Today I Will Be the Guest on Catholic Answers Live

by Steve Ray on August 22, 2011

IMG_6906At 6:00 PM Eastern I will be answering questions from Non-Catholics on Catholic Answers Live.

After the show I will post the questions I answered and the audio links to listen to the show.

Pray for me today as I try to correctly represent the Catholic Church and give honor to Our Lord.

You can listen on-line at For more info and other listening options, click here.

Here is the article on Purgatory that I promised; and here are over a hundred other similar articles to explain and defend the Catholic Faith.

Questions I answered:

1) What is purgatory and why do Catholics believe in it?

2) I feel like God is talking to me about the Eucharist, but I went to a Catholic Church Sunday and they would not let me, an adult, take the Eucharist but they were allowing kids to partake. Why don’t they let other Christians share in the Eucharist?

3) How do you make the connection between Matthew 16:19 and the keys mentioned in Isaiah 22? I cannot see where Isaiah 22 is proving the office of the Pope.

4) You said Purgatory is a place where you come to a point of loving God more than yourself — or where you get good enough to get to heaven. Isn’t it true that God only expects the best we can do?

The callers were excellent, honest and true seekers so we took more time with each question. The hour just FLEW by!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg Henderson August 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Dear Stephen,

On Catholic Radio 910 AM (Guadalupe Network), Dallas, Texas I listened to your hour on Catholic Answers Live. It had been a long day at work and the commute brutal as always. As I was pulling into my driveway I heard you respond to a call regarding “getting good enough to get to Heaven”. Your response stunned me and brought tears to my eyes as I pondered my own efforts and did they meet the expectations of Jesus as you brought up in the Gospel passage. I am appreciative of your time and efforts on behalf of Catholilc apologetics. God willing one day you will come to St. Ann Parish in Coppell, Texas and I will be able to hear you speak in person.

God Bless,

PS I read you book Crossing the Tiber and enjoyed it very much.
Greg Henderson

Stephen Coughlin September 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Dear Mr. Ray,

I listen to Catholic Answers Live on podcast and so got to this program delayed. At the end, you stated that 105,000 Christian were killed for being Christians in the year 2010 alone! Where does this number come from? This question is not out of skepticism but rather I believe it but would be keenly interested as it could be used as a citable source.

Read your book “On This Rock.” It was tedious! It was great! I mean that sincerely. As an attorney, sometimes the brute force recitation of facts in the form of data is the necessary way of proving a point and I think you did it very well. As one that has written more than a few briefs where on line of text entailed a full page of footnotes, sometimes the weight of the facts have to be made to present themselves. Take care!


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