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#10768 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 01:06 – Why should I go to a Catholic Church when the non-denominational church that I like going to is also preaching the truth?  07:00 – Are there any Catholic alternative voices that support a minimalistic approach to natural law?  13:50 – How do we reconcile the discrepancy in Matthew and Luke regarding when the birth of Christ occurred?  21:08 – Where in the bible does it say that we are wounded by original sin and not totally depraved?  34:55 – If a person was baptized later in life and had committed terrible sins, would baptism remove the need for purgatory for those sins?  37:09 – What genre of literature in the book of Genesis?  42:46 – The Baltimore Catechism says that in order to enter heaven you have to get to know, love and serve God. Which of the three is most important?  46:13 – How do we reconcile Adam and Eve and the evolution of homo sapiens?  …

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Aug 19
#10767 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:48 – How do I respond to Mormons whenever they go back to having good feelings about the Book of Mormon? How do I get past that roadblock?  12:14 – What is the official teaching on the eucharist and the sacrifice?  17:11 – Is it true that the Roman canon of the Mass can’t change? If this is true, how can St. Dominic and St. Ambrose be in it?  21:02 – Is it proper to say that Mary is the dwelling place of the Holy Trinity?  23:59 – I’m a lapsed Catholic, how to overlook current Church politics and scandals in order to come back to the Church?  37:53 – How do we explain children who have memories of a past life?  48:25 – Did God give a divinely inspired tradition to the Jews like he did to the Church? If not, why not? If He did, Why would He allow it to be corrupted enough for Jesus to criticize it?  …

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Aug 18
#10766 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 08:57 – What were the differences between Pharisees and the Sadducees? Are they comparable to Catholics and Protestants?    15:15 – I’ve returned to the Church and I want a list of books you recommend. Which Catechism should I get?  17:50 – Does your guardian angel finish your prayers if you fall asleep? Are people only their specific religion because that’s how they were raised?  29:56 – What are your thoughts on the idea that the founding principles of America are anti-Catholic?  35:57 – I’m in a long conversation with my protestant friend. How do I help soften their position and bias against Catholicism?  42:05 – Can you critique my argument for the Immaculate Conception that I want to present to my parents?  47:53 – What would you say is the most compelling argument for God that is not a Thomistic argument?  Can you provide an explanation of the moral argument?  53:00 – How do we prove Mary’s virginity?  …

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Aug 18
#10765 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 08:51 – My friend told me that there’s a vision of Mary currently happening. She said that Mary is saying to stock up on nuts, honey and blessed grapes. Are you familiar with it? Is this a valid apparition? 16:30 – Did the Church have all 73 books of the bible after the council of Rome in c.398 AD? 21:30 – Why bother evangelizing to my protestant family if Christ is the center of their lives? 32:41 – How can you ask Mary to pray for you if she is a human being who has passed on? Do Catholics think you can talk to the dead? 35:20 – How can you ask Mary to pray for you if she is a human being who has passed on? Do Catholics think you can talk to the dead? 43:12 – Why are certain sexual acts not allowed in marriage, specifically sodomy? 49:38 – How do I explain to my protestant friends that Jesus gave Peter primacy in authority and not to the entire Church? …

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Aug 17
#10764 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 01:42 – How do I show my protestant friends that there are more than 2 sacraments?  10:10 – I don’t think God could have saved us in any other way. Is there evidence for that?  20:15 – Who were the sons of God in Genesis?  32:00 – How do I build up trust in people after many years of not trusting others?  43:03 – I’m reading a book on exorcisms and a demon claimed that Mary is powerful. If he is a liar, could he be lying about that?  48:20 – My little sister came out of the closet. How can I help her and bring her to the truth?  …

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Aug 17
#10763 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 03:55 – Is it possible for sacramentals to have the same graces as sacraments? Can we make our own sacramentals?  13:45 – I’m protestant. What is the Catholic doctrine on the atonement?  19:10 – Why are some Catholics not supportive of the Catechism?  24:30 – How could we claim that the Church’s teaching were infallible if the early Christians believed that Christ would come back in their lifetime?  32:30 – How can Mary be a co-redemptrix if Jesus is the one who redeemed us?  42:05 – I’m a teacher and was tasked to teach on race and gender in a liberal school. How do I approach this as a Catholic?  49:37 – With a lack of catechesis in different parts of the world, is there an effort to bring materials in the native languages to remote parts of the world?    51:49 – How do we know whether a vision or visionary/prophet is really happening? How do we know if God is actually speaking to them?  …

