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Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Response to a Culture in Crisis

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Response to a Culture in Crisis

September 14, 2020

With so much chaos and confusion in the world, some of which has permeated the Catholic Church, how can Catholics best identify and respond to crises today?

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Response to a Culture in Crisis

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Response to a Culture in Crisis

September 14, 2020

With so much chaos and confusion in the world, some of which has permeated the Catholic Church, how can Catholics best identify and respond to crises today?

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 11, 2020

Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

 
  • 02:02 - Is it ethical to take a vaccine made with aborted fetal cells? 
  • 07:00 - How can you know that you’re in a state of grace? 
  • 10:55 - What is the Catholic view of penal substitution? 
  • 17:35 - Can you clarify just war theory? When is self-defense or defense of the innocent justified? 
  • 24:08 - How can I explain to pro-abortion people that removing an ectopic pregnancy is not an abortion? 
  • 34:45 - Is it truly possible to gain an indulgence? 
  • 41:02 - I am a practicing Catholic having thoughts about orthodoxy. Why should I remain Catholic rather than becoming eastern orthodox?  
  • 46:00 - Is sex only for the procreation of children? If a couple marries later in life, can they still have sex? 
  • 49:39 - Some fundamentalists I was speaking to were completely against Halloween and Christmas. How can I explain holidays to them? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 11, 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:

 
  • 05:47 – Theodoret said that Rome had primacy over the other churches because it didn’t teach any heresy. Is this true? 
  • 08:32 - Do Catholics only receive the bread, not the wine? 
  • 14:30 - In 1 Clement 32:4 it says that, “All are glorified…through His Will…by faith, not works.” How does that fit with the Catholic view of faith and works? 
  • 21:51 - If Jesus is God, why does he pray to God the Father? Why would he pray to himself? 
  • 24:46 - In John 12:31, Satan is referred to as the ruler of the world. Does this title still apply after Christ’s resurrection? 
  • 34:30 - Can people with lipstick tattoos on their neck go to Heaven? 
  • 36:37 - Can atheists enter heaven? 
  • 41:35 - What would happen if the Ark of the Covenant fell on someone? Would they die? 
  • 46:01 - My niece just passed away of cancer at 31 years old. What book could I send my brother and sister-in-law while they are grieving? 
  • 51:08 - What are the different ranks of angels in heaven? 
Catholic Answers Live - What History Tells Us About Jesus

Catholic Answers Live - What History Tells Us About Jesus

September 10, 2020

Who was Jesus? Can we really know that he lived? What was the early Church really like?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 16:51 - What is the Didache and what role does it play in the Church? 
  • 20:24 - How do we know how the apostles were martyred? 
  • 31:06 - Did the Romans record Jesus’ death on an official record? 
  • 35:40 - How would Jesus have looked? It seems like icons and images portray him in a certain way. 
  • 41:20 - Recently, there was an idea circulated that Jesus being Lord and Savior was invented in the sixth century by Constantine. How can you refute that? 
  • 44:10 - How do you think God has given us evidence of our faith in this age of science? 
  • 50:57 - Do you know of a book that I could give to someone who believes the New Testament was made up to make the Old Testament seem real and true? 
Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Sacred Tradition

Catholic Answers Live - Bible Blueprint for Sacred Tradition

September 10, 2020

Why don’t Catholics believe in Sola Scriptura?

Questions Covered:

  • 23:03 - Does John 16:12-13 point to Sacred Tradition? 
  • 33:00 - Doesn’t Scripture say that man is accursed if he departs from Scripture? 
  • 48:50 - Can you explain how Catholics understand magisterial authority? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 9, 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:

 
  • 01:15 - I heard your debate with James White on sola scriptura. Can you clarify your defense of the Church hierarchy? 
  • 06:39 - Does the Catholic Church believe that the devil is a tool to provide temptations so that people truly have free will? 
  • 16:48 - How do you know if God is real?                                                                      
  • 22:25 - How do you explain the importance of the sacrament of Confirmation to kids who don’t like or understand coming to CCD? 
  • 35:40 - God says in the Bible that if you confess your sins, God forgets them. Why then, do we still have purgatory? 
  • 48:10 - Is the Body of Christ that Peter received at the Last Supper the same Body of Christ that we receive at Mass, post-Resurrection? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 9, 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:

 
  • 11:53 - My daughter is living with her fiancé. How can I maintain a relationship with her but also speak the truth to her? 
  • 19:29 - Is it permissible for a priest to tell his congregation that they must support the Black Lives Matter organization? 
  • 29:09 - How do we know that we are doing the will of God the Father? How do we discern his will in our life? 
  • 35:12 - My son is agnostic and says he hates the Catholic Church’s teaching on slavery. He says that God condoned slavery in the Old Testament and Jesus never condemned it. How can I respond? 
  • 49:53 - Catholics say that all people are children of God, but the gospel of John says that only those who are baptized are children of God. Which is it? 
Catholic Answers Live - Staff Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Staff Open Forum

