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#11770 AMA - Tim Staples

7/19/2024
Questions covered: 04:26 – How can God be infinite if he became man in the Incarnation? 18:10 – How do you respond to someone who says the Catholic Church got its traditions from the Roman Empire? 28:28 – Is my understanding of faith and works correct? 36:12 – The Catholic church teaches that in ongoing justification, works justify us and are not merely a sign. How is this different from a works-based salvation? 47:12 – When James 3 says teachers will be judged more harshly, does he mean judged by God or by men? 51:11 – Would it be sinful to read things formerly banned by the Church, like Machiavelli? …

Duration:00:54:57

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#11769 Divorce and the Eucharist - Rose Sweet

7/19/2024
Questions Covered: 22:27 – A relative of mine just had his spouse leave him out of nowhere. How should we guide him towards hopeful reconciliation? 30:31 – If a couple is living in a sinful divorce, goes to confession, but then goes right back to that same lifestyle, do they have to confess again before receiving communion and keep doing that over and over? 33:58 – If your spouse had a previous marriage that was never annulled, and then they go through the annulment process, do you now need to get your marriage convalidated? 35:44 – My brother married outside the Church and got a divorce. Now he’s dating a Catholic, cohabitating with her, and receiving the Eucharist. Should I say anything? 42:01 – I was civilly married, then we had our marriage convalidated in the Church. My husband was a non-Christian. Now during our divorce he’s saying he never intended to become Catholic or raise our children Catholic. Is this grounds for annulment? 45:43 – If someone’s spouse dies, does she still need to get an annulment before marrying someone else? 49:12 – I’ve had two priests say it’s okay for me to date before I’ve had an annulment. Are they correct? …

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#11768 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

7/18/2024
Questions Covered: 01:55 – The Church Fathers have different interpretations of the unforgivable sin. How can we know the true meaning of that passage? 10:50 – How do we reconcile the consecration to the Immaculate Heart with the accusations from Protestants that Catholics worship Mary? 14:11 – Is it possible there were non-human civilizations on Earth before Adam and Eve? 19:46 – I was surprised that Catechism 1856 names immoderate laughter and idle chatter as sins. Are they really sins? 29:02 – It seems like near death experiences confirm that the soul is eternal and this life is just a passing form. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church deal with this instead of persisting with the idea of Hell to scare people into being good? 40:54 – My family believes in Oneness theology. How might I convince them of the Trinity? 47:24 – Can you obtain an indulgence now for someone who is not dead yet? And for getting an indulgence for 30 minutes of Eucharistic adoration, does it have to be the exposed Eucharist, or can it be in a closed tabernacle? 53:17 -Are we obligated to fraternally correct others? …

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#11767 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

7/18/2024
Questions Covered: 05:21 – What is that Protestants have against Mary, and how can I give scriptural responses to their objection? 13:55 – I am a comic book artist. I want to create comics that are appropriate but not sterile. What principles can guide me to have this balance? 18:49 – How do we know for sure that the woman in Revelation 12 is Mary? It seems that part is really about Israel. 23:50 – It seems like there is a lot of tension between the Vatican and the Latin Mass People. Do you think the Vatican should have a concordat with the TLM community to keep the conversation going? 33:21 – Can you elaborate on the story of remote viewing Jesus that you mentioned a couple weeks ago? 36:38 – What is the Catholic Church’s teaching about cremation? And can you spread the ashes? 41:18 – Do you think there is any connection between the assassination attempt on Trump and the apparitions at Fatima? They both happened on July 13. And I’ve seen clips of a Protestant who supposedly prophesied the assassination attempt — do you think there is anything to this? 51:24 – I’ve heard that the canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva was controversial because there were some negative testimonies that were not heard. What do you make of that situation? Can someone be canonized who shouldn’t be? …

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#11766 Ask a Priest - Fr. Matthew Spencer

7/17/2024
Questions Covered: 06:45 – Are sins you forget in confession still forgiven? 13:07 – Why are there so many Eucharistic prayers and how does a priest pick the one to use? 20:20 – We all came from Adam and Eve, why do we have so many races? 31:40 – What is the proper order of Sacraments when received as an adult? 36:00 – How can we know what the unforgivable sin is? 41:54 – How can I discuss Catholic Baptism and rebaptism with my non-Catholic Wife? 47:51 – Why do Catholics say Christ is present “body, blood, soul and divinity”? 52:14 – Is it always a Mortal Sin to miss Mass, or can you be excused based on age? …

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#11765 The Early Church Fathers - John Pepino

