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#11688 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

5/24/20240
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#11687 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

5/23/20240
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#11684 Works of the Holy Spirit - Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Questions Covered: 17:19 – If the Holy Spirit gives the gift of tongues, how is babbling building up the body of Christ? 23:16 – Why is there a need for confirmation if a baptized child has already received the Holy Spirit? 33:12 – Is Acts 2:1-11 and Jn 20:19-23 the same event of the descent of the Holy Spirit? 36:03 – When did it go from Holy Ghost to Holy Spirit? 41:45 – My priest friend said the charismatic movement is a bad idea. What are your thoughts? 47:41 – How does the Church regard speaking in tongues? And also speaking in tongues in protestant churches? …
5/23/20240
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#11685 Ideology-Proofing Your Home - Noelle Mering

Questions Covered: 17:56 – I employ young people. They need to be exposed to something that goes against the culture. 22:41 – I had a daughter who was very involved in the faith and then is now extremely anti-Catholic. It’s exactly the process that you’re talking about. 33:49 – I’ve heard it said that the way the devil attacks our children is through victimhood. 39:10 – How can one defend yourself against these ideologies especially for someone who spends a lot of time alone? …
5/22/20240
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#11684 Ask Me Anything - Jim Blackburn

Questions Covered: 06:14 – Did Mary ever die? Wouldn’t there be a record of that? 10:07 – Why does the Church promote the use of hospice care? It feels like mercy killing. 19:04 – How can a Catholic best explain Pentecost and the birth of the Church to a Protestant? 24:10 – I’m taking a college course and there’s a group of people who are taking the course in not a good direction. How can I as a Catholic be charitable to them while trying to keep us on track? 30:20 – When is typology the legitimate exercise in pattern recognition? 34:47 – What is the great war in heaven mentioned in Rev. 12, going to look like? 40:38 – In relation to the earlier call on hospice. How does Terri Shaivo innocent look from the Catholic perspective? 46:00 – Pope Francis allegedly made a comment saying that homosexuals live the gift of love. Is this true? 49:06 – Do we have to pray aloud to Mary? 50:40 – Does faith/believe or repentance need to be present for baptism to be valid? If it does, how is infant baptism valid? …
5/22/20240
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#11683 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:48 – A gym that I want to join does yoga and reiki. Is it ok for me to join even if I wouldn’t partake in those activities? 05:38 – Why does our Lord tell us to pray and ask him for what we want but also tell us to radically surrender to him? This seems contradictory. 10:10 – Regarding your debate alongside Trent on salvation. What are you depending upon when it comes to salvation? 18:38 – Is there biblical proof for different levels of heaven? 23:53 – Regarding the infallibility of the pope. Should we never question what the pope says or does? 29:20 – My friend asked why we pray to saints. How do I reply? 33:03 – How do we find out what is actually Church teaching vs what’s just popular opinion? 35:25 – How can the Catholic Church view Orthodox weddings valid if there is no exchange of vows during the liturgy? 41:22 – What’s the Church’s teaching on if Mary had knowledge of Jesus’ divinity? 44:35 – How does sanctification fit into the conversation of justification? 48:42 – When we talk to Protestants, what should be the approach to a lifelong Protestant vs a convert from Catholicism? 51:06 – Germanus of Constantinople said we did not need any other mediator besides Jesus. What’s the Church’s response to this? …
5/21/20240
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#11682 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered:  03:08 – Regarding Mary’s bodily death, is it a valid theology opinion or position to take that she did not die but was assumed without dying first, given its not part of the dogma itself?  05:46 – I heard a priest say that even an atheist can get to heaven, is this true?  16:52 – Why does the rosary have ten Hail Marys in a row? Is there a significance to this?  22:28 – Do rights exist or are rights just something that came out of the enlightenment period?   35:13 – Can the verse Act 8:16 and Acts 19:1-6 be used in an argument for the efficacy of Baptism?   44:35 – Is there any connection of “That which dwells” from the Old Testament to the Holy Spirit?  52:47 – Why are the Gospels written in third person?   …
5/21/20240
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#11681 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered:  04:24 – Is evangelizing through content creation of video games good? 11:52 – I read in a Lutheran book that “the reason the church used to only provide the bread not the blood is because the congregation is not holy enough” can Joe speak to this? 18:38 – What intercessory power do old testament figures hold? Are they the same as saints? (ie: is Moses/Elijah the same as St. Thomas Aquinas?) 20:31 – If purgatory is meant to purify us of our disordered desires, how do indulgences play into that? 30:15 – How do I explain to my friend that the Catholic church does have the fullness of the faith? 34:15 – How are things different for people with autism in the church? Do they have different expectations from the church? 45:45 – What is your take on the widespread phenomenon of Pentecostal miracles driving people away from the Catholic Church? …
5/20/20240
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#11680 The Peace of Jesus - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Questions Covered: 24:59 – How do I find peace when things like the Latin Mass I prefer going to is being restricted? 34:36 – I have peace by only listening to Catholic radio and not the news of the world. 39:00 – I’ve taught confirmation for a long time now, but now I’m being told that I don’t teach enough love. How do I find peace while I’m being told I’m not teaching the faith right? 47:50 – I agree with you, Pray, don’t worry and serve other people. 51:19 – How do we maintain peace when fellow Christians are suffering persecution all across the world? …
5/18/20240
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#11679 Human Dignity - Anna Halpine

Questions Covered: 28:55 – Could you comment on how human dignity is affected by NFP and barrier methods of pregnancy avoidance especially for those who don’t want to take artificial contraception? 40:27 – I want to know more about the upcoming alliance in the World Health Organization. …
5/17/20240
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#11678 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 16:05 – How do I grow my trust in God’s goodness and love? 36:50 – I’m not Catholic, what are some resources you recommend to learn more about Catholicism? 49:00 – What does the Church teach about monastic life and the mandate to be fruitful and multiply? …
5/17/20240
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#11677 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 08:40 – Can I be a conscientious objector if I join the military and don’t want to partake in an unjust war? 21:55 – Why was Mary not baptized? 28:30 – Does the validity of baptism depend on the acceptance of the recipient? 52:12 – Would you still need to go to purgatory if you went to confession 10 minutes prior to death? …
5/16/20240
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#11676 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 18:06 – How guilty am I supposed to feel for Jesus dying for our sins? 31:47 – I’m a new Christian and my girlfriend is Catholic. We have been debating the Trinity. My church teaches that The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all the same. What does the Catholic Church teach and why is mine wrong? …
5/16/20240
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#11675 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 10:28 – Since St. John was exiled at the end of his life, how did he deliver his last books? 18:11 – How can I sincerely pray the act of contrition and the Our Father if I have a hard time with what the prayer says? 34:98 – Do you need to be specific when asking for a prayer intention? …
5/15/20240
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#11674 Ask Me Anything - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:27 – How can we explain the view of predestination according to Augustine and Aquinas? 17:45 – What tips would you give to someone who was raised Christian but now doesn’t even believe Jesus existed? 31:57 – If my husband were to go through RCIA would he have to do anything else to make our marriage sacramental? 33:58 – Is it plausible to say that St. Ignatius of Antioch’s famous quote on ‘the is the Catholic Church’ a reference to Peter being bishop of Antioch? 45:26 – Why are the letters of St. Paul so confusing regarding grace and law? …
5/15/20240
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#11673 Ask Me Anything - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 06:18 – What resources can you recommend on the veneration of relics? 10:31 – What would be the best way to expose our fellow Catholics to the eastern rites? 16:09 – What are your thoughts on so-called Catholics evangelizing but who preach heresy? 21:14 – I’m a protestant considering Catholicism. Are there 2 judgements? 31:58 – Were the Greek Orthodox and the Catholic Church ever together? Who came first? 38:43 – Do you see your debate with Pearl as a result of the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction as a result of radical feminism? 46:45 – Will people still wear clothes in heaven since shame would no longer be a thing? 50:41 – Which other denominations pray the Apostles’ creed? Do they also say that they believe in the Catholic Church? …
5/14/20240
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#11672 Scripture Study for Kids - Mark Hart

Questions Covered:  14:32 – Is it okay to use a protestant kids comic book Bible for my Catholic kids?  18:30 – can Mark talk more about his program for middle schoolers and how Fr. Peter could adapt it for his family catechesis program?  21:50 – how to teach kids reverence in the church?  36:28 – My nephew is in public middle school, how can I help his parents teach him about sexuality and what the bible says about it when the school is teaching things opposed to Catholicism.  …
5/14/20240
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#11671 AMA - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered:  06:08 – I heard the Pope is allowing the blessings of same sex marriages, what does this mean? 12:15 – What does the term “son of man” mean? 17:52 – Do you have your family in heaven? 22:30 – How does the Catholic Church feel about abortion if a severely mentally/intellectually disabled person were to become? 28:40 – If God is all-powerful AND all loving hell shouldn’t exist in the first place. 32:00 – How do you know if the Bible is true or not? 34:26 – I was sent a website called “OurLadyisGod.com” — have you heard of this website? How do i rebuttal this? 37:40 – I have heard that some Catholics don’t believe St. Juan Diego was a real person, based on historical evidence, what is the Catholic perspective of this? 48:59 – If Jesus is on the right hand of God, what is on the left side? 50:21 – Can Joe talk more about the doctrine about no salvation outside of the church?   …
5/13/20240
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#11670 Dignitas Infinita - Fr. Sebastian Walshe

Questions Covered:  37:07 What’s the difference from myself as a Baptized Catholic to someone who isn’t Catholic, but living a similar type of life? …
5/11/20240
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#11669 The Church in the News - JD Flynn

J.D. Flynn joins us on CA Live to discuss the Church in the news. …
5/10/20240
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#11668 Questions from Society 315 - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:09 – Why should we care about the Filioque?      15:38 – What is the Kingdom of God mentioned in the bible?      20:43 – How do we make sense of freewill when we die?  29:24 – Where does Limbo and purgatory fall especially when looking at the time before Jesus?   43:05 – How authentic is the Letter of Pilate to Tiberius?   51:06 – . Julie… Rochester, MN… I’m a cradle Catholic and I have a two-part question about baptism:  I’ve had relatives who wished to have their children baptized by a priest, but the priest denied them because of their living situations and lack of practicing their faith themselves. I understand that any Christian baptism is valid as long as proper form is used, so these relatives likely could have gone to another Christian church and had their children baptized and it would have been seen as valid by the Catholic Church. So what is the reasoning for just not baptizing the children in the Catholic Church as requested, when other baptisms would be considered equally valid? It seems that the other Christian churches are more willing to offer the grace to the innocent child. Also, in the Catholic Church, holy water is used for baptism. This is not available in other Christian churches, and often not available in emergency situations either, so I’m having difficulty seeing those baptisms as equally valid.  …
5/10/20240
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#11667 Questions from Society 315 - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 07:13 – Which pope introduced the Assumption of Mary? 13:12 – How should we read Genesis? Should we take it literally? 24:40 – Does a confessor have to confess the number and kind of sin? 34:41 – Does calling the Holy Spirit a demon make one commit the sin against the Holy Spirit? 43:12 – Do children lost due to miscarriage, end up in Limbo? …
5/9/20240
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#11666 Questions from Non-Catholics - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 01:38 – If we receive the Holy Spirit and He’s supposed to guide us, then why don’t all Christians arrive at the same conclusions? 16:40 – Question from a Muslim friend, If God is unchanging in his nature how can Christians claim that their God is unchanging when the second person became man? 22:05 – How did infants have original sin forgiven before the covenant with Jesus? 30:13 – Can you help me understand purgatory and where we see it in the bible? 47:55 – What does the Catholic Church do to a bishop after they are let go from they’re duty? Do the Just gland pick up any job? 50:55 – Is the baptism of John different from Catholic baptism? …
5/9/20240
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#11665 Questions from Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 16:55 – How come it seems like any sin is forgivable but no accountability for repeat offenders? 40:30 – The few infallible teachings were about Mary. Why did the Church decide to declare those teachings at that time? 52:45 – I’m on fire for learning more about Catholicism and I need some guidance. I can’t get enough …
5/8/20240
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#11664 Ask Me Anything - Tom Nash

Questions Covered: 03:32 – I’m protestant looking into the Church. Does a protestant have to redo salvation? 13:22 – Some people use scripture to denigrate Jews. What does the Church say about this? 24:48 – Rev 19:16 says Jesus will return on a horse with a name inscribed on him. Does this mean that animals are in heaven and that tattoos are acceptable? 31:45 – What does the Church teach about illegitimate children? 34:38 – Does it make the pope a heretic for praising Martin Luther? 37:31 – Do we believe in the antichrist as a person? 41:43 – Why don’t you talk about the Palestinian people? 49:55 – I always thought that animals were in heaven. Can you clarify? …
5/8/20240
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#11663 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:09 – What is the best evidence for the existence of demons? 08:43 – How can we defend an immaterial soul or a dualist perspective in light of modern neuroscience? 20:05 – My wife and I are looking to getting our wedding blessed in the Church. What’s the distinction between marriage within the Church and marriage outside the Church? 28:28 – Should we make Catholicism the state religion of Canada? 31:32 – I read a story of a person who had 8-9 exorcisms done. Why would God allow someone to go through it that many times? 40:35 – If a priest skips the words of consecration, is it still a valid mass? 43:30 – What is purgatory and how does that affect our eternity? 47:07 – Regarding sola scriptura debate: the best case against ss is that it doesn’t pass its own test. Can you expound on that argument? 52:42 – Did the Church change the eucharistic formula by only using bread and not wine in the 12th century? How do I respond to this? …
5/7/20240
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#11662 Scriptural Apologetics - John Martignoni

Questions Covered: 11:55 – Should I be reading the bible from cover to cover? 16:59 – I’m protestant looking into Catholicism. What is 1 Tim 3? How come priests can’t be married? 21:01 – Why does Elijah and Moses appear in the Transfiguration? 29:31 – A Protestant told me that Catholics worship the same God as Islam. How do I respond? 34:36 – Is there anything that supports the idea of cultural Catholicism? Saying if the culture doesn’t accept it, then the Church shouldn’t enforce it. Does the bible accept or reject it? 41:28 – The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus condemns divorce except for the case of unchastity. What is that? 44:06 – I’ve been grappling with the issue of women’s silence in the church, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. Could you help me understand why it states that women should remain silent in the church and ask their questions to their husbands? I have read so many articles and watched videos but didn’t satisfy. 47:19 – You said a person cannot divorce, remarry and receive communion. Is this true? Did I hear you correctly? 49:39 – Was St. Dismas the first saint in heaven? Where were the other souls of the Old Testament? …
5/7/20240
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#11661 The Resurrected Jesus - Steve Ray

Questions Covered: 18:54 – Why didn’t Jesus keep the wounds from his scourging? 23:05 – Since Jesus has a body in heaven and so does Mary, are we going to have the same bodies purified and cleansed in heaven? 43:12 – It makes sense to me that Jesus changed his physical appearance, and they didn’t recognize him. I’m a recovering alcoholic and people didn’t recognize when I became sober. 50:50 – 1. Cor 15:28 What does this mean? And how do I respond to people who claim this disproved Jesus divinity? …
5/6/20240
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#11660 Faith And Science - Stacy Trasancos

09:04 – How can I reconcile Adam, Eve and Evolution? 17:05 – What are your thoughts on magnetism, gravity and light? It almost seems like there’s a spiritual element to them that we can’t explain. Good 22:27 – Is it plausible to conclude that there must be a God, seeing how inanimate matter cannot create on its own? Good 33:36 – Is there an agreed upon definition of science? 37:27 – When Jesus said, you will have life more abundantly, do you think he was referring to the future and scientific discovery in the temporal world? 44:27 – The Church teaches all humans are persons but there seems to be circumstances where persons don’t exist in humans like, braindead people and zygotes. What are your thoughts on this? 52:35 – I’m a homeschooling mom and feel unprepared for the scientific subjects. How can I prepare? …
5/4/20240
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#11659 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 02:55 – I disagree with your statement that the apostles did not gain from spreading the gospel. 08:22 – How can I defend my new Catholic faith to my Jewish family? 16:39 – How do I defend the position that abortion should be illegal? 23:56 – Why does our modern biblical text use the Masoretic text instead of the Septuagint which is more apologetic friendly? 31:17 – I’m a revert living in the bible belt. How do I share my faith with my non-denominational Christians? 37:42 – Why is baptism a prerequisite to confession? 48:04 – How would you respond to the claim that euthanasia decreases suffering so it should be allowed …
5/3/20240
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#11658 Ask Me Anything - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 05:50 – If a person leaves the Church because they sincerely believe it’s not true, are they still in danger of going to hell? 19:53 – Does the fact that the Church grants the title of Doctor of the Church to women contradict 1 Timothy 2:11-12 that talks about women being submissive not being teachers? 28:48 – After arguing with ChatGPT trying to make it conclude in belief in Jesus, I came to realize that it was hardwired to oppose it. What are your thoughts on this? 41:17 – I’m in college and need to debate if humans are good or bad in class. How do I argue this from free will? 49:31 – If a Catholic person doesn’t believe in the real presence would they still be able to receive communion? …
5/3/20240
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#11657 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 05:10 – Did the Old Testament permit chattel slavery? 11:05 – Regarding your recent Sola Scriptura Debate. Why did it matter that the Jews didn’t know that Isaiah was a part of the canon? 13:17 – I’m a little confused about purgatory. What exactly is it for? 17:15 – How can we be sure that the Divine Mercy revelation is true? 20:41 – If NFP is just as successful as other contraception, how does the Church differentiate the morality of one or the other? 24:46 – Was it wrong for Rahab to have lied to the guards? 31:44 – How are we supposed to interpret 1 John 5:16-17 in the context of venial and mortal sin? 41:30 – Where does motor sport fall into CCC 2290 which states, “Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others’ safety on the road.” 44:19 – If God knew us from the beginning, does this mean that time is not linear but just is? 49:38 – What do Catholics believe about Protestants who speak in tongues? 52:39 – How would one respond to a non-Catholic who claims we do more than just pray to saints like ask St. Anthony to find lost items or bury a statue of St. Joseph to buy a house? …
5/2/20240
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#11656 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 08:16 – In order to become a sacristan, does one also have to be an extraordinary minister on holy communion? 12:30 – After the final judgment, will there be procreation? 17:56 – How can I gain enough knowledge to defend the Filioque and the papacy from the Orthodox? 20:49 – Can you elaborate on the differences between praying to Mary and the saints and contacting the dead? 37:08 – How can we not conclude that Genesis 3:18-19 would you support human composting? 44:03 – How do you know when you are truly repented of a sin rather than just being afraid of hell? …
5/2/20240
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#1655 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:30 – Is belief in purgatory necessary for salvation? 17:05 – How does John 17:15 relate to the life of monks? 24:25 – How can a Catholic prove that the Church didn’t fall into apostasy after the apostolic age? 35:33 – Is human composting ethical and dignified? 43:55 – How do I respond to the claim that the Church suppressed saints and they claimed the papal bull Beatus Andraeus was the cause of this. I can’t find the document anywhere. What is it and how do I respond? 49:05 – Acts 13:33 quotes Psalms. Did they already have a Jewish canon of scripture at that time? …
5/1/20240
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#11654 Ask Me Anything - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:02 – The Catholic Church says that no evil thing can enter into heaven. Then how can Satan enter heaven accuse the brethren before God? 07:31 – Who can bless people? Can we only bless our children? If someone baptizes their child in a non-emergency situation, would it be valid and would it be a sin? 15:27 – My parents are Pentecostal and have recently been asking why we don’t celebrate Easter on Passover or any other Jewish feasts? How should I respond? 22:16 – I’ve been meeting with Jehovah’s Witnesses. They claim that the bible says that the name of God (Jehovah) must be used. How do I respond? 29:04 – I was arguing with a protestant who said Jesus can’t be sacramentally present in the Eucharist because of Hebrew 9:28. What is the 35:28 – Does the Church teach that all truths that are necessary for salvation are found in the bible? 43:01 – Are the 3 persons of the Trinity co-equal? 47:54 – What if a person baptized a child without the knowledge that they weren’t supposed to? Is that sinful? 51:16 – I disagree with your comment that God did away with the law …
5/1/20240
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#11653 Ask Me Anything - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:41 – This YouTube user’s main stumbling block to Catholicism was Divine Hiddenness. Why doesn’t God show himself to us? 15:36 – My son is scrupulous. If my son is in a state of mortal sin but desires to go to confession and suddenly dies, what is the disposition of his soul? 20:12 – Hypothetical Question: Would lay people be able to offer the sacraments if there were no more clergy? 25:09 – CCC 83 says sacred tradition needs to be of apostolic origin. Why isn’t there a consensus on the number of sacraments? 44:30 – Is the essence of the Trinity the first person of the trinity, the Father? 50:22 – My husband says he doesn’t believe in the Catholic Church anymore. Is he committing a mortal sin if he continues to receive communion? …
4/30/20240
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#11652 Raising Kids Who Stay Catholic - Gregory Popcak

Questions Covered: 20:17 – Is there a correlation between couples not using birth control and the success in raising catholic children? 21:55 – I am Catholic, but my husband is Protestant. I find it hard to bring the Faith, especially the Rosary, in our household in ways that are non-threatening to my spouse. Any advice for parents in this situation? 33:11 – What can we do for the the 85% of kids who are raised Catholic who don’t practice? 46:00 – What advice do you have for grandparents for their children’s children? 50:19 – My wife is Catholic but has a superficial faith. How can I approach her about this without pushing her away? …
4/30/20240
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#11651 Ask a Priest - Msgr. Eugene Morris

Questions Covered:  04:57 – Can you explain the speaking of tongue references in Acts 2?   14:17 – Why don’t Catholics need to receive the body and blood at the same time?   20:13 – When someone receive absolution at confession, is there ever a need to do additional penance above what the priest asks?   31:13 – When God said he is a jealous God what does He mean?  34:45 – Why would we need our body after second resurrection references in CCC 1059?  39:49 – Can you explain the option of internal forum for a Catholic who was denied annulment?   43:08 – Is there anything we are encouraged to do for St. Catherine of Siena’s feast day?  45:13 – When Catholics discuss things with Muslim, should we mention the personal life of Mohamed?   47:06 – Hypothetically, if a Catholic priest was elected in the next election, would he have to be laicized to take office?   50:00 – Is there any place in the bible that mentions the existence of Dinosaurs?    51:05 – What is the maximum age for a man to become a priest?   …
4/29/20240
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#11650 Relationship with Mary - R. Jared Staudt

Questions Covered: 11:43 – Does it matter what the image we pray to is since we don’t pray to the actual image? 16:42 – What’s the point of Marian Consecration? 20:05 – What’s the point of the repetitive nature of the rosary and the hail holy queen prayer? 31:23 – How would you clear up a misconception that Mary is competing with our natural mothers? 34:54 – If the bible is not scientific then can’t we say that Mary’s virginity is not scientific? Wouldn’t Marian consecration be a validation of that? …
4/27/20240
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#11649 Confusion in the Kingdom - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 22:27 – Do you focus on how liberalism affects sexual ethics only or economics etc in your new book? 28:55 – What is your opinion on how much social media and the availability of information has played into this confusion? 32:14 – Was there a meeting at the Kennedy compound where pro-abortion politicians were given a roadmap to set their agenda? 45:09 – Why doesn’t the USCCB have an official position on Methotrexate, the chemical used in abortion? 49:50 – How do you address questions in regard to the opposite of progressive Catholicism? …
4/26/20240
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#11648 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:49 – Does the death of Joseph elevate Jesus as the king and Mary as the queen mother?  11:18 – Regarding the story of the woman caught in adultery. Why is it included in the gospel of John in bibles but not others?  19:35 – If Adam and Eve did not disobey, would Jesus have ever come?  28:46 – I was asked: Were the 3 wisemen following the star of the devil? And Michael the Archangel isn’t what Catholics think he is. I didn’t know how to respond. How can I reply?  41:20 – How can we avoid heresy especially if you’re not familiar with heresies and Church history?  46:25 – I bought a crystal that might have been used in Chakra. I wanted to gift it to my dad since he’s a rock collector. Is it spiritually dangerous to possess this?  49:40 – Did Adam know of the fruit he was eating? How did the world come to be populated if there were only 2 people? …
4/26/20240
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#11647 Ask a Priest - Fr. Paul Keller O.P.

Questions Covered: 03:52 – What does true humility look like and what does one have to do to attain it? 06:35 – If a bishop is removed from a diocese as the bishop, why do they retain the title of bishop? 11:24 – Why was Mary’s title changed from lowly handmaid to lowly servant? 14:21 – I wrote a syllogism on God that led me to the logical conclusion of pantheism. Can you tell me where I went wrong? 20:42 – Do you have advice for someone who wants a spiritual director but will be moving soon? 24:09 – As a Catholic, can I just pray to Jesus? 29:33 – When did the Church start to implement annulments? 34:56 – Does Jesus in heaven still have the wounds from the crucifixion? 39:58 – What do you think of the Independent Catholic Movement? 41:38 – I’m in RCIA and have been struggling with early term abortion. Why is it bad and why do we believe that a soul is infused to an embryo? 47:56 – Fr. Paul led my RCIA class 32 years ago. I just want to say hello. 49:57 – What is the Church’s belief on who the whore of Babylon is? 52:09 – Is a livestream of Eucharistic adoration a valid form of adoration? …
4/25/20240
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#11646 How to Talk to Protestants About Mary and the Saints - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:28 – If Joseph was the heir to the throne of David, then why did he marry a virgin? 13:36 – Follow up on the Rev. 12 Question: I was always told that the Church was born when the side of Jesus was pierced. What are your thoughts on this and Mary’s participation in that? 18:00 – Did Mary have other children? 24:41 – St. Alphonsus Liguori’s prayers on Mary are a stumbling block for me. I’m a protestant. 40:10 – How do we respond to the question: “Why don’t we pray directly to God? 47:00 – I’m a recent convert. Regarding Saint relics. Who decides who gets what relic? 50:15 – Can the Saint and Mary read our minds? …
4/25/20240
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#11645 How to Talk to Protestants About Mary and the Saints - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 16:33 – Why is it that many Catholics nowadays idolize her through statues or images? 34:39 – Rev. 12 refers to Mary’s assumption how then do we reconcile her being sinless and this account claims she had birth pains? 43:33 – Catholics worship Mary in Mexico. What are your thoughts on that? …
4/24/20240
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#11644 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 12:44 – I’ve been feeling a pull to the TLM. Why do they have animosity toward the Divine Mercy? 23:09 – How can you figure out what you need to believe as a Catholic? 29:22 – Regarding Tims article on unconditional election. Can you clarify what you meant with your “If God calls first” line? 44:31 – I go to a Baptist university. What is my role in correcting professors? 51:40 – What did Mary do to deserve to be the Mother of God? …
4/24/20240
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#11643 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 18:14 – The Jewish nation ruled under Maccabees were friends with the Romans. What happened that led the Romans to conquer the Jews? 22:31 – How do I approach my teenage kids about the Eucharist? 32:48 – Regarding Plenary Indulgences, what is attachment to sin? 37:20 – Can we show from the bible that baptism apart from confirmation imparts the Holy Spirit? Are Act 2:38, Acts 6:18 evidence of this? 43:32 – Why do so many bishops believe that Fiducia Supplicans allow blessings of irregular unions when it clearly doesn’t? 52:20 – During the Council of Ephesus, Philip made claims about Peter. Where do we find statements like that in the Early Church? …
4/23/20240
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#11642 Sharing the Good News - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Questions Covered: 14:29 – Why do Catholics have a conversion to believing in the teachings while people who convert to Protestant faiths convert it through no longer drinking, doing drugs, etc.?  29:41 – Should I be sharing my testimony?  37:47 – I want to learn how to be an incredible evangelist like you. How do I do that?  47:48 – How do I find ways to engage more black people in the Church and bringing them to the faith?  …
4/23/20240
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#11641 Good Discipline Makes Great Teens - Dr. Ray Guarendi

Questions Covered: 17:25 – I feel like I don’t have enough time with 6 kids. 46:57 – I bought your book and helped me. …
4/22/20240
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#11640 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

4/20/20240
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#11639 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

4/19/20240
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#11638 Ask Me Anything: Catholicism - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:06 – How do you rebut James Sterba’s new logical argument from evil? 07:49 – Do you have any resources I could use when returning to the Catholic faith? I feel like I have a heart of stone? 14:19 – How would we prove apostolic succession? 21:22 – What is a good approach to Catholic dating? Could there ever be a Catholic version of shows like the Bachelor? 28:51 – Was Jesus’s death really a sacrifice if he knew he was going to come back from the dead? 31:01 – Mt 27: around 51-52 says that people came out of their tombs and were walking around. How do we make sense of this? 33:35 – If we minimize the risk, would it be morally good to bring back dinosaurs? 39:50 – Do you ever smoke your pipe during prayer. If so, would this make your pipe a sacramental? 44:35 – Jn 19:25-27 refers to Mary and her sisters. Who were these sisters of Mary? 49:16 – What’s the status of the adoption of lay ministry of acolytes and lectors in the US? 52:15 – If Jesus and the Holy Spirit gave authority to the apostles to heal. Who else had this gift? …
4/19/20240
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#11637 Remedies Against Sadness of the Soul - Joe Wurtz