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Aug 16
#10762 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 01:14 – How do you answer a former Mormon regarding how the church has so much money and distributes it? Why don’t they give more of it to the needy?  07:30 – Could you share your thoughts on Sirach 42:14 “Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; and it is a woman who brings shame and disgrace”? A friend said it should not be in scripture because it is “anti-Christian”.  12:43 – I heard that when we read about Abraham, we don’t read it literally. But how do we fill the gaps specifically in regard to his age?  17:09 – I have protestant friends who ask me, how can you discern sacred tradition from the tradition of man?  22:18 – Did the early Church have anything to say about abortion and same-sex marriage?  29:16 – Could sports be a sanctifying act?  42:39 – Why do we not have the same belief on the Eucharist as with Protestants? And why do we have the body and blood and they don’t?  48:33 – Protestant objections to Mary  …

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Aug 16
#10761 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 11:25 – What is the difference between the Father ‘begetting’ the Son and the Father ‘willing’ the Son?  22:18 – Which approved miracles could I use in conversation with an atheist when discussing evidence for God?  29:00 – Can you explain how the Sacraments work? Especially confession.  34:08 – In the bible there is a verse that says all you need is to believe in Jesus. But Catholics think baptism saves you. How do you reconcile these two things?  36:59 – In an emergency can a non-Catholic confess their sins to a priest?  43:24 – Who were the elders in the early Church and what is their equivalent today?  48:26 – Why is Lucifer’s name changed to Satan? What’s the meaning of the name?  …

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Aug 15
#10760 Can Church Teaching Change? - Michael Lofton

Questions Covered: 13:07 – How do I as a non-Catholic understand the issues going on in Germany and the changes with the Synodal way?  16:06 – How do we distinguish the similarities and differences between the development of doctrine of Catholicism and the explication of doctrine as understood by the Orthodox?  19:56 – What do you think about the changes the Church made about slavery? It used to endorse it and now it doesn’t.  32:12 – How can the Church change to get rid of clericalism and embrace the Gospel?  35:50 – Is the role of the Church to preserve the traditions of the Church of the times of the apostles or can this also be applied to later traditions  43:13 – Is the teaching on contraception definitive?  48:45 – Did the Church change its teaching on limbo and where aborted babies go?  …

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Aug 13
#10758 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 04:09 – How do I explain the sacraments to my Baptist girlfriend?  11:08 – What’s the relationship between religious truth and fact?  16:04 – Is the phrase extra Ecclesiam nulla salus still a usable phrase after the second Vatican council?  17:29 – Is it appropriate to own tarot cards if you don’t use them for spiritual purposes?  21:06 – Is binding and loosing a slippery slope that can lead the Church to loosening up morals?  28:56 – What is the reason behind Vatican 2 decision not to indict the Jews for Jesus’ death?  34:08 – Since we are obligated to help people in dire need and there’s always people in dire need, is it ok for us to enjoy luxuries for ourselves?  41:45 – How much of Church teaching do we actually have to believe?  46:13 – What did Jesus mean when he said about Judas “ It would be better if he were never born?”  47:57 – a 7th day Adventist claimed that Mt. 24:20 proves that the Sabbath remains on a Saturday. How do I respond?  52:12 – If you were married and the apocalypse happened and you were only left with one other woman, would it be adultery to repopulate the earth with that woman?  …

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Aug 12
#10757 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:48 – What are your thoughts on a pre-tribulation rapture?  10:41 – What are your thoughts on if the mystical experiences of the New Testament were due to the use of psychedelic drugs?  16:06 – I was debating with a Muslim and he asked why God sent the Holy Spirit? Wouldn’t this make sending Jesus pointless? How do I respond?  21:18 – What is the history of the pentacle? Why does the Church frown upon it?  24:29 – Why do things in life grow?  33:19 – Is it proper to interpret Marian apparitions naturally or supernaturally?  37:05 – How can we as Catholics believe in evolution, the big bang, and the 7 days of creation all at once? Resources: https://www.catholic.com/audio/caf/is-the-big-bang-a-proof-of-god  44:33 – How do I incorporate fasting into my prayer life?  49:28 – Why is Easter celebrated on Sunday instead of Monday? Why call it Easter and not Resurrection Day?  …

