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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 13, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 03:30 - How can we trust that the New Testament accurately tells us the words of Jesus when so much can be lost in translation? 
  • 07:56 - Trent recently debated on the existence of God and his opponent said that he couldn’t use the “fine-tuned universe” as evidence because Trent has never known another universe to compare. How would you respond to this? 
  • 17:00 - I know cloning humans is wrong. Is cloning animals unethical? 
  • 23:04 - I struggle with feeling like everything I do is sinful. How can I deal with this scrupulosity? Can I be sinful by association, just working with non-Christians? 
  • 32:02 - My friend believes that he has been cursed by an ancestor who was a Mason. How can I comfort and clarify the truth for this person? 
  • 41:50 - I just started a master’s program at a Wesleyan college near me. How can I keep my faith and minister to people while I am attending this two-year program? 
  • 46:40 - How do we know that Sacred Tradition is passed down faithfully?  

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for the Eucharist

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for the Eucharist

February 12, 2021

What do Catholics believe about the Eucharist?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 19:28 - At the Last Supper, there is not a mention of the “lamb” in the Bible, so how are the apostles confused by that? 
  • 29:29 - I find holes in your argument that Jesus wouldn’t break the law or command something that was previously commanded by God in Leviticus, in regard to consuming flesh and blood. Is it enough to say that God would not contradict or command different things? 
  • 41:35 - Is Christ speaking metaphorically or literally when he says, “Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you cannot have life within you”? If it is literal, then does that mean that people don’t have life without it? 
  • 46:35 - What does it mean when the disciples respond to Christ and he asks if they will leave him as well? They respond, no, Lord, you have the words of eternal life. 
  • 52:55 - I am Catholic but my parents are Protestant. They are so offended by the Eucharist being exclusively for Catholics and don’t care about the differences in belief. How can I explain this to them? 
Catholic Answers Live - Give Up Worry for Lent

Catholic Answers Live - Give Up Worry for Lent

February 12, 2021

Give up worry for Lent, with Gary Zimak.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 16:49 - I have been an oncology RN for 20 years and today my brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. How can I be there for my family and not worry? How can I call and comfort them when I have seen all the effects of cancer? 
  • 18:16 - I just came out of adoration. I am an anxious person and adoration really helps me. 
  • 24:11 - During adoration, what is it exactly that you should pray to help us to connect or concentrate, or is it just a moment of silence with the Lord? 
  • 31:15 - I have an anxiety disorder and scrupulosity. Do you have any tips on how to deal with that? 
  • 36:35 - Didn’t Mary and Joseph have considerable worry when they lost Jesus? Also, aren’t there some positive elements of worrying? I know some people who have no worries, and their lives are a mess. 
  • 47:30 - How do we know when we are doing enough so we don’t have to worry? 
  • 51:49 - My husband is high anxiety and some of our kids are, as well. Something that helps them is to play out some of these scenarios that worry them. 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 10, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 02:52 - Are the popes truly infallible? 
  • 12:36 - What is the historical evidence for Jesus? Why You Can Trust the Gospels 
  • 19:31 - If Catholics don’t worship Mary, why does paragraph 971 of the CCC say that “devotion to Mary is intrinsic to Christian worship”? What does the phrase “totus tuus Mariae” mean? 
  • 28:27 - Do you believe that the three days of darkness are real? There are aspects of it that really don’t feel right to me. 
  • 34:10 - When is the pope infallible?  
  • 40:37 - What did the Israelites do to cause God to make the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother”? 
  • 43:05 - Romans 3:10-11 are used by Calvinists to teach total depravity. What is the Catholic thought and response to this? 
  • 47:06 - Is it true that receiving the host in the hand was started by a diabolical priest in the 1960s? 
  • 50:01 - What is the difference between infused and imputed grace? 
  • 53:00 - Is Dante’s Inferno accepted in Church canon? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 10, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:13 - With all of the virus stuff going on, does the Church allow for couples to marry legally at court and then convalidate later when things die down? 
  • 07:10 - What language did Jesus speak? 
  • 13:49 - Was there an artist or sculptor during Jesus’ life who might have created an image of him? 
  • 16:44 - How does the fall relate to human evolution? Did homosapiens interbreed with neanderthals? 
  • 20:23 - Was there some change in Jesus’ nature that occurred during or after the Resurrection? 
  • 28:54 - What is the best way to learn about the correct interpretation of the Bible? 
  • 36:38 - Scholars claim that some of the epistles in the New Testament were not actually written by who they are attributed to. Does this affect inerrancy in Scripture?   
  • 43:30 - Is it true that the most ancient rite in the Church is the Roman rite? 
  • 50:15 - Did Jesus want us to rely on grace or just pray for grace? 
Catholic Answers Live - Do You Really Know the Mass