September 8, 2020

Catholic Answers’ staff joins Cy and Tim for two hours of open forum.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 06:18 – From Dave Matheson (Director of Development) – What is the difference between papal supremacy and papal primacy, and why is “supremacy” is favored over “primacy” in the Catholic Church? 
  • 17:20 – From Jimmy Akin (Senior Apologist) – How do you memorize Scripture? How do you select the passages that you’ve memorized? 
  • 31:13 – Donna Barrack (Director of Marketing) – What do I say when a friend, now a former Catholic, talks about “earthing” or “what the universe is doing for her”? It’s not like she’s asking a question, she’s simply sharing the way she looks at the world. 
  • 45:00 – From Chris Costello (Director of IT) – Since Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven, why does her appearance vary in Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, etc? 
  • 50:03 – From Marie Bates (Assistant Producer) What will heaven be like? What will our glorified bodies be like? 
Catholic Answers Live - Staff Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Staff Open Forum

September 8, 2020

 Catholic Answers’ staff joins Cy and Tim for two hours of open forum.

Questions Covered:

 
  • 02:30 – From Thomas (Social Media Guy) – What should I say to someone who wonders why Marian dogmas matter? 
  • 19:43 – From Jon Sorensen (Chief Operating Officer) – I have heard some Catholics in the public sphere argue that abortion is not the “pre-eminent issue” of our time, and that other life issues carry equal or greater weight. What does the Church say about this? 
  • 32:08 – From Zach Maxwell (YouTube Manager) – What is your take on private revelation? I think it causes a lot of anxiety. Is there any good that comes from it? How do we approach someone who believes this stuff? 
  • 41:30 – From Peggy (Sales Manager) – Why is Mary the Ark of the New Covenant? 
Catholic Answers Live - The End Times

Catholic Answers Live - The End Times

September 7, 2020

Lots of people are predicting the end of the world. Is it really coming?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 17:15 - What do you believe about the apparitions of the Blessed Mother in Medjugorje and Akita? 
  • 23:31 - Is it true that there will be peace and then the end will come? 
  • 28:53 - Does Satan try to make the end times happen or does he try to prevent it so that he can continue working in the world? 
  • 33:00 - In the book of Revelation, there is a lot about the return of Christ. How does that fit into today’s world? 
  • 46:20 - Who is the restrainer in 2 Thessalonians 2? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Scandal in the Kingdom of God

Catholic Answers Live - Scandal in the Kingdom of God

September 7, 2020

How best can Catholics respond to scandal and rebuild the Church?

Questions Covered:

 
  • 38:00 - When you’ve had a bad experience in the Church, how can you go forward in being a part of it and building it up again? 
  • 44:35 - How can we have a healing of the Church, while still promoting Vatican II? 
  • 48:20 - It seems like bishops have no additional screening at the time of their appointment. Some of these bishops were screened in a time when the assessment of priests was not good. How can this be improved? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 4, 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:

  • 06:23 - When you are talking to non-Christians who find the Scriptures to be fictitious, how can we speak about our faith? 
  • 19:05 - If Jesus established Peter as the cornerstone, why did there need to be more popes after him? 
  • 24:04 - If someone were to commit suicide by taking pills that would not kill them immediately and then went to confession before dying, could they go to heaven? 
  • 33:45 - I want to become Catholic. A friend told me that if I do become Catholic, I will be falling to the antichrist. How can I respond to him? 
  • 45:40 - Why is Medjugorje never discussed? 
  • 49:10 - What is the difference between the Catholic faith and the Christian faith? 
  • 52:47 - Do any of the non-Catholic churches ever try to have their own saints? Is the Catholic Church the sole promulgator of sainthood? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 4, 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:

  • 03:37 – Is the particular judgement after we are sent to heaven or hell or before? 
  • 07:27 - Are the sacraments like an extension of the Incarnation throughout time? 
  • 12:00 - If someone were to be sacramentally married, die, and be brought back to life, would they have to be married again to their spouse? 
  • 16:47 - How does the Church have valid apostolic succession? 
  • 19:35 - How careful do we have to be about not getting coronavirus? 
  • 23:46 - My friend tells me he won’t believe in God because of the Crusades and the Inquisition. How can I respond to that?  
  • 32:36 - Is it true that early Christians were barbaric and murderous, not even believing in the Sonship of Christ? A friend recently told me this. 
  • 36:13 - My evangelical friend says that Catholics lie about who Mary’s parents were and that Jesus fell three times. They said those things are not in Scripture. How can I respond? 
  • 45:42 - How can I help someone who feels overwhelming fear of hell and so goes to confession as often as possible? 
  • 51:23 - How is the Eucharist an offering? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Science Leads to Jesus