Questions Covered: 24:44 – I’m a doctor and want to give some insight as well. 32:12 – Could you explain more what you mean by sadness if the soul? 47:30 – Could you offer more resources? …
4/18/20240
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#11636 Flannel Panel - Christopher Check

Topics Covered: 3:00 – Mar Mari Emmanuel attacked 19:30 – Dignitas Infinita document released by the Vatican written by Cardinal Fernandez. Plus, CNN’s comments. …
4/18/20240
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#11635 Flannel Panel - Joe Heschmeyer

Topics Covered: 4:45 – Bill Maher’s accepting that abortion is murder 34:40 – National Public Radio (NPR) is biased …
4/17/20240
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#11634 Ask Me Anything: Catholicism - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:42 – How would I respond to my children if they grow up and ask why I never gave them the choice to be Catholic when I baptized them as babies? 16:12 – I believe life existed before Adam and Eve. Did those animals experience pain and fear? If so, how is that possible before the fall? 28:30 – As a Catholic I’m curious why we are allowed to have statues and painting when it says not to make any idol or icon. 35:05 – Is confession valid if you don’t receive a penance? 40:05 – If you can’t fast to the point of harming your body, what do we make of Catherine of Siena? How do we balance these extreme examples? 46:23 – Is using cannabis medicinally a sin? …
4/17/20240
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#11633 Ask Me Anything: Catholicism - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 03:56 – I’m considering Catholicism from a protestant background. How do I defend against sola scriptura when their objection is that the declarations of the Church mean nothing? 16:08 – What did Jesus really mean when we said that no one knows the day and the hour? 23:49 – How can redemptive suffering be necessary for God’s plan? 43:45 – What is the role of Catholics individually interpreting Church history? 50:32 – How do I explain what the mass is to my non-Catholic friends? …
4/16/20240
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#11632 Why Theology Matters - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 22:13 – Because theology develops over time and is impacted by culture, how does this affect morality since morality can’t change? 47:55 – Doesn’t Isaiah claim that the earth was a globe? When was this discovered? …
4/16/20240
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#11631 Ask a Priest - Msgr. Eugene Morris

Questions Covered: 03:45 – Given the Church doesn’t have a set view on Zionism, how far can go in saying that the entire region belongs to Israel? 06:50 – Would it be morally wrong to avoid paying tax when you can? 14:45 – My fiancé went through RCIA but didn’t convert because he can’t get past the belief in the real presence of the eucharist. What advice Can you give? 17:18 – I was told that I received communion incorrectly by smiling. Is this true? 21:25 – When Jesus was tempted in the desert, was he actually tempted to fall into sin? 31:14 – When you take the Eucharist to the homebound, does it have to go directly to them, or can you wait overnight? 37:36 – I’m trying to figure out where I belong in religion, but I don’t know the difference between being Christian and Catholic. 45:29 – How does a priest deal with loneliness? 50:23 – Is it ethical for me to work at a non-Catholic dental office? 52:55 – Is there an indulgence gained using holy water? Is it ok to do work around the house on Sundays? …
4/15/20240
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#11630 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

4/13/20240
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#11629 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

4/12/20240
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#11628 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 07:21 – Does your guardian angel leave you when you die 12:21 – What are some good research tools and/or websites for researching paranormal experiences? 17:01 – If the priest has an accident (e.g. spills the host and/ or wine such that it’s not salvageable), before, mid, or after consecration, how would this affect the rest of the mass? If the priest would simply consecrate again, would the procedure change if there’s no more host and/ or wine to consecrate? 20:28 – Let us make man in our own image? Who is US and OUR? Is this an early indication of the Blessed Trinity? 24:39 – Why didn’t the Pharaoh at the time of Moses, being a first born, die during the 10th plague? 28:54 – During his trial, why didn’t Jesus try to stand up for himself? Pilate seemed like he would listen. 30:52 – 1. What does it mean when the church says that Mary’s virginity remained intact during childbirth? Is this belief Dogma? 33:59 – 2. Is it appropriate to worship God in Mary due to Theosis? If in heaven the saints are united to the divine nature in a similar way to Christ’s hypostatic union wouldn’t it be appropriate to worship God in the glorified saints? (I know it’s not appropriate but I just need help understanding the distinctions) 36:42 – Is there a definitive teaching (or even different schools of speculation) on whether or not your guardian angel is specifically assigned only to you (that is, the GA only ever served as a guardian for you) or do they get different assignments when their guardees die? (Asked another way, are there the same number of guardians as there have been/will be human beings; or do the guardians guard different folks throughout their “careers”?) 41:56 – At what point in attending an illicit or invalid Mass should the laity speak up or choose not to receive communion? 46:26 – If God doesn’t change (the “God is simple argument”), how does that square with Jesus gaining a human nature? 47:54 – I have heard people say that the hats that Bishop’s wear symbolize their authority. Can you please expand on this? 48:45 – What does it mean that the disciples didn’t know Jesus till the breaking of the bread 51:32 – Can any parameter of creation be infinite? 52:26 – In what sense do unicorns “exist” ? (or any other fantasy idea like orcs or dragons) 53:36 – I have a hard time learning languages. I get the principles, but the memorization of endings gets me. I am better at reading and working it out than listening and translating by hearing. I desperately want to learn Greek for purposes of studying the Bible. What program, book, software, class, etc. would you recommend someone like me look at to learn Biblical Greek? …
4/12/20240
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#11627 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:32 – Do we know anything about the families of Apostles other than Peter, who had a mother-in-law? Which ones were married, who had children, etc.?  07:19 – I’m curious about John 10:18 where Jesus talks about having the power to lay down his life and take it up again. Does this mean he could have chosen to die right then, or could it suggest that he had the option to remain on the cross longer before choosing to die?  11:36 – What sacraments can angels administer? I’ve heard stories of angels administering holy communion and even heard once of an angel hearing confession. And it made me wonder if there has been any other sacraments they’ve been known to administer?  15:30 – Is experiencing deja vu the intersection of your current timeline with another?  20:52 – What’s the best answer that I can give my dad about why people who are members Opus Dei scourge themselves as a form of penance? He seems to think it’s not biblical.  29:19 – Was it when Judas received the sacrament of the Eucharist that the devil entered into his soul due to the state it was in?  33:46 – Would conjoined twins be able to be married in the Church?  40:24 – Someone told me that if you add regular water to a small bit of holy water the blessing is transferred and the holy water bottle can be filled in this way as long as you don’t let it run out. Is this true?  43:41 – How would you respond to someone who says that they’re doing just fine without God and they see no reason to acknowledge Him or follow Him?  47:12 – Could you go over the meaning of “Transubstantiation” and what to say and not say in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? If you like I can explain further.    52:41 – Wouldn’t these verses from Mark 7 demonstrate that if Mary had other children, Jesus would not have given her to John to care for?  …
4/11/20240
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#11626 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 07:40 – Were the books written in the Catholic bible with women’s names, were they written by women? 11:56 – Can the unforgivable sin be committed in thought and can a person lose the Holy Spirit? 14:36 – When praying the Divine Mercy I have a hard time praying for really bad sinners. What’s your advice? 20:39 – What is the difference between a holy day of obligation and a solemnity? 22:41 – What are the different levels of hell and why? Thank you. 30:21 – The Council of Jerusalem of 1672 was accepted by the Eastern Orthodox. The common Catholic claim against Orthodoxy is that they haven’t had an ecumenical council. How do we reconcile these two facts? 33:27 – What’s the official teaching regarding organ transplants? Will i have a connection in heaven to my organ donor? 40:42 -How do you respond to the claim that you don’t need a Church for Salvation? 47:01 – Was William Tindale killed by Catholics for translating the bible into English? 51:40 – Is it okay for Catholics to go up during communion to receive a blessing? Fiducia Supplicans seems to indicate that it is not the proper time for it. …
4/11/20240
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#11625 Women in the Church - Bronwen McShea

Questions Covered: 46:09 – Were any of these women in the 19th/20th century worried about the word man used in scripture and their role as religious? …
4/10/20240
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#11624 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 06:21 – I’m a United Methodist minister. What more resources do you recommend in my exploration of Catholicism? 20:01 – Surely God hears the prayers and offers signs to people outside of Christianity. How do we make sense of these signs that might offer people in their faith outside of Christ? 31:01 – What do Catholics believe in what’s going to get them into heaven? I’m Catholic, but some say it’s good works; but I keep saying it’s through Jesus Christ 37:11 – My Catholic cousin is not going to get married in a church. Can I attend? 45:37 – I’m reading a book that claims that the Catholic doctrine of atonement has changed since Trent to Vatican II. Is this true? 51:43 – You mention a lot the appeal to natural law. Why should we live according to our nature? …
4/10/20240
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#11623 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 16:57 – Is Pope Damasus decree on the canon a forgery? 19:14 – What is the Catholic opinion on protestant ministers being called to ministry? 34:34 – CCC 2372 says the government has a right to intervene in marriage. What does this mean? 47:51 – Did any of the doctors of the Church talk about the rapture? …
4/9/20240
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#11622 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 02:25 – What’s the order of the hierarchy, pope, cardinal, bishop etc.? 08:35 – How would oral or mechanical stimulation be morally ethical in leading up to the conjugal act? 17:55 – In what circumstance does suicide become a venial sin and not a mortal sin? 22:49 – What does it take to be an apologist? 31:12 – When did cremation become okay in the Church? 40:30 – When is superstition wrong? 46:04 – What’s the difference between modern Roman Catholicism and early Roman Catholicism? 52:27 – How can we defend the idea that the Early Church fathers were Catholic bishops?   Resources Mentioned: Fr. Hugh Barbour, “Sex After Marriage,” CAL episode from 4/23/2018 …
4/9/20240
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#11621 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 14:15 – Beside the ones mentioned in the bible, how much evidence do we find of the apostles preaching the resurrection? 21:43 – What’s the meaning of John 20:4; John outran Peter? 28:30 – All of Catholic traditions contradict the Bible 34:03 – What’s the best argument against Islam? 44:14 – How does the Catholic make sense of the First and Second Great Awakening? 51:55 – What’s the order of the hierarchy, pope, cardinal, bishop etc.? …
4/8/20240
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#11620 CA Game Show - Karlo Broussard

In this episode of the game show, Chet, from Houston Texas and Chuck from Illinois go head-to-head and test their apologetical knowledge!  …
4/6/20240
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#11619 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:24 – Did God ordain that women cannot be priests? 07:22 – Is there other meaning of “baptism” other than immersion? 15:04 – When God created the first humans, were they already fallen? 19:10 – Is it essential to affirm people by their biological identity especially to our youth in Catholic schools? 29:15 – Why don’t we baptize children in the womb especially if they are at risk of being miscarried? 36:04 – How can I defend the Church’s teaching against Sola Fide? 41:48 – Were there more people around when Adam and Eve were around? Resources: Kenneth W. Kemp, “The Science of Adam” first things, Kenneth W. Kemp, “Science, Theology, and Monogenesis,” 2011, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 85, No. 2, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, “The Historicity of Adam” and “Defending Adam After Darwin.” 49:24 – What does Hebrew 6:4-7 mean in light of going to confession? 52:46 – Why is there only one incarnation? Why not the Father and Holy Spirit too? …
4/5/20240
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#11618 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:59 – In the Old Testament God comes across as angry and jealous but in the New Testament he seems kinder and more merciful. Does he grow or what’s the explanation? 10:20 – Regarding the promises of the rosary and being delivered from purgatory. Does this mean that you will skip purgatory if you pray the rosary devoutly? 14:15 – How can I spread faith at my high school? 23:02 – I’m in Costa Rica and when I went to Mass the priest didn’t know what to do when I went up for a blessing and shoved the host into my mouth. I don’t know how to react to this. 29:10 – I’m protestant. How can I make sense of redemptive suffering? …
4/5/20240
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#11617 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:39 – If confirmation is supposed to be like Pentecost then how come we don’t go out like the apostles? 08:10 – Rom 5:12 said death entered because of sin but if evolution is how God created everything which included death, how do we square that? 14:46 – My 7th grade students wanted to know if the children of Adam and Eve had to have children with their siblings? 20:55 – Does the Cyclical Universe Model disprove God? 34:59 – What is the Church’s teaching on miscarriage in regard to family planning? 41:50 – Is there a distinction in Catholic theology between spirit and soul? 45:05 – Why does the word Hosanna translate differently in different bibles?? What’s the proper translation? 49:52: I’m a convert. My mother has recently become pagan and has been more combative. Most recently she has become confrontational regarding St. Patrick driving out snakes from Ireland. How should I handle the situation? …
4/4/20240
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#11616 Why Don’t You Think Catholicism Makes Sense? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 2:40 – I can appreciate the God works through Catholicism, but I don’t understand when people elevate this one denomination? Organizational and leadership definition instead of spiritually defined. 22:57 – I don’t understand the Catholic concept of a “good God.” 36:28 – I don’t understand and believe that Original Sin is in the bible and how is Mary not a sinner? 42:38 – I don’t understand the distinction between venial and mortal sin. How do we distinguish them in the context of 1 John 5:16? 49:58 – Regarding a previous call on abortion. Can you clarify the limited circumstance on abortion? …
4/4/20240
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#11615 Why Don’t You Think Catholicism Makes Sense? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 06:16 – I don’t understand the Doctrine of eternal hell? 15:26 – I don’t understand how items like holy water and other blessed items work and their effect? 20:52 – All scriptural evidence seems to show that our only priest is Jesus. There is no need for other priests. 37:18 – Christianity general. How can the murder of the 1st born in Egypt by God be justified? 50:09 – Do Catholics need to believe in the doctrine of eternal conscious torment? I believe the Catechism of Trent teaches eternal conscious torment? …
4/3/20240
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#11614 Open Forum - Jim Blackburn

Questions Covered: 4:32- How can I explain Marian doctrine to my non- denominational family who believe this is communion with the dead?    12:02 – Why do people get attacked by demons?   18:12 – How can I interpret someone who has passed away appearing or speaking to me in a dream?   21:03 – What is a response to someone who claims I worship a human being in Jesus Christ?   28:30 – How can I share the need to confess to a Priest since it is not in the bible?   34:24 – Can you interpret Jesus’s words to Judas of “Woe to the man…”?   42:32 – Is polygamy the same as adultery? How does this impact the Old Testament?  48:13 – How can I explain to a Protestant why they need the Sacraments?  51:40 – How can I interpret Jeus’s response in Luke 11:27-28 to Mary being called blessed?  …
4/3/20240
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#11613 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered:  04:28 – Did St. Matthew write the Gospel or was it someone who knew him?   11:35 – How should I treat my bulletin that contains the Sunday reading?   14:16 – Can a Baptism be valid if a priest says the prayers mentally or to a deaf audience?  18:28 – How can I respond to a Protestant friend who shared that the trial of the Catholic church is from the devil since God only does good?  31:02 – Where are Christ’s wounds?   36:58 – 1 Corinthians 14:34 says women should remain silent in churches. What does Paul mean by this and has this teaching changed?   45:00 – Can you explain redemptive suffering as stated by St. Faustina’s diary?  …
4/2/20240
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#11612 Questions from Society 315 - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 18:37 – I’ve been a Christian all my life and was just brought into full communion with the Catholic Church last year. I’ve always loved the story of the Prodigal Son but I’ve always been curious of what his brother represents. Is it simply jealousy and pride? Or does he signify something deeper.  29:00 – My spouse is protestant. He doesn’t want the sacrament of confirmation since he thinks it is against scripture, since scripture tells us not to make vows / oaths. He’s hung up on submitting to a Church and all it teaches. Can you help address his concern?  37:17 – Thanks for offering this again! I’m always cooking dinner when the show is live and never have free hands to call in. I have a question about the myth that most Catholic Holidays are based on Pagan holidays. I know from listening to Shameless Popery that Christmas is not on December 25 because of other pagan holidays, but it’s hard to convince other Catholics this, because many reputable Catholic sources feed this myth. For example, the St. Joseph’s Sunday Missal has a blurb in the Liturgy section stating that the date was chosen in part because of pagan winter solstice festivals. If the early Christians were so adamant at separating themselves from the pagans, why is there so much disagreement among reputable Catholic sources?  46:45 – When praying the Luminous mysteries, I have difficulty on what to meditate on with the Kingdom of God decade.  50:44 – Will all our sins be revealed to the whole world at the general judgement, including those that have been forgiven ? We’re trying to reconcile Luke 8: (For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open) and Hebrews 8:12 (For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more)  52:06 – Can some early Christian writings that did not make the canon, such as the Shepherd of Hermas, be regarded as approved private revelations, similar to those of Fatima or St. Faustina?  53:12 – “I enjoy listening to Catholic Answers as often as I can and have learned a lot!  My Question:  In Galatians 2:11-21, Paul confronts/rebukes Peter for refusing to eat with gentiles:  “”11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.”” If the successor of Peter says, thinks or does something  “”very wrong,”” who, when and how is the successor confronted/rebuked or corrected?”  …
4/2/20240
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#11611 Questions from Society 315 - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 14:25 – How did the Vatican end up in Rome, Italy along with the body of 19:19 – How many popes sat on the chair of Peter during the life of St. John the apostle? Are any of their writings to the Church available anywhere? 22:42 – I’ve been discussing the sacrifice of the mass with my wife who is protestant, and I told her that we, the regular attendee, are part of the sacrifice – partakers – and how we participate frequently in Christ’s perpetual sacrifice… Could you elaborate for me? It would be great if you could take us all the way from leviticus to the images of the lamb (as sacrificed) in revelation. How are our offerings involved too? 37:10 – Does the fact that that Didache does not appear to refer specifically to the Real Presence (only mentions the “Eucharist”) pose a problem for the assertion that the Early Church did actually believe in the Real Presence, since the Didache was one of the earliest surviving documents that we have from the Early Church? 46:00 – Where does the Bible say that a book CAN’T be a valid part of the Old Testament unless it’s quoted from in the New Testament? (this Protestant line of reasoning seems like a “Tradition of Men” to me.) 51:40 – I know we have the lineage of the Popes documented but the succession of bishops isn’t as well recorded – how can we know that certain branches of bishops are within succession? And if a bishop went off the rails went about those he ordained? …
4/1/20240
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#11609 The Precious Blood (Encore) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.

Catholic Answers Live Classics: Good Friday reflection with Fr. Hugh Barbour. …
3/29/20240
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#11607 The Mental Sufferings of Our Lord (Encore) - Fr. Paul Check

Fr. Paul Check joins Cy Kellett to discuss the mental sufferings of our Lord on this encore episode of Catholic Answers Live. …
3/28/20240
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#11606 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:05 – Given Jesus is timeless, did Jesus have a body before his birth? 10:21 – What is the Catholic view on how to remain saved after initial justification? 15:08 – What can I expect from my first Latin mass? How different will it be? 18:36 – With the red heifers and altars being constructed, what details do we look for to know we are in the end times? 23:24 – If someone disagrees with infallible teaching, what do they need to do to return? Just change their mind or go to confession? 31:54 – Has your study of the paranormal strengthened your faith? What’s the best way to pursue the paranormal? 37:46 – Can a Catholic receive a valid absolution if they reject the teaching on contraception? Do I have a duty to stop my close family from sinning even if they tell me to let them be? 46:40 – How do I respond when someone says that the pope is the antichrist? 50:31 – Has the Church had anything to say or teach on the jinn in Islam? …
3/28/20240
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#11605 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:38 – How do you rebut the soteriological argument from evil? 10:00 – Why did God choose the category of God to reveal himself to the nation of Israel given that all the other gods are different in nature than him? 15:48 – Should the characters in Tobit be seen as fictional? 17:44 – How can we respond to a Mormon or unitarian that claims that John’s gospel says Jesus has the same power and authority as the Father but not one in essence? 20:47 – How could I respond to Orthodox people who justify their allowing of remarriage? 24:33 – There are people in the OT who weren’t Jewish such as Job, what was their religion? 30:02 – Jesus speaks about the way to salvation being narrow and damnation being wide. How do we make sense of this? 36:08 – If you went back in time, could you pray for yourself so you won’t commit a sin? 40:24 – Why did the Church change the terminology for the Good Friday Service from “Veneration” to “Adoration” of the holy cross? Isn’t adoration reserved from God alone? 43:28 – I’m in RCIA. I had my first confession but I think I committed another sin. I’m having a hard time finding another confession time. Should I move forward in receiving the sacraments? 48:20 – Is there any evidence where Judas went or if he met up with Jesus after his death? …
3/27/20240
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#11604 Online Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:11 – Why is there a personal judgment and a general judgment? Doesn’t that seem redundant?  13:29 – Have any credible remote viewers ever tried to remote view heaven?  23:15 – How does our doctrine of inspiration interact with 1 Cor 7:29-31? In that passage, Paul seems to assert to his original audience that the end of history was near upon them, and gives them advice which only makes sense in that context. Paul seems to change his mind later on (in other letters). But in that spot, it really seems like an assertion which is untrue. But I say this, brothers: the time is shortened, that from now on even those who have wives should be as if they do not have wives, 30 and those who weep as if they do not weep, and those who rejoice as if they do not rejoice, and those who buy as if they do not possess 31 and those who make use of the world as if they do not make full use of it. For the present form of this world is passing away.  36:57 – How can parishes do better at helping those who don’t drive attend Mass? Or help those would are considering joining the church and don’t drive.  40:38 – What is the reason behind why the Gospel of Mark has both a short ending and a long ending?  46:30 – Which Bible translation is the most faithful to the original languages?  51:40 – Loving and liking are different. We know that in heaven we will love everyone the same. Does this mean that we are still going to have people that are closer to us, people that have a special bond? Or will those relationships become the same in the sense that there are no persons that have a closer friendship?  …
3/27/20240
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#11603 Online Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 05:15 – I have a photo of an object with an inscription and was wondering what it means ( a client had it on the shelf and I’d never seen it, I take it it is Protestant: Along the top of the block of wood from left to right are painted the names: Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley and Branham. In the center is painted “The Seven Church Ages” and at the bottom is the person’s birthdate. Thank you!  13:20 – how are we to respond to Pope Francis saying that Priests can bless same-sex unions? Is it reconcilable with our Catholic faith being we were taught it goes against God’s teachings?  17:38 – What does the Church say regarding the things people find funny? There are some things that we find funny that may be dark, edgy, and slightly irreverent but we have little control over our reflex to laugh or chuckle at such things. If we do find something funny that’s seen as “offensive” from a moral point of view, are we to confess it and try harder in the future to process the bit or joke until we no longer find it amusing?  24:05 – How does a revert get involved in parish life?  28:32 – Can you explain kenosis? I keep hearing a certain strain of Christians abuse Philippians 2:7 to suggest Jesus gave up his divinity. Their reasoning is that Jesus had to sacrifice himself as a man in order to atone for humanity. Can you please debunk this? 2 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 complete my joy, so that ⌊you are in agreement⌋, having the same love, united in spirit, ⌊having one purpose⌋. 3 Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, 4 each of you not looking out for your own interests⌋, but also each of you for ⌊the interests of others.  39:06 – I’ve wanted to hear your treatment of the souls of unbaptized children who die before the age of reason. I’ve researched it a fair bit from the 2008 document approved by Pope Benedict, to Servant of God Marcel Van, to alleged quotes by St Bernard of Clairvaux, to other reasons that suggest they go to heaven rather than limbo, but your research & insights would be of interest too.   47:31 – Why was there a bowl of wine/vinegar at the cross? It wouldn’t have been for antiseptic or pain-numbing reasons. What was the reason for it?  49:22 – Have you ever considered doing any Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World episode on neurodivergence?   52:15 – What are the three secrets of Fatima? Why was one of them never revealed to us?  …
3/26/20240
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#11602 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered:  06:17 – calling on behalf on a friend who is discerning Catholicism– his friend has a question about people in the past paying for indulgences and for people to get out of purgatory? 29:14 – discerning Catholicism, he feels open to Catholicism, but his wife is not comfortable with it. What are some basic things he can share with his wife to positively share more about Catholicism with her? 49:10 – I have a family member who is not catholic. Is he allowed to receive last rights? …
3/26/20240
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#11601 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Steve Ray

Questions Covered: 04:08 – What do Roman Catholic believe going to heaven is dependent upon? 16:14 – What archeological Study Bible should I use if I am trying to become Catholic? 19:07 – how does one become a Catholic but avoid a triumphant attitude? 29:44 – Non Catholic, parents were Catholic, in her 3rd marriage, wants to become Catholic but doesn’t have anyone to sponsor her in RCIA… how does she navigate this? 42:08 – Why is God not held accountable to the same moral standards in relationships as we are? 49:39 – Can you explain more about purgatory and how someone can pray for someone else in purgatory? …
3/25/20240
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#11600 Remarriage - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 15:07 – If you’re divorced and remarried but your first marriage wasn’t in the Church, can you receive communion? 18:46 – While you wait for an annulment, what does it mean to live like brother and sister 23:19 – I was married to a non-Catholic and having trouble finding proof of this prior marriage. Only divorced. What can I do to prove it was not a marriage in the Church? 30:07 – What does it take to get an annulment? 34:13 – I just wanted to say that the advice to give, to go to a priest should also include the deacons. I feel like the deacons were made for this. 35:07 – Why don’t they treat casual sex with the same degree as being in a non-Catholic valid marriage? 43:34 – What’s the Church’s guidance for those who don’t have a valid marriage and are separated but don’t seek divorce? 45:28 – What is the reason for annulments being valid if the couple are married outside of the Church building? …
3/23/20240
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#11599 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 08:44 – When dialoguing with a protestant and using the common ground of the bible, where should I go in terms of moving the conversation after a “this is just how i interpret it’ point 5. causes it to stagnate? 15:30 – How do you respond to the claim that in order to be Christian one needs to be born again? 20:20 – Is there salvation outside the Catholic Church? 28:46 – A protestant asked me if using bacon grease breaks the Friday Lenten abstaining from meat? 34:40 – How do we defend against claims that the papacy has changed over history? How do we defend doctrines that were introduced later in history? 44:56 – How do I respond to people who say that the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon? 52:55 – What’s the difference between abstinence and fasting during lent? …
3/22/20240
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#11598 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:42 – Some Protestant minister who converts to Catholic church can become priests and stay married. Why isn’t this extended to Deacons?  09:09 – How can I reconcile Holy Days of Obligation and fasting during lent with Mark Chapter 7?  17:05 – I’ve heard the Word became the Son at the incarnation only based on Psalm 2. How can I respond to this?   23:50 – Where is St. Gabriel mentioned in the Bible, what makes him an Archangel?  28:50 – Why is there no video evidence of a miracle?   34:02 – How did the Septuagint get its name?  36:05 – How can I talk to someone who says you don’t need Confession?   40:32 – Why did St. Padre Pio have the stigmata, and did it hurt?   42:13 – Why in the US does we seem to ignore a 1997 Vatican Instruction when it comes to the use of extraordinary minister?  48:17 – What denomination is the Hillsong church and can we attend as Catholics?  50:54 – Is there firm teaching of using they/them pronouns?  …
3/22/20240
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#11597 Open Forum - Colin Donovan

