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#11690 Chastity - Jason Evert

Questions Covered: 19:05 – What would you say to someone who says they can’t get married because they can’t trust anyone? 32:19 – Should I try and talk to a family member who is cohabitating to seek a sacramental marriage? 35:58 – how do you maintain chastity in marriage? I’m going to get married soon and I as a female have recovered from a pornography addiction and he’s struggled as well but we’re both now recovered. 45:00 – What does making love look like after pornography addiction? 47:35 – A lot of people think chastity is just for women. 51:32 – My husband left me. How do I proceed with my life? …

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2024

#11689 Shacking Up - Rose Sweet

Questions Covered: 23:17 – I’m a recovering sexaholic and have worked with people getting over those addictions and premarital sex. 29:05 – I always hear people’s reasoning for shacking up is to figure out if you’re sexually compatible. 34:15 – My niece shacked up with her boyfriend and had 2 kids. 10 years later they’re battling for custody in court. It seems to be worse for women. 45:11 – How much of this is a result of fathers encouraging their daughters to go out and experience the world? …

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

#11688 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:02 – Why does Italy have a “witch” character in their Christmas holiday tradition? 05:10 – Could clairvoyance be a natural ability we don’t yet understand? 13:00 – I have a student that is convinced Maine does not exist. The entire State of Maine! How do we prove its existence aside from taking a trip up north? 17:35 – A podcast on the couple featured in the movie, “The Conjuring”. Are they really Church approved exorcists? Is the movie based real events? It’s right up there with “The Exorcist” as far as scary movies go for me. Love your work Jimmy Akin, on Catholic Answers and Mysterious World. Your knowledge and intelligence amaze me. 21:28 – Elon Musk just unveiled his neurolink program. The idea is to allow human beings to reach the next stage in their evolution, be able to keep up with the singularity, and more importantly keep up with artificial intelligence. Many people are afraid this is ushering in the end times, or is an attack on the authentic Dignity of the human person. Other people think it’s just the next logical step in human evolution or technological evolution. How do we understand this technology and its implications for humanity? Some people have even noted that the language they use is Messianic in its couching, the blind will see, and the lane will walk, etc. 28:46 – Where did the story of the little drummer boy visiting baby Jesus come from? Were drummer boys really a thing back then? Did shepherds use drums to herd sheep? 34:24 – Did they really find Goliath’s body on Golgotha??? 36:10 – After the FINAL JUDGMENT, what purpose does Hell serve? 39:34 – Is it true that the game “Twister” was invented to help Masons practice their handshakes? 41:53 – Would the “just war” doctrine apply for humanity if aliens attacked? Or would we treat them like parasites? 43:50 – Jimmy Akin what about this one? If a UFO piloted by time-traveling aliens with psychic abilities appeared over Vatican City, claiming to have influenced biblical events, how would the Catholic Church verify or contest their claims? 48:07 – God uses the physical, so will God used technology to bring about His kingdom? Such as the resurrection… Will there be technology in heaven? 50:51 – Is it possible to give the Pope a different diocese than that of Rome? What if in the future, the Vatican had to be moved off-world (nuclear war, alien invasion, genocide against Catholics, etc)? 52:41 – When someone passes away, does their guardian angel get transferred to someone else? 53:45 – If you marry a changeling, at what point does her appearance change become adultery. …

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

#11687 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered: 02:27 – I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian. If I got in a time machine and teleported back to post-schism Catholic Europe (let’s say the 1400’s) would it be a sin for me to receive the sacraments there? Would it then cease to be a sin if I teleported back to anywhere in pre-schism Europe, or post-schism Russia or Greece? Would it be a sin if a modern-day Protestant tried to receive the sacraments? Additionally, would there be any conflicts with a Catholic or Orthodox Christian from our time receiving the sacraments from a medieval priest? 06:13 – On a previous episode you were talking about theophanies and christophanies and how it’s possible that any of the three persons of the Trinity could be incarnate in any event other than Christ’s birth. I assume the angel Jacob fought and the angel in the furnace with the three youths are such examples. However there are also instances where actual angels have been incarnate, such as in the hospitality of Abraham. My first question related to this is, when these theophanies, christophanies, and angels were incarnate, should we assume that they had physical bodies? My second question is can fallen angels become incarnate, and if they can, would they have physical bodies when they do so? 14:42 – Was Genesis written after Jacob’s lifetime? I’m having a conversation with a friend who believes Eve had relations with Satan, stating that the word beguiled in Hebrew means to seduce body and soul. She bore Cain from that union and that’s why Cain isn’t mentioned in the genealogy. She also says that’s why Jesus told the Pharisees they were sons of the Devil. 19:50 – The video game character “Kirby” has a unique power: He has a nearly bottomless stomach, and whenever he consumes an enemy, he temporarily gains their powers in what is called a “copy ability”. If Kirby were to be received into the Catholic Church, what would happen when he eats Christ’s body and blood in the Eucharist? 22:21 – I have heard it described that God created all the humans, angels, nature, and all of our world as an author creates characters in a book. God is a creator, and humans are sub-creators. When God created the world, he gave the beings in it various souls, vegetative for plants, sensitive for animals, and rational for humans. When a human author creates a world and a character to inhabit it, let’s say Bilbo Baggins, does that creature have a soul? Does that sub-created world have any eternity? 24:12 – I was watching Capturing Christianity with Fr. Lampert today when a caller asked about a spiritual/demonic attachment to him since living in a house where a woman was murdered by her husband.  It made me think of something horrible.  My mother had an abortion before having me. Could this have caused a spiritual or demonic attachment to me? I also wonder if the dramatic increase in abortion rates has anything to do with the increase in depravity in our culture, spiritually. 32:11 – I have a weird question pertaining to guardian angels and reincarnation reports. Do our guardian angels get transferred to other people when we die? For example, could my guardian angel have guarded another person who died at the same time I was conceived? Is it possible that reincarnation reports could actually be not the memories of the past lives of our souls, but the past assignments of our angels and somehow the knowledge is infused into our minds through our angels guiding and informing us? 35:25 – What do you think an alien grey meat would taste like, and would it a sin to eat one? 37:32 – If DNA haplogroups have proven all humans came from Africa roughly one hundred thousand years ago, why did God not choose an African man to create a Covenant with and likewise not choose to become incarnate with an African as Adam was? Wouldn’t it have been most fitting as Jesus is the…

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2024

#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. …

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

#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. …

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

#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?   …

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2024

#11669 The Church in the News - JD Flynn

J.D. Flynn joins us on CA Live to discuss the Church in the news. …

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

#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. …

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

#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 …

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

#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 …

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

#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 …

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

#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? …

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

#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. …

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

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