7/17/2024
Questions Covered: 21:14 – The Church Fathers would have appreciated the term Epiousion in the original Our Father, why was this removed? 29:52 – Can you elaborate why Origen isn’t a Church Father? 37:15 – Where should we go to read about the Church Fathers? 46:05 – What Church Father said, “you can drive out the Christians and you’ll see what happens”? 48:18 – Of all the early Church Fathers, who do you find the most persuasive? …

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#11764 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

7/16/2024
Questions Covered: 02:47 – I have a declaration of nullity but I still feel married. I feel like my husband is living with his girlfriend. Is there a prayer or something I can do to help me release this? 16:11 – The Catechism of JPII states that the covenant of the Jews has not been revoked. How does that relate to the Council of Florence which declares that the matters of the old law have been revoked? 41:14 – Would it have been possible for the Church to flourish without the Bible, and what do you think the Church would have looked like without the Bible? 48:41 – Is it wrong for my fiancé and I to purchase a home together before we are married? 52:23 – Why does Jesus affirm the authority of the Pharisees (as in Matthew 23)? …

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#11763 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

7/16/2024
Questions Covered: 14:38 – My partner says she can’t become Catholic because of sexism in passages such as Ephesians 5, 1 Timothy 2, and 1 Pet 3. How can I respond? 29:45 – There are photos online of Adam and Eve’s grave sites — is that legit? And what do we know about what happened to Adam and Eve? 41:13 – Why don’t Protestants accept the Septuagint? And when did they take it out of their Bible? …

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#11762 Your Bible Questions - Jimmy Akin

7/15/2024
Questions Covered: 01:36 – Why is the book of Enoch not in the Bible? 12:15 – Was Judas one of the twenty-four apostles seen by John when on the island? 18:46 – How can I approach the pursuit of knowledge in the defense of faith? 24:47 – Since Jesus knew of his Crucifixion, why did he agonize in the garden? 36:00 – How can I help a friend understand the history of the Catholic Church? 43:03 – Is it a good practice to hand out Bibles? 44:44 – There are many passages in the Bible that say miraculous thing are from the devil. How can we trust source of miracles? 53:18 – In Genesis, when God condemns Cain, he is worried of being killed. How can this be since there were only 3 people? …

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#11761 Your Bible Questions - Jimmy Akin

7/15/2024
Questions Covered: 04:27 – When were the books of Maccabee and Wisdom added to the Bible? 07:39 – In the Gospel of Mark, who does the naked man in the garden represent? 16:56 – How do I explain why Catholic pious practices differ from what is described in Baruch 6:8? 29:35 – Where would you go for verses on Trust in the Lord from the bible? 33:08 – How can I put the Old Testament in good light, specifically Leviticus, to Jewish people? 42:26 – Who is Melchizedek in the Bible? 49:34 – What is the possibility that the evidence John saw at the empty tomb was the Shroud of Turin? …

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#11758 Ask Me Anything - Mark Brumley

7/11/2024
Questions covered: 05:47 – How do you respond to the claim that Baptism is a work? 15:44 – Can those outside communion with the church be heard by the Saints? 18:58 – In 1 Cor. 15 what would Paul mean when he mentions scriptures? 28:47 – My friend said the Papacy is wrong because Jesus left evangelizing the rest of the world to Paul (Gal. 2:7), not to Peter. He says the apostles were only supposed to evangelize to the Jews (Mt. 10:5). 41:49 – Is it going too far to make movies or TV shows about Jesus? 52:20 – Why do the patriarchs not always observe the rights of primogeniture with their firstborns? …

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#11757 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

7/11/2024
Questions covered: 04:55 – What is your theory of atonement? 12:11 – How can I evangelize to a Jehovah Witness? 17:42 – What do Catholics believe about justification in relation to James 1:5? 20:33 – Can you explain the Catholic perspective on faith alone for salvation? 28:59 – How do we define Catholic? 33:55 – Why didn’t Jesus solve the problems of his time? 42:18 – Does the distinction between Jews and Gentiles still exist? 47:07 – Can you explain Biblical inerrancy of the resurrection accounts? 50:17 – How do you define the difference between Catholic values and virtues? …

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#11755 Questions from Non-Catholics - Steve Ray