Questions: 04:55 – Why shouldn’t we use the pronouns of transpeople, if the Pope consistently does?   14:47 – Why do Protestants use Ephesians 4:11 to say that we don’t need priest?  22:22 – Is going to Confession for the same thing repeatedly pointless?  31:54 – What are your thoughts on increasing reverence by receiving on the tongue and kneeling?  42:55 – How did David become a priest based on the order of Melchizedek?  47:54 – Was the Son of God in biological form or spiritual form prior to the birth of Jesus?  51:56 – Understanding more on the What separates the deuterocanonicals from the rest of the books from the apocrypha?    …
3/21/20240
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#11596 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 01:43 – What exactly are Catholics bound to follow? letters, encyclicals, ex-cathedra declarations, etc. 06:02 – What exactly is the authority carried by the nihil obstat? 11:57 – If I believe in everything the Church teaches but I also believe in reincarnation and continual revelation. Can I become Catholic? 22:45 – If you have to be in the state of grace to enter heaven, does that mean your last confession is the only one that matters? 31:17 – I’m a convert. How can I go about receiving the spiritual benefits of the eucharist if I have a hard time believing in the real presence? 37:36 – Are there any writings of papal authority being passed on in the early Church? 46:02 – Can you explain the difference between venial and mortal sin? 52:11 – Why can’t you go to confession over the phone? …
3/21/20240
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#11595 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:42 – Why do we have to attend mass on Sunday and who mandated it? 10:54 – What is the Church’s teaching regarding Mary as co-redemptrix? 15:23 – What is the importance of the woman’s submissive role as laid out in the bible? How can we go about it to make women more comfortable? 22:16 – If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, how then can it be moral to carry a firearm? Can we defend ourselves?  28:40 – If the Gospel of John focuses on the body and blood of Jesus, why doesn’t the gospel have the story of the last supper? 33:37 – Regarding the statement “there is no salvation outside the Church,” how does the idea of some Protestants and Jews being able to be saved correlate to that phrase?  43:59 – How do I respond to my mother and brother who left the Church due to there being too many ‘man-made traditions’?  48:49 – How do you respond to the claim that Jesus being the bread is just metaphorical like him being a branch or a door? …
3/20/20240
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#11594 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:01 – How is time experienced in heaven? 09:20 – Where do we get the documentation of the fall of the angels since it’s not in the bible? 15:00 – How can we say Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus but still say the Orthodox are saved? 19:20 – Gal 5:2 says circumcision will be of no value. Will a baby that is circumcised today be of no/less value to Christ? 24:28 – Why are we not born with full grace and still affected by original sin? 35:14 – Why does God test his people if he knows what the outcome will be? 43:37 – Is YHWH the Trinity? Did Christophany happen in the Old Testament; meaning did Jesus appear to people in the Old Testament? 49:59 – My granddaughter is not going to be baptized because my son fell away from the Church? Can the baptism of desire be applied to others apart from the parents? …
3/20/20240
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#11593 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:28 – Yesterday’s Reading regarding Susana. Did Daniel end up marrying her? How were the two elderly men trying to harm Susana proved to be lying based on a tree? 06:00 – Is birth control acceptable to prevent a pregnancy if the pregnancy is life threatening for the mother? 20:00 – I heard that after Vatican II men were no longer required to be heterosexual to join the priesthood. Is this true? 29:29 – In 1 Jn 5:16-17, why are there different versions that describe sins as mortal vs deadly? 35:40 – If a person is baptized but not confirmed can they receive confession? How do you harmonize baptism of desire and the declaration from the Ecumenical Council of Florence that no one can be saved outside the church even if they shed blood for Christ? 45:55 – Do you consider John Main’s form of meditation compatible with Church teaching? 52:16 – You said that men cannot be entered into seminary if they have carnal sins. Homosexuality is not a carnal sin; it is a condition. Can you expound on this? …
3/19/20240
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#11592 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 04:05 – Why are Mt 17:21, Mk 9:29 missing from our current bibles? They were in the Douay–Rheims bible. 15:47 – What does it mean for all graces to flow through Mary? 29:15 – I’m a lapsed Catholic and looking to return. I’m divorced, remarried, and want to receive the sacraments. Am I living in sin? 38:03 – How can I help bring a Sedevacantist to the Church? 50:15 – Is Melchizedek a Christophany? Is there a difference between “the angel of the Lord” and “An angel of the Lord?” …
3/19/20240
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#11591 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 07:08 – What is the significance of St. Clement’s letter being written in the 60s rather than the 90s AD? 15:00 – Why would God allow Protestants to have the wrong canon of scripture? 23:32 – Were the gospels written to make the roman empire look good and make the Jews look bad? 34:25 – Did Jesus descend to hell (hellfire) after he died? If demons are tormented in hell, who is tormenting them? 34:25 – How do you reconcile evolution with the creation account? 52:46 – I’m becoming Catholic this Easter. Where can I go to better understand the Reformation? …
3/18/20240
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#11590 The Biblical Basis of the Papacy - Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Questions Covered: 13:31 – Where do we see this apostolic and papal succession in the bible? 20:02 – When is the pope infallible? 28:30 – The Papacy was invented in the Middle Ages. Peter was not the pope. I will not go along with the papacy. 36:35 – When Jesus says that he’s praying for Peter, Is this giving him some authority? 43:46 – Regarding unbroken succession. How do we make sense of the Avignon papacy? 49:29 – How should I reconcile the current pope’s opinions and involvement on the environment issue and the science that opposes his view? Should I just keep my mouth shut? What’s the code of conduct? …
3/16/20240
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#11589 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:23 – Would the best possible world contain actual concrete infinince? 06:22 – Can the human soul possess and animate an object like the video game Five Nights at Freddy? 15:56 – Why do protestants say we re-crucify Jesus at the Mass? 20:59 – If the devil knew that God was all powerful, why did he rebel against him? 24:09 – I offend my brother no matter what I do. I don’t love him. When will I come to love him? 29:37 – You don’t need baptism to go to Heaven. If you believe Jesus is the Son of God who died and rose again and you repent…that is your salvation. 31:51 – Why do we need priests if Jesus was the final mediator? 35:57 – Why do you call yourselves apologists? It sounds like you’re apologizing for the faith. 41:20 – How did they come up with the numbering chapter and verse in the bible? 48:35 – How does the Jewish view of heaven compare to the Catholic view? 53:07 – How will time be experienced after we die? …
3/15/20240
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#11588 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 01:31 – Is there anything in the Didache that protestants or Catholics would have a problem with? 04:51 – I’m Southern Baptist. What was the reason for Martin Luther removing the seven books from the Old Testament? 16:01 – My parish doesn’t do the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday. Are we missing out on an important part of the liturgy? 19:14 – What book would you recommend for a new convert to help explain to a protestant family? 21:52 – Can you explain the history behind the teaching on usury? 28:51 – If Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit are equal then why does Jesus have to sit at the right hand and have to intercede for us? 31:46 – If someone becomes Catholic then becomes Orthodox, can they still be saved, or did they just commit heresy? 36:19 – Is it wrong to work for a company that is making something morally compromised? Would I be morally obliged to resign? 44:08 – Regarding Simeon’s predictions to Mary, why do we take some of those as metaphorical and others not? 50:40 – Are Catholics allowed to attend civil weddings that involve two Catholics? 53:04 – Did any of the apostles have any wives or children before following Jesus? …
3/15/20240
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#11587 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:43 – Does the Church allow the faithful to believe polygenesis? 11:51 – How do you respond to the boring hell objection? 14:56 – My new pastor uses a lot of incense and I have a severe sensitivity, to the point of getting physically sick. It’s been going on for months and I’m growing in resentment since he is not willing to change. What can I do? 22:23 – If time is different in heaven, and I go to heaven, can I intercede for myself? 28:30 – If the early Christians came up with a fixed date for Christmas, why does Easter’s date change? Shouldn’t it be fixed too? 33:15 – Humane Generis Paragraph 5-6. What does it mean by continual evolution? 44:37 – According to Church teaching, when is a revolution necessary or just? 51:40 – My grandmother was a Jew woman who became a Messianic Jew. Given our Jewish background am I supposed to continue following the Jewish feasts? …
3/14/20240
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#11586 Open Forum for Those in RCIA - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:15 – Where are the Assumption and the Coronation of Mary in the Bible? 16:18 – What is an inspired work in the Catholic Church? 22:10 – What are the first steps to converting? 32:24 – Where do indulgences come from? Am I required to believe in them? 45:21 – Why do we pray to Mary? 49:46 – I’m a ‘prodigal son’ Catholic. What research do you have on the 18 years that are missing about Jesus in the bible? …
3/14/20240
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#11585 Open Forum for Those in RCIA - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 09:55 – Why is it ok to cut up the bodies of saints and distribute them throughout the world? 19:35 – My husband is an example of different ways of coming into the Church. 28:42 – The Easter vigil masses look different depending on where you go, diocesan, Dominican etc. Do their Mass services reflect their theology? 34:10 – Comment: I wanted to express just how beautiful it is for people to come into the Church during this time. 36:03 – Why should someone become Catholic and not Orthodox with so much confusion coming from the Vatican? 43:30 – My friend’s daughter is going to RCIA and wants me to be her daughter’s godmother. How best can I explain Catholicism to the Baha’i family? 48:05 – I’m being baptized on Easter with a Mormon background. So, are my wife and I no longer going to be married in heaven? …
3/13/20240
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#11584 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:19 – Do we understand the 2 natures of Jesus the same as the Oriental Orthodox? 15:38 – Considering that suicide is a mortal sin, how come we can’t say that they automatically go to hell? 23:50 – Were dinosaurs alive when Adam and Eve were created? 28:25 – How are things outside of ecumenical councils infallible such as canon law? 42:47 – How do you keep your mind from wanting to leave the Church, especially for those who are on the spectrum? 49:45 – How do I defend the Immaculate conception if a protestant says that Luke 1:28 doesn’t translate to “hail full of grace?” …
3/13/20240
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#11583 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:11 – If you apply CS Lewis’ Lord, Lunatic, or Liar options to Mohammed, what would you choose? Prophet, Lunatic or Liar? 07:02 – Do near death experiences detract from the reality of purgatory? 15:06 – What is the earliest record of the Eucharist celebrated after the last supper? 19:41 – Where in the bible do we see purgatory? Do Jesus’ words to the good thief disprove purgatory? 28:23 – I’ve heard it said that the road to Emmaus account is the first Eucharist. What are your thoughts on this? 32:06 – Why is liberation theology a problem? 35:19 – Did Judas go to heaven or hell? 40:14 – Why does John never name the mother of Jesus? 44:53 – Why do we call Mary the blessed Mother if that’s what we call people in the process of being saints? 47:32 – Why doesn’t God speak to all of us clearly like he did to David? How do we discern what God is telling us? 51:52 – How can we help people in purgatory? …
3/12/20240
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#11582 Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:21 – How do you know when you’re being forgiven if you don’t feel peace after confession? 10:10 – Why do we not use the name Jehovah? 12:34 – My friend said that during the early Church there were other Christians apart from Catholics? Is this true? 15:44 – If a tabernacle is God’s dwelling place and Jesus is no longer in Mary’s tabernacle, can we still call her God Tabernacle? How can Mary hear everyone’s prayers and not be equal to God? 22:53 – I’m Protestant. If you miss Mass to go to a Cowboy game and die on the way to the game, is your soul damned just because you were going to the game? 36:36 – Can you give a good answer to the accusation that we worship Mary and statues? 42:55 – I visited a Pentecostal church and was told that I need to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus. How do I respond? …
3/12/20240
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#11581 Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:59 – How do we refute double predestination? 14:42 – What’s the response to the objections that consecrate virgins would make Christ a polygamist since they are his brides? 23:06 – My protestant friend claimed that the Catholic Church was founded in the 5th century by Pope Gregory the Great. What’s the response? 31:00 – Is the antichrist going to claim that he is the rightful Messiah? 35:55 – My brother says that the Eucharist is not the real presence. Can you clarify this teaching? 44:41 – I’m protestant. Can purgatory be lessened with words being spoken during last rites? …
3/11/20240
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#11580 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:02 – How do I defend the deuterocanonical books? 05:42 – I’m a convert and my husband is atheist. His main question: If God is good then how did he create suffering? 16:19 – If a man has a vasectomy and later repents and goes to confession. Are he and his wife required to abstain from relations indefinitely? 20:26 – If a priest blesses a cloud, will it rain holy water? 22:04 – Regarding the prophecy of Illumination of conscience at Garabandal. If it comes to pass, will the sins we confessed be washed away from our knowledge? 29:22 – What’s the difference between the deuterocanonical and the apocrypha, and how do we defend it? 32:20 – Was the Creed the only document that came out of the Nicene council? 36:12 – Is it immoral to eat more intelligent animals like dolphins and octopus? 37:57 – Is there a reason other than a mortal sin to go to confession? 41:36 – I’m a fertility care practitioner. I always advise couples who had vasectomies to not have relations during the woman’s fertile days. Is this morally acceptable to do? 47:59 – How does one receive communion in the Church if one is divorced but was never married in the Church? 51:48 – Could you help clarify CCC 1650? …
3/9/20240
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#11579 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 04:23 – Is it fair to use Hannibal crossing the Alps as a comparison to not being skeptical of the gospels? 15:58 – How do we respond to someone who says they are better without God? 30:35 – A god that floods an entire planet to kill his creation is not about love. Abrahamic religions are nonsensical. 33:55 – Can the canon of scripture be added to? 43:52 – How do I tow the line in staying true to the faith without jeopardizing my job in a secular society? 50:26 – What are your thoughts on grandparents promoting abortion? …
3/8/20240
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#11578 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 08:53 – How do I defend the Catholic position on the Bipartite, tripartite nature of man? I’m in a bible study with a group of protestants and this has been a debate. 16:20 – Is it considered living in sin to be a Catholic in name only? 20:01 – Where can I find indulgences in the Church? 24:31 – If we are forgiven in this life but there is a final judgment where we are judged, how do we square those too? 35:00 – Why do Catholics have to go to a priest to have a relationship with God? Especially since the bible says we can go straight to Jesus? 43:40 – Where does Our Lady of America stand in the Church? 46:09 – What does one do with a physical copy of the liturgy of the hours? Do they have to be discarded or can they be reused? 47:54 – I just wanted clarification: Is the only way to God through a priest? Why do Catholics still pay homage to saints? …
3/8/20240
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#11577 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:20 – How does one do paranormal investigations as a faithful Catholic without getting into the occult? 06:14 – Does Gal 5:2 teach that Catholics aren’t saved? 12:16 – Why is the canon of scripture closed? 16:55 – My daughter is into witchcraft and asked me how transubstantiation is not magic or witchcraft? 24:30 – Mat 5:22 What did Jesus mean when he said don’t call anyone Raca? 35:55 – If God loves this world & does not want to destroy it, then why is he promising heaven instead of doing something to fix the mess here in this world? 37:22 – Are you invoking demons when you debate Satanists? 43:30 – My Episcopalian son says he’s Catholic but not Roman Catholic. What does that mean? 50:35 – What is the actual name that people used for Jesus? Why don’t we use it? …
3/7/20240
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#11576 Flannel Panel - Christopher Check

Topics Covered: 1:00 – Alabama Supreme Court says embryos are humans. 19:05 – Manners and generational social norms. 41:54 – China’s demographic collapse. …
3/7/20240
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#11575 Flannel Panel - Joe Heschmeyer

Topics Covered: 03:47 – Romans going back to paganism 29:05 – Christian self- immolation 46:00 – Alabama Supreme Court says embryos are humans …
3/6/20240
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#11574 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:22 – I am low income and receive charity from the Church. What is my obligation to give back as an offering to the Church? 17:48 – Can Protestant pastors cast out demons? 28:44 – How is it possible for a Catholic who has same sex attraction to become a saint given that they are prohibited from having a vocation according to the Church? 40:41 – what resources can i give to an 18-year-old to stay Catholic? 45:37 – As an obedient Catholic must I fire a freemason who I hired as a contractor? Do I have to limit my interaction with them? 49:35 – What does the Church think of books like 3-4 Maccabees and others? Are they Inspired scripture? …
3/6/20240
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#11573 Ask a Priest - Fr. Matthew Spencer

Questions Covered: 05:15 – Do we have true contrition of sins if we know we will commit them again? 07:35 – How do we share in the divinity of Christ if we don’t become gods ourselves? 13:09 – Can I reject some element of the Catholic view of purgatory and still call myself Catholic? 17:54 – I’m debating between leaving the Novus Ordo Church and going to a sedevacantist church. What resource can you offer to get me out of this thought? 23:05 – How do we know when we are being obedient in the context of Deut. 13:7-12 and Acts 7 33:16 – How do you know when you are truly connected to God? 36:09 – I’ve been trying to get out of debt. Is it advisable to stop giving my donations to the Church? If I take a side job to speed up my debt pay off, can I work on Sundays? 44:31 – I’m not Catholic. What are these groups like Jesuits, Benedictines, etc. and how do they all fit under the umbrella of Catholicism? 48:10 – My mom is Protestant. What are good scriptural defenses for the papacy? …
3/5/20240
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#11572 Catholic Education - Kyle Washut

Questions Covered: 18:07 – How do you encourage schools to share the hard teachings of Catholicism? 23:56 – Where does a sense of purpose fit into education? 45:06 – How do you handle students who don’t take reverence and church seriously? 47:43 – I’m studying to be liberal arts Catholic teacher. How can we balance being away from technology and acting as an Amish versus understanding the need for it? …
3/5/20240
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#11571 Return to Our Lady - Cardinal Raymond Burke

Questions Covered: 23:28 – Is the goal of the 9-month novena to pray the traditional rosary?  Or what order did you have in mind?    34:41 – I just want to thank Cardinal Burke, your leadership and witness make me want to get closer to the Church.  36:14 – I and my entire bible study signed up for the novena. Please keep your friend Paul Nelson in your prayers.  47:31 – I wanted to compliment Cardinal Burke on his great work at the Shrine.  50:00 – Should Our Lady of Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun have a greater impact due to the miracle being a historical moment?  …
3/4/20240
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#11570 Ask a Priest - Msgr. Eugene Morris

Questions Covered: 04:39 – Does Romans 11:6 nullify the idea of faith and works? 08:24 – Why do we genuflect or bow during the Apostles Creed quote “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary?” 13:03 – A friend is a recent convert who wants to be a monk. He doesn’t want to get his previous marriage annulled. Would this affect him? 18:47 – How does salvation come? 20:46 – How do I discern what God wants me to do? 28:47 – Is there any truth to the claim of ‘serpent seed? The claim that Satan had children with other humans during the time of Adam and Eve. 32:07 – Is it ok for me to go to an Assembly of God church or Pentecostal church if I can’t find a Catholic church? 39:55 – Can generational sins be passed on? 43:30 – How are protestants saved if they know of the Church and reject it? 46:10 – My sister left the Church for Islam. How can I evangelize? 49:10 – I’m Anglican. My ex husband became Catholic. If he chose to remarry, what would that look like? …
3/2/20240
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#11569 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 13:07 – How do Catholics approach images of Jesus in the Eucharist since it doesn’t actually resemble him? 15:50 – How do you answer the claim that Jesus was a proponent of Sola Scriptura because he always quoted the Old Testament? 21:54 – What forgives us our sins? 34:18 – Given the crusades, indulgences etc. Why should a person join the Catholic Church? I’m protestant and I don’t believe the Catholic Church is good. 42:01 – How would you respond to the claim that the Catholics broke away from the Orthodox Church, not the other way around? 45:46 – How would you reply to an evangelical who claims that all Catholics should leave the Catholic Church because of the pope’s comments on blessing same sex couples? 49:59 – Is it true that a pope can go to hell? …
3/1/20240
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#11568 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 01:27 – What does the Church say on the morality and development of AI? 6:21 – How can a cemetery be respectfully moved in a situation where they need to move it? 16:28 – What’s the difference between an apologist and a theologian? 22:07 – Was Jesus going to become man even without the fall? 32:36 – Is it permissible to cremate remains after the body has been buried? 34:54 – Why do people refer to the Catholic Church as she? 41:35 – In the Apostles Creed it says that Jesus descended into hell but it is omitted in the Nicene Creed. Why is that? 46:27 – I’m about to start Lutheran confirmation. Why should I stop that and instead enter RCIA? 50:10 – I’ve had demonic activity for the last 3 months. I’ve had it blessed. What more can I do since it hasn’t stopped? …
3/1/20240
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#11567 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 07:37 – Are annulments valid in the bible? 12:42 – Do you know of any saints who teach that prayer and sacraments are the only treatment for depression? 16:15 – Why is Caiaphas offended in Mt 25:31? 20:29 – How can we present the gospel in a compelling way especially to young men who increasingly lack direction and meaning in the world today? 32:12 – How many intentions can you attach to one rosary? 39:28 – What do you think is the most important stage of schooling for a Catholic and when should it take place? 46:12 – What is required for a Catholic to believe publicly vs privately. Ex. Can a person be pro-life publicly but pro-abortion privately? 51:54 – How do you argue against people who say daily communion is bad? …
2/29/20240
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#11566 Ask a Priest - Fr. Sebastian Walshe

Questions Covered: 11:24 – If you leave the Church due to lack of knowledge, is that sinful? 18:45 – After returning to the Church after 5 decades, was it ok for a priest to forgive me from past sins even those that I might not have been aware of? 25:06 – Is it licit for the congregation to sing an amen after the gospel? 31:30 – How did we get from receiving communion reverently at the altar rail to receive communion in the hand and in line? 37:25 – Were Mary and Joseph validly married since they were betrothed? Did Mary die? 41:33 – Is it allowed for there to be no music during the preparation of gifts at mass so the congregations can hear the prayers the priest is saying? 45:48 – What’s the Catholic perspective on Jn 14:2 regarding eternal security? 49:19 – How much historical evidence for the crucifixion is there? 53:45 – Is there an obligation to go to your closest parish? …
2/29/20240
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#11565 Addiction & Healing - Scott Weeman

Questions Covered: 17:15 – My daughter has been heavily drinking after her twin brother committed suicide. 31:34 – I’ve been in AA for 12 years. How did you move forward with recovery and mix Catholicism with the 12 steps? 28:45 – I’m a Catholic and 43 years in recovery. Where can I find your group and help? 37:13 – How do I deal with spiritual desolation through addiction? 44:42 – I’m in CIR and celebrating 1 year of sobriety today! 47:50 – Do you have codependent meetings? 49:46 – Do you have meetings for people with food addictions? 51:50 – I’ve been in AA for 16 years and have a lust addiction and have not been successful in the latter. How is desperation to quit a grace? …
2/28/20240
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#11564 Open Forum - null

Questions Covered: 05:22 – Why do Christian Zionists evangelicals believe in Israel the way that they do? 14:07 – Why didn’t Jesus write the New Testament himself? 16:30 – I comes from a materialist background. I struggle with the concept of the soul. What’s the best way to understand it with my background? 22:05 – I pray the rosary daily. How do we justify including Mar in the last two glorious mysteries without it feeling like we’re worshiping her? 31:19 – When we pray to saints in heaven, they know of the pain and sorrows of earth, how can that be heaven? 34:54 – Can the identity of the pope be infallibly known? 47:40 – Are angels male and female or just male? 49:55 – What is the Church teaching on Mary as Co-Redemptrix? 52:10 – What are sins of the heart and of the spirit as said in the 12 year prayer to St. Bridget? …
2/28/20240
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#11563 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:47 – Are there any independent sources of the murder of the Holy Innocence? 12:23 – Should the Saturday vigil mass only be for those who can’t go to mass on Sundays in a strict sense such as paramedics etc.? 18:17 – What does it mean to retain sins? 31:10 – Regarding the Church’s stance on abortion. What does the Church stand when it comes to rape, incest and the life of the mother? 45:35 – How do I respond to my protestant friend who claims the early Church quickly fell into error? His evidence is that in the New Testament Paul was already correcting errors, and that the Old Testament says God’s people are continually falling away. 52:30 – Mt.16:24, What did Jesus mean when he said that everyone needed to pick up their cross and follow him if he had not yet been crucified when he said it? …
2/27/20240
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#11562 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 03:55 – My cousin is considering leaving Catholicism. What is going on regarding the 7 churches in Revelations? Why do Protestants use this to justify different Churches? 14:58 – I’ve lived 52 years as a Lutheran. Why did Luther “water down” the Eucharist and make it less of a pure miracle than it is? 29:10 – In the book of John during the trial of Barabas, the Jewish mob says, “His blood be upon us and all our generations.” Is that a legally binding statement? 49:32 – How is it that the Church of the Jews suddenly became the Roman Catholic Church of Esau? If the Jews come from Jacob, then how did Catholics come to be of Esau? …
2/27/20240
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#11560 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 18:26 – If you get married civilly then divorced, are you married in the eyes of the Church? 20:45 – I have a family member who married in the Church and her husband was abusive. She divorced him and now she feels pushed out of the Church. What are her options? 24:14 – Is addiction a valid reason for divorce and annulment? 31:12 – Is divorce illegal in the Church? Is it punishable by sin? 35:12 – My husband divorced me when I became Catholic. I know I can’t remarry but I know some others have. This feels like the Church is inconsistent. 42:21 – Under the circumstances where divorce is allowed, would one still need to confess their divorce? 45:33 – How do I explain to my stepdaughter that an annulment would not affect the legitimacy of her children? 48:55 – I’m on my second marriage. My priest just told me that it’s not valid. What are your thoughts? 52:09 – My sibling received an annulment. She hasn’t gone to confession. Do you think it’s important for her to go? …
2/24/20240
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#11559 Grounds for Divorce - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 18:26 – If you get married civilly then divorced, are you married in the eyes of the Church? 20:45 – I have a family member who married in the Church and her husband was abusive. She divorced him and now she feels pushed out of the Church. What are her options? 24:14 – Is addiction a valid reason for divorce and annulment? 31:12 – Is divorce illegal in the Church? Is it punishable by sin? 35:12 – My husband divorced me when I became Catholic. I know I can’t remarry but I know some others have. This feels like the Church is inconsistent. 42:21 – Under the circumstances where divorce is allowed, would one still need to confess their divorce? 45:33 – How do I explain to my stepdaughter that an annulment would not affect the legitimacy of her children? 48:55 – I’m on my second marriage. My priest just told me that it’s not valid. What are your thoughts? 52:09 – My sibling received an annulment. She hasn’t gone to confession. Do you think it’s important for her to go? …
2/23/20240
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#11558 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 02:56 – Hebrew 10 says the blood of bulls and goats can’t take away sin. Why then does Leviticus say that it does? 06:00 – I heard that a red heifer was going to be sacrificed in Israel this year for Passover. Is this significant and what is the Church’s opinion of this? 14:44 – I’m in RCIA. I’m getting conflicting information. Who wrote the gospels? 23:17 – I had a seizure and was placed on meds. I started to hear a voice in my head saying I was going straight to hell. Once I started to pray the rosary, the voice immediately went away. What do you make of this? 29:10 – The bible has a lot of reference to demons. Were there a lot more demons during Christ time than ours? 32:34 – How do I understand images and apparitions of pain and suffering? I thought there was no more pain and suffering in heaven? 35:38 – Is there sometimes when more than one rosary is needed in our possession? 40:11 – Why is it that you can EM in one diocese but not another? In the Fatima apparitions it was said that one girl would be in purgatory until the end of time. If we pray for her, can we change that? 44:45 – Regarding Daniel 9:24; is Jesus the new temple? 49:58 – Why doesn’t CA produce books in mass like Matthew Kelly does? I feel like we are missing out. …
2/23/20240
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#11557 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:04 – What backs up the claim that revelation ended with the last apostles? 9:47 – How do you respond to the problem of angelic hiddenness? 12:57 – When God says in Genesis, let us make man in our image, is it a reference to the Trinity? 18:40 – Is the Council of Chalcedon an illegitimate council as the Oriental Orthodox claims? If not, what’s the defense? 22:49 – Is it okay for Catholics to practice martial arts? 28:47 – St. Thomas Aquinas says the fires of purgatory are the same as the fires. How would the soul know whether they are in purgatory or hell? 35:34 – What is the oldest manuscript of the bible we have? Is our current translation the most accurate one? 40:59 – What are your thoughts on Israel only preterism? 47:09 – My college age child is attending a charismatic retreat this weekend. Should we be concerned especially with the tendency to encourage the gifts? 52:28 – Was the marriage between Mary and Joseph only a legal marriage and not a sacramental one? …
2/22/20240
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#11556 Ask a Priest - Fr. Paul Keller O.P.