Catholic Answers Live - Do You Really Know the Mass

February 10, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 11:46 - What are the essential elements of the Mass?
  • 13:43 - How did the different rites of the liturgies develop?
  • 19:32 - Why don’t we use the Gloria during Lent when it has a penitential segment in it?
  • 23:14 - Is the whole Mass condensed into the high priestly prayer in John 17 (“Glorify your Son, that your Son might glorify you,” etc)?
  • 24:20 - If we attend an Eastern rite Mass, does that count for our Sunday obligation?
  • 33:00 - When we refer to “the Lamb’s supper” is that referring to the eucharistic liturgy or the whole thing?
  • 34:50 - Where do we get incense and what is the purpose behind it?
  • 36:06 - Why did the Mass translations from a few years back need to happen?
  • 43:10 - How much liberty can the priest take in changing the words of the Mass?
  • 47:50 - Back in the ‘50s I remember the idea being tossed around of translating the Latin Mass into the vernacular. Why didn’t that happen?
Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

February 10, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 05:03 – Can animals receive sacraments?
  • 12:28 - After Vatican II, did the communion rails and east-facing churches go away immediately, or slowly over time?
  • 16:00 - Jesus says not everyone who says “Lord, Lord,” will be saved. How do I know I’m not one of them?
  • 22:18 - Why do Catholics have a crucifix and Protestants have a bare cross?
  • 23:52 - I’ve heard that the Latin Mass focuses more on the sacrifice and the Novus Ordo focuses more on the meal. Is this true, and if so, why?
  • 30:11 - What is the significance of women wearing veils?
  • 34:22 - My niece doesn’t want to make her confession to a priest. Is she still eligible to receive the other sacraments? And how can I explain the importance of confession to her?
  • 41:04 - Am I allowed to take a job in a very remote area where I know I won’t be able to make it to Mass for a few weeks?
  • 44:55 - What have you found are the best ways to encourage people to check out the Latin Mass?
  • 47:34 - What is the dress code for attending a Latin Mass?
  • 49:30 - Is it acceptable to give a priest a birthday card with money in it?
  • 51:35 - Can you explain the minor orders and the role they play in the liturgy?
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

February 9, 2021

Jimmy takes listener’s weird and wacky questions, offering a Catholic perspective in his responses.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 04:15 - Since AI machines (drones, robots, “terminators”, etc) are not living beings, and are not dead, could they be considered “undead” in the same idea as zombies, animated skeletons, ghouls, vampires (Dracula type), etc? 
  • 06:04 - Do vampires go to hell when they die or are killed? And if so, what would that mean for a person who was a Christian who turned into a vampire unwillingly also go to hell upon their death as they cannot use holy water or touch holy/blessed objects, lastly if vampires existed would they be treated as demons or demonic and would an Exorcist be the one to expel them. 
  • 12:15 - Let’s say there is a scientist, and he created a time machine. He is a lover of history and wished to visit the time in which the Colossus of Rhodes was constructed. He takes the time machine to that time period. But, while visiting that time period he contracts a rare illness and passes. Upon death, and having died in God’s friendship, would he go to the Bosom of Abraham or Heaven? Since God exists outside of time, I would think He might go ahead and honor the fact that the scientist was originally from a time after the Resurrection. But, if so inclined, God could hold the scientist to the circumstances of the time period and send him to the Bosom of Abraham to await the Incarnation. 
  • 14:28 - I firmly believe in the power of therapy. However, and I’ve seen it firsthand, sometimes the problem is spiritual rather than social or psychological. I have read that demons and tempters cannot read your thoughts (I know they can “read” your physical changes, and hear what we say, but not read thoughts the way guardian angels can). So, with that said, is there any danger to my clients to talk about their fears and troubles? I imagine that demons can overhear and then emphasize or enact them into their lives if wanted. I’m curious- is therapy spiritually dangerous in this way? 
  • 23:00 - I’m writing a novel about vampires, and I was wondering: would it be immoral to have a catholic vampire who subsists by taking the Eucharist instead of drinking other people’s blood? Additionally, can vampires be saved, and what are the moral implications of a vampire using hypnosis, or a similar ability, to charm people into obeying him? Finally, is it morally licit for me to make the vampires in my novel descended from the Biblical Cain, as a result of the curse laid on him by God in Genesis 4? 
  • 34:26 - I am a fan of all the Jimmy Akin shows, and I wanted to ask, regarding situation in authoritarian countries: If I was a Catholic, abducted by a government as a dissident, and I requested they provide me with a Catholic priest to hear my confession and maybe give me sacraments how do I know it’s really a priest not an impostor? And if he is an impostor and I don’t know that am I to believe that my confession was valid? 
  • 39:23 - On weird questions you said it is possible that a human-animal chimera could have a spiritual soul. If so, how would it be Resurrected, as a chimera or as a human? 
  • 43:44 - I just discovered Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World and am loving it. My question for Jimmy is: Should a Catholic have second thoughts about working for the FBI, CIA, or other U.S. intelligence agencies? I just listened to the Mysterious World episode about Frank Olson, and that, along with the episodes about the Waco siege, the Ruby Ridge incident, MKUltra and others show a clear pattern, in my opinion, of clear disregard for human life and human rights in some cases — and the above are the examples that we know of. 
  • 46:30 - If Jimmy could spend a day with any historical figure, both living and not living, who would he choose, why would he choose that person, and what kind of conversation would Jimmy like to have? Mine would be Jack Chick, and I’d ask him what he thought of Jimmy! 
Catholic Answers Live - Cooperation with Evil

