Catholic Answers LIVECatholic Answers LIVE

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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Questions Covered:

04:37 – 1 John 5:13 says that we can know that we have eternal life. But Catholics say that we can’t know. It sounds like Catholics disagree with the Bible on this. Can we still perish even if we believe in Christ? 
17:15 – Why do Christian churches try to scare everybody into believing in hell? 
23:09 – Is it true that all Christians who are baptized technically have been exorcized? 
29:39 – I have trouble with the teaching that God’s authority over his creations makes it okay for him to kill them. Wouldn’t that make him pro-choice? 
42:38 – I see substitutionary atonement as very influential in pushing me towards atheism and I want to see if I’m understanding it correctly.   

Questions Covered:

01:21 – My question involves a Frankenstein’ monster scenario. Let’s suppose that the monster’s body was created as provided in the original novel. Let’s also suppose that the body parts were all gathered from baptized persons. After coming to life, would the monster need to be baptized in order to have the stain of original sin removed? 
06:11 – Why do things fly off the shelf by themselves? Why do we hear heavy footsteps on our ceiling when we only have a one-story house? Why do our cats avoid a certain spot in the living room and spend hours alertly watching it? 
13:16 – I believe in ghosts, or whatever it is that we call ghosts, because my daughter has seen them when she was younger and scared us all. What did she see? If ghosts are real, what are they? Why would someone be able to see them? 
 23:53 – If you lean too close when blowing out your Jack-o’-lantern, can the pumpkin suck out your soul? 
30:02 – I know someone who died, and he was very possibly in mortal sin. His wife died a few years earlier, she was a good faithful Catholic. He spoke to two different relatives probably within an hour after he had just passed and revealed to them that he was not in the same place as his wife, he said that he could not see her. Both relatives didn’t even know he had passed away, he spoke to them in their dreams with the same message. How does that happen? 
34:05 – Is Father Amorth fake and/or just a product of the Satanic Panic? If he is fake, is he sincere in his beliefs or is he some type of Satanic Panic Grifter like Mike Warnke and Zachary King? In the case of Father Amorth I still believe in exorcism, but Father Amorth’s claims, and documentaries make me think that he is not a good exorcist. RESOURCE MENTIONED: http://www.canonlaw.info/a_amorth.htm 
36:57 – Could a gateway to hell exist? Such as the legend of Stull, KS 
40:42 – My daughter, Lauren, would like to know the history of the tradition of carving pumpkins and if it had any connection to the Catholic “All Hallows Eve” 
43:16 – Is serving Candy Corn a mortal or venial sin? 
44:11 – I hear demons are not able to reveal a person’s sins IF that person already went to Confession. And demons especially hate Latin. Are either true? 
48:28 – Catholic Apologist Matt Fradd does a horror podcast called Sibling Horror… it can get pretty spooky. My question is, can someone listening or writing such stuff put them in any danger of even an occasion of sin since it could be entertaining thoughts and scenarios that could lead down a dark path? Or is that something that would change depending upon the inclination of the specific individual? 

Questions Covered:

02:54 – In Wales many claim Halloween came about because of the Celtic festival of Samhain. Is this true? When did All Saints begin? Does it predate Samhain? If not are the dates coincidental? Is this a case of “if the church chooses a date, it’s always going to coincide with something somewhere in the world?” 
09:05 – How would you address the deeply Catholic origins of the holiday and how those got twisted into what we have today? 
13:16 – What was your favorite Halloween candy when you were a child? And what was your favorite costume? 
19:45 – If I were to dress up as a Knight Templar for Halloween, putting on the habit of a knight of the order, would I be in violation of the Papal Bull Vox in Excelso, and thereby excommunicated? The bull suppressed the Order of the Temple, and specifically stated that anyone wearing the habit of the Order would be subject to laetae sentiae excommunication. 
28:18 – Jimmy, I’ve got a story that happened to me that I’d love your thoughts on: I went to a Benedictine Catholic liberal arts college in the mid-west. One night, during the week of Halloween, I was up late at night, 1am, working on a Russian history paper. I was in my dorm room, working with just my lamp on, and my roommate was asleep behind me on the bottom bunk. Suddenly, I hear him sit up. So I turn and look at him, and he looks at me with a weird, distant look on his face and says “You have something dead in your school…” I assume I misheard him, so I just say, “What?” “You have something dead in your school…” he says again. “WHAT!?” “You have something dead in your school…” At this point I reason that he’s very actively sleep talking, and I say as much. “You’re talking in your sleep, man. Go back to sleep.” He looks at me with an odd half-smirk, nods, and just lays back down and falls back into sleep. I think nothing else of this and go to bed after printing off my paper. I come to find out that at that same time as this took place, around 1 am, one of the monks at the abbey had passed. So…just a coincidence? Some sort of heralding? I’d love your thoughts… 
39:49 – Who’s the best Dracula? 
44:50 – Which does Jimmy feel is the better TV show- Addams Family or Munsters, and why? 
47:08 – Why do all the Star Wars force ghosts have to sit down when imparting lengthy advice to Luke? 
47:45 – My daughter Fiona wants to know if Annabelle the doll is really possessed by a demon? 
52:33 – What exactly are the differences between exorcisms and deliverances? How accurate are the depictions in movies overall; which movie/show is most accurate? Also, were any of the canonized saints ever possessed by a demon? 

Questions Covered:

02:17 – A friend adopted two cocker spaniels that are Double Merles. These dogs are bred with the full knowledge that only one or two of the litter won’t be born blind or deaf, or both, and these will often be put down (which is why my friend adopted them). We agreed it was rather a cruel custom, but then I thought it was no different than how God created humanity in the full knowledge that many would need to be “put down” (to hell). Yes, we have free will, but He knew this would be the case and created us anyway, seems like there had to be a better way or at least no way at all. 
16:05 – Do you know any good stories of persons leaving the SSPX or other schismatic organizations and returning to full communion? 
17:01 – My question is: why have certain pockets of American Catholics lost their schismatic minds and Catholic Answers is silent about it. 
20:12 – If or maybe when time travel becomes possible, would you want to travel back to the first Easter weekend or would you want to travel to any when in Jesus’ life apart from those last days? 
22:28 – If Jesus was nailed through the wrists, why do some stigmatists have the wounds in the palms of their hands? And why do some artists put a nail in each hand and each foot, a total of 4. 
32:21 – Are birthstones in the same vein as astrology? 
37:27 – I’m a wishful skeptic regarding Big Foot. By “wishful skeptic” I mean, I don’t believe in Big Foot, but I wish it was real, that would be fun. What are your thoughts? Is it possible he’s real? It seems that by now we would have stumbled upon the remains of a dead Big Foot.   
46:10 – What Star Trek (non-human) species are most likely to be what aliens would look like?  

Questions Covered:

4:10 – I would like to hear a response to Professor Daniel O’Connor’s claim that aliens cannot exist according to Catholic teaching and that they must be the work of demons. 
19:13 – I think a lot would like to know about whether Catholics can celebrate Halloween. 
23:14 – In honor of Halloween, could you explain the common misconceptions by Protestants (and some Catholics) that Halloween is a “pagan” or “demonic” holiday?  
28:41 – 1. If Halloween existed during the time of Christ, would He recommend it (trick or treat, wearing of costumes, family gatherings, etc…) to Joseph, Mary, and the apostles? 
31:19 – 2. If the word “Purgatory” was explicitly mentioned by Christ in the Gospels, would all Protestants believe in it?  
32:46 – I’d love to better understand “being outside of time”! 
36:49 – If Adam did not take a bite of the apple Eve gave him, would there have been a fall? 
41:01 – I have heard that a mass must be complete and not stop, even in an emergency. At what point must a priest not stop mass (is it during the liturgy of the Eucharist, or just specifically at the consecration, or another time)? 
51:22 – What is your take on the Irresistible force paradox? What would happen if an unstoppable force encountered an unmovable object? 

 

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