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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! 

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Questions Covered:

05:13 – I am an atheist because of the problem of evil, unanswered prayer, and a design of brutality. 
16:09 – I am an atheist because I don’t think God is necessary and that science explains him away. The Big Bang caused the existence of the world, not God. 
22:03 – I am an atheist because I see contradictory explanations for what God is. Apologists say lots of different things about this, depending on what the situation requires. 
40:15 – I am agnostic because I believe in the reality that there might be a God, but beyond creating things, I think people have made up the rest of the theories out there about God. It’s humans who have created these “truths”.  

Catholic Answers Game Show Questions
Round 1
Contestant One
1)The union of divine and human natures in the single person of Jesus is called:
a) The hypostatic union.
b) Hylomorphism.
c) Divinization.
2) The pope’s power involves:
a) The ability to modify natural law.
b) Full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the Universal Church.
c) Full but only collegial power of jurisdiction over the Universal Church.
3) Baptism gives sanctifying grace to the soul but does not take away:
a) All sin.
b) The penalties due for sin.
c) The inclination to sin.
Contestant Two
1) Islam is:
a) Younger that Christianity.
b) More ancient than Christianity.
c) Roughly the same age as Christianity.
2) Concupiscence is:
a) The interior consent to perform a sinful action.
b) The inclination to sin. (CCC 418, 405)
c) The actual performance of a sinful action
3) Orthodox bishops are:
a) No longer in possession of apostolic succession.
b) Successors to the Apostles but lacking priestly power.
c) Real successors to the Apostles.
Contestant One
1) The Church believes that sacramentals:
a) Were established by Jesus to impart saving grace.
b) Resemble the sacraments but are only signs that dispose us to receive grace.
c) Are necessary for salvation.
2) Celibacy is the general rule for priests:
a) In all Churches in union with the pope. (no, Maronites for example)
b) In the Latin rite, but with some exceptions.
c) Only since the 19th century.
3) In the Catholic Church Ex opere operato refers to:
a) The limits on the use of force within war.
b) The fact that the sacraments do not depend on the holiness of the priest.
c) The fact that after death repentance is no longer possible.
Contestant Two
1) Without sanctifying grace, which we cannot merit, we cannot:
a) Be saved.
b) Use our powers of reason.
c) Have any knowledge of right and wrong.
2) If a priest performs a sacrament while in a state of mortal sin?
a) The sacrament is invalid
b) The sacrament is valid.
c) The sacrament is technically valid, but no grace comes from it.
3) In Catholic Teaching the phrase “jus ad bellum” refers to:
a) The moral way to wage war.
b) The right to wage war.
c) The prohibition on killing innocents.
1. F St. Paul preached on three continents. (Not Africa.)
2. T Fear of God is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
3. T Jesus was a prophet.
4. F The New Testament only uses the word “apostle” when referring to the twelve chosen by Jesus.
5. F Matthew the Apostle came out to see John the Baptist and after he met Jesus he told Peter, “We have met the Messiah.”
6. T The second person of the Trinity shares everything with the Father except being Father. (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 246)
7. F The Church requires in all cases that heroic means be used to prolong life.

Questions Covered:

02:58 – The 2nd half of Acts and onwards of the New Testament has Paul written all over it. Protestants and Orthodox have used that to prove that Paul is the leader and not Peter. Even some Church Fathers didn’t behave as if there was a single authority. What is the best way to refute that? 
14:50 – Why is it that the Catholic “Our Father” ends with ‘deliver us from evil and not ‘for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever’? 
16:50 – How would you respond to the following regarding Peter as Pope? The two Greek words petros and petra are quite distinct, the former being masculine gender, and the latter feminine. The latter denotes a rock or cliff, in situ, firm and immovable. The former denotes a fragment of it, which one traveler may move with his foot in one direction and another may throw in another. This former word petros is the Greek translation kephas, a stone, which was Peter’s name in Aramaic, as was his appellative “Barjona” (John 1:42). See Ap. 94. III. 3 . 
24:50 – Is the sacred Host both the body and blood of Christ? Some religions use both a bread and some grape juice while we only receive the bread. Thanks. 
31:35 – We recently had a marriage between our Catholic prime minister who has married twice outside the church, just married inside the Church to another Catholic. What would you say to my fellow parishioner who unlike Boris, did their first marriage correctly and it all went wrong and can no longer marry? It feels to them like she has followed the rules and been punished but Boris has ignored the rules and can be happy ever after. 

40:30 – My question is, what to do when two members of the magisterium teach or affirm opposite things about our faith. 
43:22 – Some of my friends have recently converted to Oneness Pentecostalism. The Trinity is especially tricky, and so I can’t really give them good explanations for fear of blabbing out heresies lmao. And tbh I really don’t understand it. Can you please explain how this doctrine emerged from apostolic times and the ancient heresies that opposed this doctrine? My Oneness Pentecostal friends, who claim that their church is ‘apostolic’, say that the ‘apostolic faith did not believe in the Trinity’ and that the Bible doesn’t mention the word ‘Trinity’ in it. I’ve also been having bouts with agnosticism too so how do we know that the Uncaused Cause is revealed in three persons? And what does the doctrine of the Trinity mean for our souls?  
49:16 – Did Mary die? Or was she taken up to heaven alive after her earthly ministry?? 
52:16 – Should the garden of Eden be taken as a real or metaphorical story and if so, what implications does that have for the fall and original sin?  

Questions Covered

03:45 – Do Paul and James contradict each other on Justification? 
10:12 – I got a Reiki massage in the past, which I heard from a previous caller is wrong. I didn’t know this was wrong, but did I open myself up to anything bad? 
14:05 – According to the First Vatican Council, no one can reject Papal infallibility without endangering his faith. I’m Easter Orthodox, so am I damned? 
18:00 – How do I discern the voice of God from my inner voice? 
21:38 – What was the purpose of animal sacrifice in Mosaic Law? 
29:00 – Why did God tolerate divorce in the Old Testament? 
36:20 – Is it appropriate to thank intercessory saints and angels? 
41:30 – I feel like I just had a rushed confession, so should I go back? 
49:35 – How do I become confident in my faith without seeming obstinate? 

Questions Covered:

14:00- Can a comatose person receive Last Rites, and does this Sacrament ensure salvation? 
18:00- Christopher Columbus stop the child sacrifice practices among Indigenous peoples? 
22:35 – What is the Catholic Church’s stance on “neuro-bio feedback”, “mindfulness training”, and mediation? 
31:05 – What is the Church’s view on the fact that different apostolic churches have different canons of scripture? 
37:47 – I just found out I was baptized Catholic, but I do not want to be Catholic. What should I do? 
49:25 – I was trying to get to confession before mass, but the line was too long. Is it okay to make a perfect contrition so that I am prepared for Communion? 


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