Questions Covered: 04:10 – Is it ok to study religions outside of the Catholic Church? 09:49 – Are babies capable of faith even without understanding? 14:35 – What happens to people who have never heard of Jesus? 19:01 – Is it permissible to take communion at a Protestant church? 24:16 – When the Eucharist is broken, a lot of priests elevate the host spreading crumbs everywhere. Is this valid to do? 30:00 – I was invited to a neighbor’s second wedding. Could I attend? She’s a divorced baptized Catholic and this ceremony is at a winery. 40:41 – What advice would you give to a person who said that they prayed to God, and they didn’t answer so they concluded that he didn’t exist? 45:23 – Is there going to be a formal response from the Church now that the former president is calling for a 16-week abortion ban? 53:05 – Is receiving communion at another church a mortal sin and should it be confessed? …
2/22/20240
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#11555 My Body For You - Stephanie Gray Connors

Questions Covered: 13:05 – What’s the most effective way to fight back against the abortion pills being delivered via mail? 17:55 – I’m a college student. It feels like I’m the only pro-lifer in my classes. What do you think I can do without endangering my grade in class? 23:35 – I was tricked into taking an abortion pill. Are you familiar with them tricking women into taking a pill for ‘menstrual extraction’? 28:30 – What about abortion in the case of ectopic pregnancy? Is that okay? 35:05 – How do we know that conception is when the soul gets created? I don’t think it’s from scripture, right? Is it Aquinas? I hear there’s often miscarriages in early pregnancy that don’t even get noticed. So, are all those lost souls? 40:14 – Lots of abolition laws have been introduced that include punishing women who had abortions. Where does the Church stand on this? 43:40 – Do you think the prolife movement needs to rebrand after the overturning of Roe V Wade? …
2/21/20240
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#11554 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:43 – When my wife comes to Mass, she goes up to receive a blessing from the priest, but when I go to protestant service with her and do not go up for a blessing, she gets mad– how do I reconcile this?  10:59 – If you go to confession and confess 2/3 mortal sins in the confessional but then die, can those 2 confessed sins be used against you in your judgment?  19:44 – If a married priest becomes a widower, can he then become a Bishop?  21:44 – Which Protestant denominations are Calvinist?    29:28 – Why might a church not have a relic in the Altar?    40:58 – Why do Orthodox believe that we believe the Pope is infallible?   45:41 – If Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned, but a descendant sinned, everyone still have original sin?   48:08 – What is the Catholic evidence for Apostolic succession?   …
2/21/20240
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#11553 Open Forum - Colin Donovan

Questions Covered: 03:14 – How many levels of hell are there?  04:57 – Can you help me reconcile these two verses? Sirach 12: 4-7 “give to the devout but do not give to the sinner” and Proverbs 25: 21  11:55 – How does the baptism of infants work when the infant is not capable of understanding?  16:35 – If someone with a mental illness (such as schizophrenia) is struggling with sins of impurity, are they still morally culpable?  20:00 – I converted to Catholicism, if I go to protestant service with my family can I receive the “communion” at their service?  23:27 – Hypothetical question– If a priest were to die during the consecration and only consecrated the body, not the blood, is the transformation still complete?  29:12 – If you are new to the Catholic faith should you wait to start studying apologetics or dive right in?  38:58 – is it okay to support the scouts?  44:32 – How explicit should you get with your sins in confession?  47:40 – How do I explain Christ’s humanity to people who don’t understand Christ was both man and God.  51:33 – if you don’t know you’re committing a sin are you still accountable for that sin?  …
2/20/20240
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#11552 Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:18 – How can I stay Catholic with all the changes from Rome? 10:21 – Does the appointment of only men imply that women are not called to spread the gospel in the same way men do? 14:53 – I heard that whatever you offer up for fasting on Fridays can also be given up. 16:16 – I’m concerned about the fewness of the saved. Is it an infallible teaching? 21:16 – Would God being perfect be necessary for him to be God? 28:57 – Can a Catholic convert to Judaism to be more like Jesus? 32:57 – Is there a list of infallible teachings? 40:16 – My daughter thinks that creation surprised God and that means that he isn’t all knowing. What is the Church response? 44:38 – Why does the Latin Church not use the host and chalice for mass anymore? 48:30 – When we talk to someone who isn’t Catholic and they question us, what should we do? 52:34 – How do we know what’s divine tradition vs man-made tradition? …
2/20/20240
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#11551 Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:09 – Papal Infallibility bothers me. 14:30 – Can you explain Transubstantiation? 20:34 – I’m a convert and a former pastor. Can the Church change teaching via ex cathedra? 34:12 – If you believe in a God that would send unbaptized babies to hell then I guess we don’t worship the same God. 38:28 – I’m a protestant and I want to convert. Why are we asked to give up meat for lent? Why does fish not count as meat? 48:40 – Are mortal sins infallibly defined? …
2/19/20240
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#11550 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

2/17/20240
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#11549 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

2/16/20240
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#11548 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

2/16/20240
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#11547 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

2/15/20240
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#11546 The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered:  06:30 – How can I respond to a protestant friend’s interpretation of Matthew 8:22as it relates to Purgatory?  16:40 – Can the church change the status of a Saint?  20:53 – How does the devil help people in this world?  29:31 – Did Jesus mean that He would see the good thief in Heaven that day or did the thief need to go through Purgatory?   34:26 – What is the teaching about being married in Heaven?   42:33 – Is anyone in Hell?   49:40 – If Heaven is completely good, would Hell need to be completely evil? If so, How could Hell even exist?   …
2/15/20240
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#11545 The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered:  10:59 – Is it church teaching that some people will experience heaven to a lesser degree than others?   18:00 – What are some of the last signs before Christ’s second coming?  29:30 – What is the traditional Catholic teaching on the rapture?  42:13 – Can the Antichrist come from within the church?   47:15 – Did the devil know that Jesus was divine when tempting Him?  51:40 – How do I talk to Protestant friend who believe an end time prophecy has been fulfilled?  …
2/14/20240
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#11544 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 10:50 – If the Eucharist is so important in John, then why isn’t the Last Supper story in the gospel? 19:13 – If Jesus can’t commit sin, then why did agree to go with the devil to be tempted? 29:20 – How do bishops get their jurisdiction? 43:25 – Can you expound on Lumen Gentium and what it teaches on invincible ignorance? 54:10 – Is there a 13th chapter to Daniel? …
2/14/20240
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#11543 Open Forum - Tom Nash

Questions Covered: 04:40 – Does infallibility entail denial of freedom of opinion? 18:35 – Since Jesus God, Did Mary worship Jesus as a baby? 21:55 – I’m Protestant. How does Mary be “our life, our sweetness and our hope” not conflict with Jesus being our only hope? 32:38 – I found a weird rosary that I think could potentially be a satanic rosary. What should I do when I encounter one? 44:30 – Does my mental disability affect my Sunday obligation? 51:16 – How do priests consecrate the bread n and wine into the body and blood of Christ? …
2/13/20240
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#11542 Does Prayer Really Matter? - Fr. Boniface Hicks

Cy sits down with Fr. Boniface Hicks to discuss prayer and if it all really matters?. …
2/13/20240
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#11541 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 04:50 – Was Jesus sacrificed because God got tired of all the animal sacrifices? 11:09 – Why do we believe that non-Catholics cannot achieve heaven? Where does it say this in the Catechism? 16:13 – Are the groups like Christian Scientists, Salvation Army, Quakers etc. Christians since they don’t baptize? 19:02 – Under what circumstances does a non-Catholic have access to the sacraments? 22:06 – What does it mean that Mary is the mediatrix of all graces? 29:37 – What’s a quick easy response to the question of why we pray the rosary? 31:57 – Can you explain the difference between venial and mortal sin? 42:07 – What does John mean in 1 John 5:17 when he says to pray for people who have not committed a sin that leads to death but doesn’t say to pray for those who commit a sin that leads to death? 52:50 – I didn’t receive proper absolution after confession. He didn’t say the proper words. What do you suggest I do? …
2/12/20240
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#11540 Give Up Worry for Lent - Gary Zimak

Questions Covered: 14:35 – How can I focus and remember not to worry and focus on God? 16:51 – My husband was diagnosed with cancer, after reading the book, I decided not to worry and give it up to God? 22:49 – How do you tell the difference between worry and natural problem solving as things come up? 31:56 – How do you know what God wants you to do when you worry about something? 34:16 – I worry about my adult children and their faith. How do I handle that? 47:50 – I worry about when the priest changes words during mass. …
2/10/20240
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#11539 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 06:34 – Is it permissible for Catholics to attend a gay wedding reception? 20:08 – How do you reconcile contradictions in the Old Testaments? 28:57 – What forgiveness for abortion is needed? No harm has come to a soul. Souls inhabit at first breath, at inspiration. 31:41 – 2. Cor 5:21. How would you explain, “he who had no sin, became sin?” 37:43 – How do I answer the question, “How can God exist with all the evil in the world? 43:43 – Can a Catholic include the Easter Orthodox Church ever be recognized as another valid denomination? 52:02 – Were 4 of the 7 sacraments instituted by the Church and not by Christ? …
2/9/20240
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#11538 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 05:41 – How do I explain infant baptism to a Protestant? 16:31 – When I go to confession what does it do to my spiritual life when you put it into the context of my mental disability? 33:42 – What does imprimatur mean in the Church? Should mystics who have one be taken seriously? 42:37 – I work in an environment where swearing is common. How do I go about it especially when they constantly say the Lord’s name in vain? 48:40 – What do the different colors of the scapulars mean, particularly the blue one? …
2/9/20240
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#11537 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:20 – Is it sinful to reuse a train ticket if the conductor did not tag the ticket? 16:55 – Is it important to view the New Testament as a liturgical aid? 36:47 – How do you respond to the claim that the woman in revelation is the Church not Mary? 47:01 – What do you say to someone who says the Catholic Church works on an economic system? …
2/8/20240
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#11536 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 08:56 – How can I properly articulate free will to a Calvinist? 19:20 – What is the difference between theonomy and theocracy? 34:17 – Since Vulcans are logical, what would be the best arguments you would give to convert them to Catholicism? 44:43 – What are the jobs of the different types of angels? …
2/8/20240
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#11535 Open Forum - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 06:07 – How and when did Jesus know he was God? 15:28 – Is James White’s version of how the bible canon came into existence the same as the Catholic view? 28:40 – I had an atheist friend use Mt 24:34 to claim that Jesus is a false prophet. How do I respond? 41:27 – I’m a convert from Judaism. I was told that even if I didn’t accept Jesus, I would still be good through the old covenants. Is this true? RESOURCE: Salvations is From the Jews 48:58 – I’m a convert. Do you have information on popular devotions? I’m new to all of it. …
2/7/20240
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#11534 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 09:15 – In the Gospels, at the Last Supper, why do they focus so much on the feet washing? 18:19 – How do we NOT evangelize? Resource Mentioned: Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics 34:26 – Did Ananias die because God didn’t want him to sin and be in heaven? 43:59 – How can we find out about apparitions? 51:02 – Why is apologetics important in the Church? …
2/7/20240
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#11533 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:47 – How often should I go to confession? I go back and forth between being agnostic and Catholic. 17:11 – Can we as Catholics deny the existence of resistant non-believers? 23:42 – How many times has papal infallibility been invoked? 33:31 – Is it ok for me to just keep the eucharist in my mouth until it dissolves. I’m having jaw surgery and I place it in my mouth and pray for healing till it dissolves. 41:10 – Will Protestants be saved? 48:05 – Why are we not bound to worship on Saturday like the 10 Commandments? …
2/6/20240
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#11532 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 01:04 – Can you clarify why Jesus could not have sinned if he could act as both God and man? 05:49 – Will we miss people when we’re in heaven? Would it be irresponsible to have children even if there is a slight chance they’ll go to hell? 12:49 – Did Mary have other children? 16:00 – Do donations to your parish only count as tithing or does donating to other charitable organizations count too? 18:44 – What’s Joe’s favorite mystery of the rosary? 21:46 – Do you think we are in the end times? I’m Catholic but I feel like I’ve been born again. All the rules of the Church seem like they are not something Jesus created. 38:53 – Dual nature of Jesus. What would Jesus have known about his death? 46:15 – Are man and woman acting as priests in the sacrament of marriage? If a priest’s holiness doesn’t matter when acting in his ministry, would something similar apply to a married couple? 52:07 – Is there a contradiction between CCC 751 and 779? 53:46 – Were head coverings for women common in the early Church? If so, when did it end? …
2/6/20240
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#11531 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 04:24 – My protestant friend claims that priestly forgiveness of sins doesn’t have its roots in the apostles. What’s the response? 11:31 – Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays during lent? 13:46 – Where did the Church come up with the teaching on the Eucharist? 19:15 – How would you respond to a critique of the Eucharist? And how he says he is a door, branch and bread all figuratively? 31:13 – Why can’t we eat food in Mass? 34:33 – How were the sacrifices in the temple not sufficient? 40:18 – On Natural law theory. How do you respond to objections to it as an ethical basis for moral logic? 48:28 – To what degree am I obligated to defend the Church’s teaching to friends? …
2/5/20240
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#11530 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 06:55 – What is the difference between the Melkite and Roman Catholic Church? 11:06 – If Jesus did have blood brothers and sisters, how would that be inconsistent with the rest of the Bible? 19:45 – What obligation do the rich have to the poor? To what extent are people allowed to have things beyond what they need? 28:39 – Does the Catholic Church believe in apparitions? Can apparitions and ghosts be visible to all people? Can they be a human spirit? 35:42 – Can a person be married in the Catholic Church without a marriage license? 37:33 – Are angels made in the image of God? If so, how can I then answer why God made humans? 43:41 – What are the origins of annulments in the Catholic Church? Why are they valid? 49:44 – Is it the actual blood of Christ or the act of the passion that was redeemed? 52:32 – What’s the teaching on Catholics owning a Jewish Tallit? Are Catholics allowed to wear them? …
2/3/20240
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#11529 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 6:30 – What is the Catholic view of the rapture and how can I respond to a Protestant who says it’s the only correct view of the end times?  13:34 – How can I defend Catholicism against Orthodoxy? Specifically, I thought they couldn’t hold councils, but I heard they have.  18:29 – Why does the Church excommunicate people for abortion but not for killing a born person?  24:19 – How would you respond to a person who says that Catholics are equally as divided as Protestants, citing groups like the SSPX?  35:29 – I’ve been told that Catholics shouldn’t play role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Is that true? If not, how should I answer?  46:22 – How can I better explain the Trinity to a Muslim? Specifically, how did all the persons exist before creation and the incarnation?  …
2/2/20240
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#11528 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 05:15 – Are there impediments to betrothal? 06:32 – What is the Church’s stance on technology like Neuro-Link? 15:52 – What do you recommend I read for lent along with a St. Louis de Montfort book? 19:10 – What is the history of the celebration of the birth of Christ? 28:55 – My roommate is a Baptist and told me that he, his mother and aunt have the gift of tongues. What is the Catholic understanding of this? 34:43 – My wife and I are not married in the Church. She’s protestant. If she doesn’t want to get our marriage convalidated, would this mean that we would have to continue to live as brother and sister? 42:30 – Jacob has his name changed to Israel but the bible continues to refer to him as Jacob. Why is that? 44:33 – Is it okay to wear a rosary? 48:04 – If you can lose Grace, can you get it back? 50:38 – What are your thoughts on transformation and sharing our gifts? …
2/2/20240
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#11527 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:25 – How do you respond to someone who claims that Mt 6:30-34 offers a false promise? 12:15 – I will be invested into the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. There is a possibility that I might be ordered to take action that might cause the deaths of Christians in the Middle East. How do I reconcile these actions? 18:12 – To what extent does submission of intellect must we abide to non-infallible teachings such as the death penalty? 29:38 – What do you measure oral traditions against to know whether it’s from God or man-made? 33:14 – Domestic Church Media… When and how did Jesus become aware of his divinity? 40:54 – Are we relieved of our human emotions when we pass to heaven? 44:39 – I’m protestant. Do Catholics use the Septuagint or a Hebrew translation with the Deutro-canon? 49:26 – How do I approach a loved one who is divorced and remarried without an annulment without pushing her away from the Church?   …
2/1/20240
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#11526 Baptism, Salvation, and More - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:38 – What do you think of miraculous testimonies of protestants? Do you think they are saved? 11:52 – Is it possible to offer a mass for a deceased Catholic who lived a lukewarm life? 14:22 – There have been many private revelations that promise salvation. What’s a prudent way to approach this? 18:00 – How do you respond to someone who claims Sola Fide? 23:54 – What is the protestant understanding of salvation and how does it compare to Catholicism? 34:58 – How does Confirmation fit in with salvation? Do I need to be confirmed? 41:09 – Where did baptism come from? 45:52 – I’m a Protestant. How does the fact that Catholic leaders are straying away from the Word affect how the Church sees salvation? …
2/1/20240
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#11525 Baptism, Salvation, and More - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:40 – Since Jesus is both God and human, is his human nature also eternal? 07:00 – In our baptism we participate in the priesthood of Christ. How is that? 15:05 – What’s the Church’s teaching authority on what it takes to be saved? 21:16 – If you’re baptized as a baby, then fall away and then want to return, do you have to be rebaptized? 31:02 – Where in the New Testament does Paul talk about baptism? 35:08 – Is the Mosaic covenant eternal? 46:02 – Regarding John’s purpose statement in John 20:31, How does the Church include baptism and repentance into salvation when John doesn’t? …
1/31/20240
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#11524 Open Forum - Jim Blackburn

Questions Covered: 03:29 – Did Mary show signs of aging? How is Mary our life, our sweetness and our hope? 07:53 – My friend who just converted to Catholicism has become very curious about the SSPX. How do I explain to him what this is? 15:50 – What criteria was needed for the canon of scripture. Why Catholic Bibles Are Mas Grande. 22:40 – Regarding Romans 9:11, what are the implications for predestination and election? 34:10 – Is Mary the reason why we have the Apostles’ Creed? Did She ask the apostles to contribute two lines each or is this just legend? 36:49 – What are the ethics of recommending Orthodoxy to my protestant friends who still struggle with Catholicism? 42:15 – How do I respond to a protestant who asks if you know you’re saved? 48:13 – Could you explain what blessed items are? 50:21 – My ex-husband and I don’t have an annulment and he remarried. Can I receive communion? 52:50 – How often do you have to go to confession before going up to communion? …
1/31/20240
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#11523 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 07:10 – Is it okay as a Catholic to read an Orthodox bible? 13:33 – How do we know the relic of the true cross and crown of thrones are authentic? 21:13 – How does one start an apologetics conversation? 28:38 – Does a priest have to be in a state of grace to administer the sacraments? 37:01 – How do I respond to Protestants who claim that it’s more Christian to live like a Jew? 48:15 – What does Matthew 10:34 mean when it says that Jesus will be the cause of division. And can you clarify what John means in Mt 11:11 when he says there are others greater than him in the kingdom of heaven? …
1/30/20240
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#11522 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 01:31 – Mt 17 when Peter catches the fish with the coin in its mouth, Is there significance to Jesus only paying the temple tax? 08:06 – I received a prayer from a priest that seems like it’s saying that we’re justified by works. Can you clarify? 15:36 Does hell have infinite suffering? 22:12 – My daughter was baptized along with another girl. During the baptism the priest switched the names. Should I be worried? 28:29 – Why did Vatican 1 prematurely end? Did any pope ever officially close it? 32:22 – How can 1 Cor 11:29 be used to show that the Eucharist is efficacious? 40:15 – Are we supposed to understand the resurrection of the dead? 43:30 – How do I respond to the people who make a big deal about female lectors and servers? 48:26 – In what sense is John the prophet Elijah? 50:30 – When Pope John Paul 2 gave the Luminous mystery the structure of the rosary novena changed. What’s the official change on the rosary novena? 52:24 – What is the significance of the Assumption of Mary? …
1/30/20240
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#11521 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 03:59 – What role does infallibility play in understanding the biblical canon? 14:38 – Have there been any kind of clothing that people can wear as married people apart from the wedding ring? Something equivalent to a monk wearing a habit? 16:54 – Is it good to learn Latin for God? 19:53 – Does cleansing of a passion in purgatory need a body for purification to happen? 24:43 – If both Mary and Jesus are present physically in heaven, does that mean that heaven is material? 32:34 – What is the Church’s view of 3-4 Maccabees? 35:57 – Did the Corinthians believe Paul about the 500 witnesses? 46:23 – What book do you recommend about the Eucharist? When was the first Mass celebrated? 49:44 – Why is praying to angels not idolatry? 52:54 – What prompted the idea that animals don’t have immortal souls? …
1/29/20240
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#11520 Ask a Priest - Fr. Samuel Keyes

Questions Covered: 06:46 – When the Divine Worship Missal was revised, why wasn’t the Rite to Mass Options included? 14:06 – Could a confession not be forgiven even if a priest absolves you, if you are not repentant? 28:48 – How does the Ordinariate handle annulments, evangelization, etc.? 32:15 – How are eastern Catholics in communion with Rome if they still honor certain saints who opposed Catholicism? 41:55 – Why don’t Catholics need an altar call? 46:03 – Would you agree with the statement that the reason many protestant ministers who convert don’t become priests is because bishops are still suspicious of them? …
1/27/20240
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#11519 Church in the News - Matthew E. Bunson

Questions Covered: 40:57 – Do you think the American press does not report about the persecution because they’re happy about it? 45:47 – What if our US bishops said we should pray and fast for the African Church? 50:14 – I want to thank Matt, he was what got me started on thinking about the Church. …
1/26/20240
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#11518 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:55 – If you feel spirits in you and feel teleportation, is this obsession, oppression, or possession? 17:34 – What’s a clear way to explain form and substance as it relates to the Eucharist? 28:55 – Why does the Church hold to the view that the last moment of being in the state of grace is more important if God is outside of time? 42:08 – Is it true that we cannot truly love God unless we have the ability to reject him? 49:08 – What is the Church response to the epicurean paradox? …
1/26/20240
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#11517 What Are Universities for, Anyway? - Jonathan Sanford

Questions Covered: 30:18 – My daughter is going to college. Why should I send her to a Catholic university instead of a state school? 32:19 – How are students changing due to woke culture especially in Catholic universities? 36:49 – Can you speak to UD’s success in terms of alumni gaining employment after graduating? 43:12 – What is your own spiritual tradition? 51:12 – I want to get closer to God and I’m interested in studying theology. The university that I’m looking into doesn’t have a program. What do you recommend? …
1/25/20240
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#11516 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:30 – I divorced after 24 years. He passed away a few years ago. Can I discern marriage? 12:00 – How do I discern offering tough love to my children? 20:13 – Is it proper to say that Justification is through grace, and obedience to Christ? 28:35 – Why is Selah denoted in a few of the psalms? What does it mean? 32:15 – Were there any patristic witnesses to the claim that Christ only had knowledge that was pertinent to his mission? 40:42 – Does the revelation in Fatima debunk the claim that hell is empty? 48:42 – Can you clarify why we believe in free will? This is in the context of talking to a Calvinist. …
1/25/20240
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#11515 Discerning God’s Will - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Questions Covered: 16:33 – What does it mean to discern God’s will? 33:05 – I’m 62 with an annulment. I’m dating someone and am considering marriage. How do I discern whether it’s love or lust? 40:22 – My 30-year-old son has lost his way. We opened our doors to him, but he is going back down a dark path. How do I discern God’s will in this situation? 46:44 – I ‘ve been training to be a “perpetual pilgrim” for the National Eucharistic Revival in the summer. I wasn’t accepted but still have it in my heart to do it. How do I know whether God is calling me to this? …
1/24/20240
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#11514 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 03:05 – How are the priest’s hands consecrated? What is done to the hands of an extraordinary minister of holy communion for them to be able to give out communion? 14:55 – How do I navigate the situation with my son and his girlfriend who are cohabiting and plan on having a wedding outside the Catholic Church? 23:30 – What is the Catholic view of the Tribulation and the Rapture? 35:17 – Why do some people think the pope is evil? 41:54 – What are your thoughts on praying the Divine Mercy as a personal devotion? 48:16 – What made you go from Southern Baptist to Catholic? What resources could you point me to?   …
1/24/20240
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#11513 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 05:10 – Are the Psalms mandatory like the commandments? 08:05 – Today’s reading. How do I reconcile Mary’s authority over Jesus compared to the wedding of Cana? 19:34 – My wife and I are converts. Even if convalidation of our marriage isn’t necessary could we still do it as a renewal of vows? 29:11 – Could God design the earth with a pre-implemented age into it? 32:53 – Does the covenant with Noah disprove the possibility of an apocalyptic event unless the world is ending? 36:25 – Is there an official definition of anathema? How do we relate it to ecumenical dialogue? 43:59 – My Baptist friend believes that all the early Christian were apostates. How do I respond to this? 49:02 – If the Church is meant to evangelize to the end of the earth how, then do I approach my sibling who is transgender? They’ve influenced my nephew to be transgender and I don’t want my child to be influenced? 52:35 – Why is the Mass so repetitive and robotic? …
1/23/20240
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#11512 The Why’s of Catholic Belief - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:15 – Why did the Church approve the books of the bible that are in it now and reject others? 09:10 – If sin brought death into the world, why did dinosaurs and plants die before humans existed? 20:02 – Why do Catholics have a relationship with saints? 28:50 – Why didn’t God give us a second chance after Adam and Eve? 33:25 – Why do Catholics believe Mary was sinless but not Joseph? 42:20 – How do we know about the 9 choirs of angels? 45:28 – Why do we believe that Mary’s giving birth miraculously? Was her virginity preserved? 50:58 – Why do we say “May we merit eternal life” in Mass? How do we understand this? …
1/23/20240
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#11511 The Why’s of Catholic Belief - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 12:52 – Why does the Church believe it can declare canonized saints but not condemn those in hell? 20:40 – Why does the Church tell us that we won’t be in heaven body and soul until the last day? 29:40 – Why did the Church change the teaching of tithing from 10% to something more general? 35:50 – Why do we Catholics pray to Mary and not to Jesus or God? 44:20 – Why is a Catholic able to believe that purgatory is either instantaneous or a long process? Is there any evidence for either? 50:42 – Why do Catholics not eat meat on Fridays during lent? …
1/22/20240
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#11510 How the Church Fathers Made Me Catholic - Joshua Charles

Questions Covered: 24:16 – What’s the best way to defend the Church Fathers when they’re accused of being anti-Semetic? 30:00 – There is no reason to believe in the Marian dogmas. 34:27 – St. Anselm’s writings on universal salvation brought me back to the Church. Are those writings in line with the Church? 46:29 – What are your thoughts on challenges to the authenticity of the letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch? …
1/20/20240
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#11509 Tips for Defending the Faith - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 05:19 – I want to become Catholic but still live at home and my parents are opposed to this decision. What tips do you have for me? 17:14 – What do you say to people who use Church history for not believing in God? Ex. Saying Nazis and Fascists were Catholics? 28:28 – I’m a sidewalk counselor. Whenever I mention Mary people begin attacking me. How do I approach this subject? 34:44 – How would you respond to the claim of Eternal Security while using 1 Jn 5:13 and Mt 7:23 as evidence for it? 42:55 – How is purgatory good news? 48:20 – How do I address the sex scandal to a friend who constantly brings it up as a dig towards the faith? …
1/19/20240
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#11508 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:34 – What’s the scriptural proof for purgatory? 08:39 – Can you bless God? 12:23 – What does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God? Are aliens also made in his image? 18:39 – My friend who survived the Bosnian war in the 90’s said she will never become Catholic because the Catholic and Orthodox Churches influenced the war. How do I respond to this? 24:30 – Is wearing Nikes a sin because the name comes from a pagan goddess? 30:43 – What is the difference between the gift of prophecy and words of knowledge? Does bone broth break a Friday meat fast? 41:00 – Luke described the baby Jesus swaddled and hands and feet tied. Is this imagery of the crucifixion? 45:03 – My husband is a convert and just joined the Knights of Columbus. I don’t know anything about them. Can you explain? 49:39 – What do we know about the state of the soul of a person entering dementia, and losing mental faculties etc.? What can they do to go to heaven? …
1/19/20240
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#11507 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:17 – Why would God allow sexual slavery as mentioned in Deut. 21:10-14? 13:14 – How do I respond to protestants who ask about the brothers and sisters in Christ? 23:58 – What is the Catholic teaching on cremation? 34:40 – Can you do a video on the 7 apocryphal books and talk about if there are connections to the New Testament? And if they were accepted by Jews? 38:16 – Can you create your own novena for a saint? 41:32 – During the petitions at mass they mentioned “equity for all people.” Am I overreacting in saying this is inappropriate for Mass? 51:07 – Do you think we are at the beginning of the tribulation considering all the civil unrest happening today? …
1/18/20240
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#11506 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 01:24 – Why does the Catholic Church downplay the deaths caused by Thomas More? 12:40 – Can the pope’s authority ever be invalidated? 21:50 – What exactly do Catholics believe about the assumption of Mary? 41:33 – If the Jewish faith accepts reincarnation, does the Catholic faith also accept the teaching of reincarnation? 50:36 – when you go to confession, is your absolution not valid until you complete your penance? …
1/18/20240
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#11505 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 15:35 – I left the Church because of religious OCD/scrupulosity. How can I overcome that?  29:39 – How did you understand the Gospel when you were a Protestant? How did you understand it before you converted? And how do you understand it now?  34:45 – What is the gospel according to the Catholic Church, and how does it teach we can be saved? 52:23 – I want to make sure that I’m making the right decision in converting to Catholicism. …
1/17/20240
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#11504 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered:  04:29 – What is the best way to read the Bible?  13:58 – How is God’s justice being fully carried out in Jesus taking our sins?  28:30 – Where does the Bible say anything about purgatory?  33:38 – What words of encouragement can be offered to me about the anger and divisiveness in regard to the Pope among Catholics?   42:57 – Can you explain how the document on blessing of same sex couples is or is not feeding into wokeism and relativism?   …
1/17/20240
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#11503 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered:  06:08 – What is the Catholic take on Jews regaining control of Israel?  16:55 – I heard that Jesus is not the correct name for Jesus, is this true?  19:16 – My son, who is pro communism, says that Heaven is going to be communist. Can you speak on this?  35:30 – Can you help me reconcile science and what is stated in the Bible?  49:17 – Matthew 16, Jesus tells Peter that he has the keys of the kingdom… in Greek this translation seems different. Can you help me understand?  …
1/16/20240
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#11502 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 01:32 – I’m trying to be clever. Can I pray and offer up my suffering for the souls in purgatory so that they will pray for me? 04:48 – Matthew says Repent and believe in the Gospel. What would he have thought of when he said gospel if the books weren’t around? 06:33 – It seems like James in Acts 15 is in charge, not Peter. How do you rebut the claim that this proves that Peter was not the leader? 15:12 – Why are we following a lot of the Old Testament readings in mass? The readings on the Israelites destroying their enemies are not very Catholic. 23:19 – In the story of finding Jesus in the Temple, why were Mary and Joseph scratching their heads on Jesus’ words: Don’t you know I’ll be in my father’s house.” 32:31 – Can you explain and quantify the Treasury of Merit? 43:04 – Mark 2:26 Is there an error on the explanation of who was allowed to eat on the sabbath? 46:24 – How does one read the term “word of God” In the bible? Does it mean, bible, logos, etc.? 50:07 – What’s the Church’s view on Prenuptial agreements? 52:34 – If Mary is Queen of Heaven, where in the bible does it say that she has a throne in heaven? …
1/16/20240
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#11501 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Question Covered: 05:19 – If we get a false pope, are we required to follow him? 10:49 – Does competition fall under the sins of the flesh? What are the sins of the flesh? 16:06 – What’s the history of baptism? Are there references to it in the Old Testament? 20:13 – What does it mean to bless the Lord? 21:54 – Sermon on the mount. Why would Jesus say to allow a person to steal your cloak? Can you break down the meaning of it? 28:50 – Can you go to a vigil mass for a holy day of obligation even if they say the evening vigil mass isn’t for that day. 33:39 – How do I respond to the protestant claim that Hebrews says Jesus is the high priest and we need priests anymore? 38:44 – What would be a good way to introduce the Eucharist to a Protestant? 47:25 – I don’t mind veneration of saints, but Mary is not queen of Heaven. 50:33 – How exactly is marriage a sacrament? What makes it a sacrament? …
1/15/20240
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#11500 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 3:53 – Moral argument objection: He either has some reason for commanding what he does, or he doesn’t. What is God adding to this scenario? 14:25 – What are your thoughts on Pope Francis’ Spanish tv interview, that Homosexuality is a sin but not a crime. But it’s a crime in African countries, would that mean that the Church should be exempt from this issue in those countries? 20:40 – Does the Eucharist become the body and blood of Jesus in all Churches? 23:50 – Regarding the Mass, the priest usually gives an intention before the mass. Are the merits for that intention the same as the merits for our intentions that we bring? 29:30 – When will we receive from the chalice at mass again? 33:53 – Why does the Annulment process for Catholics who marry outside the Church consider their marriage lack of form? 39:20 – Why are prayers to Mary efficacious? 46:04 – What makes a Catholic mass have a real presence while others don’t? 48:22 – Why were Jesus’ healings more physical and not so much emotional healings? 50:40 – Does the Church teach anything about the morality of dancing? 52:35 – What would my brother in his marriage have to do to have it blessed by the Church? …
1/13/20240
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#11499 Irregular Unions - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 15:42 – Why doesn’t the Church try to mend a marriage instead of immediately going forward with the annulment process? 18:34 – I’m in an irregular relationship and am working on it. Do I have to confess it every time? 22:53 – You’re focusing on the irregular part but can you discuss the union part? Is it really a union? 31:35 – How does one explain the current issues on irregular union blessing to a protestant? 40:40 – If a lesbian marries a man, is that grounds for annulment? 43:00 – Why are priests not bringing more clarity on this topic? 47:15 – Can you give us the 6 A’s again. I couldn’t write them down? 49:22 – My husband’s annulment has been suspended and has not received any guidance from my parish. What should I do? …
1/12/20240
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#11498 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 05:32 – Would giving money to the poor fulfill the need for “the works necessary for salvation?” 10:17 – Were Adam and Eve kept from eating of the tree of life in Genesis? 14:49 – Are there any examples of Early Church Fathers who were not premillennialists? 19:38 – I’m doing a bible study with protestants. How do I explain infant baptism to them? 28:44 – I’m making a statue of Mary Magdalene, so do I have to have her head covered? 32:25 – I’m protestant and work with a Jehovah’s Witness. What’s the historical evidence for Jesus being crucified on a cross and not on a pole? 36:48 – Acts 15:28 Paul forbids the Gentiles from consuming blood. Does this mean we have to reinterpret John 6? 45:04 – Why is Tertullian not a saint? 49:53 – My family and I are recent converts. My 13 year old daughter said she doesn’t want to go through confirmation and feels like she was forced to become Catholic. How do I handle this? …
1/12/20240
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#11497 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:28 – Are the merits gained through acts of charity lost if a person commits mortal sin? 06:16 – Where did disease and death come from? 14:49 – What’s the proper response when I’m invited to a protestant church service? 17:50 – Why were the Church Fathers not able to agree on the number of sacraments? 22:22 – Why are we as Catholics allowed to embalm our deceased loved ones? 41:43 – In what tense do you read the book of Revelation, past present and future? Regarding Rev 12, how is it possible that Mary experienced birth pains if she was sinless? 51:46 – Which prayers can I accept from other people? For example, prayers from St. JP2 to someone satanic? …
1/11/20240
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#11496 Ask a Priest - Fr. Samuel Keyes

