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Catholic Answers Live, hosted by Cy Kellett, is a daily, two-hour radio program dedicated to Catholic apologetics and evangelization. According to listener surveys, it is a runaway favorite on Catholic stations across America. 

As a call-in program, Catholic Answers Live connects listeners to prominent leaders in the Church today—including scholars, nuns, priests, bishops, and cardinals—and touches on every aspect of our lives as Christians. You'll hear discussions on just about everything relating to the Church: doctrinal controversies, family concerns,  social issues, evangelization, ethics…you name it! 

Catholic Answers Live airs every Monday through Friday from 6-8 PM Eastern (3-4 PM Pacific) on over 360 AM and FM stations in the United States, Sirius Satellite Radio channel 130, and through the Internet at catholic.com. If you can't listen live, you can subscribe to our podcast or download individual shows from our MP3 archive. 

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Most Recent Episodes

#9401 Does Theology Help or Harm Faith? - Mark Brumley

Many argue that a simpler faith without lots of theologizing is closer to true Christianity. Mark explains why that is not necessarily so.
Questions Covered:

07:50 – I think theology harms faith. There are so many false theologies. 
22:27 – I think that theology is important to faith. I was an agnostic and was unbaptized. I was first led to faith through the Episcopal church, but theology helped me to find Truth in the Catholic faith. 
33:00 – Theology classes, depending on who teaches, can be very harmful. It can even cause a person to lose her faith. 
49:12 – I think theology has the potential to harm faith.  

Resources Mentioned:

Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed

#9400 Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? - Tim Staples

How do we answer those who say that faith saves and baptism is merely symbolic or merely a public manifestation of an inner reality?
Questions Covered:

17:28 – What is the real difference between a baptized and non-baptized person? 
22:55 – If I baptize my son Catholic and someday, he chooses to leave the Church, what will happen to him? Should we wait to baptize him until it is his choice? 
34:31 – How can a Baptist baptism be valid if they don’t believe a baptism is regenerative? 
37:22 – How can an infant repent and be baptized?  
45:23 – Is there any way to baptize a baby spiritually if the parents are not baptizing them? 
51:49 – Does a convert have to get rid of the “once saved, always saved” belief when they are baptized Catholic? 

#9399 Open Forum - Tim Staples

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

02:51 – Can you explain how Catholics present the Scripture (esp. the gospels)? How is it different from how Protestants would present it? 
13:54 – What are the gnostic gospels? Why are they not in the Canon of Scripture? 
19:44 – My father was a verbally abusive man, but he hid it outside the home. My father is now deceased, and people tell me how much they liked him and what a good man he was. How can I charitably but truthfully respond to these comments? 
28:35 – When did the marriage between Mary and Joseph take place?  
38:50 – If we believe that life starts at conception, why don’t we baptize babies when they’re still in the womb?  
43:15 – Ephesians 2:8 proves that salvation cannot be lost. How do you respond to that? 
50:25 – Can you define what deliberate consent is in the case of mortal sin? 

#9398 Open Forum - Trent Horn

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

07:32 – What is the Catholic perspective on righteousness? How do we obtain it? 
16:59 – How can we know if a teaching from the early Church was passed on orally and recorded in Scripture or if it came from Scripture? 
21:50 – How can I deal with Mormon missionaries? 
32:40 – What is the origin of Christianity? Is Catholicism the first Christian religion? 
37:45 – In my area, they combined three Catholic Churches to form one parish called Our Lady of Guadalupe. Why would they do that when Aztecs performed human sacrifice?  
44:42 – Is Revelation 22:18-19 a good verse to prove that we can lose our salvation? 
48:53 – How do we talk to Protestants who don’t believe in papal infallibility? 
52:48 – How do you interpret the extremely long lifespans recorded in the book of Genesis? 

#9397 Open Forum - Jimmy Akin

Questions Covered:

03:14 – What exactly was the Enlightenment and how does it relate to church teaching? 
10:22 – Why does each diocese sets the age to receive confirmation? Why do some parishes take it even further to require activities and hours to attain the sacrament and other parishes within the same city do not? 
13:59 – Can God love one person more than another? Does God love St. John more than St. Thomas, for example? 
19:14 – What exactly did the Council of Trent declare about the Latin Vulgate? Should all Catholics assume that the Latin Vulgate is more accurate and is “superior” than the New Testament in the original Greek? 
 29:11 – I’ve been led to believe that a natural marriage is more than just mutual permission to perform the “marital act” but involves the intention on both parties to form a union oriented toward the procreation of children. A union formed for merely economic or legal reasons (with no procreative intent) would not be a true “marriage”. That said, one traditional view of Mary and Joseph’s union was that she was entrusted to him for protection and provision in what was intended to be a sexless, childless union. This seem irreconcilable with our natural law understanding of marriage. Is it acceptable to think that the union of Mary and Joseph was a “marriage” on in the legal sense? Sufficient to pass on inheritances (like inheriting the kingship of David), but otherwise not a true natural marriage? 
37:33 – I thought Jesus and the Father were equal. In John 14:28 You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 
43:12 – If Jesus submitted his DNA to Ancestry.com would it prove that he shared DNA with Joseph? With Mary? 
46:47- Is it “ok” to consider that the great flood was brought about by the end of the last ice age, thus fitting many of the world’s culture’s take on flood legends? 
53:27 – Why and when did Saint Peter go to Antioch and Rome? 

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