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Aug 11
#10756 Addiction and Healing - Scott Weeman

Questions Covered: 11:32 – How can I help my girlfriend who’s trying to stop her marijuana addiction, but she still lives with friends who tempt her? We are also long distance.  17:26 – What are your thoughts on other paths that lead to sobriety that are not 12 steps?  21:21 – I feel what you are doing is a form of the New Evangelization!  32:17 – How do you help the partners of those going through the program for sexual healing?  36:07 – What is your take on the 11th step?  42:07 – How to persevere in being sober from pornography especially with thoughts?  46:10 – I’m concerned for my kids, especially since I suspect my ex-husband to be an alcoholic. How do I influence them? 51:26 – How do I start an alcoholic group for teens?  …

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Aug 11
#10755 Open Forum - Joe Heschmeyer

Questions Covered: 03:18 – Will we be able to fly in our resurrected body? Would I be able to fly to space? 11:35 – How do I implement an understanding of the development of doctrine to Vatican 2? 16:44 – What did Jesus mean that the only exception to leaving a marriage is due to immorality? 23:27 – Could you explain what Jn 1:1 means? 33:15 – How do you respond to the claim “Catholics think you can buy your way into heaven?” 37:15 – How do I explain to my friend that it’s important to go back to church since she feels betrayed by God due to her daughter’s illness? 45:17 – How culpable is a person who committed mortal sins due to trauma that he had? 52:22 – Is faith a work? …

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Aug 10
#10754 Open Forum - Karlo Broussard

Questions Covered: 05:55 – Where does one have a right to deny someone else communion? 19:22 – How to reconcile evangelization with invincible ignorance? 29:01 – How do we know when we cross from dulia to latria? 35:26 – If the Holy Spirit can talk to us, can the saints and Mary communicate with us too? 38:08 – Can we pray for ourselves before and during our time in purgatory? 43:50 – Why did God not want Adam and Eve to eat the fruit? Is Natalie an adult – Sounds like a child? 48:36 – Are we allowed to attend Orthodox vespers or liturgy of the hours? 51:14 – What is the Catholic response to the claim that 2 Tim 2:15 KJV supports two gospels, one for Jews and another for the gentiles? …

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Aug 10
#10753 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 04:14 – Since God isn’t limited to time and space can he see all the paths that we could have taken in life?  15:30 – Could you explain the Vatican’s Council for Inclusive Capitalism?  22:10 – What should we expect if Jesus comes back tomorrow?  29:45 – I’m not Catholic but I am so close. Can you give me advice on making the leap even though Pope Francis scandalizes me?  37:50 – Is it ok to marry with the intention to adopt and not procreate?  42:37 – Can demons materialize in human form?  48:39 – How does Jer. 31:29-30 relate to original sin?  …

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Aug 09
#10752 The Assumption of Mary - William Albrecht

Questions Covered: 14:10 – How would Rev.12:13-17 be applied to Mary? 19:40 – If Mary was born without sin, would that mean she’s separate from humanity? Wouldn’t Jesus need the consequence of sin in order to get rid of them? 29:50 – Do Catholics believe that Mary’s egg was used for the conception of Jesus? 35:24 – I view sin as a deformity, did Mary have this? 41:30 – Is there a difference between the bodily Assumption and the Dormition? 44:55 – What are your thoughts on the speculation that St. Ann was infertile, and St. Joachim was away during the time of the conception of Mary? 50:17 – Who was Mary and why was she important and had so many suitors? Why was Joseph worthy of marrying her? …

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Aug 09
#10751 Is Belief in God Reasonable? - Pat Flynn

Questions Covered: 12:20 – Do you think the miracle of the sun at Fatima is good evidence for God?  20:34 – Who has the burden of proof since the atheist can’t prove a negative?  31:10 – Is the complexity of life a good argument for God?  42:20 – The bible is just hearsay. The best we can do is say that we don’t know.  …

