Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Friday, Nov. 19, 2016

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2016

You can listen here for Hour 1 and here for Hour 2. For more listening options like Podcasts, click here for Hour 1 and here for Hour 2.

Questions I answered:

1. I could not be Catholic because I see the Catholic organization NOT as a source of Good in the world. What do you say to that?

2. I could never be a Catholic for the reason of the sex abuse scandal (got a bit fiesty).IMG_2824

3. We have seven kids and stopped going to church because of the big hassle. Should we go to church again and if so, how?

4. At the abortion clinic we were picketing with some Catholics and they said that aborted babies don’t to to heaven but to “limbo.” Is that true?

5. Why do Catholics follow tradition instead of the clarity of the Bible?

6. Is it possible to be a Christian without being Catholic?

7. Where are the souls in Purgatory? Why do you believe in something that is not in the Bible?

8. Is Satan sometimes in heaven?

9. My son went to Catholic school and in the church he asked me, “Mom, why is this church full of pictures and statues of Mary but not of Jesus? Isn’t Jesus the most important?

10. I am starting RCIA but I am not “feeling yet”. What should I do?

I have a hard time believing a loving God would condemn anyone to hell. What is your take on this?

11. In the Bible it talks about spiritual gifts. Why is it that the Catholic Church does not talk about spiritual gifts and that people like me have to go outside the Catholic Church to charismatic groups to learn about and practice them?

12. Why is it the Pope declares people saints? Who gives him that authority? Aren’t we all saints?

13. Do Catholics plan to go to heaven? Are they sure?

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

mark advent November 23, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Concerning the Catholic Church with the seemingly overabundance of Marian images and none of Jesus, I wonder if the Church had a crucifix at all.

STEVE RAY HERE: I have not been in that particular church but it is my understanding that all Catholic Churches have crucifixes. They also have Stations of the Cross with images of Jesus carrying his cross and being crucified. Churches that are dedicated to Mary have images to correspond. Other saints are multiplied in churches dedicated to them.

In the General Instruction of the Roman Missal it states: “308. Likewise, either on the altar or near it, there is to be a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon it, a cross clearly visible to the assembled people. It is desirable that such a cross should remain near the altar even outside of liturgical celebrations, so as to call to mind for the faithful the saving Passion of the Lord.”

God bless Mark!

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