Questions Covered: 05:29 – Is there ever a circumstance where a person can perform a baptism without water? 10:50 – How is it just to create eternal souls without their consent and then punish them when they don’t do right? 18:40 – How do we square the seeming contradiction in Luke 23:43 where the thief will be with Jesus in paradise on that day but Jesus didn’t ascend to heaven for another 40 days? 29:17 – What’s the difference between Anglican and Catholic? 31:39 – With the transgender issue becoming more common, what things are being done in seminaries to ensure the candidates joining are truly men? 34:26 – Who started the teaching that priests had to be celibate? 42:24 – What is the distinction between blessing a marriage and blessing a same sex couple? 46:18 – How long has the Church approved annulments? Are the children of these marriages illegitimate? 48:23 – What does the Church say about asexuality? …
1/11/20240
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#11495 Introducing People to Jesus - Adam Janke

Questions Covered: 15:41 – Are there people at St. Paul Street Evangelization who could give talks at parishes and maybe start a chapter in my local area? [email protected] 22:39 – What would be a good way of starting a conversation about faith with an agnostic? 38:43 – I’m a revert and I’m struggling to figure out how to share it with friends who are not believers. How do I engage with my friends who are part of the LGBT community? 47:49 – I’m a Protestant. I do exactly what you do and the way I would word it is that the Holy Spirit is in charge of the outcome, we are just required to share the message. 52:09 – I ran into a St. Paul Street Evangelization in the street and it changed my life. …
1/10/20240
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#11494 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:43 – Is there a point of no return in this life when it comes to salvation? 14:34 – If God wasn’t letting out his wrath on Jesus on the cross, then why was there an earthquake and why did it go dark? 18:08 – How can I prove the Immaculate Conception using only the bible? 29:44 – Is it a sin to take communion if you are divorced and remarried? 43:01 – If same sex marriage is sin, why does the Catholic Church bless same sex marriages? …
1/10/20240
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#11493 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 04:20 – Did the Church ever teach that purgatory entailed retributive punishment? 13:17 – If the Apocrypha is scripture, why is it called the Deuterocanon? 19:45 – How concerned should I be for the salvation of our protestant brothers and sisters who don’t baptize their kids? 25:02 – My granddaughter says she’s engaged to a woman. How should I approach this? 39:45 – Did Mary get additional confirmation that Jesus was God when she visited Elizabeth? 46:33 – If the Last Supper was the Passover meal, where does Jesus’ saying to consume his blood come in? 50:13 – How close is the idea of Prima Scriptura to Church teaching? …
1/9/20240
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#11490 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 04:10 – I get a lot of slack for being a Freemason. What’s the problem with it and being Catholic? 12:56 – What are the classifications of relics and what happens when you touch a prayer card up to a relic? 18:16 – What’s the difference in the way Catholics and Orthodox view baptism and original sin? 24:28 – I’m Catholic but I have a lot of questions about the faith. Can I still receive communion if I have doubts? 33:27 – Catholics often appeal to Mary being “full of grace” and being “blessed among women” as reasons to believe in the Immaculate Conception. With that in mind, is it also logical to conclude that John the Baptist is also conceived without sin? 44:33 – Mt.1:25. Joseph did not know his wife until she had Jesus. Does this mean that Joseph and Mary had relations after the birth of Jesus? 48:45 – What’s your advice on how to talk to my Pentecostal family members who are just starting to warm up to Catholicism but can’t let go of that style of worship? …
1/6/20240
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#11489 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:58 – I visited Vatican City last summer and was shocked at the amount of treasure, art, and also general booty from extinct civilizations that was there.  How did the Papacy obtain all of this and why do they still possess it? 13:30 – What semester-long classes/programs would you recommend for Catholic high schoolers that are similar to RCIA that recap their faith, strengthen it, reinforce it, and so on?  In other words, anything that recaps their faith that is online that will also help them grow in their love for God. 16:19 – I was asked by my atheist son, “If God, beyond a shadow of a doubt, asked you to kill me, would you?” I confirmed that it was “beyond a shadow of a doubt” and then responded “Yes.” I place God’s  will above all else. My atheist husband then turned on me and insisted that that was unacceptable. I feel as though I was just duped by a straw man argument. I’m so upset I don’t want to even be around them and just feel like grieving that they both so badly misunderstand. Help?  29:21 – I’m currently a Baptist Christian but I’m having a hard time choosing between Baptist (Protestant) Christian and Catholic Christian. The reason I’m Baptist is because I believe that we are all guilty sinners who deserve hell and only Jesus Christ paying for our sins is what saves us and I don’t think you can ever lose your salvation. …. after learning some church history and getting a good amount of my questions answered I’m starting to lean more towards Catholicism. But I will always believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and his sacrifice is enough and we can’t work for our salvation. I believe we will be rewarded in heaven for our good works but I don’t think the good works are what save us. Does the Catholic Church believe we Christians are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ paying for our sins? 37:25 – Our 30-year-old son has left the faith and is living with his girlfriend. Is it a sin to allow them to stay in the same room in our home? My spiritual director has told me that it would be a serious sin for me, as the spiritual leader of my family, to allow this to happen. I have lovingly discussed this with my son and told him that he and his girlfriend are always welcome in our home but must sleep in separate rooms. This did not go well and our son has refused to come to our home in the future. I made it clear how much I love and care about him. We still communicate, but he claims that he and his girlfriend are upset and hurt over this. Even though my wife agreed to my following my conscious regarding this issue, she doesn’t see things in the same way as me and this has created tension between me and my wife. She feels that this decision has negatively impacted our relationship with him. Most of our other 5 adult children also disagree with my actions. I pray and sacrifice daily for my son’s conversion as well as that of his girlfriend, who is unbaptized and was raised without any faith. I also pray for my wife, marriage, and family. I don’t know what else I can do. It is just a terrible place to be in. I think that it might be helpful for my wife if you could provide me with some specific references to the Catholic faith referring to this type of situation. Thanks for your assistance. God Bless you and your ministry. 46:14 – If you get the Last Rites from a Catholic priest, do you automatically go to Heaven? Also, is it true you can get the Last Rites from anyone? 50:48 – I am concerned about my parents. They were raised Catholic but chose to go with non-denominational Christianity. I do not know their reasons for leaving the Catholic faith. My inquiry is if my parents, both of them or one of them, desired to return to the Catholic faith then what would they have to do? …
1/5/20240
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#11488 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered:  06:25 – Can the Sacrament of matrimony be valid from other Christian denominations?  12:23 – Does the Church have a moral obligation to talk against Communism?  17:07 – Is Baptism after death possible?   20:28 – If two Catholics are married in Church and get a divorce, are they still spiritually married?   30:06 – Can you explain more about the current plenary indulgence from the Franciscan and Pope Francis? Is there a reason that communion wine has not come back in some churches?   36:33 – When was the church established?   43:18 – In Hebrew 5:8 it says Jesus had to learn obedience, why would He need to learn anything?    48:14 – Where can you go to get a Christian fiction book published?  51:38 – What is the appropriate way to evangelize an elderly atheist?   …
1/5/20240
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#11487 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered:  06:10 – Can any member of the Trinity assume a nature that isn’t rational?  09:15 – Can I go to a protestant church for apologetic research?   17:08 – I struggle silence. Do you have any recommendations to help my prayer life?  22:44 – Are there exceptions to RCIA?   28:52 – Is there a way for Catholics to discern if something is divine or demonic?  35:31 – What is our understanding of animal suffering prior to the fall?   42:47 – What can we do to discern if the news we hear is accurate or not? 47:32 – How would I respond to Eastern Orthodox friends who share the Papacy wasn’t established till 8th Ecumenical council.   51:32 – Why is St. Dismas not considered the first Martyr?   52:53 – What is the reason for the Paul VI Audience Hall looking like a serpent’s head?  …
1/4/20240
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#11486 The Bible Blueprint for the Eucharist - Karlo Broussard

Question Covered: 15:15 – Why do Christian denominations practice the holy eucharist differently? Would it “count” for say a Mormon or Baptist? 19:00 – I believe the John 6 dispute among the disciples was Christ’s statement that he came from heaven to earth. The conversation with the disciples seems to confirm this in verses 61 and 62. Thoughts? 30:00 – There is such a different view between Catholics and Protestants on this topic. How/when did they determine the Eucharist wasn’t actually the body of Jesus? How can we prove it is to non-Catholics? If I have been receiving “communion” from a Protestant church, am I committing mortal sin?! 36:07 – Did Jesus offer His literal Body on the cross or was His Body a symbol? 37:18 – How can we as Catechists correct a former student who went back to Protestantism, especially after leaving the Holy Eucharist? 46:09 – Would you tell us about the Eucharistic miracles of Lanciano Italy and Bueno Aires regarding their laboratory test results? 50:21 – if a “mortal sin” is an addiction and I feel like eating the Eucharist helps fight the addiction can I eat it even though I’m still struggling? …
1/4/20240
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#11485 Epiphany - Steve Ray

Questions Covered: 11:03 – Should we take it literally that a star led the Wisemen? Was it possibly an angel?  19:11 – The Wisemen didn’t come for like 2 years right?  24:00 – Was Jesus’ family wealthy because the Wise Men brought gold, etc. in their treasure chests?   29:35 – Do they think Jesus was born at midnight? Or sometime during the night.  33:12 – why have they made up names for the three kings since those names are not in the Bible ( like Balthasar etc..)?  35:38 – Are we supposed to bless our homes with chalk on the Epiphany? Why and how? How did the writing with blessed chalk above one’s household door come about, and why is it okay (i.e., not some kind of spell casting)?  37:38 – Why do they say we are celebrating Jesus’ baptism when it was really a circumcision since they are not the same?   – In the Byzantine liturgical tradition, the Magi are always depicted as gentiles. But in contemporary biblical studies, they are generally considered as Jewish. What do you think?  47:37 – Hello my brothers! I’m from Mexico and when I was a kid my grandma and other family members used to tell us that the three stars aligned in the sky were the three magi and I used to be so excited looking up during these special days of the epiphany and in Mexico we receive our Christmas gifts January 6th and you write a letter to the magi not Santa jaja have you heard of these traditions? Especially the one about the stars?  …
1/3/20240
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#11482 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

1/2/20240
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#11481 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

1/1/20240
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#11480 Flannel Panel – Year in Review - Joe Heschmeyer

12/30/20230
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#11479 Flannel Panel – Year in Review - Joe Heschmeyer

12/29/20230
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#11478 Ask Joe Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 07:22 – What to say to a Protestant who insists that a relationship with Jesus is more important than denominational squabbles.  18:11 – I would love to hear an explanation of Adam and Eve being the first two people created by God. I’ve had a couple of people (including a newly ordained priest) say that this story is not historical, but that there were two “progenitors” through which we inherited original sin, and that they were “more or less” the first two people. Also, the other person said there was no way that all of the population came from just two people, that they “evolved” from other creatures around the world and “original sin is really just the downfall of man during that time.”  28:23 – Please explain why Joseph was an older man and how a young Joseph was a latter theological novum  33:55 – Do we actually know that Yahweh is how the divine name was said or are we just guessing? I know about the tetragrammaton and how the a stood for Adonai and the e stood for Elohim so doesn’t this mean the divine name was something else? I grew up a Jehovah’s Witness, so this is something close to my mind often. Thanks for all you do Joe! You and all the crew at Catholic Answers helped bring me to the Catholic Church!  37:51 – Was St. Patrick a Baptist?  44:03 – What would you say to an Orthodox who would make the claim that because the Catholic Church says they have valid sacraments or priesthood that they don’t need the Pope.  48:55 – Were there any church fathers, say, in the first 150 years, who did not believe in baptismal regeneration?  51:29 – Does John 10: 22-23 (Jesus being in the Temple during Hanukkah) disprove the Protestant Canon being that Hannukah is only found in 1 & 2 Maccabees?  …
12/29/20230
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#11477 Ask Joe Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 04:31 – What’s an obscure teaching that more people should know about? I saw something in Denzinger which condemned eating for pleasure. That was odd and not sure what to make of it.  12:50 – Hey Joe, according to 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 the last generation don’t sleep (die) and are changed instantaneously, in the twinkling of an eye. If the last generation don’t go to purgatory and God can change them instantly then why can’t God change the dead instantaneously without the need for purgatory? Thanks, God Bless  19:47 – Why did the Church declare an anathema and tie salvation to the belief in the Marian dogmas (in particular the immaculate conception and the assumption)? On the surface, these dogmas don’t seem to have anything to do with the Gospel message that Jesus died for our sins as we can imagine a world where Jesus still defeats death with a Mother who had original sin or was not assumed into heaven.  29:42 – I would like Joe to answer the “no salvation outside the catholic church” you hear the rad trads say this then on the other side you hear the universalist “everybody goes to heaven” perspective. In my limited study it appears the answer lies in the middle but it’s very complex.  37:25 – What is wrong with the patriarchal ratification theory of what makes a council ecumenical?  43:03 – Something I’ve always wondered: What do priests do if they don’t have access to valid matter for the Eucharist? I’m thinking, for example, of explorers like Father Jacques Marquette, traveling for a long time in a strange (to them) country without wheat or wine. Are they just excused from the obligation to celebrate Mass frequently?  45:21 – How can we find holiness in our ordinary lives?  50:54 – Hi Joe, where did your awesome blog name come from?  …
12/28/20230
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#11476 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:02 – Can I be a Catholic in good standing if I don’t believe the doctrines to be literally true? 10:08 – What is the distinction between Hell, Sheol, Gahena, and Abraham’s bosom? 13:59 – Why is the spreading of Ashes in air, land, and sea is wrong in layman terms? 18:17 – What are the types of temporal punishments on earth that can be removed by a plenary indulgence? 20:24 – How would I respond to the claim from a Protestant that it doesn’t matter what the early councils declared as being canon of scripture because they are Catholic? 29:20 – Can you explain Jesus on the cross saying “why have you forsaken me” and him being divine? 34:56 – If us Catholics are not saved by works, how can we lose our salvation by not completing works? 43:06 – I’ve heard, once a Catholic always a Catholic. My brother is now protestant, Can he still enter into heaven because he believes in Jesus? 47:04 – A protestant used Hebrews 9:24-8 as an argument against the eucharist. How do I respond? …
12/28/20230
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#11475 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 1:45 – If we can pray and interact directly with God, why can’t we confess our sins directly to him? 06:46 – I’m considering becoming Catholic. Can we go directly to God for prayer or do we have to go through Mary? 13:35 – Did God ordain that women cannot be priests? 17:48 – Where in the bible does it say that humans will go to heaven when they die? 21:05 – If our penance is the Our Father, can we just use the one in mass as it? 25:09 – What constitutes mortal sin? I’m familiar with the 3 criteria but what is grave matter? 35:56 – I’m an atheist. Why don’t pray to heal amputees? 48:41 – How does a Catholic feel with disagreement among the Church Fathers? …
12/27/20230
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#11474 Christmas Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Cy sits down with Jimmy Akin for a Christmas Open Forum. …
12/27/20230
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#11473 Devotion to the Baby Jesus - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.

Cy sits down with Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Pream. for this encore episode to discuss devotion to the baby Jesus. …
12/26/20230
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#11471 Merry Christmas! (Podcast Only) - Christopher Check

In this Special Christmas episode, Cy sits down with Catholic Answers president, Christopher Check, to wish you a Merry Christmas! …
12/25/20230
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#11470 Why Don’t You Think Catholicism Makes Sense? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:49 – How can the Church have different rites and different forms of liturgy if the Mass is so important? 14:35 – How can I answer someone who says we’re idolaters for having statues? 21:21 – I don’t understand why Catholicsm makes more sense over Orthodoxy when they both have apostolic succession. 30:10 – Should somebody drop out of Catholicism because of the declaration of same-sex unions? 36:00 – Why do people have to do seven months of RCIA, and why do we have to go to church every Sunday? 49:51 – Is it true that the Catholic Church believes only Catholics go to heaven? …
12/23/20230
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#11469 Why Don’t You Think Catholicism Makes Sense? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 09:25 – Sirius XM I don’t find any of the stories of miracles and the supernatural to be convincing. 17:44 – What does worship mean from a Catholic perspective? 23:14 – If I can pray directly to God and Jesus, why pray to anybody else? 33:03 – Wasn’t Catholicism responsible for the Inquisitions? 35:08 – Didn’t Jesus condemn repetitive prayer? 44:06 – How would Catholics define graven images? 51:24 – It doesn’t make sense why we don’t worship Mary. …
12/22/20230
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#11468 Open Forum - Tom Nash

Questions Covered: 03:40 – Are martial arts a sin? 07:25 – When were the angels created? Also, what did the angels fight with in the battle of angels? 14:12 – What sources could be useful to prepare a discussion with a protestant? 16:22 – I’m trying to become Catholic but I’m having problems understanding why Mary is a perpetual virgin. Is there any scriptural evidence? 24:25 – I am a registered nurse and in the process of converting to Catholicism. As an RN, I practice in the correctional system and some of these inmates are dealing with gender dysphoria. I am required to administer medications to patients, including medications that support transitions. Am I doing wrong? What does the Church teach about this? 38:37 – What do you do if even if you know you’ve been forgiven through confession, you can’t forgive yourself? 44:20 – Is there evidence that Satan really exists? Or is it just symbolism? …
12/22/20230
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#11467 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:16 – Does the original sin of Adam work in a similar way as the infused righteousness of Christ?  11:29 – What kind of magisterial document does “Fiducia Supplicans” fall into? What kind of sin of intellect and will must Catholics make with documents like that?  16:57 – When it comes to praying to the saints, how do they come to conclusion of what saints represent which things?  21:00 – I have been both Methodist and Catholic and am now non-practicing. I miss things from both. Is it possible to make the two come together?   29:40 – The man on the cross beside Jesus didn’t have time to jump down and become baptized. But Jesus told him TODAY you’ll be with me in paradise.  32:33 – I’ve heard both Jimmy and Trent talk about the use of nuclear weapons as being not licit. If this is a church standing, does that mean Catholic military members cannot be involved in the operations of nuclear weapons?  41:35 – Is there any archeological evidence to whether Sodom and Gomorrah was real?  47:25 – Do two married people have a united nature? Is it a matter of being one nature but two persons?  51:00 – Is there any info on the human side of Jesus and his disciples? For example, favorite color, how he celebrated birthdays, etc. …
12/21/20230
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#11466 Understanding the Bible - Jeff Cavins

Questions Covered: 03:20 – If Jesus is the only one who has conquered death, then how do we get these people rising from the dead at the end of Matthew? 05:22 – Is the story of Sodom and Gamorrah historical? 10:58 – When God speaks it’s not in quotes but when humans do it is. Why is that? 17:52 – Why does the devil tempt Jesus after he starts his ministry and not before? Also, why are none of the temptations sexual in nature? 22:25 – I’m not Catholic. Jesus told the good thief that he would be with Jesus in paradise that day? Wouldn’t that negate purgatory? 37:00 – In Proverbs the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. What does it mean? 43:56 – I just want to thank Jeff, His book saved me from leaving the Church. 48:05 – Did Jesus have brothers? 51:41 – Could you explain Mt 16:28 in the context of verse 27? Is it referring to the second coming? Who is that Jew that has not tasted death? …
12/21/20230
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#11465 Ask a Priest - Fr. Matthew Spencer

Questions Covered: 4:51 – Do any New Testament manuscripts exist that have the gospels in a different order? Follow up: If the orthodox were united with us, would we have to accept the extra books of the Bible that they accept? 9:26 – Do you have any advice for Christians battling mental illness? 16:29 – What pastoral advice would you give to a committed Catholic couple who are cohabiting? 21:44 – I’m coming back to the church after 40 years. I’m concerned about not remembering how to go to confession. What do I say? Should I bring a list of my sins? 30:57 – What ways can we help out our community that is not part of our local parish, but still do it for Jesus? 34:52 – How do we handle near death experiences where someone said they were going to end up in Hell? 41:41- My son is dating someone who is not religious. Any advice for when I see her this New Year’s Eve? 45:47- Our priest used to allow us to receive at the altar rail. But it seems he was told to no longer have the altar rail. Is that something he can be told to do? 49:44 – Our priest sings songs when he’s preparing the gifts. Does that invalidate the Mass? Also what if a priest only washed one hand instead of both — would that cause the Mass to be invalid? …
12/20/20230
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#11464 Open Forum - Fr. Paul Keller O.P.

Questions Covered: 02:21 – Why don’t the Church Fathers use the same passages when defending Church Doctrine? 07:16 – How do you know when the pope is making a statement ex cathedra? 14:33 – Are Catholics allowed to consume or watch combat sports? 19:05 – Why was Zechariah punished and Mary wasn’t for asking a similar question? 23:22 – When did the practice of praying the rosary as call and response begin? 29:43 – My protestant friend is close to becoming Catholic. He doesn’t understand penance. What would penance look like for people Hitler etc? 40:45 – What conditions could I give to a protestant for either of us to convert if those conditions are met? 44:49 – When does the bread become the body of Christ during Mass? 52:26 – If God knows what we’re going to do, do we really have free will? …
12/20/20230
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#11463 Open Forum - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 20:14 – I wanted to ask Trent specifically, are combat sports moral? 35:48 – I agree God allows us to pray for others & to ask others to pray for us. But my question is: how does Mary hear all those prayers? Is she omnipotent? 41:47 – What are your thoughts on Gavin Ortlund? Do you think he is a good faith actor? 46:33 – Is the stain of original exclusive to one individual, Adam? 52:28 – My agnostic friend is engaging with a married woman who is in an open marriage. Should I stop being friends with him? …
12/19/20230
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#11462 The Virtue of Leisure - Simone Rizkallah

Questions Covered: 18:11 – I need advice on how to practice leisure and balance as a Catholic. 23:10 – I think the basis of our work ethic in the US and lack of leisure is because of its Puritan roots. 32:45 – What tips do you have to work less and embrace leisure? 36:42 – Leisure is savoring the moment and acedia is not. 44:08 – What’s the connection between work and leisure? …
12/19/20230
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#11461 Mary in the Bible - Fr. John Waiss