7/10/2024
Questions Covered: 06:15 – Why is the Filioque such a big deal? 11:24 – Was Mohammeds spiritual encounter authentic, and if it was, was it angelic or some other nefarious being? 14:10 – I was raised Pentecostal. I think I understand the Marian dogmas, but it feels weird, and it feels like worship. How can I make it feel less like worship? 19:19 – If your name is in the book of life then how could it ever be removed? 31:55 – What is the response to the claim that speaking in tongues is necessary? 35:55 – How and when did the Catholic faith start? 43:03 – If a priest is in mortal sin, how can he absolve me of my sins? 48:37 – How can we challenge the claim that only the apostles had the ability to forgive sins and not the successors? 52:39 – I want to go back to church, will it cost me money? What are the requirements? …

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#11754 Ask Me Anything - Jim Blackburn

7/9/2024
Questions Covered: 04:38 – Was the material universe always supposed to be temporary? 16:28 – What does the verse that says Jesus is first born of all creation mean? 19:35 – What qualities do women lack that disqualifies them from being priests? 22:54 – Why in some places do they stand after the consecration before the great amen. What do bishops have to do to get those changes approved? 39:57 – Does God still chastise people for their sins on this earth like He did in the old Testament? 45:47 – What’s the difference between a Plenary indulgence earned during the day and one which is earned at the moment of death? 49:51 – What is a general confession? …

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#11753 Ask Me Anything - Tim Staples

7/9/2024
Questions Covered: 04:05 – Can we ethically download software that is no longer sold? 12:45 – How do the motives of credibility that the bible is from an omnipotent being rather than an angel? 29:05 – I had a bad experience in confession where the priest was sharing bad theology. What should I do? 41:52 – I grew up Chaldean Catholic. Is it idolatry to pray to the saints? Do we need to pray to them and what benefit is there? …

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#11752 Ask Me Anything - Karlo Broussard

7/8/2024
Questions Covered: 03:30 – Why can only a priest consecrate the Eucharist if anyone can baptize with the right intention? 06:38 – How much of saintly intercession would apply to old testament figures? 13:41 – Is there a connection between Jesus entering into hades to retrieve the souls and the Catholic understanding of Purgatory? 17:13 – Regarding Isaiah 53:4, the story of a suffering servant. It says that the servant smitten is by God. How do we as Catholics understand this? 22:19 – Is there some way to determine if someone is in a state of grace? 30:01 – Was Judas ever given the grace to be saved or was he doomed to fail? 35:12 – I just became Catholic. My biggest issue was infant baptism. What am I supposed to say to my children if they grow up and question me why i didn’t give them a choice? 37:24 – Does God love some more than others? 41:43 – The Eucharist liturgy doesn’t make sense, especially transubstantiation. 45:34 – The Church claims infallibility but why should we believe the rest of the teachings that aren’t declared infallibly? …

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#11751 Ask Me Anything - Karlo Broussard

7/8/2024
Questions Covered: 03:11 – How do I make sense of 1 Corinth 11:5 on the topic of head coverings? 16:01 – How do I respond to someone who says they don’t adhere to the biblical interpretation of condemning homosexuality because times have changed? 20:55 – With Mary being called woman and the woman at the well being called woman, what’s the distinction in Jesus calling them both by the same title? 28:50 – Can you clarify and navigate the stern and loose interpretations of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus? What’s the clear correct understanding? 36:45 – If Catholics take John 6 literally, how can we call Protestants our separated brothers and sisters since they “have no life in them?” 43:47 – What’s the role of Mary in the Church? Is she being worshiped? 48:00 – I’m a convert. Is Mary the dispenser of all graces? How can all the saints hear all of our prayers? …

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#11750 Ask Me Anthing - Joe Heschmeyer

7/5/2024
Questions Covered: 02:22 – I have discussed the doctrine of whether or not the pope had supremacy, and whilst I quote church fathers, he states other who are against papal supremacy. Why don’t the church fathers agree? 08:08 – for a new convert from southern Baptist domination, should I be concerned my baptism is invalid because my pastor likely did not have the intent needed as stated in the catechism 14:23 – How can I put Leviticus in the most positive light for believing Christians that aren’t particularly sophisticated in their theology? 20:10 – How to convince Protestants of Marian doctrine? 28:57 – Why do we call Mary, Jesus, Moses, ect. just by their names, instead of St. Mary, St. Jesus, ect. ? 32:45 I just need help understanding the trinity. The more I learn, the more I think I don’t know. 35:50 – I’m trying to understand the Church’s Treasury of Merits? what exactly is it and how does it work with Purgatory? 42:10 – why are only the successors of Peter important and not the other apostles? When Peter died was the apostle John subject to his successor or did John hold more authority? Peace 47:21 – Is the SSPX in full communion with the Church? 49:45 – Is belief that elves exist compatible with catholicism? What is the strongest point against the idea of sola scriptura, or that every teaching must be found in the Bible? …

