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Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 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:

  • 05:09 - Does the Church have a teaching on nominalism or Platonism? 
  • 17:17 - How is the Eucharist and the celebration of Mass tied to apostolic succession? 
  • 32:10 - How is the Catholic understanding of transubstantiation so much different from the Lutheran understanding? Why can’t Lutherans receive the Eucharist? 
  • 37:55 - Must Christians act as well as pray or are we only required to be prayerful? 
  • 45:06 - Why can’t infants or children receive Communion in the Roman rite? 
  • 48:40 - In the CCC, it mentions that Jesus was priest, prophet, and king. Is there any relationship between Jesus and previous priests, prophets, or kings? 
  • 50:54 - My friend’s son claims to talk to the dead. How should I respond to this, as a Catholic? 

Resources Mentioned: 

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non-Catholics

August 20, 2020

Not a Catholic? Have questions about the Catholic faith? This is your day!

Questions Covered:

 
  • 01:16 - Was the apocrypha officially canonized at the Council of Trent? 
  • 07:56 - Why is that the Catholic Church does not promote Bible studies? 
  • 18:11 - Where in the Bible does it say to worship Mary or pray to the so-called “saints”? 
  • 36:50 - What do Catholics believe that the Eucharist is? 
  • 46:11 - I am an atheist because every religion claims to be the true and only religion. Another reason is that I have experienced a lot and God was not there for. I find it very uplifting to say that I don’t believe in anything and that I don’t have all the answers. 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum for Non-Catholics

August 20, 2020

Not a Catholic? Have questions about the Catholic faith? This is your day!

Questions Covered:

 
  • 16:67 - I am a part of the Assemblies of God. Is it true that the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon? 
  • 23:02 - When is it prudent to voice your opinion to a priest? 
  • 34:35 - Can you explain the Catholic teaching on the Holy Spirit? 
  • 43:53 - Does the devil know that the Lord is omnipotent and omniscient, since he is leading a rebellion against God? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum
Catholic Answers Live - Tips

Catholic Answers Live - Tips

August 18, 2020

Are you struggling to defend an aspect of the Catholic faith? Trent Horn is here to help.

Questions Covered:

  • 11:02 - How can I defend the Immaculate Conception and Virginity of Mary? 
  • 23:07 - I have a lot of Filipino friends who say they left the Church because Spain colonized the Philippines. How can I respond to this? 
  • 36:20 - My 14-year-old daughter has become a Socialist/Marxist in the way that she thinks. How can I speak truth to her about all the current social upheaval?  
  • 44:15 - How can I explain intercessory prayer to a non-Catholic who worries that it would make saints sad in heaven?  Send 20 Answers Prayer 
  • 49:06 - How can I explain why God allowed polygamy? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
  • Can a Catholic Be a Socialist? by Trent Horn
  • The Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching
  • Hard Sayings by Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

Catholic Answers Live - Tips for Defending the Faith

August 18, 2020

Are you struggling to defend an aspect of the Catholic faith? Trent Horn is here to help.

Questions Covered:

  • 15:45 - How can I best respond to friends about transgenderism? I find this difficult to talk about. 
  • 34:18 - Can you explain how to explain the miracles of Mary to a non-Catholic?   
  • 38:08 - How can I have a conversation with Protestant friends who say that images of Christ violate God saying that there should not be graven images? 
  • 47:37 - How can I explain to my family why abortion is such an important issue in voting? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
  • When Harry Became Sally by Ryan Anderson
  • Made this Way by Trent Horn
  • Behold Your Mother by Tim Staples
  • The World’s Worst Injustice by Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 17, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 07:27 - I was reading The Father’s Know Best and you mentioned that sometimes the fathers have a diversity of opinion. When does an opinion become heretical or schismatic?
  • 12:13 - Why do some Protestants only take communion once a month but Catholics have it every day?
  • 14:45 - Even though a lot of places have resumed having Mass, should I consider not going to Mass so I don’t bring greater risk to the more vulnerable?
  • 18:50 - Some Protestants told a friend of mine that the original line of Peter ended with Constantine because he made himself head of the Church. How would we answer this?
  • 30:08 - In Daniel 10:13, what is the “prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days” all about? Also, is the Michael it mentions the same as Michael the Archangel?
  • 37:30 - In the Olivet Discourse, what does Jesus mean when he said some of them would not see death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom? It would seem that they died before the second coming, so wouldn’t that be a failed prophecy?
  • 44:35 - What is the difference between a blessed and a saint?
  • 51:35 - In a new book, Bart Ehrman claims that Christ didn’t believe in heaven and hell. He also claims that original Christianity did not believe in the soul, but that idea was brought in by the Greeks. Is he correct?
Catholic Answers Live - God Exists