Catholic Answers Live - Cooperation with Evil

February 9, 2021

How can we understand cooperation of evil?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 20:29 - Did Pope Francis give permission for the Chinese government to choose their own bishops? If so, isn’t that cooperation with evil? 
  • 33:20 - What is the degree of culpability if one voted for a socialist candidate? 
  • 50:28 - Is it wrong to collect rosaries? My relative collects them and I think it is wrong. 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 5, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 04:14 - If I am not sorry for all my sins, will they still be forgiven in confession? 
  • 14:05 - How should a Catholic fast during Lent? 
  • 21:23 - If a person builds up riches in heaven, but then commits a mortal sin, do they lose all of those graces and riches or can they be restored in confession? 
  • 30:21 - Some of your pitches have sounded like the prosperity gospel – the more you give, the more you’ll receive. Can you clarify what you meant? 
  • 40:34 - Is Ezekiel 43-44 evidence for the perpetual virginity of Mary? How do Catholics interpret the sacrifice in this passage of Scripture? 
  • 48:35 - How is heaven organized? What is the hierarchy? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 5, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 14:00 - In John 20, when Jesus sees the disciples and gives them an apostolic call, did they also receive the Holy Spirit? 
  • 17:00 - What do you think is the best explanation of Jesus having “brothers”? 
  • 31:45 - Do I need to have sacramentals blessed individually or could I get many things blessed at once? 
  • 44:30 - How can Jesus share perfect divinity with the Father since Matthew 24:36 suggests a time when only the Father knew something? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 4, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:07 - What are the different levels of free will? How does free will work with God’s will? 
  • 19:06 - How can I explain the difference between the legitimacy of the priesthood and someone who declares themself to be a priest? 
  • 32:33 - Are all sins equal? Why is there such an emphasis on the sinfulness of sexual relations? 
  • 41:15 - I am in a Catholic school. My substitute teacher asked who thinks it’s unfair that women can’t be priests and told us he thinks it’s unfair. How can I respond to him about why I disagree? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 4, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 10:17 - Is the Eucharist Jesus’ body as it was on Calvary or is it his glorified body? 
  • 15:14 - My five-year-old wonders, “Why did Jesus need the Church?” How can I answer her? 
  • 20:37 - Are there any religious remedies for nightmares? 
  • 33:25 - How can a priest ever have his sacrament revoked if he has an indelible mark? If a priest is no longer allowed to practice, were all the sacraments he performed invalid? 
  • 44:10 - In RCIA, a Baptist candidate stated that the Eucharist was just a symbol and that it is demonic to actually consume Christ’s flesh and cannibalism. Is that true? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 3, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:52 - What can we do about pop culture? 
  • 17:52 - How do you know you’ve had an experience with your guardian angel? 
  • 23:33 - Before a saint is canonized, can we ask someone who is dead to pray for us if we don’t know if they are in heaven with God? 
  • 32:13 - In the gospel of Luke, there seems to be a problem with the historical details of the census. How can I respond to someone who finds it invalid because of this? 
  • 38:40 - Why would God put the tree of knowledge in the garden if he knew Adam and Eve would fall? 
  • 46:50 - What is the definition of marriage in the Catholic faith?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