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Aug 08
#10750 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 06:48 – Could dark energy be associated with angelic/ demonic energy / dark matter that God created at the beginning of the universe? As in, the reason we have missing/ dark matter and/ or energy is due to the spiritual world or dimension we can’t see but know is there? 13:33 – Is it possible to pray for the souls who have already gone to Hell? And if so, would it do any good? I would love to hear what you have to say, even if you can’t answer my question. 17:41 – Did toddler Jesus have meltdowns and temper tantrums, and can we guess if Mary ever lost her patience on him and yelled at him? 22:54 – How is original sin, inherited from Adam and Eve, different from the biologically discredited idea of inheritance of acquired characteristics (Lamarckian evolution). In other words it seems analogous to the story of how the bear lost its tail (easily googled). In the spirit of transparency, I’m a professor of biological anthropology but also a Christian. I know the scientific and religious truth in this matter can be reconciled, but I don’t know enough to be able to do it by myself. 39:57 – Is string theory (or implications drawn from string theory) incompatible with Theism and Christianity? 43:55 – In terms of the theory of infinite possible futures, are there an infinite numbers of past timelines? Or do all possibilities combine into one single “past” timeline? 47:34 – Could you speak a bit about Adam and Eve and the other hominids—many of which seemed to have used tools, bury the dead, and made cave art. …

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Aug 06
#10749 Living Together Before Marriage - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 19:15 – During my current experiences with divorce, I am hesitant to tell my children not to cohabitate. 29:19 – Does cohabitation affect marriage in a bad way, or are the people who are inclined toward cohabitation already predisposed to divorce? 41:55 – How do I help my friend who is a lapsed Catholic and is cohabitating without an annulment from his marriage? 45:06 – How can I help my brother who is now getting married after cohabitation for a while? 48:48 – What do I make of people who get married civilly? 51:58 – I am bothered by thoughts I have of a friend who is cohabiting. How can I find peace? …

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Aug 05
#10748 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 06:42 – What is the most persuasive argument for the faith? 14:04 – What are blessings and curses? 31:49 – Did Mary disobey Jesus at the Wedding Feast at Cana? 33:36 – Why are the gospels not ordered “Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John” if Mark wrote his gospel first 49:00 – Why are women not allowed to be priests? 52:00 – What are your thoughts on contemporary art in churches? …

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Aug 05
#10747 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 07:56 – Did Pope Francis engage in a Pagan ritual in Canada? 13:16 – What are the limits of invincible ignorance? 32:25 – Does our being a part of the “Mystical Body of Christ” make us biologically related to him and Mary? 37:46 – What happens when I die? 46:13 – What Biblical evidence is there for the sovereignty of God? …

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Aug 04
#10746 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 07:10 – Can a priest ever be reinstated if he broke the seal of confession?  14:40 – How do I respond to the Mormon argument for the great apostasy?  33:01 – Are protestants living in sin since they are not in communion with the Church?  44:42 – Can an uncertain law impose a certain obligation?  51:58 – How do we respond to the Orthodox claim that the rosary is vain repetition because you focus on the mysteries and not the words?  …

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Aug 04
#10745 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 05:20 – How do respond to the argument that God isn’t pro-life because of what happened to King David’s first child?  15:16 – Can venial sins be deemed mortal sins?  22:14 – Why did the immaculate conception have to happen?  30:53 – Why does Genesis not mention the creation of dinosaurs?  37:10 – If sin didn’t exist how could have Satan fallen?  45:12- What is the standard of measurement that God uses to qualify us as a generous person?  50:38 – How does one unite one’s sufferings with Christ? What happens?  …

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Aug 03
#10744 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 07:56 – My protestant friend is asking why the pope has authority. How do I answer?  17:56 – When our lady of Guadalupe appeared, was she really pregnant with Jesus?  38:08 – Did Jesus have brothers and if they exist, what happened to them?  50:04 – Do you think the letters from Pontius Pilot to Rome are authentic?  51:26 – How do I respond to my atheist friend who claims that the Church has only been pro-life in the last 200 years?  …

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Aug 03
#10743 Open Forum - Tim Staples

Questions Covered: 09:50 – Why do Catholics believe that our Faith is a gift from God instead of using the evidence that we have? 28:37 – If a priest who is hard of hearing doesn’t fully understand all your confession, is it still valid? 34:02 – Is our sexual desire still going to be present in our resurrected body? 42:03 – Is it reasonable to hope that many will endure purgatory and few in hell? 47:35 – How does the Church decide which sins are more grave than others? …