Catholic Answers Live - God Exists

August 17, 2020

Questions Covered:

 
  • 15:53 - I think molecular biology is evidence for God’s existence.
  • 23:35 - I think anyone who stops to think about it will eventually believe in God.
  • 32:05 – How do we know that we were created by God and not by aliens?
  • 41:09 - How do you answer the multiverse theory?
  • 46:05 - I believe in God but I how do I prove God to an unbeliever?
  • 48:50 - How do we answer an atheist who says we came from apes?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 14, 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:

 
  • 07:57 - My daughter is really invested in learning about metaphysics and I am worried that God doesn’t fit into that. Can you explain to me what metaphysics is and how I can talk to her about it? 
  • 17:54 - What is Catholic teaching on vaccines that use aborted fetal tissue? 
  • 21:55 - I recently spoke to Protestants who say that one must be baptized only in the name of Jesus, and that saying the names of the Trinity is just listing some titles. How can I respond to this? 
  • 31:00 - How can I prove that the Bible is truly the inspired Word of God and not just written by men? 
  • 41:44 - What does the Church teach about genetically modifying a human being’s DNA? 
  • 45:24 - I am getting cataract surgery on my right eye, which I can’t see out of anymore and they are putting a new lens in there. Is that lens coming from an aborted baby? 
  • 46:35 - Is there an Ignatius study Bible for the Old Testament? 
  • 49:45 - My brother passed away and donated his corneas. At the Resurrection of the Dead, what will happen to his eyes? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 14, 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:

 
  • 04:33 - Can you explain young earth creationism? Does the Church believe this? 
  • 15:03 - How am I able to have a decent conversation with a Muslim about the Bible when the translations are different? 
  • 20:33 - In the Catholic Church, how is it possible to have different rites that are all in communion? 
  • 23:36 - Is it true that we have a reasonable hope that all men are saved? 
  • 29:00 - Is there any documented evidence of Mary’s Assumption? At the dormition, was she buried and then her body disappeared? 
  • 31:35 - Why don’t you make more audible versions of your books? I love them, but I drive a lot and would love to listen to them. Is there any possibility of this happening? 
  • 33:16 - Why is there a difference between two of the gospels? One says, “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” while another says, “Be merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful.” 
  • 42: 00 – Are there any specific verses that I can point to to prove that the Old Testament dietary laws don’t apply to Christians? 
  • 46:24 - I had someone tell me that religion cannot help a person go to heaven. How can I respond to this? 
  • 50:44 - How can Mary be without sin and have free will? – Send the Bible is a Catholic Book 
Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Pro-Life Open Forum

August 13, 2020

What does the Catholic Church teach about life? When is it sacred? When does life begin? Dr. George Delgado is here to explain.

Questions Covered:

  • 08:30 - I hear people defend abortion in cases of rape and incest. What is the best way to respond to this? I have a friend who went through this and I want to speak to her in the best way possible. 
  • 16:45 - Can you explain Catholic teaching on suicide? I am a suicide survivor. 
  • 20:20 - Is it true that babies that live because of the abortion pill reversal have a lower chance of deformity than the general population? If so, why do you think that is? 
  • 23:16 - Can birth control help with hormonal health issues? 
  • 32:25 - What are some pro-life resources for health care professionals to use to advocate for their patient’s dignity? 
  • 34:28 - I am a medical student. How can we turn the tides in medical institutions toward being pro-life? 
  • 47:05 - Why haven’t pro-abortion politicians been excommunicated from the Church? 
  • 50:24 - For perimenopausal women who are experiencing lots of discomfort, what can the woman take instead of the contraceptives that the doctors recommend? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - What the Bible Assumes You Already Know

Catholic Answers Live - What the Bible Assumes You Already Know

August 13, 2020

You can get a free eBook version of the book that we are talking about today – Behind the Bible: What the Bible Assumes You Already Know – by signing up to his mail list at www.HandsOnApologetics.com

Questions Covered:

  • 14:00 - What assumptions must be made in order to progress in the faith and Scripture? I feel like I don’t even know where to start.
  • 20:07 - In Ezekiel, it talks about taking the Ark of the Covenant and hiding it. Did the early Church know about that? Is it a foreshadowing of Mary being hidden as the new Ark?
  • 32:45 - What are the reasons why Martin Luther wanted to remove the deuterocanonical books?
  • 42:47 - What are the extra-biblical sources that the Bible assumes we know about?
  • 46:00 - What is a good translation of the Apostolic Fathers?
  • 47:27 - Why did Jesus tell the apostles to sell their clothes and buy a sword?