February 3, 2021

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Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:21 - How important is historical accuracy for determining if a text is inspired? If it is important, how do you reconcile the alleged historical contradictions in the book of Judith? 
  • 20:40 - Why are orthodox Christians allowed to receive Catholic communion when their teaching on contraception would leave them in a state of grave sin? 
  • 34:23 - How are we meant to understand the terms “binding” and “loosing” in the gospel of Matthew? 
  • 43:50 - What are the implications on Mary in what Jesus says in Luke 11:27? 
  • 49:41 - How can one know for sure that the Bible teaches that Catholic Church is the one true church? 
Catholic Answers Live - Renewing Catholic Schools

Catholic Answers Live - Renewing Catholic Schools

February 2, 2021

How can our Catholic schools be renewed?

Questions Covered:

  • 14:30 - I think the state of affairs of the Catholics schools is looking pretty bad and they don’t seem viable. The schools that are remaining open are getting overcrowded. 
  • 20:09 - I was a Catholic school teacher in a small school and I’d like to thank you for what you’re doing. I think Christ needs to be put back in Catholic schools. 
  • 30:06 - Is there some way that public funding can possibly be utilized to support Catholic schools? 
  • 33:05 - I heard about Our Lady of Victory High School. I have a sixth grader. Would it be a good fit for him since he is dyslexic? 
  • 35:04 - What do you think about making the school day start with Holy Mass for all students and staff? 
  • 39:25 - Do you think that all Catholic teachers took an oath of fidelity to the Catholic Church/faith that a lot of the nonsense would be removed from the schools? 
  • 41:20 - We homeschool because of the lack of good Catholic schools. In our co-op, which is Protestant, it has been challenging as my kids have gotten older. It seems like Catholic homeschool has not progressed the way Christian homeschooling has. 
  • 45:35 - Some families just simply cannot afford tuition. What is your solution for that? 
  • 49:35 - How much is Catholic social teaching involved in the renewal of Catholic schools? 

Questions Covered:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Problems with Feminism

Catholic Answers Live - Problems with Feminism

February 2, 2021

Why has feminism been so destructive?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 15:58 - If someone says that gender is a fluid concept, how can a person even say that they’re a feminist? How would you address that? 
  • 22:47 - Feminism has changed over the last 50 years. People have different understandings of what feminism is. I think a woman having the right to have equal opportunity for employment is really important. I don’t think feminism is always wrong. 
  • 31:37 - My wife is very much a feminist. She believes in gender fluidity. How can I speak with her about these issues in such a close relationship? 
  • 36:27 - How can I speak to people about the joy and importance of motherhood? 
  • 45:20 - What do you mean that some people might be born in the wrong body? 
  • 50:22 - Now that there is a push to have new labels for gender, it is weird to hear people talking about “women’s” bodies, when people seem to think that they can be whatever they want. 
Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

February 1, 2021

ROUND ONE:

CONTESTANT ONE Q1. – Consubstantiation is:

  1. A) The Catholic doctrine that says Jesus is present with the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
  2. B) Not a Catholic doctrine.
  3. C) The teaching that Jesus and the Father share the same substance.

 

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q1 – Divinization is:

  1. A) The Christian teaching that we shall be made like God.
  2. B) The Christian teaching that the Eucharist becomes God.
  3. C) Actually, a Buddhist teaching having to do with us all being part of God.

 

CONTESTANT ONE Q2. – Material cooperation with evil is:

  1. A) Always sinful.
  2. B) Not always sinful.
  3. C) Not always a mortal sin, but always at least a venial sin.

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q2 – The conditions for a mortal sin are usually given as:

  1. A) Grave matter, full knowledge, and consent of the will.
  2. B) Malice, pride, and lust.
  3. C) The age of reason and full knowledge of the teachings of Jesus.