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Aug 02
#10742 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 03:15 – How can I explain confession to a non-denominational friend? 11:06 – Has the Church formally declared that the Fatima events were genuine? 13:50 – How was Jesus heard in the sermon on the mount if there were thousands of people? 20:00 – Will those who are still alive during the end time have to experience death? 21:40 – Where in the gospel does it address cohabitation? 24:27 – If we cannot see God face to face but we can see Jesus face, does that mean we can see his face? 28:49 – I’m in a debate with friends. Is our solar system geocentric or heliocentric? What are your thoughts? 36:17 – Was Peter’s profession of faith the real rock that Jesus built his Church upon? 44:10 – What is a synod? What is the synod on synodality? 47:20 – Is there any occasion where the creed can be omitted from Mass? 47:07 – In the Old Testament, two prophets were assumed into heaven, where did they go if the gates of heaven weren’t open? 52:00 – What do you think of the illumination of conscience that many saints have prophesied and foretold? …

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Aug 02
#10741 Eucharistic Coherence - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

Questions Covered: 17:40 – What do you think the president and the speaker should do to keep the Church happy? 20:54 – Why is there talk of politicization of holy communion? 30:27 – How do we change minds on this issue? 35:20 – Why is it that banning people from receiving communion takes so long? 43:50 – I’m a registered nurse and the state board came out condemning the decision. How do I as a faithful Catholic handle this? 48:50 – Is it bad for me as a Catholic to blow off this topic and say, “It’s your body, your sin?” 52:00 – I think it’s important to emphasize the financial incentive for businesses to pay for abortion. …

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Aug 01
#10740 Accompanying Those with Same-Sex Attraction - Rilene Simpson

Questions Covered: 10:43 – What do you think about Catholic organizations promoting homosexuality?  13:28 – How do you handle a response from Catholics who prop up priests who promote that lifestyle?  18:07 – How do I share my Faith with people and show them that there are good people who also struggle with same sex attraction?  24:29 – Should I attend a gay wedding that I was invited to?  33:08 – If I send a baby shower gift to a nephew and his gay partner who adopted be taken as promoting gay adoption?  42:48 – I’m bisexual and my wife knows that. I was almost married to a man. How would my spiritual life have been different if I had taken that path?  47:44 – I’m not Catholic, do Catholics have the same reservations about attending gay weddings as they do with 2nd weddings, cohabitating couples’ weddings etc.? Resource: https://ruthinstitute.org/  …

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Jul 30
#10739 Infallibility - Michael Lofton

Questions Covered: 16:04 – I’m very close to joining the Catholic Church but how do I make sense of Pope Francis and his actions, especially the restrictions on the Latin Mass and the pope praying with non-Catholics in non-Catholic ceremonies? 21:47 – Can a pope declare a private revelation to be necessary for salvation or for one to be considered Catholic? 30:59 – Pope St. John Paul II declared that he had no authority to ordain women, was that considered an infallible statement? 36:13 – If a pope says something that isn’t true, is that a danger to souls? 45:42 – Is it true that the pope can declare something about the Mass that a future pope could not undo? 49:29 – Because Jesus instituted the papacy, the pope cannot declare new things like ordaining women. …

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Jul 29
#10738 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:22 – Do you have any advice regarding forgiveness? 09:03 – What is the nature of man? Is Jesus’ soul separate from His divine nature? 14:47 – Was Moses circumcised? 18:55 – What is the formal definition of tradition? 22:30 – How do Catholics defend the practice of penance in light of the parable of the Prodigal son? 28:46 – Is capital punishment immoral? 34:13 – Why did Jesus go after the money changers in the temple? What was the source of the anger? 39:40 – Is the Flavian signature a valid argument? 43:05 – Is there any gray area to consider a marriage between a Catholic and a Jewish person in a synagogue without the bishop’s dispensation to be valid? 47:24 – Why does Christ sometimes appear in the form of a baby in private revelations? 48:58 – Why does God allow suffering and even asks us to bring more children into this world? 50:50 – Who were the sons of God mentioned in Deut. 32 and Psalm 82? Were they fallen angels worshiped as pagan gods? …

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Jul 29