Catholic Answers Live - Science Leads to Jesus

September 3, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 13:28 - How do science and technology conflict with faith and how can we manage the relationship between technology and faith? 
  • 16:40 - I think the Bible and science are in direct conflict. How do you reconcile the two? 
  • 25:08 - I spend time with a lot of atheist and agnostic friends who believe in science. What is the strongest scientific evidence for God? 
  • 33:40 - There are some neuroscientists that claim that our brains believe in God because of chemical reactions and not because of His actual existence. How can I respond? 
  • 43:40 - A lot of my friends debate me on my belief in God. How can I explain why God allows bad things to happen in the world? 
  • 47:50 - I saw God’s hand in my garden this year because beetles did not destroy my crops. A wasp appeared that never had before and it eats the beetles that eat the garden. God is amazing! 
  • 49:42 - Can you explain singularity, and do you think God will allow that to happen? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

Catholic Answers Live - Ask a Priest

September 3, 2020

Questions Covered:

  • 03:40 - I am wondering if my Baptism was valid. I was baptized in the Baptist church and I think there was a separation of form and matter. Can you help me? 
  • 11:22 - Should girls be permitted to be altar servers? 
  • 16:54 - How do I teach kids how to pray? 
  • 20:56 - I know someone who had a pacemaker and poor quality of life. They chose to turn their pacemaker off so they wouldn’t have to continue suffering. Was this ethical? 
  • 30:30 - What are the guidelines for incensing at Mass? When the priest has the water and wine put into the chalice, they always wipe the inside a little bit after. Why? 
  • 34:33 - What does the Catholic Church teach about how people should use their money? Should they give it all to the Church? 
  • 37:08 - My friend is searching for belief in God and feeling a fear for death. How can I help them to come to believe in God? 
  • 44:52 - I recently came back to the Church. My fiance doesn’t want our son to be baptized so young, she wants him to decide for himself. How can I talk to her about this important sacrament? 
  • 49:30 - When the priest holds up one host and that becomes the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, when do the rest of the hosts become consecrated? 
  • 51:11 - I am coming into the Church and I am trying to explain to my father the Catholic Church’s authority. He said that I am trusting my human authority to pick the Catholic Church. How can I respond? 

Resources Mentioned:

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 2, 2020

Questions Covered

  • 01:10 - Why does the doxology say “present and future?” 
  • 04:53 - How do we know that the first cause is the Christian God and not some polytheistic god? 
  • 15:13 - Is it sinful for a baptized Catholic to be baptized into a different denomination? And is it sinful for my family to attend that baptism? 
  • 20:05 - How do I respond to people who say Catholics divide their loyalty between the Vatican and America? 
  • 28:52 - Why do we say Mary and Joseph were married if they never consummated it? 
  • 40:52 - How can I explain to a young child what “I have the body of Jesus in my hand” means? 
  • 47:35 - Why do some Catholics worship Mary?

Resources Mentioned

Behold Your Mother by Tim Staples

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

September 2, 2020

 Questions Covered

  • 06:35 - Why couldn’t the beginning of the world from nothing have happened once without a creator?
  • 16:20 - How do we read “It is not what goes into a man that defiles him” when we know about real toxins that do harm the body?
  • 24:46 - How can we make sure our baptism is valid?
  • 35:50 - When the Catechism says Muslims worship the same God as Catholics, how is that consistent with Jesus saying whoever doesn’t honor the son doesn’t honor the father?
  • 44:04 - Why did it take so long to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
  • 50:35 - What is dispensationalism and how does the Church refute it?
Catholic Answers Live - God’s Providence

Catholic Answers Live - God’s Providence

September 1, 2020

What is God’s providence?

Questions Covered:

  • 14:38 - Can you explain the divine nature? 
  • 20:56 - If a man believes that he is called to the priesthood, but ignores it because he wants to have a family, has he committed a mortal sin? 
  • 33:21 - How does divine providence affect those who haven’t had a chance to develop, for example, little children who die young? 
  • 36:54 - If God always gets the greater good, how do people end up going to hell? 
Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

Catholic Answers Live - Catholic Answers Quiz Show

August 31, 2020

Once a month, Catholic Answers Live listeners play Catholic trivia, battling to win books and courses from Catholic Answers’ School of Apologetics. Apologist Karlo Broussard guides the game today.

 

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