 

CONTESTANT ONE Q3– The Catholic office of “cardinal” is:

  1. A) One of the levels of Holy Orders instituted by Christ.
  2. B) An office instituted over time by the Church.
  3. C) An office reserved only to bishops.

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q3. – The oldest existing written copy of biblical book dates to:

  1. A) Roughly the fifth century A.D.
  2. B) About the time of Christ.
  3. C) At least 100 years before Christ. (Isaiah scroll from Dead sea scrolls)

 

 

 

ROUND TWO:

CONTESTANT ONE Q1 – Souls in purgatory:

  1. A) Can benefit from our acts of charity.
  2. B) Can only benefit from our prayers and fasting.
  3. C) Cannot experience the love of God until they get out.

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q1 – Souls in Purgatory experience:

  1. A) Joy
  2. B) Suffering
  3. C) Both Joy and Suffering

 

CONTESTANT ONE Q2 – One reason Invitro Fertilization is morally unacceptable is:

  1. A) God creates life without our cooperation, and we cannot interfere with that.
  2. B) IVF separates a child’s conception from the conjugal act of its parents.
  3. C) There is no certainty that an artificially conceived person will have a soul.

 

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q2 – By Original Sin humanity has been:

  1. A) Totally Corrupted.
  2. B) Deeply Wounded.
  3. C) Deprived of any sense of right and wrong.

 

CONTESTANT ONE Q3 – Anointing of the Sick is:

  1. A) Directly taught by Jesus (Mark 6).
  2. B) Only taught in the Letter of James.
  3. C) A practice that is not directly taught in the New Testament.

 

CONTESTANT TWO Q3 – Anointing of the Sick can be received:

  1. A) Only when death is imminent
  2. B) Only three times in a person’s lifetime
  3. C) As many times as is needed

 

FINAL JUDGMENT

  1. FALSE: The human intellect of Jesus is infinite.
  2. TRUE: The human will of Jesus is perfect.
  3. TRUE: By nature, Jesus is infinitely higher than Mary.
  4. TRUE: Mormon baptism is not accepted by the Catholic Church.
  5. FALSE: Once we die, we are completely outside of time.
  6. FALSE: Baptism must be done in fresh water. (No, any natural water can be used.)
  7. TRUE: Fallen angels cannot be saved.
Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

Catholic Answers Live - Bioethics

February 1, 2021

Questions Covered:

 
  • 11:00 - What is remote cooperation? Can you really compare this vaccine to buying jeans or chips or something? 
  • 18:29 - Should Catholics get the Vaccine for COVID-19? 
  • 20:43 - Were old vaccines developed in a different way than the vaccines now? It seems like no one had any problem with getting a polio vaccine, for example. 
  • 24:25 - What is the Church’s policy on abortion in cases of rape and incest? 
  • 32:04 - I have heard that this COVID-19 vaccine can cause infertility and my husband, and I already struggle to have children. Is this true? Can I safely take the vaccine without affecting my fertility? 
  • 36:04 - Does the COVID-19 vaccine use human embryos in its development? Is this vaccine going to be made mandatory? 
  • 41:23 - The USCCB said it is morally permissible to take the vaccine because it would keep many people from dying. I agree. Since embryonic research and vaccines achieve so much good, what is the problem with using the fetal cells? 
  • 47:28 - The USCCB says that it is acceptable to take it, for the common good. They said it is our moral responsibility to take it and protect ourselves and others. Is this the case? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

January 29, 2021

Questions Covered:

  • 02:04 - How should we interpret 1 Cor 4:1-5? It sounds like it’s going against the authority of the Church to declare someone a saint. 
  • 11:23 - What is the Church’s stance on book-burning? 
  • 16:55 - Did St. Thomas teach that God loves some people more than others? 
  • 22:00 - Is the book “Mary Magdalene” by Anne Catherine Emerich an accurate book? 
  • 35:37 - What is the third secret of Fatima? 
  • 43:20 – In light of the scandal about the priest who was invalidly baptized, how do we know the apostles were baptized correctly? 
  • 45:30 - If baptism removes original sin, and both parents are baptized, how is it transmitted to their children? 
  • 47:30 - Jesus once said he came to save the Jews. When did that change to saving the gentiles too? 
  • 50:30 - Why did the apostles receive the Holy Spirit if they weren’t baptized? 

Resources Mentioned

 
  • Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World

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