retired early. How can I help and deal with my angry husband? 
  • 24:40 - What is the importance of silence with God in the process of inviting the Holy Spirit to come into us? 
  • 36:41 - Thank you for your book! It has helped me so much. 
  • 38:48 - How do I deal with the chaotic human condition? 
  • 43:50 - How can I handle the stress of my past? I really want control of things and want to let go of that need for control. 
  • 48:23 - How can I respond when people act angry around me? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 23, 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:

  • 01:24 - Why is it good to pray to the saints and is there biblical evidence for it? Which saint is a good intercessor for moral purity? 
  • 16:45 - A priest recently told me that there was no Ark or flood and that it was all a story. Is that true? 
  • 23:14 - I am Baptist youth pastor and in a dilemma of faith. I am really interested in the Catholic Church. Could I be Catholic but still go to church with my husband? Can a person have two churches? 
  • 35:25 - I am a Protestant. The indulgences that led to the Reformation and priest scandals are a big reason why I am not Catholic. Can you help me to better understand these things or why I should be Catholic? 
  • 48:16 - How do Adam and Eve reconcile with evolution? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 23, 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:

  • 04:10 - Someone told me that Democrats lower abortion rates because they make birth control more available. Is this a good reason to vote for them? 
  • 17:36 - What does “selah” mean? 
  • 20:10 - I am dialoguing with a Black Hebrew Israelite. What is the best way to begin refuting their claims? 
  • 29:12 - What is eternal subordination? 
  • 46:00 - The godmother to my daughter is marrying a Jehovah’s Witness and they are not getting married in the Church. They have asked me to officiate it. What can I do or say? 
  • 51:54 - Why is it good to pray to the saints and is there biblical evidence for it? Which saint is a good intercessor for moral purity? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

September 22, 2020

Bible questions, Catholic Answers.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:24 - What does the Bible say about the difference between mortal and venial sin? 
  • 13:11 - There seems to be a contradiction between Matthew 28:2 and Luke 24:2. How do we reconcile these? 
  • 18:48 - There is a verse in Numbers 5 that pro-choice people use to say abortion is Bible approved. How can I refute this? 
  • 28:43 - In different places in the gospels, Peter is referred to as Simon, son of Jonah, and Simon, son of John. Which is it? Who is his father? 
  • 32:28 - Some flat earthers say that the Bible supports their theory. Is this true? 
  • 37:35 - What was the authenticity of the Council of Janmia 
  • 43:40 - In John 20:17, Jesus says, “I ascend to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.” How do you explain that? 
  • 50:49 - How can I speak with my Protestant friends about Mary as the woman in the Revelation? 
Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Your Bible Questions

September 22, 2020

Bible questions, Catholic Answers.

Questions Covered:

  • 05:25 - Are Catholics required to accept the Exodus as an historical event? 
  • 13:58 - Who is the angel of death in the story of the Exodus? 
  • 15:59 - How is the creation story compatible with what we know of the beginnings of the world? 
  • 19:51 - Does Genesis tell us when Adam and Eve died or if they went to hell? 
  • 28:57 - What does Sirach 7:14 mean? Does this mean we shouldn’t pray the rosary? 
  • 35:15 - Is Psalms 51:5 evidence for original sin? 
  • 43:20 - Did the Jews of Jesus’ time accept the deuterocanonical books as a part of the canon? 
  • 49:45 - Is Mary Magdalene the same woman as Mary, the sister of Martha? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 21, 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:

  • 00:57 - What is our individual responsibility regarding evangelization? 
  • 05:08 - I am in dialogue with a dear Calvinist friend of mine. He says he can see my points when it comes to Scripture interpretation, but that his theology doesn’t allow him to agree. How can I break through this barrier? 
  • 14:44 - Why does God put a premium on understanding the past and not the future? 
  • 23:09 - How does God determine who goes to heaven and why? Do I really need to be doing all the good things I do, or would he just forgive me and let me into heaven without those actions? 
  • 28:56 - How would someone know if they have the Holy Spirit?  
  • 33:58 - In John 19:25, it says that Mary the mother of Jesus has a sister called Mary. Was that common to name siblings the same name? 
  • 39:40 - God commanded his people not to make idols, but my friend says that Catholics do this. How do I refute this? 
  • 45:35 - What is the historicity of the gospels? Some historians claim that they are not historically accurate. 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 21, 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:

  • 07:55 - How do I join the Catholic Church?  
  • 17:30 - Why isn’t the book of Enoch (and some other books) included in the canon of Scripture? 
  • 21:15 - Do we know anything about St. Paul before his conversion? 
  • 24:17 - My daughter-in-law is in RCIA. Can she participate in the Mass by doing the sign of the Cross and kneeling? 
  • 30:11 - How do I explain to my Protestant friend why he shouldn’t become a Messianic Jew, but a Catholic? 
  • 33:25 - My mom is agnostic and my dad is Mormon. How can I help to convert them to Catholicism? 
  • 42:30 - How can I discuss what Catholics believe about assurance of salvation with Protestants? 
  • 47:50 - How important is it that a Bible translation uses the word “work” or “works”? 
  • 51:19 - My wife and I are moving into an apartment that has been somewhat difficult to obtain. Our move date was pushed about 3 weeks from October 2 to the 23 and my father-in-law is claiming that it’s a sign that we shouldn’t live there. How can I respond to him? Could he be right? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 18, 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:

 
  • 01:33 - Why do Roman Catholics hold Thomas Aquinas in esteem when he advocated for heretics to be executed? 
  • 05:49 - I was opening an account at the bank and the lady helping me had a gold pentagram ring and told me that she is a witch. Before I knew this, I was having a physical reaction, like I was going to be sick. Could it be possible that I had a reaction to the presence of evil? 
  • 13:57 - What is the difference between providence and divine providence? 
  • 16:49 - My grandson has not been baptized. Can I baptize him? 
  • 22:57 - What is an antichrist? 
  • 29:05 - My wife and I have had a special needs son. Can we create a little space between him and the next child using NFP? Also, can he ever be confirmed since he has different mental capacity? 
  • 34:11 - What does the Church teach about self-defense and defense of others? 
  • 42:37 - How can I convince a Jehovah’s Witness that Jesus is God? SEND HER 20 Answers- Jehovah’s Witnesses DO it! Do it! Just do it! 
  • 46:00 - How are venial sins forgiven during Communion and when exactly does it happen? 
  • 47:30 - When Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the temple, why were they so bewildered when Jesus responded the way he did? 
  • 50:18 - I have a 15-year-old. We found out that she is sexually active. People have been recommending birth control, but I am hoping that’s not the answer. How can I discuss abstinence with her? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 18, 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:

 
  • 04:45 - Is it imperative that as Catholics we try to persuade our Christian friends to become Catholic? 
  • 11:59 - In the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles are constantly casting out demons and performing exorcisms, but you hardly hear about that happening today. Does it still happen?  
  • 19:00 - Does God have one mind and one consciousness, or does he have three? 
  • 23:18 - I have Presbyterian friends who are trying to pull me away from the Catholic faith. How can I best defend my faith to them? 
  • 31:56 - Is it sinful to vote for a pro-abortion candidate? 
  • 36:30 - What was the point of Pentecost if the Holy Spirit was already here? 
  • 48:30 - Are there biblical references that justify praying to angels? 
  • 51:36 - Why do Roman Catholics hold Thomas Aquinas in esteem when he advocated for heretics to be executed? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 17, 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:

  • 01:45 - What is required for a priest to leave the priesthood to get married? 
  • 05:30 - How do we react to the YouTube evangelists who are spouting hellfire and brimstone, and very anti-Catholic? 
  • 15:27 - How can I find hope in my life? 
  • 23:28 - What does chastity in marriage mean? 
  • 41:00 – Does predestination take away from free will? Is it possible that predestination is real? 
  • 49:00 - The USCCB’s document on voting is confusing. Can you help clarify what they say there about abortion? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum 1 for Non Catholics 5-29-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum 1 for Non Catholics 5-29-19

September 17, 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:

  • 09:24 - What will happen during the three days of darkness? What would happen to animals during that time? 
  • 17:23 - How does the Catholic Church interpret the book of Revelation? I am a Protestant. 
  • 29:07 - What are the attributes of God? Where can I learn more about them? 
  • 34:30 - When a person is born, do they automatically know right from wrong or are morals learned? 
  • 45:13 - If you weren’t an exemplary son for your parents, can praying for their souls now that they’re deceased gain some leniency after death? 
  • 47:18 - Can we prove the existence of hell? 
  • 52:01 - Does Jesus love Satan? 

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