Questions Covered: 15:45 – Why do we refer to Mary as ‘our life’ in the Hail Holy Queen? 19:03 – Have you done research on the books about Mary by Sister Mary of Agreda? 22:44 – I’m Protestants. What do we make of the response that Jesus gives that almost sounds like he’s degrading his mother in Lk.11:27? 29:58 – Did Mary have other children? 37:43 – Heart of Jesus Radio… Can you clarify the interpretation of ‘Our Life’ in the Salve Regina? I thought it was a reference to Jesus. 42:08 – My Baptist friend claimed that Mary was a sinner. What’s the response to this? 45:07 – Isn’t it logical that there would be a large emphasis on Mary since half the population is women? 46:53 – Is it possible for Mary to have said no since she was already sinless? 48:34 – Do Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 7:14 refer to Mary 51:38 – I’m protestant and am making my way to the Church. Father, your way of talking about Mary is contributing to me getting closer. …
12/18/20230
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#11460 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:50 – A person wants to be baptized but has a family member who insists they were baptized as children, together (at the same time as they are twins). They do not have anyone living who would know and cannot locate records in places they guess it may have occurred. Do they take the steps toward baptism or assume they are? 04:50 – Is the Protestant Canon of Scripture materially sufficient for salvation? If yes, is the Deuterocanon unnecessary? If not, is there information in the Deuterocanon that is needed for salvation? 11:16 – Jimmy I think the biggest crisis in the Church today is the lack of belief in the Eucharist. I’d like to see you speak on the prefigurement of the Eucharist in the Old Testament and the fulfillment in the new. Also, I’d like to see a discussion on the real existence of hell and what many of the saints have said about it plus the testimonies of modern-day exorcists. Thanks. 18:38 – Why does St. Paul refer to levels of Heaven and what might that mean for Christians? Are the levels multiple steps to God? 22:58 – In Matthew 4 and Luke 4:8, why did Jesus tell Peter to “Get behind me Satan”? Why did he call him Satan? Or did he? Thanks, Jimmy! 28:35 – In your podcast episode where you went through the different possibilities of aliens, I didn’t hear you mention the possibility of an alien race that is ahead of humanity in their salvation journey. What are your thoughts on an alien race that is on their New Earth equivalent? I would assume that alien abduction would be immoral and therefore such a race wouldn’t abduct anyone. Would such a race be able to or even want to interact with humans? 33:18 – It would seem that Judas was the first to receive and leave communion in a state of mortal sin at the Last Supper. What might be the implications of Jesus knowing ahead of time that Judas would receive the morsel with murder in his heart? 42:00 – Why can’t I baptize people with Beer since it’s mostly water? Also, can I baptize with tears? 45:20 – My 15-year-old would like to know why God would choose a 13-year-old girl to be the mother of Jesus instead of a fully grown woman. 51:20 – Is it okay to lie in certain situations like if you were hiding Jews, in Germany during World War II? 53:23 – If I suffer Martyrdom with unconfessed sins, even a Mortal one, do I really go straight to heaven or will I still need to spend time in Purgatory? …
12/16/20230
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#11459 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:17 – Are there any insights as to when Christ was using His Divine intellect vs. His human intellect or is this a complete mystery or is it incorrect to say Christ was not always using both? 06:38 – I would love to hear you comment on the theology of numbers. 18:58 – If God is the God of all, how can he have a “chosen people”? 21:41 – God gave us the gift of free will. By my understanding, it is the only gift he cannot take back or overrule, otherwise our will would not be truly free. With this in mind, how are we to understand his words in Exodus where he seems to make pharaoh obdurate, as though overriding the free exercise of his will? For example, Exodus 7:3-4: “Yet I will make Pharaoh so headstrong that, despite the many signs and wonders that I work in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Therefore, I will lay my hand on Egypt, and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring my armies, my people the Israelites, out of the land of Egypt.” 30:17 – It seems like miracles are less known than they should be. Example- Fatima, St Pio, Beauraing, and others. Do you think the evil one obfuscates the message? 32:51 – Questions from a fellow pipe smoker. What’s your favorite pipe and tobacco? 40:26 – Which is the best government: the United Federation of Planets (from Star Trek) or the United Planets (from Legion of Super-Heroes)? 44:04 – Is there any chance Our Lady of America is coming back from the disapproval of the diocesan bishops? 48:55 – Please discuss the metaphor and actuality of new heavens/new earth. Who (will) live there? The need for a new earth and whether it’s metaphorical has been discussed more than a new heavens. What is wrong with the old heavens? …
12/15/20230
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#11458 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:00 – Are the results of our free will predestined if God doesn’t change his mind? 12:22 – My co-worker is Wiccan and and her granddaughter wants to know about God. My co-worker gave me permission to talk to her but I don’t know where to start. What’s your advice? 18:35 – My father is saying that there would have been no census during the birth of Christ, therefore no flight to Bethlehem. What’s the response to this? 23:49 – Where does the Church stand on plastic surgery? 29:39 – Should we receive communion unless we are certain of having committed a mortal sin? 34:58 – I’m interested in the Church Fathers. What book do you recommend to read to get started? 39:53 – What has Pope Francis done that’s so objectionable that people slander him instead of defend him? 47:44 – Is Doxastic Damage Theory of lying applicable Jn 7:8-9? …
12/15/20230
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#11457 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:01 – How can we as Catholics demonstrate to Protestants that our bible is accurate? 10:25 – Since the Trinity are different persons but all one God, did everyone come down earth when Jesus did? 16:01 – Is it acceptable to listen to music written by Protestants that are theologically acceptable? 20:15 – Was Jesus actually tempted or did the devil just try? 24:09 – How prevalent was the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament? 24:09 – If Adam and Eve had not sinned, would we be here? 32:02 – Can we trust the International Association of Exorcists? 39:58 – How do I respond to the question that if Jesus is perfect, then why is his Church so sinful? 46:08 – How did Joseph truly marry Mary if it was never consummated? 50:00 – I thought that if Adam and Eve didn’t sin, each of us would have been individually tested. What are your thoughts? 52:34 – How do we know that the intercession of saints has helped in prayer? …
12/14/20230
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#11456 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 02:10 – Why should we not believe in Sola Fide and once saved always saved? 13:48 – Is it possible for the Magisterium to suppress truths for the sake of order? 20:18 – How do you reconcile your fear of God and God’s love? 30:05 – Are boxing, MMA and Muay Thai immoral? 42:06 – I’m struggling with the St. Michael prayer. How is it intercessory if we are directly asking St. Michael to protect us? 48:12 – Why are bishops like Strickland and Burke being kicked out of the Church while others that are blessing gay marriages safe? …
12/14/20230
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#11455 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 03:36 – I confessed to a priest that I don’t believe Catholicism to be literal. Can I still consider myself Catholic? 07:15 – I’m entering the Church during Easter. My wife is divorced and said that the best case scenario is if she converts and will become a Poll case. What is that? 13:56 – Revelation says the living and the dead will be judged. How will the dead be judged? 28:18 – If the language of the Jews was Hebrew, then why did Jew start speaking Aramaic? Where did it come from? 31:32 – Who was Jan Hus and why was he put to death? 45:15 – How old was Rebecca when Isaac married her? 50:35 – How does the Church view the authenticity of the relics of the true cross? …
12/13/20230
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#11454 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:34 – If silent prayer is heard by saints, does this mean that the devil can also hear them? 15:30 – What are your thoughts on near death experiences? 29:15 – I saw a video saying that the Israelite God was just a copy of a Canaanite god. What are your thoughts on this? 35:28 – I have an eating disorder. Do I need to continually confess the sin of gluttony? 41:42 – What’s the best way to explain Jesus as fully human and fully divine to 5th graders? 47:05 – Is God against people acquiring wealth? 50:44 – Is competition a sin? …
12/13/20230
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#11453 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 06:40 – Does the concept of time travel prayer create a paradox for why we don’t see future saint don’t come into the past? 12:27 – I’m Christian. How do we reconcile reincarnation and people remembering past lives with Christianity?0 29:21 – Is the body of Christ in the Eucharist, glorified or suffering? 32:18 – Why did Elisha call two bears to eat kids in 2 Kings? 36:00 – What does Paul mean when he says that women must be subordinate to their husbands? 46:35 – If the Apocrypha was in the bible up until the reformation, then why wasn’t it officially in the canon until Trent? What is the difference between the Apocrypha and Deuterocanonical? 52:51 – Could you explain what a feast day is, and what you are supposed to do on a feast day? …
12/12/20230
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#11452 Living Advent Well - R. Jared Staudt

Questions Covered: 37:31 – Could we say that the story of the Christmas Carol could be considered a parable? 46:00 – I wanted to share what we do for advent. 50:33 – We opened our gifts on Dec. 6, feast of St. Nick, and emphasized Christ during Christmas. It worked out well for our 7 kids. …
12/12/20230
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#11451 Faith and Science - Stephen Barr

Questions Covered: 16:26 – Does psychology clash with Catholicism or is there a continuity like Catholicism and the other sciences? 21:17 – What single scientific fact is most persuasive to you that God exists? 31:33 – I read your book. Could you review the foundational points on the elegant creation of earth? 36:21 – I’m protestant and have always been taught young earth. Why does young earth seem to be dismissed in the Catholic world? 44:04 – What is the Catholic view of evolution by natural selection? …
12/11/20230
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#11450 Catholic Answers Game Show - Karlo Broussard

Cy and Karlo and joined by two contestants for another game show. …
12/9/20230
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#11449 Flannel Panel from Rome - Christopher Check

12/8/20230
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#11448 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 06:51 – What’s a simple response to “Christmas is pagan?” 16:43 – St. Faustina said that if angels could envy, they would envy the Eucharist and suffering. Are angels capable of envy? 32:50 – What does Matthew 16:19 mean when it says whatever you loose, its loosed in heaven? 43:58 – How do I delicately explain to in-laws why you need a priest for the Eucharist? 49:15 – Why is Jesus returning to judge the living and the dead when we’re already going to be in heaven? …
12/8/20230
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#11447 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 07:18 – I used to be Catholic and now I’m considering returning. Why should I come back and not go to an Episcopal church since they have more progressive values? 15:23 – Are you afraid of death? If Christ gives us hope for the afterlife, should we be nervous about death? 24:40 – When did the Church begin allowing secular kings using violence in the name of the Church? 35:24 – Does God hate people as he mentions in Romans 9:13? 42:51 – Could you explain how we know the Eucharist is really the body and blood of Jesus and not just a symbol? 47:44 – Where did God come from? Who created him? 52:03 – How many prayers in the mass come from Judaism? …
12/7/20230
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#11446 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered:  01:54 – Are there two different types of salvation referenced in the Bible?  12:19 – Is anxiety a sin?   16:22 – When did marriage become a religious ceremony?  19:26 – At what point do the sins of converted Protestants impact their Purgatory?   21:30 – Did Jesus eat himself at the Last Supper?  29:53 – Is there scripture that states Jesus asked us to pray to his mother?  33:37 – What is the Catholic Church’s understanding of Hell and the devil?  40:47 – Do Jesus and Mary experience pain now even though they are in Heaven?  43:55 – What is the difference between Married life and religious life?   48:40 – When we talk about Jesus’s age of 33, did we use the Gregorian calendar?  49:44 – Is it a mortal sin to not to believe in Jesus? How would this impact people in remote parts of the world?  …
12/7/20230
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#11445 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered:  06:20 – Is there ever a possibly for a Catholic to practice the faith at home due to a personal situation?   16:00 – What is the role of Purgatory at the end of the world?   19:55 – Are there prophets in today’s age?   31:15 – I don’t feel like getting baptized as a baby makes much sense because you didn’t choose to accept Jesus yet.  33:13 – What is the symbolic comparison between the Christian and Islamic versions of Abraham’s sacrifice?  40:56 – How do I appropriately celebrate feast days within fasting periods?    48:43 – If the Pope is chosen by the Holy Spirit, why do we end with corrupt Popes or one who can retire?  51:20 – Am I under obligation to say something about unbaptized grandchildren?   …
12/6/20230
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#11444 Open Forum - Tom Nash

Questions Covered: 04:34 – I read an article saying that elements of the liturgy can harm someone (and actually make grace less efficacious) because of his past traumas. Is that true? 17:00 – My daughter has requested that I only make one reference to my faith when we talk. Is it sinful for me to consent to that request? 20:32 – Fr. Elias Mary claimed that the Pope is going to be the antichrist. Is that possible? 30:09 – What does the Apostles’ Creed mean when it says Jesus “descended into hell?” 35:48 – What happens between the particular and general judgments? How are they different? 42:16 – Can I receive sacraments from SSPX priests? 44:36 – Where does the origin of Christmas as Jesus’ birthday come from? Is it in the Bible? 50:33 – I heard someone say “it is no longer I who lives but Mary who lives in me” is this a theologically correct statement? 53:05 – Can you explain Acts 5? How do you relate to Acts 5 now versus in the 1st century? …
12/6/20230
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#11443 Open Forum - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 05:23 – Does the Church having canonized saints diminish the value of non-canonized saints? 12:23 – Were the three wise men practicing astrology when they looked at a star to find Jesus? 19:45 – I know that the answer to the problem of suffering is that God allows suffering for a greater good. But where does that idea come from? The Bible? 30:42 – When Gabriel says “Hail” to Mary, is that a greeting or is it something more? 37:30 – My best friend’s sister died recently, and my friend is wondering if she’s in hell. I didn’t know what to say to her. 46:18 – Do the cases of Pope Honorius and Pope Vigilius disprove papal infallibility? …
12/5/20230
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#11442 Chastity - Jason Evert

Questions Covered: 08:37 – My child was exposed to pornography in 3rd grade at school without the school’s knowledge. He is now in high school. How can I support him to break this addiction? 36:06 – What do you attribute the huge increase in sexual issues especially in the trans issue? 47:41 – What is the response to the claim that regret is rare in the transgender movement? 51:59 – How do I get over an overwhelming sense of lust? …
12/5/20230
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#11441 Eastern Orthodoxy - Michael Lofton

Questions Covered: 12:05 – Is it okay for a Catholic to go to a Byzantine church? Did the office of St. Andrew survive like St. Peter’s line? 18:46 – Would you communion at a Roman Catholic rite? If the Orthodox acknowledge the papacy why are they under another authority? 23:44 – I became Orthodox. What went wrong for the division to happen? 35:03 – How does confession differ in the Catholic Church vs the Eastern Orthodox? 42:50 – Churching of women after birth is a tradition in the Orthodoxy that fell off in Catholicism. Are there other traditions like this that also fell off? 45:32 – How do we keep the conversation positive when conversing with Orthodox friends? 52:13 – Is the Eucharist in the east actually the body and blood of Jesus? …
12/4/20230
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#11440 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 01:09 – What are your thoughts on the UFO/ET sightings being demons? 17:01 – In The Shining Dick Halloran the chef tells young Danny Torrance that the Shining gives people the ability to see the things from long ago and things that have not yet happened. With that being said is the ability to Shine in the movie & book the same thing as prophecy, extrasensory perception, intuition, empathy, precognition, and retrocognition? 12:10 – What are the historical ramifications if Abraham had never left Ur? 13:43 – Is it true that the Vatican has one of the best science labs in the world, and if so why and what is it used for? Thank you. 16:41 – Suppose an couple is engaged and is approaching the Church to be married. However, they are an unfortunate genetic match and have certainty that 100% of their children will perish in the womb. Would it be immoral for them to live as husband and wife? And does the Church have any legislation that would prevent them being married in the Church? 18:46 – Can a priest celebrate Mass if he has no arms? 22:42 – On May 31, 1985 I was baptized by the fire of the Holy Spirit from the crown of my head, through every cell in my body. See Luke 3:16 Do you think the fire of Purgatory is the same purifying fire I experienced? Meaning, do you think it’s the Holy Spirit that does the purging? 29:00 – How many times in one’s life can one vow “till death do us part?” 34:00 – If throughout the Bible angels (who are spiritual, non-corporeal beings) appear with enfleshed bodies as apparitions, could that be true for the Holy Spirit as well? Is it possible that those puzzling times in Scripture when people didn’t recognize Jesus it was because the Third Person of the Trinity was making an appearance? When Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene in the tomb (John 20:14-18), and to the two followers on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) and to the seven disciples fishing (John 21:1-14), is it possible that they didn’t recognize Him because they were not seeing God the Son at first, but God the Holy Spirit for a brief time? The One who they didn’t recognize consoled, comforted them, revealed truth to them, testified to them, convicted them, taught them, walked along side of them (parakletos), witnessed to them, brought things to their remembrance, and revealed and glorified the Lord to them…all the things Jesus promised the Advocate would do when He came (John 14:15-31, John 15:26-27 and John 16:5-16). 40:05 – If angel are non-corporeal beings, why do we gender them? 46:42 – How does one mistake a reconnaissance balloon as an alien space craft? 48:30 – Where was Jesus between the ages of 12 and 30? 50:54 – Let’s say that macro-PK is real. Where does the energy to move the objects come from? If there is a violation of the laws of thermodynamics, could the heat death of the universe be defeated by a sufficiently large, trained force of PKers? …
12/2/20230
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#11439 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:05 – Suppose a modern lay Catholic (baptized, confirmed, etc.) were transported through time and space to the year 5 BC, Jerusalem. Assuming he/she retains his/her knowledge and beliefs from the 21st century AD and is aware that he/she has arrived in a time before the Incarnation has taken place, in what way would this Catholic be obligated to worship God? Would he/she need to live as a Jew under the Mosaic law, given that the New Covenant has not yet been established in their “present” timeline, or would he/she be required to live according to Catholic practices to the best of their ability? Would he/she be morally obligated to be a sort of prophet, proclaiming the coming Lord; or perhaps be obligated not to, lest they affect salvation history?  06:11 – I’m curious whether Satan can “bless” people and/or things? By “bless” I mean supernaturally enhance in the manner requested by those seeking the “blessing”.  12:05 – If someone is trapped in a time loop like in Groundhog Day or Edge of tomorrow, is it still a sin to commit suicide in order to reset the time loop? If you already have been trapped for several weeks then it would probably feel annoying to wait out the entire loop if you mess something up.  14:53 – I write Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fanfiction, mostly action/adventure stories. I am currently outlining a story where the TMNT meet a Catholic Apologist. I have modeled her after Mr. Akin in both personality and intellect. In my story, the apologist is explaining the Catholic idea of the soul to the TMNT. One of the things that has hung me up a little is that I believe all sensitive and rational souls are created immediately upon conception. The TMNT started out as ordinary turtles, so they were given sensitive souls the moment they were created, before they were even born. However, now that they have mutated, they have rational souls. One of the characters questions whether the turtles’ sensitive, animal souls died and a new, rational soul was installed in them when they mutated, or if their souls were changed when they mutated? Initially I had the idea that God “upgraded” their sensitive souls to rational souls upon their mutation, but a friend of mine suggested that maybe they were conceived with rational souls, but as it took 15 years for them to develop from babies to teenagers, they simply didn’t express their rational souls until they were old enough/mutated enough to talk. I’m curious as to what Mr. Akin would say and would be grateful for his perspective.  21:45 – I have a few questions for you: 1. If angels are spiritual, eternal beings existing outside of time, how can they be created in time if eternity is outside of it? 2.  When we die, our souls survive our mortal bodies. If our souls are eternal, how can we be created in time if eternity is outside of it? 3. How did God create something out of nothing if it is against the nature of nothing to be something?  31:50 – What is “Burning Man” really about?  It seems to get a lot of media attention each year.  My stepdaughter and her husband have both apostatized from the church, and went a few years back.  They have regional “burns” as well that they attend.  The stories they seem happy to tell people seem very disturbing.  Almost satanic.  Certainly evil.  Nothing at all like what I get from Mr. Google or the media.  Who is “The Burning Man? Do you have any insights on any of this?  34:02 – I have a weird question (I think). I know in the early 20th century or late 19th century catholic theologians mentioned the desirability to baptize not-yet-born babies in the womb as long as it was safe and possible. My question is, why isn’t this done right now even without medical intervention? It seems to me that the form (I now baptize…) the matter (water, after all the baby is…
12/1/20230
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#11438 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered:  04:02 – What evidence is there for Hell? 11:02 – Is it immoral to play audio or watch a video of someone saying the Lord’s name in vain? 14:23 – Do you think there are more than two James? Is James the less different than Jame the brother? 21:34 – Question about predestination. Did God know who I was going to date before I dated them? 28:42 – Why does the Catholic Church have a pope? Is the Pope biblical? 35:27 – Is receiving the Eucharist in the hand wrong? 41:58 – Is consuming artificial sweeteners immoral? Because artificial sweeteners are intentionally not nutritional. 50:41 – Can the multiverse be real? …
12/1/20230
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#11437 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:30 – Would there be a licit way to do something like the Bachelor to find a spouse? 06:03 – How do Catholics avoid picking between the beliefs of the Church Fathers? 16:58 – What causes someone to lose their salvation? 18:10 – Is there a relationship between modern Israel and 1st century Israel? 21:47 – I’ve heard Skinwalker ranch is based on a curse in folklore. Could this be a case of diabolic infestation? 28:30 – Why does the Catholic church claim to have changed the sabbath day because it had the ecclesiastical power to do so? 31:20 – Can you clarify any of the lies related to the Jewish Talmud? 37:01 – Did the early Church Fathers believe in the doctrine of atonement? 46:38 – Why isn’t the Ascension mentioned much in the Bible? 52:18 – Is there a good book to give to someone who is interested in faith but has no religious background. …
11/30/20230
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#11436 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 04:50 – How do I respond when someone asks if I denounce other gods? It feels like a “gotcha” question. 28:29 – What can my friend who is a new Catholic do who just found out his grandfather was a Freemason? 35:08 – Regarding Lev. 23, on what days did the appointed festivals fall on. Were they all on Sunday? 41:25 – Will the generation that sees the end of time have to pass through death? If not, then how will the souls be purified if they don’t go to purgatory? 44:55 – If Jesus promised to return at the end of time, how do we square that with Jesus coming back constantly in the Eucharist? 47:52 – What’s a generational curse? 50:45 – If Ex. 15 says we have to keep the sabbath, why then Sunday? …
11/30/20230
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#11435 The Power of Confession - Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Questions Covered: 16:21 – Should you give a general state in life when in confession? 19:19 – Am I doing something wrong if I don’t feel anything after confession? 23:26 – I haven’t been to confession in over 20 years. What’s your advice on how to approach confession after so long? 31:20 – I’m a new Catholic coming from a Protestant background. I approach confession for venial sin but the priest is almost dismissive when mentioning those sins. What’s your advice on how to handle it? 36:37 – I’m not Catholic. Is it true that you have to be sorry to go to confession or can you go and pray for the grace of repentance after going to confession? 43:05 – Do venial sins need to be confessed? 46:30 – How do you get over going to confession confessing the same sin over and over again? …
11/29/20230
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#11434 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:32 – Can you help me better understand purgatory? I still can’t wrap my mind around it? 13:43 – What’s the difference between the assumption of Mary vs the saints in heaven. Do saints have their bodies? 18:53 – What’s the Church’s teaching on vasectomies? 29:30 – Acts 5 Why were the couple struck down because they didn’t donate all they have? How do we understand that in the context of today? Can we be struck down too? 41:06 – Do spouses continue to have a special relationship in heaven? 44:15 – Regarding the Papal Bull Unum Sanctum, do we still teach that all those who are saved must be subject to the Roman Pontiff? 50:39 – I had a dream multiple times about my uncle after he died. In the dream he was suffering and asking for help. Does this mean he was in purgatory? …
11/29/20230
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#11433 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:45 – How can we show that annihilationism is false using the bible?  13:59 – I’m confused about the Catholic position on the death penalty. Can you help clarify?  24:17 – Regarding the last 2 glorious mysteries (assumption and coronation). How do I relate to her and not feel like we are supposed to worship her?  33:27 – St. Irenaeus’ letter says that the Church was founded on Peter and Paul. Can you clarify? Also when Paul first arrived in Rome, Acts says that there was already a community and there was no evidence that Peter had been there. Can you clarify?  43:36 – Mt 19:11-12 If there were physical handicaps acknowledged in the bible, Is it possible to say that gender dysphoria is also a valid thing for us to acknowledge?  …
11/28/20230
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#11432 Bioethics - Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Questions Covered: 12:06 – What’s your advice on how to handle my 20 year old son who is in the process of transitioning using female hormones. How can I cope? Do you have any resources? 23:30 – Is Medi-Share Christian Health faithful to Catholic ethics? 29:43 – What are your thoughts on Assisted reproductive technology? 36:47 – What is the Church’s teaching on embryo adoption? 44:15 – If a pregnant mom has surgery on her baby in the womb where the baby is lifted out for the procedure, can the baby be baptized before being placed back into the uterus? 46:30 – How does one determine if a vaccine is ethically produced? I’m specifically thinking about the HPV vaccine. 51:53 – What ethically am I morally responsible for in administering drugs as a healthcare administrator? …
11/28/20230
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#11431 Addiction and Healing - Scott Weeman

Questions Covered: 14:59 – I had an eating disorder for over 40 years and now healed from it. 22:18 – How do you go about starting a local CIR group? 28:56 – Is there a better avenue in which the Church can reach out to those in addiction? 46:55 – Recovery is fragile. And I’ve been in recovery for 14 years now. …
11/27/20230
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#11430 Faith and Film - Andrew Petiprin

Cy is Joined by Andrew Petiprin to discuss faith and films. …
11/25/20230
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#11429 Faith and Film - Andrew Petiprin

Cy is Joined by Andrew Petiprin to discuss faith and films. …
11/24/20230
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#11428 Flannel Panel - Christopher Check

The Flannel Panel gathers to discuss news on the Thanksgiving episode. …
11/24/20230
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#11427 Flannel Panel - Christopher Check

The Flannel Panel gathers to discuss news on the Thanksgiving episode. …
11/23/20230
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#11426 Bringing Jesus to Thanksgiving - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Questions Covered: 20:56 – I found it better to share my experience over my knowledge. 33:52 – Maybe a captive audience is not the best time to evangelize. 46:08 – How do we present the gospel to younger people? Do you have resources? 50:50 – I want to challenge the idea that we don’t want to make people feel uncomfortable. …
11/23/20230
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#11425 Which Catholic Doctrine Troubles You? - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 06:47 – I struggle with the Immaculate Conception and the Latin Vulgate. 14:00 – The claim that Jesus started the Catholic Church and that you have to be a part of it to fully be united with him. 20:03 – I don’t like the structure of the rosary and how it has changed. 30:59 – Why do Catholics call priests father, and why can’t priests get married? Also, Mary was a sinner and needed saving. 39:58 – Offering suffering for others troubles me. 48:00 – How do Catholics know Mary is in heaven? …
11/22/20230
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#11424 Open Forum - Jim Blackburn

Questions Covered: 08:54 – In the profession of faith, why do we confess one baptism? How can the Spirit proceed from the Father and Son if they are all equal? 16:21 – How do I respond to protestants who say we anathematize them for something that was said in a Church council? 22:52 – What does the Church teach about the gifts of the spirit in 1 Corinthians? 29:31 – Why did the Pope 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians martyrs as saints? Aren’t they heretics? 41:30 – I’m going to be confirmed soon. How far back do I have to go for my first confession? 47:32 – What’s the balance perspective of Psalm 37:4. Mark 11:24 pertaining to the Word of Faith movement. …
11/22/20230
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#11423 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 07:43 – Would it be a stretch to say that the Lazarus and the rich man in Lk 16:19 embody what the Jews believed about the afterlife? 16:42 – Does the 1st century evidence support a 3 tier Church governance structure? 24:19 – Jesus says to not leave a tribute till we clear up any offense with our brother. Would this mean the tributes we left are meaningless if we haven’t sought forgiveness? 34:52 – Is it ok for Catholics to celebrate Christmas during advent? 41:31 – My son is getting ready for first confession, but I’m doing all the catechesis at home. The parish told me I needed to go through the parish. Is this right? 52:23 – What makes the salvific sufficiency of Christ’ sacrifice? …
11/21/20230
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#11422 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:07 – What’s the Church’s view on marriage when one person is abandoned by their spouse? Can they remarry? 18:02 – Can Catholics believe in predestination? 29:49 – Why did Jesus die if it wasn’t to satisfy the wrath of God? 43:04 – Can non-Catholics still gain the benefits of the Eucharist even if they don’t believe what Catholics believe? 49:16 – Mt 23:9 says call no man father so why do Catholics call priests father? …
11/21/20230
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#11421 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:31 – Would Mormons be considered Protestants according to Catholics? 14:55 – How can the Catholic Church claim to have the fullness of the faith if the resurrection must be taken by faith? 22:15 – I’m not Catholic because I don’t always trust the arguments of the apologists. 29:01 – Is Jesus eternally subordinate to the Father or are they coequal? 34:12 – How can I differentiate devotion to Mary? 46:19 – What’s the Church’s position on Genesis 1 and evolution? 53:05 – Do you have to go through RCIA if one is baptized in the Lutheran church? …
11/20/20230
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#11420 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:28 – What was the thorn in Paul’s side? 06:48 – When I cited John 20: 21-23 as clear evidence for sacramental confession, a protestant made a claim that the power granted by Christ in those passages died with the apostles. 13:10 – At Pentecost, tongues of fire rested on those present, and they spoke in foreign languages (foreign tongues). Is this a play on words? In other languages, especially in Greek, is the word for an anatomical tongue, the same as the word for a slice of fire? Even without a play on words, the coming (from unknown source) of fire often signified the presence of God, so the point of the phenomenon doesn’t rely on the (at least in English) play on words. Does it? 16:07 – My husband died in June of brain cancer 5 months after diagnosis. So many good people keep telling me that “he’s in a better place.” Why do they say that when it should be obvious that he should be with me? I understand that we can’t know for certain where a soul goes after death. How do I respond to this? It makes me angry at how easily people toss that cliché out to a woman who is grieving the death of her husband. 22:04 – Does the Church have a preferred stance on Darwinism vs Lamarckism? 33:36 – The Bible IS a Catholic book. Right. Besides dropping the Deuterocanonical Books, have Protestants in the English-speaking world “mistranslated” words? Like the word Tradition which, in Spanish versions is translated as tradition when is in a negative sense (tradition of men) and teaching when it’s favorable. Is there any in English? 40:25 – Jimmy Buffett’s song Coastal Confessions has a line “Bless me father for I have sinned, given the chance I’ll probably do it again.” Would this make the confession null since it seems Jimmy hasn’t fully repented or is it just honestly/humility? 46:00 – Where did your Mexican serape blanket that you drape over your chair come from? 50:44 – What do you think about the Gospel of the Hebrews? Later patchwork of reworked quotes from the Synoptics? Something contemporary with the Synoptics? A Hebrew version of Matthew? Could it ever be rediscovered? …
11/18/20230
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#11419 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:35 – My 9yr old daughter, Kateri, would like to ask: “Does God get angry at us? Sometimes He seems angry, especially when we read stories from the Old Testament.” 07:37 – I am wondering why Whitey Bulger had a funeral Mass? Are there examples of people the church will not give a funeral Mass for? Also, are there any situations when the church excludes people from being buried in Catholic cemeteries? Does the church provide funeral Masses for non-Catholics? 17:50 – After becoming a revert… 30 years ago now…I’m miserable… I thought I could pray a few rosaries and my life would come together…I loved Scott Hahn, and Mother Angelica…but here I sit…waiting…am I just faithless? 24:39 – If aliens show up in a major way and submit to testing n such…what would be necessary or possible to prove to the people who think they would have to be demons that they are not? If that made any sense. Like how could you prove conclusively they are not demons? Or would that not be possible? 35:55 – In the traditional Anaphora of Mar Addai and Mar Mari, the Eucharist is consecrated *without* the words of institution. How do we explain it with Catholic sacramental theology? 43:30 – There is speculation that the negative response that humans have to the “uncanny valley” is due to some evolutionary development where our ancestors were preyed upon something that looked like humans but wasn’t quite human. What do you think? …
11/17/20230
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#11418 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:35 – If every soul is guaranteed to go to heaven, why does it matter if you pray for the souls in purgatory? 10:28 – Does morality change over time? 19:48 – What is meant when Jesus says “I am the son of man” 28:46 – How do you minister to people who are suffering and explain that faith can help their suffering? 34:18 – Have the verses in Isaiah 63:1-7 come to pass? What do those verses mean? 41:36 – Could a pope contradict a previous non infallible papal teaching? 48:31 – What does Jimmy think about theistic evolution? 51:41 – Once a deacon is ordained to the permanent diaconate, does he have to remain celibate? 53:35 – Is there scientific study that shows that people who get prayed for are better off than people who do not get prayed for? …
11/17/20230
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#11417 Open Forum - Colin Donovan

