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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 If you can't listen live, you can subscribe to our podcast or download individual shows from our MP3 archive. 

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Questions Covered:

02:05 – Suppose there is a person that, while they are asleep and dreaming, has the capacity to recognize that they are having a dream and to guide their actions within the dream. How would sinful actions in their dreams affect their regular life? For example, if this person is married and one night has a dream with a celebrity in it that they find attractive, would it be sinful to act on their feelings within the dream? If it’s not inherently sinful, would it maybe just be a bad idea because it might open the door to similar behaviors in their regular life?  
06:27 – I saw this morning in a discussion with Father Mark Goring about aliens. My question is this: If there are aliens out there, and they’re just God’s creatures like us and the angels, as Jimmy Akin said, they’d also worship the one true God, the Trinity, just as we do, right? But the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity would have what for them would be an alien body, the God-man, Jesus Christ. I mean, how would they deal with a God who looked like us, and not like them. Wouldn’t that be kind of weird for them? 
11:54 – If all matter were smaller and hotter prior to the Big Bang, then could it have contained life forms at those temperatures, or was life introduced after matter cooled enough to support life as we know it?
14:59 – If all matter comes from the Big Bang, I assume that matter was sent in all directions. So, are stars and matter that exploded towards the opposite direction from us visible to us, and appearing as moving away from us faster than matter moving in the same direction as we are?
17:55 – If Jesus sits at the right hand of God, who sits on the left? 
19:30 – I was wondering if it would be the sin of presumption to attempt to travel into the future, since we don’t know when Christ is returning and can’t no that a particular future time will exist? 
23:05 – Given that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, would God have placed a punishment upon touching her as his did with the Ark of the Old Covenant, a la Uzzah? 
28:25 – My girls have a question for Jimmy. They want to know if Bucky Barnes, from Marvel, would be morally responsible for the violence and mayhem he caused while under a trance. Specifically, would he need to go to confession? Would he go to hell for the crimes he committed while under a trance.  
31:55 – After my 6-year-old was born with Down Syndrome, I wondered if he would have Down Syndrome in Heaven or in his resurrected body. At first, I thought not since it’s caused by an extra chromosome in the body, which is not part of the soul, but I’ve recently come to understand that the church says, our bodies are a fundamental part of our eternal existence. And certainly, our intellectual capability affects our desire and ability to seek God. Will people with intellectual or physical disabilities have the same or similar disabilities in Heaven or after the resurrection of the dead? And would his intellectual disability necessarily get him a get out of hell free card? 
41:30 – If I happened to have a time machine and went back to the sixteenth century, would I be morally justified in kidnapping Martin Luther and bringing him back to my own time in order to stop the Reformation? 
46:50 – Could the St. Gertrude Purgatory prayer be proof of intelligent life elsewhere? Follow my logic. The prayer is traditionally said to release 1000 souls from purgatory. There are around 1.2 billion Catholics on Earth. Let’s say 50% practice. That’s 600 million. Of those, let’s say 10% know about this prayer. That’s 60 million. Let’s say 10% of those actually say it on a regular basis. That’s 6 million. Well, 6,000,000 x 1,000 souls is 6 billion souls. It’s estimated that around 108 billion people have ever lived on Earth. So today’s 6 million people regularly saying this …

What does it mean to be a Catholic and a patriot?
Questions Covered:

35:20 – I had a conversation with someone who lived through WWII. He said that a common enemy really made patriots of people and the United States a family. Could we rally behind a common love rather than a common enemy? 
47:21 – What do you think of the English who rebelled against their country to form this new nation? 
50:42 – Can’t patriotism be used with antisocial motives? A person could claim that another person is “not American enough.” 

How and why is eastern Catholicism different and the same as Catholicism in the west?
Questions Covered:

15:57 – When a Byzantine liturgy is celebrated, why are candles carried around by the servers and what are those sticks with the sunbursts on top? 
21:27 – I recently attended a Ukranian Catholic wedding and the priest said that marriage is forever, even in heaven. In the Roman Church, they say marriage ends at death. How can these both be true? 
28:38 – When I was in Ukraine to adopt my daughter, we attended a Mass there. People made the sign of the Cross throughout the entire liturgy, and it doesn’t seem to have a rhyme or reason. Why do they do this? 
37:40 – Why do you think there is so much liturgical churn in the western Church about various liturgical practices, but the east seems very peaceful and stable? 
44:44 – My son is in the seminary, in his fourth year in the western Church. How do you feel about having a family and being a priest? Do you feel pulled in too many directions? 
52:40 – Is it true that Eastern Catholics believe that there will still be more children born in heaven after the Second Coming? 

Questions Covered:

03:30 – Was Mary perfect before she gave birth to Jesus? 
07:00 – Why did Vatican II happen? 
17:18 – Why are Ouija boards sinful? 
21:53 – How should I respond to a person who is transgendered and asks me to use incorrect pronouns? 
31:00 – Why did Joseph and Mary abstain from sexual relations? 
50:05 – Did Jesus have a guardian angel, and could he see that angel


Questions Covered:

05:30 – What is Free Grace theology and why is it unbiblical? 
15:05 – Would it be wrong to recommend a video game to my friend who believes they are immoral? 
22:15 – Is it true that Abraham never saw Sara after he went to sacrifice Isaac? 
29:01 – How dark and gruesome can my writing get before it’s immoral? 
36:00 – How can a person’s mental illness persist despite his receiving the Sacraments? 
42:30 – What is the morality of literature and games that contain elements of magic, witchcraft, and fictional gods? 
48:45 – What is the church teaching regarding tattoos? 


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