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#11749 Ask Me Anything - Joe Heschmeyer

7/5/2024
Questions Covered: 05:11 – Would it be accurate to say the Nicene Creed is part of the deposit of faith? 08:23 – What is palmarian church 14:19 – Can there be a pope from one of the Eastern Catholic Churches? 17:41 – How can one be a liberal Catholic and still believe in the teachings of Christ 31:16 – Is it wrong to love God because you fear Hell? 36:40 – Do we need to confess venial sins that were taken away by our last communion? Or does that show doubt in the efficacy of communion? 41:22 – I see people often wondering if a life decision is God’s will. But as long as one is loving God fully, and loving their neighbor, isn’t everything that falls under that God’s will? 47:52 – IS the Sabbatine privilege for wearing brown scapular endorsed by Catholic Church ? 49:44 – is it true that God loves some people more than others?, hence why certain people have more graces, are chosen to be priests or even have a better fulfilled purposes in life. thank you. 52:46 – What is your commitment when it comes to honoring/respecting parents or grandparents when they refuse to communicate to you and tell blatant lies about you regarding serious sins? …

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#11748 Ask Me Anything - Jimmy Akin

7/4/2024
Questions Covered: 02:22 – I was at a gun show in Idaho not long ago and one of the vendors was a born again Christian group handing out Jack Chick tracts. I walked past them fairly quickly, not because I didn’t want to engage but because I was trying to catch up to my son-in-law. As I was walking back up the aisle they were on I was distracted by a vendor selling antique rifles, some going back as far as the Revolutionary War, when someone said to me “thank you for your service!” I turned to my left to see a guy, about my age, and he repeated himself. I thanked him but explained I hadn’t been in the military. He looked surprised then said something about the color of my eyes (hazel/green) and when I realized who I was talking to I knew I was stuck. It was the Pastor of the group handing out the JC Tracts. Long story short he asked me if I knew I was saved. I said yes. He asked if I knew I was going to heaven I said it’s my hope, but that ultimately was up to me. Then he commences to break out a green, hand held, KJV military Bible (one that I have), reads me some scripture, and asks if I will pray with him. I said of course! We commence the praying and I realize this was my altar call…I was being made born again. After the prayer he congratulated me…and I started to feel uneasy. It’s bothered me since. I know I hadn’t renounced my Catholic faith because the prayer was pretty generic, but there’s a part of me that thinks I made a mistake. Did I, or am I being overly scrupulous? 05:47 – How did authorship work in the ancient and medieval periods? For example, I heavily doubt that Homer made a fortune selling copies of The Iliad and The Odyssey or that Plato sold copies of The Republic. How were ancient writings circulated? I imagine having to hand copy every word from every scroll would put a damper on how accessible they would be in markets. Did every individual who copies the Odyssey have to copy down “Written by Homer” with it? What if someone wanted to take the same Odyssey and pass it off as their original work? Also, how would the average man living in these periods know which authors (who are trying to pass information down) are genuine and which authors are hacks? 16:26 – I just learned about Hilazon blue. Is there a checklist of all the things needed for rebuilding the Third Temple, and what’s left? 18:36 – You have mentioned before that God could have created a universe that appeared to be eternal, that is, without a beginning (I hope I have that right…). I do not understand this, as being “created” would seem to require a beginning (otherwise, God would not need to create it). Or are you saying that it merely has the “appearance” of always existing, but was created? In which case, does that mean that God is deliberately deceiving? 22:01 – Why do we restrict Protestants from receiving the Eucharist except in certain limited circumstances (grave necessity)? Children baptized into the Catholic faith are able to receive the Eucharist before being confirmed. There is no difference (as far as I am aware) between a valid Catholic baptism and a valid Protestant baptism, so there is no ontological difference between a baptized-but-unconfirmed Catholic and a baptized-but-unconfirmed Protestant. Belief cannot be the answer, since many Protestants (while in RCIA and before their confirmation) have the same faith as Catholics. Is it prudential? 28:34 – Why is the Protestant account for the canon of scripture untenable? 34:05 – How will we be able to interact in heaven with our loved ones without a body? (That is, until they are resurrected.) 35:44 – John 20:22, our Lord breathed on the apostles and gave them the Holy Spirit. Thomas was not with them. When did Thomas receive the Holy Spirit? 40:47 – What is a good source to use to get authentic news from what th…

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