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 12, 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:

 
  • 01:29 - I read a reflection about St. John Vianney, which said that he condemned dancing. Is dancing a sin? 
  • 08:11 - How do we evangelize people who do not have an open mind? 
  • 16:49 - Why is sodomy a sin that “cries out to heaven” and not fornication or other sexual sins? 
  • 28:44 - Who are the 24 elders in Revelation? 
  • 41:22 - What is the culpability of people with addictions that seem compulsive? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 12, 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:

 
  • 03:05 - How can I best argue for the Real Presence when speaking to non-denominational Christians? 
  • 16:00 - How important is numerology, for example, 333? What is the Catholic stance on numerology? 
  • 23:02 - Can you explain Marian consecration? What are your thoughts on this? 
  • 36:45 - Is there a definitive Catholic teaching on feminism? How can I best speak to feminists? 
  • 46:51 - Can we know for sure that God answers prayers?
Catholic Answers Live - What the Early Christians Believed

Catholic Answers Live - What the Early Christians Believed

August 11, 2020

What did the early Church believe about Jesus Christ’s divinity?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 22:55 - Will the good news be enhanced as time goes on? 
  • 31:23 - My friend is somewhere between Gnosticism and Arianism. How can I explain to him Christ’s divinity? 
  • 37:10 - Was Iraneus the second generation disciple after the apostle John? 
  • 46:50 - Can you expand on why we believe in Jesus, apart from the Bible? 
  • 50:33 - Jesus was so unexpected in the way that he came to the Jews. It seems like He is very impatient with them, for example, the way that he tells Peter, “Get behind me Satan.” Why was he this way? 
Catholic Answers Live - Experiment of Faith

Catholic Answers Live - Experiment of Faith

August 11, 2020

Pope Benedict XVI memorably remarked that the Christian faith is a lot like a Gothic cathedral with its stained-glass windows. From the outside, the Church can appear dark, dreary, and worn with age―the crumbling relic of an institution that no longer speaks to men and women living in our modern world. Indeed, for many people today, Christian morality with all of its commandments appears to be a source not of life and joy but instead of suffering and oppression. Even within the Church, many wonder: why should I submit to ancient doctrines and outdated practices that restrict my freedom and impede my happiness?

Questions Covered:

  • 16:08 - Would the Church of old recognize the Church today? 

Resources Mentioned:

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

August 10, 2020

Jimmy Akin, senior apologist at Catholic Answers, selects from weird and wacky questions submitted via the internet and tackles them head on in this episode of “Weird Questions.” If you have a mysterious, fantastic, or otherworldly query, please email it to radio@catholic.com 

Questions Covered:

 
  • 03:50 - Is it possible that at the Transfiguration, when Jesus met Moses and Elijah, it was the same meeting as Exodus 34 and 1 Kings 19? Since Moses looked while Elijah didn’t, was that the reason Moses’ face shined while Elijah’s didn’t? 
  • 07:27 - What role do you think a Guardian Angel might play in the life of a super-hero? Night Crawler Is Catholic. 
  • 12:47 - Would prayers or sacraments be valid in a fictional language like Elvish? 
  • 20:12 - Where is the Ark of the Covenant? 
  • 29:13 - How about in the future if modern medicine could bring back people after death what would happen to their soul when they were dead? What would happen to the soul once they were brought back to life? 
  • 39:35 - Did Jesus have vestigial organs? 
  • 43:45 - Are we sure Judas is in hell? 
  • 49:33 - Are there pizza rolls in heaven? 
  • 52:17 - How do Neanderthals figure into the creation history? 
Catholic Answers Live - Gospel of John

Catholic Answers Live - Gospel of John

August 10, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 16:44 - What is your opinion on the dating of gospel of John? 
  • 20:40 - In John 6, how do we know that it is evidence for the Real Presence in the Eucharist? 
  • 30:56 - Does the gospel of John encourage Christians to show others our faith and works or to hide them? 
  • 35:40 - Some Protestants use John 6:63 to disprove the Eucharist. How can I respond? 
  • 43:43 - Is there a continuity between the Passover in the gospel of John and Jewish tradition? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

August 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:

  • 06:58 - Is it predicted in Revelation that there will be a one world order? 
  • 16:51 - In the Scriptures, it says God’s law is written on our hearts, but it seems a contradiction since there have been civilizations that seem to have other laws written on their hearts. How do we understand this? 
  • 22:16 - What did Jews believe about resurrection and the Messiah? John 11:21-17 seems to reveal that the Jews already believed in resurrection, so what did Jesus change with his death and resurrection? 
  • 31:47 - Was Adam present during the conversation between Eve and the serpent? If so, why didn’t Adam challenge the serpent? 
  • 40:45 - How do you reconcile Romans 3:23 with the Immaculate Conception? 
  • 49:31 - What is the best rebuttable to Sola Scriptura? 

Resources Mentioned: 

 

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