Questions I Answered Tonight on Catholic Answers Live

by Steve Ray on May 13, 2013

It was another fun show. Good questions and lively discussion. The discussion turned especially lively when and ex-Catholic, now Southern Baptist pastor came on to show how little he really understood the teaching of the Church (though he thought he was the defined expert.)

Here is the link to listen on-line and the MP3 download link here.


1) David (Jewish) asked “My sponsor in AA is deeply Catholic and my kids were baptized into the Catholic Church. Am I making God angry that as a Jew I am thinking about and praying sometimes to Jesus?”

2) Jonathan (Marabian – Methodist) asked “Can you explain the infallibility of the Pope? Where did that come from?”

3) Mark (Eastern Orthodox) asks, “Why do Catholics believe the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son when Orthodox believe the Spirit was sent only from the Father?”

4) Yosef (Coptic Orthodox) ask “Why do Catholics use unleavened bread for communion?”

5) Ron (Southern Baptist pastor) said, “I was a Catholic for 30 years – Why do Catholics worship and adore Mary?” (Actually this turned into a bit of a heated discussion about saints, tradition, Mary, and much more. He typically did not want to stay on one topic.)

6) Amy (Lutheran) asked, “My son is in kindergarten at a Catholic School. What resources can I use to help him understand the Catholic teachings which will be different than our Lutheran practice?”

I also promised to post an answer to “Why do Catholics use unleavened bread while Eastern churches us regular leavened bread.” I found an excellent article on this matter HERE..

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Chip Hillesheim May 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Steve, I heard your exchange with the Southern Baptist pastor and I thought you did a great job of giving solid clear and concise answers to whatever the Pastor threw at you. I thought your responses, especially regarding Mary’s veneration and what the Catholic Church actually teaches was brilliant. If it would have been me I wouldn’t have done so well. It is so sad as I know many Catholics would not be able to defend what should be basic apologetic understanding of fundamental Catholic doctrine or even care. It is hard to gain good teaching in our own Parrish. I hope I can someday learn enough on my own to be a decent catechism teacher. I’d rather have a mentor though. Great job defending and enlightening those with misconceptions.

Peggy May 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM

It was a great show, Steve! You really kept your cool with your SB pastor. Off the subject, but can men wear shorts in Israel on your pilgrimages? I was on the Turin pilgrimage!!

Edward Lazarus May 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM


Wearing shorts is frowned upon in the Holy Land for men and women . These are after all the most sacred sites where Our Lord walked and lived and died and rose again. If your going to wear shorts , then carry a sarong wrap skirt as many Churches will not permit entry otherwise and almost all of them have a notice outside saying ‘shorts not permitted’ . For the men its better to wear trousers .

Anil Wang May 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Steve, relating to the Southern Baptist. His main problem was that he didn’t believe you that he was misinformed so much of what you said likely went in one ear and out the other. It’s basically your word against his. Anyone whose seen scripture wars (Calvinism vs Arminianism, pedobaptists versus believer’s baptists, etc) knows that unless there is a willingness to trust that the other side is sincere and not stupid, that quoting scripture is a waste of time.

May I suggest that you point him to the Catholic Catechism online? There are several versions and its indexed so he can quickly find out everything Catholics teach about Mary and intercessory prayer. Best of all, he doesn’t have to trust you and he can’t deny that the Catholic Catechism condemns praying to the saints as if they were God.

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