Questions Covered 05:52 – Should someone refrain from becoming Catholic if it would cause division in their marriage? 13:28 – What does the word relations mean in Matthew 1:25? 17:51 – Do angels have genders? 29:04 – the sacrament of extreme unction. Can it take away the need for purgatory? 34:45 – Does a high mass have more spiritual value than a low mass? 42:14 – Why do you have to be baptized before you can get your marriage annulled? 46:42 – Why didn’t the Holy Spirit stop the protestant reformation? 51:04 – Was St. Paul ordained by any of the apostles as a bishop? Was he even a bishop at all? …
11/16/20230
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#11415 Q&A from Perth, Australia - Tim Staples

Cy, Tim and Stacy take questions during their recent trip to Perth, Australia. …
11/15/20230
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#11416 Q&A from Perth, Australia - Stacy Trasancos

Cy, Tim and Stacy take questions during their recent trip to Perth, Australia. …
11/15/20230
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#11414 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered:  02:24 – How can the Saints handle the quantity of prayers based on Daniel 10:10-14?  10:35 – Is it proper to go to confession for not being able to kneel at the appropriate times at Mass?  13:00 – Is scattering of ashes after cremation allowable?   15:32 – Has Vatican II been interpreted in a strict neo-scholastic way?   19:49 – If there is no wine at Mass can there be a Consecration?   22:25 – Did Paul ordain Linus instead of Peter?   28:59 – Why do Catholic people confess their sins to priests?  32:54 – How can a person who has never heard of Jesus get to heaven?  40:20 – How is it okay for Saint relics to be scattered all over the world?   45:05 – Can you clarify why we have one chalice that we share instead of individual cups?  50:58 – How do we call out our brothers and sisters at Mass for inappropriate behavior? …
11/15/20230
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#11413 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 06:47 – Who is the man of lawlessness in the book of 2 Thessalonian?  11:46 – How does purgatory relate to Abraham’s bosom?  20:10 – Is gossiping a mortal sin?  28:58 – Can we receive the Sacrament of Confession over the phone or online?  33:10 – Why is the character Julius in the Bible not a canonized Saint?   36:55 – Is there typology for the Eucharist?   46:34 – How can I know this church holds the truth when others also claim the truth?  Resources Mentioned: https://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2020/04/30/confession-over-phone/ …
11/14/20230
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#11412 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 01:36 – Is there any inherent logic for St. Paul putting so much emphasis on the cross? 05:48 – Why is Paul in the bible if he never met Jesus? 09:52 – If a person is abused (physically or mentally) in the church and decides to leave, have they committed heresy? 15:05 – If I eat and then go to mass, can I still receive communion even If I didn’t plan on going to mass originally? 20:55 – Was the story of Jesus just co-opted from the story of Romulus? 24:11 – Why would my college professor claim that purgatory was invented in the 11th century? How do I respond to that argument? 28:29 – Why don’t Messianic Jews align with the Catholic faith? 35:45 – What is the Holy Spirit? 41:41 – How did you come to the conclusion that the Catholic Church compiled the bible? 45:12 – Are we required to believe in indulgences? 47:49 – My fundamentalist friend says that infant baptism is invalid because it does not have apparent fruits. What’s the rebuttal? 49:49 – How do we talk to protestants about deification of Mary? 51:41 – What is the infinite nature of God? …
11/14/20230
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#11411 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 07:38 – What is the Catholic Church’s stance on the current conflict in the Holy Land? 15:44 – Have you heard of the Egg Theory story? What are your thoughts on it? 28:56 – I’m in RCIA. I’m struggling with the Immaculate Conception. Where did this idea come from and does it have roots in scripture? 37:53 – How would you respond to a protestant who asks why they can’t receive communion? 42:48 – Do the Jews have writings or records about Jesus? 49:17 – How do I confront the ideas like purgatory from a reformed background? …
11/13/20230
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#11410 Game Show - Karlo Broussard

Cy and Karlo are joined by two guests to test their knowledge on the Catholic Answers Game Show. …
11/11/20230
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#11409 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:19 – How do Catholics reconcile no salvation outside the Church and Jesus saying if you’re not against us, you’re for us? 10:32 – What’s the Church’s view on the Assumption of Elijah as compared to the Assumption of Mary? 18:12 – What is the difference between our Church and an ecclesiastical community? 20:44 – Protestant friends want to know why we pray to saints, especially the rosary? And how can I understand the rosary better? 34:46 – My friend fell away from the Catholic faith. Now I feel uncomfortable sharing my faith with her because she always has something to say about it. How can I continue this friendship? 40:50 – What exactly are indulgences and how does the Catholic Church choose what they are? 46:28 – Can a Catholic in the Roman rite of the Church understand the teaching of the Eucharist in a way different than how the institution teaches? 50:42 – If you have to desire confirmation to get confirmed, shouldn’t you have to desire baptism to get baptized? …
11/10/20230
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#11408 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 07:04 – I’ve been reading a lot of Orthodox material. What’s the Catholic explanation as to why they changed the creed to include the filioque? 34:29 – What did Jesus mean when he said “do not pray in vain repetition?” 43:52 – What’s your advice to me, who has a child with my protestant wife? I want to raise my child Catholic. …
11/10/20230
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#11407 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 09:38 – What time does the prohibition to work on Sunday begin? 17:06 – What’s the difference between a prophet, a fortune teller and a mystic? 34:11 – What are generational demons? 40:55 – Are there any books that are hidden gems that you would recommend for someone returning to the faith? 49:02 – If we are unable to change our mind after death, then what’s the point of purgatory? …
11/9/20230
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#11406 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 09:01 – How do we know that the gospel writers were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? 21:22 – Can you explain what Opus Dei is and what it isn’t? 35:18 – What is modernism? 44:11 – My house was blessed, but I was living in mortal sin then. I’m no longer living in sin. Do I have to get my house blessed again? 49:35 – Were there other gospel writers apart from the four that we know of? …
11/9/20230
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#11405 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:48 – Will time and space end? 15:15 – How do we know what modesty is if it revolves around the culture? 31:41 – Why would God command Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Isn’t killing intrinsically evil? 41:52 – If a person is conditionally baptized, what happens to the mortal sin on their soul if they were already actually baptized in the original ceremony? 49:27 – If God wants to know each of us why doesn’t God reveal himself to everyone? …
11/8/20230
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#11404 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:02 – How do I respond to the claim that one has to receive communion in both species in order for it to be valid 12:30 – I’m a convert. How can I help my father overcome his challenges with Marian devotion? 29:21 – I heard that there were 300 texts that were being considered when compiling the bible. Is this true? 37:06 – What if you get drunk from communion wine? 43:22 – Why doesn’t the Church use eschatological language in its responses anymore? 51:22 – What are your thoughts about Lucifer Marian typology? …
11/8/20230
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#11403 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 05:24 – What’s the difference between, last right, unction, and extreme unction? 10:35 – Can a member of a different rite become pope? 17:14 – Did Constantine legalizing Christianity do more harm than good? 31:26 – Why was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized? Didn’t he already have the Holy Spirit? 38:57 – Did St Jerome replace the word repentance with do penance in the Vulgate to collect alms from people? 48:18 – What’s the limit when it comes to Marian devotion? …
11/7/20230
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#11402 Simple Steps to a Stronger Marriage - Dr. Ray Guarendi

Questions Covered: 17:41 – What do you do when your husband has never been romantic? The marriage is strong but there’s no romance. 29:22 – After you say I’m sorry, and the person says I don’t believe you. What can you do? 32:43 – My husband has been verbally abusive after he got sick after 23 years of marriage. Is it wrong for me to want to leave to be happy? 47:10 – How do you deal with your spouse if you differ with child rearing? 50:41 – How do I do a better job as a husband if I’m constantly being hurt after sharing? …
11/7/20230
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#11401 Is the Mass Really a Sacrifice? - Steve Ray

Questions Covered: 17:13 – What am I sacrificing while I’m at mass? 23:21 – Do we keep Jesus on the cross because he’s sacrificed for the sin of the past, present and future? 32:09 – When exactly does the sacrifice occur during the Mass? 35:12 – Does the Todah suggest that he had to institute the eucharist in order to fulfill the scripture? 42:13 – Three of my protestant friends converted to Catholicism thanks to Steve’s visit to Salem, OR. 44:04 – Why is it so important to determine that the mass is a sacrifice? Are we witnessing a miracle at every mass? 48:16 – I truly believe that it is a sacrifice. My husband is a deacon and a mystic and has encountered this sacrifice in a real way. 51:48 – Is the physical presence of Jesus actually present in the eucharist? …
11/6/20230
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#11400 Adoption - Kimberly Henkel

Questions Covered: 18:12 – What’s your perspective on how to respond to people in the prolife movement who say that the adoption system is broken? 23:40 – I’m in my 60’s, what can I do at my age? 33:20 – My daughter is adopted and has a wound of rejection. Do you have advice on how to help her? 41:10 – I’m an adoptee and have worked in the Juvenile justice system. The courts have a program called Court Appointed Special Advocates that helps as well. 44:56 – Are there foster care opportunities for medically fragile infants? 49:05 – How can adoption be made more of a first choice instead of second choice? …
11/4/20230
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#11399 Why Aren’t You Catholic? - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 04:45 – The scandals of the Church keep me away. Why did they reinstate Fr. Rupnik? 12:08 – I was raised protestant and am now Anglican. Sacraments and works are my stumbling blocks. 20:38 – All my social and business life is wrapped around Protestantism. It would take a lot to untangle myself. 30:39 – I’m having a hard time figuring out what teachings are infallible while going through the Catechism. This isn’t very clear in the Church. 42:31 – I’m impressed with the claim of apostolic succession. According to the Orthodox, apostolic succession was interrupted under Charlemagne in Catholicism. 47:16 – The Catholic Church says I have to prove that my divorce was legal? I don’t think that’s right but I am convinced that Catholicism is right. …
11/3/20230
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#11398 Open Forum - Mark Brumley

Questions Covered: 06:58 – Does Jesus have a soul? What’s the difference between a soul and a spirit? 16:12 – How would I respond to the argument that the Eucharist is symbolic while the person is using John 6 as evidence for this claim? 24:12 – I heard 1 Cor. 11:27-29 is no longer read at mass. Why is that? 32:20 – How can I get my infant baptized? There seems to be a lot of red tape. 37:15 – How does the Church know when a relic is authentic? 42:49 – Is there a need for us in heaven? If so, would that make heaven incomplete without us? 46:56 – Before mass begins at my parish, we are instructed to greet each other in the name of Jesus. Are we supposed to call each other Jesus? 49:17 – Why can’t the Church just baptize a teen now and have to wait till Easter? 52:21 – How would you debate sola scriptura using the bible? …
11/3/20230
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#11397 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:20 – Is everything stated at a council infallible? 11:13 – How can I be a faithful Catholic at a Catholic university where it’s not encouraged? 18:57 – Both the Parable of the talents in Matthew and parable of the pounds in Luke 19 read the same. Can you compare and contrast the meaning between those two? 24:40 – Why does the Catechism describe purgatory as a place of punishment instead of a place of healing? 38:00 – When Jesus sent the apostles out two by two, do we know where they went? 43:50 – How long does a plenary indulgence last after you receive it? 49:45 – How would we explain relics to a non-Catholic? …
11/2/20230
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#11396 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 02:50 – Could you explain why the virgin birth is not a logical contradiction?  07:02 – If you reject the idea of bilocation, what about Padre Pio?  14:30 – I’m an Atheist because of slavery in the bible. How can people of faith rationalize it?  18:06 – Rev. 20 What is the Church’s position on the Millennial reign referred to in Revelation 20?  22:51 – If you evangelize someone with invincible ignorance, are you putting them at risk of going to hell?  31:18 – Are former Catholics who left the Church for Protestantism condemned to hell?  35:04 – If worship is offering sacrifice, then do we not worship Jesus because we don’t offer a sacrifice to him?  37:26 – Did Jesus breathe on the apostles or were the tongues of fire at Pentecost? Comparing the accounts of John and Acts?  43:32 – Does God have accidents in the Aristotelian sense?  47:50 – Wouldn’t Jn 19:25 prove that the brothers of Jesus were actually extended relatives?  51:12 – Can you share some philosophically based resources for talking to Protestant friends and family on the difference between venerating saints rather than worshiping them?  …
11/2/20230
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#11395 The Communion of Saints - Karlo Broussard

Topic Covered: Cy and Karlo discuss the communion of saints in honor of the Solemnity of All Saints.  …
11/1/20230
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#11394 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 02:40 – Why do Orthodox have valid sacraments but the Anglicans don’t? 07:47 – How many prophets have been recognized by the Jewish people since Christ? 15:04 – If I was married in the Church but I said vows in a language that I didn’t know, would this be grounds for an annulment? 18:38 – Could you talk about the Moratorium fragment and how protestants use it to defend sola scriptura? 39:26 – Could you explain what Opus Dei is? 45:54 – What’s Mary’s birthday and where was she born? 49:57 – If Jesus was actually born on March 2 would it still be valid to celebrate his birthday? …
11/1/20230
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#11393 Ask a Priest - Fr. Paul Keller O.P.

Questions Covered: 08:40 – Was Mary free from venial sin as well? 16:08 – I’m a convert and my mother is really into crystals. How do I address this since she’s putting them up around the house? 22:10 – If a priest is in mortal sin, does it invalidate his sacraments? 33:31 – How is it that Mary remained a virgin if Matthew says, “she remained a virgin until the birth of Jesus?” 37:06 – Were Adam and Eve real or were they just symbolic? 47:44 – If you’ve been baptized once, does getting baptized again do anything? 50:56 – What is the biblical evidence for purgatory? …
10/31/20230
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#11392 Answering Orthodoxy - Michael Lofton

Questions Covered: 14:49 – A Greek Orthodox priest said to me that they didn’t break from us but we broke from them. What’s the response to this? 17:38 – Is there patristic evidence for adoration? 23:06 – Can you talk about created Grace? 32:05 – I’m considering converting to Orthodoxy because Mariology is excessive in the west. 36:22 – What’s the difference in the date of Easter between the east and the west? 43:02 – Could you address the difference in theology on Theosis? 46:17 – I had an Orthodox monk tell me that praying the rosary is not a good thing. How do I reply? …
10/31/20230
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#11391 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:02 – How do we know that relics are real? 11:58 – What book do you recommend giving to my atheist friend? 17:59 – Are demons going to enjoy being separated from God for all of eternity? 21:48 – How would you respond to the claim that the Church Fathers didn’t believe in transubstantiation? 36:50 – Is inflation immoral? 45:22 – Why do we no longer number bishops like we do popes? 47:25 – Is it worth debating Christians who claim that the church is really for abortion? 51:51 – What is my obligation to my adult children? Should I let them remain in ignorance in order to not ruin their chance of salvation? …
10/30/20230
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#11390 St. Augustine and His Confessions - Fr. Gregory Pine

Questions Covered: 31:28 – What is Augustine’s main obstacle to conversion? 35:06 – Why doesn’t Augustine mention anything about his concubine after his conversion? How did he deal with it? …
10/28/20230
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#11389 Why Are You Pro-Choice? - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 05:47 – I don’t believe that life begins at conception. 17:20 – I’m pro-choice because I believe in donor rights. 37:02 – Assuming Christian theology is based on natural law, nature carries out abortion frequently. 45:09 – I think women have a right to their own bodies. 47:21 – I want everyone to make the right choice. That’s why I’m pro-choice. 50:15 – I go back and forth in the case the case of rape. …
10/27/20230
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#11388 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 01:06 – Have you thought about exploring the assassination of the president of Ecuador in 1875 on Mysterious World? It’s said that he was killed by Freemasons. 04:35 – What is necessary for salvation? 14:42 – Are you familiar with Serapis Christus? Could you talk a little about him? 23:59 – What’s the difference between the authority of the catechism vs the code of canon law? 32:55 – What’s the proper definition of Sola Scriptura and what’s the best way to defend the faith against it? 43:42 – There seems to be a conflict with the two statements: World without end and on the last day. Can you help clarify? 47:14 – How do we properly understand predestination and free will? …
10/27/20230
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#11387 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:30 – When did priests start wearing clerics?  08:10 – Why is there a difference in presentation between fornication and adultery in the Old and New Testaments?  12:30 – Why do they consider Mary as the Immaculate Conception? Is it mainly because of the apparition in Lourdes and Mary identifying herself as so?  14:53 – Where does the long list of mortal sins come from?  22:45 – Why is there such animosity between the Freemasons and the Knights of Columbus?  30:02 – What is the reason Catholics are not taught to heal the sick, make blind men see or raise the dead?  32:37 – Why do eastern and western Catholics have different canon laws? Is canon law infallible?  37:08 – How do I approach my priest who doesn’t properly offer the words of absolution?  42:12 – Is it appropriate for me to use an old, damaged bible for crafts?  46:03 – Why would Mary have to be sinless?  …
10/26/20230
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#11386 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 03:25 – I want to be Catholic but I’m waiting on an annulment. It’s been 2 years and I feel like it’s never going to end. I feel left out.  19:00 – I have a hard time being a Catholic all the way because people in the Church don’t read the bible?  29:09 – Why does the Catholic Moral tradition exclude consent and stewardship?  41:20 – Is excommunication not applicable to pro-choice Catholic politicians?  …
10/26/20230
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#11385 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 09:20 – What is the extra biblical tradition that’s part of the deposit of faith? 32:15 – Does James 5 mean a mutual confession or a one-way confession? 42:56 – When did the pope become infallible? 49:09 – Is Judith canonical? …
10/25/20230
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#11384 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 03:39 – I’m protestant. What does the language of prayer intention mean? 04:55 – How do you as a former protestant, speaking in tongues? 15:12 – If angels can appear in dreams, can demons also appear to us in dreams? 21:52 – Do we Catholics believe that the eucharist is the physical flesh of Jesus? 36:21 – Did Mary’s Immaculate Conception give Mary a pre fall human nature or post fall human? 45:48 – How can I explain to a protestant that Jn.19:26-27 is Jesus give Mary to us and not just to John? 52:00 – How would you explain that the current Jews are the descendants of the original Israelites for the bible? …
10/25/20230
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#11383 Converting to Catholicism - Keith Nester

Questions Covered: 08:34 – What should I know before going to my first mass? 13:34 – What’s the most difficult thing for you today as being a Catholic? 18:05 – I’m having a hard time figuring out what I’m supposed to do at a Catholic mass? 23:00 – What am I missing as a former protestant and as a Catholic of 1.5 years.? 29:38 – Could you give me advice on how to communicate conversion to a spouse? 33:22 – My non-Catholic wife joins me to mass often. Usually in the beginning of those books in the pew you have the order of the mass. 35:23 – My daughter in college has been invited to a non-denominational church. What resources can I give her to help her rediscover her Catholic faith? 42:55 – My 2 sons have left the church. Where can I get that book? 49:58 – As a recent convert, how do you deal with possible regret? 51:10 – I’m discouraged in my journey to the Catholic faith. I just need advice. …
10/24/20230
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#11382 Overcoming Obstacles to Catholicism - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 01:29 – What evidence is there for Papal Supremacy? 10:53 – What is the difference between doctrine, dogma, and discipline? 18:01 – How do we as Catholics handle salvation by faith and works? 23:32 – If a priest is stripped of his faculties, would that invalidate any of the sacraments he performed? 30:48 – I’m not Catholic. I disagree with priestly celibacy. 39:48 – The Church seems to deny that Mary had a normal childbirth. Is there a reason for that? 46:28 – How do we properly defend the saints? 51:36 – How do I deal with someone who subscribes to the historical critical method of reading scripture? …
10/24/20230
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#11381 Overcoming Obstacles to Catholicism - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 06:15 – How do we know that the early Church didn’t arrange the NT in order to establish an organization for self-interests? 16:35 – Is forgiveness from sins only through a priest? 23:40 – How do you respond to this logic: Jesus says all who receive in body have eternal life, not everyone who receives communion has eternal life, therefore not everyone who receives the host is receiving Jesus body? 34:37 – What does it mean to make a general confession? How does one go about doing one? 41:25 – I think the title of Co-Redemptrix can lead people away. What are our thoughts on this title? 47:00 – How can I have people take me seriously and be heard in the Church? …
10/23/20230
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#11380 The Church in the News - Matthew E. Bunson

Questions Covered: 34:28 – It sounds like you guys are doing damage control for the Synod.  …
10/21/20230
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#11379 Living as Brother and Sister - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 20:27 – Where do annulments come into play when children are involved? 23:39 – My diocese requires a civil divorce before obtaining an annulment. What are your thoughts on this? 30:01 – Isn’t it true that if a person wasn’t married in a Church to a non-Catholic without a dispensation, it would make the marriage invalid? 34:02 – You’re right in saying that therapists will tell a couple to abstain to get in touch with the emotional component. 40:09 – How do I get my intimacy back with my husband now that we entered the brother and sister phase? 43:39 – I want to share my reason why I remained celibate. 46:29 – Wouldn’t it be more prudent to file for an annulment before a divorce in case the annulment is rejected? 50:59 – Some dioceses may reject an annulment while another will. Keep on trying! …
10/20/20230
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#11378 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:25 – What did Jesus mean when he called himself the Son of Man? 12:11 – What’s the best way to evangelize an 18-year-old? 16:33 – I tend to see recurring numbers that sometimes bother me. Should I as a Catholic not read into this? 28:41 – Can we assume that a person is in heaven if they receive an emergency baptism and die immediately afterwards? 35:00 – I’m considering getting a job at a coffee shop. Could I take the job if they don’t specify what charities they support? 40:47 – Is it okay to replace fasting with something else if you’re recovering from an eating disorder? 44:49 – How do I know when to take a sign from God seriously and how to discern what is and is not a sign? 49:34 – Did Christ’ deity die on the cross? …
10/20/20230
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#11377 Open Forum - Tom Nash

Questions Covered: 05:14 – Where did all the sects of Judaism come from in the time of Jesus and where did they get their authority? 10:37 – Intercessory pray and redemptive suffering How was St. Therese of Lisieux able to intercede for a person who was put to death and sway him if God cannot affect his free will? 16:51 – When did praying to Mary become a thing in Catholicism? 23:27 – How do I respond to the claim that if 2 popes contradict each other in ex cathedra statements, we are challenging divinely inspired teaching? In other words, do we do what we accuse protestants of doing? 31:40 – Why is it that the apocrypha aren’t accepted by the Jews, and why then do we accept them? 36:48 – I’m Methodist and my church just split because of female clergy. What does the Catholic Church say about female clergy? 44:12 – How should we treat the LGBT community? 50:03 – Is it better to pray in a church or in a chapel with the eucharist exposed? …
10/19/20230
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#11376 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 28:46 – Can God make the devil not exist? 33:01 – Does Joe think the pope in his magisterium can teach heresy? 43:12 – If God’s will is going to be done, why do we have to pray for one another? 50:04 – Is evolution compatible with Genesis? 53:17 – Why don’t Catholics believe in the rapture? …
10/19/20230
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#11375 Cardinal Burke on the Synod - Cardinal Raymond Burke

Topic Covered: Cy and Joe interview Raymond Cardinal Burke on the Dubia and the Synod on Synodality  …
10/18/20230
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#11374 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 22:00 – How does apostolic succession in Anglicanism and Orthodoxy affect the validity of their sacraments, especially the eucharist? 32:57 – I’m protestant and have been looking into Catholicism. What’s your advice for someone who is getting overwhelmed with so much information? 43:04 – Does a Church have a view on Christians being persecuted in Europe for not going along with the transgender movement? 50:38 – I don’t think only Catholics are going to heaven. All we need is to believe in Jesus and the Bible. …
10/18/20230
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#11373 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

13:27 – Is locker room talk and locker room behavior considered a mortal sin? 20:24 – When V2 allowed communion under 2 species and concelebration, were there other times before V2 when that was allowed? 28:23 – I’m in RCIA. Do you have advice for someone who is very concerned about the end time? 32:54 – As a lay Catholic I try to be witness to my faith. How can I best witness to my eastern orthodox friend? 38:59 – What does it mean to get consecrated? I’ve been reading St. Louis de Montfort’s consecration to Mary book? Is it possible to be consecrated to 2 or more saints? 43:21 – With all the chaos and war happening in the world, can we assume that we are in the tribulation? 46:47 – What is the pain like in Purgatory? …
10/17/20230
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#11372 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

10/17/20230
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#11371 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

10/16/20230
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#11370 Game Show - Karlo Broussard

Cy and Karlo welcome on contestants Amy and Jim to battle it out on the Catholic Answers Game Show  …
10/14/20230
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#11369 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 04:31 – In light of Romans 3, how could anyone outside of the Church be justified? 10:04 – Based on Matthew 24. can the faithful really be inadvertently lost? 14:15 – As a new convert who had poor RCIA, how should I move forward if I still don’t accept some teachings like the Immaculate Conception? 20:08 – Jn 6:55-66. Have you encountered arguments against this verse from protestants? 28:22 – Some Catholics argue that NFP should rarely be used. Do things that can be mitigated by prudence like financial stability count as grave reasons in justifying the use of NFP? 32:33 – Why do animals have to suffer? 40:00 – How do I talk to an atheist friend who doesn’t believe in souls? 44:35 – Are wearing crystals because they ‘give off good energy’ be considered the occult? 48:38 – What is the scriptural basis for baptism by desire? Could Jesus do something similar for those who can’t receive the Eucharist? 51:41 – The CCC says we come to know Jesus through the Holy Spirit. But how can we say that if the bible says we come to know him through the breaking of the break and the real presence of the Eucharist? …
10/13/20230
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#11368 How Do You Explain Death before the Fall? - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 01:05 – Is there any validity to the claim that the veil torn in the temple during the death of Christ was made by the Virgin Mary? 07:20 – My Orthodox friends consider ecumenism to be heresy. Why don’t we consider it so? 16:42 – Where can I find in the bible that the Catholic Church is the church that Jesus founded? 28:37 – Am I opening myself to the demonic world if I go to a haunted house? 34:06 – How does the Church explain death before the fall especially if Catholicism isn’t in tension with evolution? 42:08 – I’m not Catholic. My Catholic family always pushes Fatima. It doesn’t seem spectacular as they make it. Am I missing something? 50:53 – My religion teacher told us that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25th. Is this true? 53:18 – Why doesn’t the pope approve of Medjugorje? …
10/13/20230
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#11367 Do Animals Have Souls? - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 04:22 – I’ve heard of numerous protestant eucharistic miracles. Is this a possibility?  11:30 – How do I refute the claim that Rev 3:10 supports the rapture theory?  19:58 – How do we know that the writings of St. Ignatius of Antioch are reliable?  28:35 – Is there anyone I can work with to start getting Catholic content in audio format since I’m visually impaired?  37:23 – Is it immoral to check the box to say that you’ve read the terms and service of an agreement?  43:08 – You mentioned at the conference something about animals having souls. If they do, would it be wrong to euthanize my horse?  …
10/12/20230
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#11366 Ask Trent Anything - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: Joe – 06:03 – You were a huge impact on me and my journey from Calvinism to Catholicism. So thank you and never stop! Since converting, I’ve noticed when “Protestants argue like Atheists”, but I’ve also recently come to notice when “Protestants argue like Agnostics”. This usually happens when I bring up something in Scripture that denominations disagree on. The result is something like “Well, we can’t know for sure, so it’s best not to take a stance on it”, or “That’s not a main issue so I’m not going to judge anyone else for taking that stance, what’s important is that they have faith in Jesus.” Have you come across this, and how do you suggest furthing a conversation once it reaches that point?  16:28 – Trent, I hope you are doing well today! I had a question. I was going over your “Arguing Against Abortion” course at the School of Apologetics, and I was kind of confused about something and wanted to get some clarity! In Section VI. of the course: Answering Arguments from “Hard Cases”, when rape is mentioned here there is a part where the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services speaks of being able to “Defend herself against potential conception from the sexual assault.” Is this saying that a sort of “contraception” can be used to help prevent conception or the fertilization of the egg, and if so, is this an exception and not a rule? Also, Have you found it harder to defend the Catholic church’s view on contraception after arguing this point?  23:08 – What is a good, well rounded “elevator speech” for why be Catholic vs other Christian denominations? I’ve been trying to convert my non denominational brother and sister in law and every time I give them biblical proof or historical proof of their position being different than the early Christian’s – they don’t seem to care.  28:18 – Hello Trent, please strictly consider the text of Mark’s Gospel Chapter 9, verse 1. If Jesus really said the words attributed to him, does that mean Jesus’ second coming is a failed prophesy? In other words, that it’s safe to say the second coming is a prediction that never came true. Thank you!  32:08 – Hello Trent! Do you have any advice for a beginner apologist? Any advice on how to bring people to Christ through the intellectual side of Christianity, and do so with gentleness and respect? I know you do this very well, so I thought it would be worth asking. Thank you for all you do.  35:47 – How can we get a secular person to agree that using sex for something other than “babies and bonding” is a bad thing without appealing to religion? Most secular people I talk to about sexually disordered acts believe that using sex for something other than it’s natural purposes is morally irrelevant, and I’m not sure how to convince them otherwise without bringing in theology.  40:57 – Are nuclear weapons inherently evil? Do we as Catholics have a moral obligation to avoid working with or in companies that produce or manufacture nuclear weapons, or nuclear weapon support systems? Would you consider the proliferation of nuclear weapons a pro life topic like abortion?  45:47 – In a psychology course, we had an online discussion board assignment where we were given this dilemma: A man’s wife is terminally ill, but there is one drug that will cure her. However, this drug is extremely expensive and they can’t afford it. Would it be morally wrong for the man to steal the drug? How would you apply Catholic moral teaching to this situation? Personally, I would not want to risk the state of my soul by doing something even potentially wrong – stealing the drug – to cure a loved one. I was surprised that almost all the students said that it would NOT be wro…
10/12/20230
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#11365 Ask Trent Anything - Trent Horn

Questions Covered: 04:25 – What is the first thing you look for when you hear an argument for the opposing side? 07:20 – What’s the best way to explain why we need the Marian dogmas, and why Mary plays an important role for Catholics? 13:41 – What is the catholic stance on ghost apparitions? Can you be a faithful catholic and believe in ghosts? David – 20:55 – Why is the term ‘Christ’ frequently used in place of the name ‘Jesus’? Is not ‘Christ’ a title or a role (i.e., Messiah) rather than a name? Using the term ‘Christ’ seems to diminish Jesus’s full identity as fully man and fully God. 33:39 – Can you (Trent) please comment on what I think is a very underutilized apologetic argument against Protestantism: You can have sola scriptura and the perspicuity of scripture, you can have the epistle of James, you can have sola fide, BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE ALL THREE! And when one falls, they all fall. That’s the protestant three-legged stool. 41:58 – Could you answer why you believe reasonable people disagree? It’s hard to imagine why so many smart people debate topics like the ones you address and seemingly few of them budge. This question can easily be asked in other areas like politics, and science. 48:19 – Can you respond to the atheist “unintelligent design” argument? …
10/11/20230
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#11364 Was Hitler Catholic? - Tom Nash

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 06:55 – What are your thoughts on the apparent contradiction in the policy of the Vatican that says women have to be dressed modestly but it’s filled with naked statues? 14:20 – How should I love someone who has a different viewpoint than I do? 17:59 – How does suffering of living family members affect family members that have passed? 22:50 – Why did Jesus stay at the temple when Mary and Joseph lost him? 31:14 – My daughter in college took a history course that said Hitler was Catholic in order to associate Catholicism with evil. Was he Catholic? 37:11 – What is the role of new miracles if public revelation is closed? 42:42 – How can I counter protestants who say that you need to believe in order to be baptized? 50:30 – If I get my child baptized through the Baptist church, would the Catholic Church be required to accept it? 53:01 – I’m a new Christian. Luke 9:50 and Luke 11:23 seem to contradict on those who are not with us. Can you clarify this for me? …
10/11/20230
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#11363 Why Do Catholics Make Graven Images - Trent Horn

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 06:20 – What is the Catholic understanding of imputed righteousness vs infused righteousness? 17:06 – Is it wrong to say praying with the saints instead of praying to the saints? 23:40 – How can I support my nephew who is changing genders from a Catholic perspective? 37:23 – Why do Catholics keep making idols/statues/icons/graven images, when God specifically asked you not to make graven images? 42:37 – How do we know that God hasn’t moved on from the Catholic Church like he did with the Jewish faith? 48:10 – How do we have faith in the current situation in the Holy Land? 52:26 – How come Jesus is from the tribe of Judah and his cousin John was from the tribe of Levi? …
10/10/20230
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#11362 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Karlo takes questions from our dropped calls list …
10/10/20230
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#11361 Dropped Calls Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Karlo takes questions from our dropped calls list …
10/9/20230
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#11360 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:28 – Does the Holy Spirit have chromosomes since the Holy Spirit came over Mary and she became pregnant with Jesus?  03:26 – Did Zoroaster Fulfill all of the prophecies for a savior hundreds of years before Jesus did?  10:55 – Does time always move forward, and is there time in heaven?  18:44 – I’ve been listening to a lot of stories on Bigfoot and aliens lately. What are The Church’s teachings in regard to these types of creatures/sightings?  21:56 – We are not supposed to spread ashes of the deceased, but relics of saints are spread far and wide. Is there a reason for these seemingly illogical practices?  28:17 – What sacraments can Angels administer? And can they confect the sacraments? We know the Angel at Fatima gave the children communion. I’ve also heard of an angel that had heard confession for someone and was disguised as a priest. (Not sure how true that one is though.)  35:57 – Why do Muslim woman cover their heads, and Mary and Elizabeth covered their heads, but CHRISTIAN women these days do not. (I’m certainly not campaigning for Christian women to wear hijabs. I was just wondering.)  51:53 – What are we to make of the “sword of St. Michael” — the straight line of seven monasteries, all of them built on a mountain or tall hill, and stretching from Ireland to Israel? Each monastery was built in a different time by different people, and yet they all appear to line up perfectly, as if by design. *Was* it by design? And if so, whose, and to what end?  …
10/7/20230
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#11359 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:47 – In John 10:16, is it possible that Jesus was referring to extraterrestrial life when He said “And I have sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.”?  07:37 – Hypothetically, if there was a global religious catastrophe and all clergy members were killed except one priest, would that priest automatically become the pope? And follow up: if all the clergy were killed, how would the faithful go about rebuilding the church given that there are no priests/bishops left to ordain new members?  16:00 – Is it possible that my dog is actually my guardian angel who is temporarily in the form of a dog?  17:51 – I think about the doctrine of Divine simplicity and the afterlife. If God is not made of any parts, what are we going to see when in heaven? Or what is he going to reveal to us if he is so simple.  19:37 – I heard that Lucifer’s rebellion was that God revealed the Incarnation of the Son, for which he refused to serve a man. Does that mean it wasn’t revealed that God is Trinitarian? I’m assuming that because God is omnipresent, the Son is God and is man.  21:33 – What are your thoughts on spontaneous human combustion? Is there evidence it’s happened, and what would be a possible explanation for it?  28:35 – What evidence is there that humans matured earlier in life in Christ’s time?  33:48 – What would the moral implications be of joining an expedition to colonize Mars or other planet, knowing that there would not be access to any sacraments indefinitely?  38:44 – If Christ made a visit to all continents together with Joseph, Mary, and the apostles (just like a Papal visit) before He was crucified, would the world have become Christians?  42:52 – Did Jesus have opinions? Such as having a favorite food or favorite color? Would these be the results of random biology and environment as He grew up?  48:00 – If an animal (let’s say a dolphin) were artificially made more intelligent, like to a human level, would that dolphin be able to be baptized? Would it be basically a human with regards to the afterlife? If not, what change would be required to make an animal into a person? How would this be the same or different from a scenario where we discover intelligent space aliens?  52:50 – What happened to the Holy prepuce?  …
10/6/20230
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#11356 When You Pray - Edward Sri

Questions Covered: 14:23 – How am I supposed to get answers from God or my guardian angel? 20:37 – When I pray sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself. How do I approach prayer while feeling like God is listening? 33:21 – How do we do mental prayer correctly? 38:06 – Why does the Our Father say “lead us not into temptation?” It makes it sound like God is the cause of our temptation. The Spanish version doesn’t translate the same? 48:17 – Could you elaborate more on Pope Benedict’s prayer that you just quoted? Where can we find it? 49:46 – Could you talk about how important it is to just “show up” when it comes to prayer life? …
10/5/20230
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#11355 Scriptural Apologetics - John Martignoni

Questions Covered: 18:51 – Jn. 10:16 If there are other sheep, where else would they have heard of Jesus? 21:46 – Since Matthew 1:25 says that Joseph did not have relations with Mary until the birth of Jesus, does this mean Mary wasn’t a perpetual virgin? 26:45 – Where is purgatory in the bible? How do you respond to the claim once saved always saved? 34:21 – If the bible has contradictions, can I still believe it is the inspired word of God? 38:55 – Wisdom 14:17 says they weren’t supposed to make images of the king to honor. Does this mean we Catholics aren’t supposed to make images of saints to honor? 45:16 – I know there are a lot of different views on when the actual day Jesus was born. With that in mind, when is Jesus’ birthday? 47:23 – Will your book be available in audiobook format? 50:27 – Does the bible say that salvation only comes through the Catholic Church, or can it be attained through other denominations? …
10/4/20230
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#11354 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 07:44 – What’s the morality of espionage? Resource mentioned: https://stpaulcenter.com/06-nv-10-2-petri-wahl/ 15:55 – If the Church is pro-life then what does the Church make of politicians who contradict her teachings? 23:29 – I teach RCIA and received this question: How was the second pope elected? 28:57 – What book can I give my Southern Baptist friend who has been asking about Catholicism? 34:50 – By what authority can people of other religions perform exorcisms according to the Church? 44:20 – Does the bible ever say to pray to anyone other than God? 52:56 – My daughter transitioned, and I’m really worried about her soul. What can I do to help undo the spiritual damage caused by this sin? …
10/4/20230
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#11353 What Happens to the Soul after Receiving the Eucharist? - Tim Staples

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 05:12 – How was the rosary invented? 14:10 – Are there any quotes of Marian apparitions where she affirms Jesus coming in the flesh? 18:25 – What can one do if they can’t intellectually embrace the Marian dogmas? 38:07 – My boyfriend and I are struggling with chastity, what advice can you give me? 47:12 – What happens to the soul after receiving the Eucharist? How long does Christ’ presence last? …
10/3/20230
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#11352 Catholics in Exile - Scott Hahn

Cy sits down with Dr. Scott Hahn for a special interview episode. …
10/3/20230
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#11351 Politics and Christianity - Chad Pecknold

In this special interview episode, Cy sits down with Dr. Chad Pecknold to discuss Politics and Christianity. …
10/2/20230
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#11350 Screen Time: Catholics and Film - Steven D. Greydanus

Cy and Deacon Greydanus discuss the multiverse in the MCU. …
9/30/20230
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#11349 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 04:41 – What are your thoughts on a Catholic going to Evangelical Bible schools? 14:03 – Is it okay to call Mary Co-Redemptrix? 30:46  – I’m Protestant but love the Catholic Church. Couldn’t there be a revival that brings all the Churches together into one Church? 43:01 – Sometimes in the Bible Jesus tells people not to tell others about a healing. Why would he do that? …
9/29/20230
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#11348 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered:  03:08 – If God said Abraham’s covenant on Circumcision was everlasting, why would the church’s teaching change?    11:33 – What advice would you give someone who is in a Protestant marriage, but is consider becoming Catholic?  16:42 – Does God write the 10 commandments on tablets in Exodus 34 similar to Exodus 20?  22:48 – Why did Christ need to die for my sins when I’m forgiven through Baptism and Confession?   29:19 – Do Guardian Angels have free will? If so, does this impact my prayers?  34:14 – Do we already have our resurrected body back when we die since we are outside of time?   37:26 – Is there dangers in reading Pagan literature?   45:25 – What advice can you give someone as a starting point for understanding the Catholic Faith?   49:35 – Were Adam and Eve created with a sinful nature prior to the fall? …
9/29/20230
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#11347 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered:  05:27 – Can secular music glorify God?  07:59 – Can a Catholic watch anime even though there are pagan influences?   14:15 – Is it okay for Catholics to read Protestant bibles?   21:50 – How can I make sense of the bible verse “there are no male or females in Heaven” when we believe humans are both body and soul?  29:44 – What are mortal sins?   32:34 – Who is seated at Jesus’s right and left hand in the Kingdom?  34:48 – How can praying for the dead change the state of the soul?  40:40 – Do you have recommendations on how to politely disengage from an apologetic discourse?  42:49 – What is some advice you would give to someone who has accepted Salvation, but has a heart that is stuck in a sinner mindset?  51:35 – Why would St. Michael be asked to be honored?   …
9/28/20230
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#11346 The Beauty of the Mass - Fr. Michael Rennier

Questions Covered: 28:51 – You’re only talking about the Latin Mass, are you saying that the Latin Mass is the only worthwhile one? 34:19 – In the penitential rite, are we supposed to make the sign of the cross? 36:30 – Why do you keep your thumb and forefinger together after the consecration? 38:24 – Why do we sit, stand and kneel during mass? 46:31 – Why don’t some parishes ring the bells during the consecration? Is it optional? 50:31 – Is the tabernacle open during the Latin Mass? If so, is that why the priest has his back to the people? 53:10 – What’s the difference between the Latin Mass, New Mass and Byzantine Mass? …
9/28/20230
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#11345 Addiction and Healing - Scott Weeman

Questions Covered; 12:34 – I had an addiction and I surrendered it to the Lord. 21:52 – I’m a huge fan of CIR! 29:15 – I heard the 12 steps don’t have the best success rate. Does CIR have any stats to show for their success rate? 31:47 – In March I’ll be 49 years sober. I can’t consume the host at mass and only take a sip from the chalice. What do you recommend I do? 36:26 – Is Marijuana a gateway drug? 40:55 – My devout Catholic friend is in denial about her alcoholism. How can I approach her to seek help? …
9/27/20230
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#11344 I Want to Be Catholic but I Don’t Want to Let Go of the Divine Liturgy - Karlo Broussard

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 02:43 – Why didn’t God just open back up the gates of heaven after the Fall? Were Adam and Eve meant to live forever? 13:36 – How can sabbath be symbolic in Genesis if he speaks of it elsewhere as a literal 24 hour period? 21:36 – What’s the Church’s position on boycotting organizations like Disney or Target? 31:04 – What is the nature of the resurrected body of Jesus? He was able to eat but also bilocated and other things 36:08 – Is everything that the Church requires us to believe found in the Catechism? 41:08 – My Lutheran friend says that the Lutherans that the Catholics dialogue with are Satanists. What is the Church’s view on this? 48:53 – I want to become Catholic but I have a hard time letting go of Eastern Orthodoxy. How do I give up the Divine Liturgy when it feels like a step down? …
9/27/20230
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#11343 Can Someone Sell Their Soul to the Devil? - Tim Staples

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 05:12 – My neighbor is passing away and I think she is Catholic. I don’t know her very well. How would I approach her? 07:45 – Did the stories in the Old Testament actually happen? 15:25 – What Jewish sources are there for Mary and Joseph’s legal betrothal? 20:35 – During Mass when the priest or altar server crosses the altar they look at the altar and bow, shouldn’t they be looking at the tabernacle? 28:44 – Can someone actually sell their souls to the devil? If so, can they get it back? 36:22 – What do Catholics believe about salvation by grace alone vs with works? 46:50 – I’m starting OCIA. How do I respond to the claim that I cannot convert because I was born Jewish and will forever be Jewish? …
9/26/20230
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#11342 Ask a Priest - Fr. Samuel Keyes

Questions Covered: 05:00 – How do we have free will in heaven and are also prevented from sinning? 11:47 – Can I consume the Eucharist Saturday vigil, and Sunday Morning and Sunday afternoon? 17:32 – Can a person who was in civil marriage that is now divorcing, receive communion? 22:39 – Can the devil be present in a chapel where Jesus is present? 29:16 – Is the Pope metaphorically the bishop of Rome or is he actually in charge of the diocese of Rome? 34:11 Can a child be baptized if only one parent wants them baptized? 43:01 – Why does the eucharistic prayer say “The blood is poured out for many” and not all? 46:57 – Why do we worship on Sundays? Where do we find that? …
9/26/20230
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#11341 The Feminine Genius - Simone Rizkallah

Questions Covered: 31:45 – How do we present veils as empowering? 42:48 – The rise of Catholic women biblical scholars has been such a great contribution. 47:36 – I would say that the blessed mother was the first to see Jesus after the resurrection, not Mary Magdalene. 48:40 – How do you think Catholic theology will develop around womanhood? …
9/25/20230
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#11340 Questions from Society 315 - Joe Heschmeyer

9/23/20230
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#11339 The Eucharist Is Really Jesus - Joe Heschmeyer

9/22/20230
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#11338 Live from the Catholic Answers Conference - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 01:43 – How would I help a friend return to the faith when their objection is that the Church won’t accept homosexuality? 07:16 – Can we as Catholics pray and promote imprecatory prayer? 15:06 – Is it possible for there to be a created Trinity? 18:22 – How do we understand death before the fall? 21:04 – How can God soften someone’s heart without interfering with free will? 28:44 – If Mary was without sin, what are we to make of what happened to her, especially in the upper room during Pentecost? 33:44 – Can God take prayers and apply them to someone who has committed suicide? 40:35 – In the Collect at mass, sometimes it ends with “one God,” and others omit those words, is there a reason for that? 45:21 – Why is the sin against the Holy Spirit unforgivable but not the Son? Why is there a difference in the treatment for the Holy Spirit? 51:53 – How would you describe Christ’ state of grace? …
9/22/20230
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#11337 Live from the Catholic Answers Conference - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:01 – what’s the sin of presumption according to a Catholic vs a Protestant? 10:01 – How did the Franco-Prussian war affect Vatican 1 ending early? 13:56 – Why is yoga ok to practice? 20:45 – How was Pope Linus appointed and how did the process of electing popes develop? 29:28 – What happened to the Holy Spirit that we received in the sacraments after we commit sins? 37:29 – Science evidence now shows that we can predict a person’s choice. Does this affect our understanding of free will and predestination? 47:08 – Are there levels in heaven? 52:45 – Why was Jesus so harsh to the Canaanite woman in Mt. 15:21-28? …
9/21/20230
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#11336 The Why’s of Catholic Belief - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 04:53 – Why do we venerate relics? 10:45 – Why are there 2 different versions of the bible, one with 66 and the other 73 books? 15:53 – Why does Jesus refer to himself as Son of Man? 22:45 – Why doesn’t 1. Tim say anything about priests? 33:03 – Why does God order people to kill others in the Old Testament but also says don’t kill in the 10 commandments? 45:25 – Why do we separate bodies for relics but we can’t separate the cremated remains of loved ones? 52:33 – Why are Catholics always quoting CS Lewis when he was never Catholic? …
9/21/20230
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#11335 Church Fathers and the Visible Church - Joshua Charles

Questions Covered: 14:28 – How do we know historically that the pope exercised authority over the eastern churches?  23:19 – When was Greek introduced into the liturgy? How long after was it replaced by Latin?  30:12 – What’s the best way to sift through all the intellectual language when digging into the Catholic faith? Do you have resources?  39:25 – How would you address the Apostasy with a Mormon?  45:45 – How do I move from rationalizing my faith to feeling and experiencing my faith?  51:03 – Is there any evidence in the Church Fathers about the Blessed Mother?  …
9/20/20230
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#11334 How Are Images and Icons Not Idolatry? - Tim Staples

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 13:07 – In John it mentions 7 miracles. Did Jesus perform more miracles than recorded since Nicodemus recalls many miracles early on? 15:42 – What evidence do we have that the deuterocanonical books are a part of the original bible? 24:33 – Is Elijah in heaven? 34:06 – Does protestant baptism incorporate others into the Catholic Church? 45:15 – How are images and icons not idolatry? …
9/20/20230
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#11333 Ask a Priest - Fr. Paul Keller O.P.

Questions Covered: 04:05 – During the liturgy of the Eucharist in the Dominican Rite, why does the priest extend his arms in the shape of a cross? 13:20 – How do we approach “Bene-vacantism?” 21:45 – How do we define works? How do we defend the sacraments as works in a negative light? 41:52 – How do I explain the immaculate conception to protestants without it going against their understanding of the atonement? 47:51 – Am I obligated to forgive a perpetrator who has not asked for forgiveness? …
9/19/20230
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#11332 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 06:38 – I’m in RCIA. Why is “I believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church” in the Nicene Creed? I still have a hard time reciting that part. 32:35 – What’s the difference between Catholic and Roman Catholic? 39:28 – I’m a former Mormon. How do we know that the Apostasy never happened? 47:16 – I’m in RCIA. I don’t understand why some people receive just the host and others the host and the chalice. Can you explain? …
9/19/20230
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#11331 Open Forum for Non-Catholics - Michael Lofton

Questions Covered: 04:39 – If Jesus and his disciples were baptizing but the Spirit had not been given, how would regenerative baptism be understood? 11:44 – Was the rosary as important to Catholics prior to the Fatima apparitions? 18:57 – My biggest hang up is that the Church always quotes themselves. 29:06 – Why and how did these big schisms between Catholic and Protestant occur? 36:42 – Why can’t I receive communion at a Catholic church? 42:57 – Why is it so important to Catholics to be married before physical intimacy? 44:55 – Mater Dei Why should a person choose Catholicism over Protestantism? 47:48 – I married a Catholic and we divorced. If they excommunicated her, why would this affect our children? 51:32 – Was the difference between veneration and praying to? …
9/18/20230
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#11330 Could You Explain What the American Shadow Magisterium Is? - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 01:03 – Is Charlemagne a saint in the Catholic Church? 03:27 – You’ve said that God can’t make one plus one equal three, can you elaborate more on that? 14:27 – What are your thoughts on Dr. Michael Heiser’s work on the Divine Council theology? 21:54 – If Elijah and Enoch didn’t die, then where are their bodies? 33:12 – Could you explain what the American Shadow Magisterium is? 46:56 – How does one respond to the claim that there was a God thousands of years ago but there’s no sign of him today? 52:14 – Can the consecration be done outside of mass? Do you always have to consecrate both? …
9/16/20230
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#11329 Is the Catechism Infallible? - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 04:44 – What are the best strategies to deal with Calvinist objections? 13:44 – What is proper etiquette during Mass for a protestant looking to convert? 19:15 – Why does Mark have a shorter and longer ending? 25:06 – What can you tell me about Gematria and how serious I should take it? 36:24 – Did Catholics have something equivalent to the Christian crusaders? Do you think we will ever need something like that again? 42:14 – Is the Catechism infallible? 46:48 – How long was Joseph in Jesus’ life? 51:02 – When does one become culpable if they don’t follow the Catholic faith? …
9/15/20230
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#11328 Are Catholics and Protestants Cousins in Faith? - Jim Blackburn

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 03:31 – What do we see before we die? 15:01 – How should a Catholic working at a Catholic school respond to people pushing the pronouns thing? 20:13 – Normally the sins of a father are not imputed to the son, so why is original sin an exception? 29:35 – What are your thoughts on a person who leaves the Catholic faith as a teenager and converts to Islam? 36:21 – Do Catholics consider Protestants cousins in the faith or are they viewed as though they are all going to hell? 48:06 – I’m in RCIA. Reconciliation, Holy Orders, Marriage were covered today but what do you think would have been important to cover those topics? …
9/15/20230
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#11327 A Parents Responsibility to Financially Support Adult Children - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 05:13 – Some people interpret the giving of authority in Mt. 18 to the apostles and others to the whole Christian community. What is the right interpretation? 14:28 – If Mary carried Jesus, how was he affected? Since Moses was affected and looked different when he received the 10 commandments, why didn’t Mary look different when She carried Jesus? 18:17 – What is the Church perception of the founding of the United States compared to the Protestant view? 24:04 – How would the Thomist view on eternal universal not contradict the unmoved mover? 31:14 – What field in the apologetics world needs more work? 43:33 – What are your thoughts on Fr. Altman’s video denying that Pope Francis is the real pope? 47:44 – How much financial support should a Catholic parent help their adult child with?   …
9/14/20230
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#11326 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 05:10 – “Catholics, could you give me an example of taking veneration too far, improperly worshiping a saint?” 09:52 – Paul says that a bishop should be “husband of one wife.” Does this argue against priestly celibacy? 14:52 – Do you think that a near-perfect image of the Trinity is found in human beings as mind-body-soul composites? 18:03 – Could you expound on Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 119:5? 37:30 – Is it wrong to go to confession if you are not a Catholic? 47:46 – My friend is Catholic but married a Muslim and converted to Islam, will she still go to heaven? 51:29 – Is there a good commentary on the Nicene creed? 52:48 – What are Joe’s thoughts on the visions/prophecies of Fatima? …
9/14/20230
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#11325 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 06:33 – What proof do we have that Mary remained a virgin?  22:34 – What is grace? It seems to mean different things in different contexts.  29:20 – Why do some Protestants think that the King James Version of the Bible is the best or only reliable translation, and how could I show them it’s not?  36:42 – Why aren’t people immediately healed when they receive the Eucharist, like the woman who touched his garment?  40:43 – How could the Son be only-begotten but also not created?  46:27 – CCC 1938 mentions “sinful inequalities that affect millions of men and women.” Is it talking about inequality itself, or is it more about the many people that are in great poverty?  …
9/13/20230
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#11324 Internet Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 04:23 – When Jesus sent out the 72 disciples in pairs of two, what was the gospel they preached? Jesus hadn’t yet suffered, died, risen, or ascended, and he hadn’t even proclaimed the fullness of his teachings yet, nor had he instituted the Eucharist or sent the Holy Spirit – so what was their “good news?” 07:53 – Why does God permit the damnation of souls He created? 10:47 – Did the Donner party commit unrepentant mortal sin? 18:55 – Is there a word in English that rhymes with Orange? 20:03 – Who is Joseph in this prayer? “Lord God, who left us the signs of your Passion on the Holy Shroud in which your most holy body was wrapped when you were lowered from the cross by Joseph, grant us, most loving Lord, that by your holy death and burial and by the sorrows and sufferings of your holy Mother Mary, our Lady, that the souls in Purgatory may be brought to the glory of the resurrection where you live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.” 23:08 – But how do you tell if something is the will of God versus the will of another human being imposed upon you? 28:36 – Is there a definitive theology concerning wealth, and if not, why not? 33:02 – Help me out with the elusive “hold hands/orans posture” vs. no change in posture during the Our Father for the laity. If both are allowed now, what would be the reason in favor of doing the hand hold/orans posture? 44:49 – I would be interested in your thoughts on the late paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (husband-and-wife demonologist/clairvoyant trance medium, allegedly employed by the Catholic church on occasion). They remain part of popular culture thanks to the “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring” films. 49:01 – How can we counter Protestants who name the same tired insults regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of God as well as the false claims that we worship her? 51:55 – Why do Catholics all shake hands at the reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus? …
9/13/20230
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#11323 Internet Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Open Forum – Questions Covered: 6:14 – What do you make of the statement in 1 Maccabee 12:21 and it’s accuracy? Could the Greek demonym Danaans be for members of the tribe of Dan, so that some Greeks were once Jews? 14:49 – I understand a common answer on Catholic Answers is that the era of “public revelation” ended with the death of the Apostle John. Any further revelation is considered “private” and not binding to the faithful. My question is, “Why?” Wouldn’t the era public revelation have ended with the Ascension of Christ? If not – and original apostles could add to public revelation, then why not their disciples, and the disciples of their disciples, etc.? 20:06 – I have several follow-up questions to Michael’s question: In Lamentabili Sane, Pope Pius X condemned the following proposition (#21): “Revelation, constituting the object of the Catholic faith, was not complete with the Apostles.” Was there any magisterial precedence for this condemnation? After the publication of Lamentabili Sane, many theologians restated the condemned proposition as a positive statement: “Revelation was completed with the death of the last apostle.” But in more recent years, some theologians are stepping back from that positive statement. If Public Revelation did not end with the death of the last apostle, is there a definite time, event, or condition which closed the era of Revelation? Could you walk us through the steps to show how “Revelation was completed with the death of the last apostle” is not infallible teaching, if that is the case? Thanks in advance! 28:56 – Could the intro to the gospel of John be discussing the pre-incarnate Christ? I’ve heard this as an opinion held by some. Note that the verses talk about Jesus coming into his own before in verses 10 through 13, before announcing he became flesh in Verse 14. Is this a plausible interpretation? Did any of the fathers hold it? 36:37 – The book of Jonah: history or parable? 42:30 – When Jesus performed various miracles in the gospels, why did He tell the recipients not to tell anyone what He had done? Why did He want His miraculous deeds to be kept secret? 47:23 – Could God create a rock too heavy for him to lift? 50:15 – When the stone was rolled back from the tomb, what became of the cord and seal? …
9/12/20230
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#11322 Bioethics - Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Questions Covered: 15:26 – Would these synthetic embryos be soulless when they become full grown adults? 23:53 – Do the scientists who work on the embryos consider them humans or just scientific objects? 31:10 – Doesn’t anyone believe in the healing power of God instead of just depending on science? 37:25 – How are we supposed to think about it philosophically if humans create other humans and whether they have souls? 42:35 – If life begins at conception, then how does one enforce laws around miscarriages? 46:26 – Could plan B be ethical if you take the approach of self-defense in a situation of rape? 50:17 – Why would it be unethical to end a life if the quality of life is low? …
9/12/20230
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#11321 Sharing the Good News - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Questions Covered: 11:28 – My cousins don’t go to church anymore. What’s the best way to share the gospel with them? 16:36 – Would you consider making the appeal to get the tabernacle to be placed at the center of the Church to help restore faith? 29:35 – I’m a new Catholic. What are the best practices to start evangelizing? 35:20 – How can we best evangelize in a difficult situation at a funeral? 42:30 – What’s a good starting point when talking about Catholicism? 45:52 – Thank you for sharing the beautiful message to the caller at the funeral. 52:47 – Why do some churches say the Nicene Creed, and some say the Apostles Creed? …
9/11/20230
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#11320 Your Bible Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 2:04 – Does the bible imply Judas is damned based on Mt. 26:24, Mt. 19:28 and others? 8:34 – I’m reading The Lost Page by Joe Morris. How true is it that we’re missing the last part of the Gospel of Mark? 21:28 – If the bible does not allow divorce, then wh