I took my own hour and filled in for Jimmy Akin for the 2nd hour — taking questions from Non-Catholic for two hours on Catholic Answers Live. 

First Hour:
First hour listen on on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27630
For podcasts, click here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27630 

Second Hour:
Second hour listen on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27631  
Podcast here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27631# 

QUESTIONS I ANSWERED: 

1)  Radical Traditionalist (Catholic but rejects the Popes since Vatican II): Professor Richard McBrien, professor of Notre Dame, denied at least six Catholic dogmas yet was afforded a Catholic funeral. How can this be?

2)  I have a big problem with a loving God commanding the Israelites to kill the Amalekites (he meant the Canaanites) including their women, children and animals. How do Catholics explain this?

3)  Protestant: I am becoming very interested in the Catholic Church. What do I need to do to join the Catholic Church?

4)  Protestant: When we look at the history of the Church we see popes who were scoundrels. How can you remove such popes?

5)  Protestant: What happens if a priest or bishop falls in love and marries? Why do you believe in celibacy for priests?

6)  Evangelical: I am Evangelical and had a powerful experience with God. My Catholic friend says we have to be baptized to be saved. How do Catholics explain this and what is the relationship between faith and baptism?

7)  Former Catholic: What is your opinion on people who are not Catholic getting into heaven? I left the Catholic Church because I wasn’t treated well. Should I come back and if so, why?

8)  Protestant: How can the Catholic Church say they are the true Church when there is nothing in the Bible to say they are?

9)  Protestant: You say that baptism is necessary for salvation, but what about the thief on the cross. Jesus said he would be with him in Paradise, yet the thief was not baptized. How do you explain that?

10)  What is the difference between the Catechism and the Magisterium and why are they important?

11)  Protestant Evangelical: I went to Catholic Schools and they really impressed me, especially the sense of the sacred and the severance for God. A bishop even gave me his Rosary recently along with a blessing. I’ve been listening to Catholic radio lately.

12)  IN RCIA: I am 15 years old and in RCIA. My boyfriend told me yesterday that he was joining the seminary. Can you direct me to any prayers to support seminarians?

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First aerial photo of Jerusalem

In Rochester Hills I will be giving a talk I usually give overlooking Jerusalem from the south. I tell the story of salvation history from Adam and Eve until today, emphasizing the life of Christ. It is great to see the whole story right before your eyes!

Tom Govern has joined up multiple times on pilgrimages and asked, “Have you ever recorded that talk?” I said, “No.”

So he invited me to his parish tonight to extend my talk from 20 minutes to one hour. I will record it and make it available for sale at a later date. I prepared these two pictures for everyone to use as a reference, to simulate standing on the promenade in Jerusalem looking north over Jerusalem.

Yesterday I gave another new talk at the Midwest Apologetics Conference which I will soon make available. it was entitled “The Church, the Priesthood and Confession.”

Looking north over Jerusalem

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Great New Didache Bible from Ignatius Press

by Steve Ray on January 24, 2015

The Didache Bible Is Here, By Dr. Jeff Mirus

This Bible uses the Second Edition of the Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard Version, widely regarded as the best translation available today. This means it was last revised according to the principles promulgated in Liturgiam Authenticam in 2001. The printing is well done—clean, clear and easy to read—and the accompanying commentary and additional resources are superb. However, the prospective reader needs to realize that this edition’s resources are primarily devoted to highlighting and clarifying the teachings and practices of the Church as found in the Word of God and as more fully articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

This purpose was inspired by the Midwest Theological Forum’s Didache Series of religious education textbooks, and it makes this edition of the Bible the best one to use in connection with religious education, or by readers who want to understand both the teachings of the Church and their foundations in Sacred Scripture. It would not be the best edition for those who know Catholic doctrine very well and are now interested in exploring the origins and development of the Biblical books, the surrounding history with which the texts interact, or the full range of perspectives on the meaning of difficult passages.

The Didache Bible includes the following preparatory resources as front-matter:

  • Foreword by Cardinal Francis George on the general relationships among the Catechism, Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, and Sacred Scripture.
  • Preface by Fr. James Socias of the Midwest Theological Forum on the fundamental purposes of this edition.
  • Introduction on Biblical inspiration and the various senses of Scripture.
  • A brief guide on how to read the Bible.
  • A brief summary of the major themes of all the books of the Old and New Testaments.
  • A chronology of the Old Testament.
  • A chronology of the New Testament.
  • A thematically-organized list of Scripture passages for personal meditation.

Of even greater interest are the resources which accompany each of the books. There is a one-page introduction to each book which covers authorship, dating, audience and main themes. Then, page by page as the the Biblical text unfolds, we find:

  • Extensive commentary, verse by verse, on the meaning of the text and its significance for understanding Catholic teaching and practice.
  • Call-out boxes which briefly highlight key Biblical and theological concepts to aid the reader in understanding the full significance of the text.
  • Lists of related Biblical passages (these cross references visually separate the text from the commentary).
  • Periodic full-page apologetical explanations of important Catholic concepts, teachings and practices, placed at appropriate points along the way. There are over 100 of these longer explanations.

Finally, following the last book of the Bible, the back-matter includes:

  • 24 full-color maps providing geographical orientations for both the Old and New Testaments.
  • A 44-page glossary of Biblical names and terms.
  • Index to the maps.
  • Index of apologetical explanations by title.
  • Index of apologetical explanations by subject.
  • A 23-page index of subjects, including Biblical names, which leads to the Biblical passages in which they appear.

I’ve attached two rough, home-made double-page scans. One shows pages from the Book of Genesis as an example of the presentation of the text, the Biblical cross-references, the extensive commentary, and the boxed highlights. The other shows pages from the Book of Revelation as an example of how an apologetical explanation (on the Rosary) interfaces with a page of text (again with its characteristic chapter and verse numbers, subtitles, cross references and commentary).

The Didache Bible is currently available in a sturdy hardbound edition with two ribbons. I give this Bible my highest recommendation for all those who wish to understand both Sacred Scripture and Catholic teaching more fully, including the deep links between the two. I would say it is the best edition to give as a first Bible to Catholics who have not yet made an extensive study of their Faith. It is the ideal Bible for them to have when they go off to college or out into the world, where they will eventually be challenged—not least about the relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Catholic Church.

I have provided our usual Amazon link below, but the Bible is currently on sale directly from Ignatius Press. I am checking on the availability of the deluxe leather-bound edition that was also originally planned.

 

 

The Didache Bible

$35.00

 

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President Obama: Abortion is a ‘core constitutional right’

January 23, 2015

Catholic World News – January 23, 2015 In a January 22 statement, President Barack Obama described Roe v. Wade as “a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal [...]

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Updates on “Geocentrism Debunked” for those following the debate

January 22, 2015

Dave Palm writes: “2014 was a fantastic year for Geocentrism Debunked (www.geocentrismdebunked.org) – the site usage has been really strong and is growing steadily. As the line-up of the most recent articles from last year shows, we ended 2014 addressing geocentrism from multiple scientific and theological angles. Now we’re kicking off the new year with [...]

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Cowards Among Us: Gary Sinise (“Leiutenant Dan”) and Bret Baier (Fox News) Succumb to Gay Bullies and the LGBT

January 20, 2015

Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. … There exists a highly organized cadre of LGBT activists whose job it is [...]

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Obama’s “Obamacare” in Four Sentences

January 19, 2015

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured. 2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured. 3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. 4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and [...]

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Two Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse Themselves from ‘Gay’ Marriage Cases

January 19, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies. The justices announced last Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be [...]

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead?

January 17, 2015

It seems apparent that St. Paul DOES pray for the dead. Here is my short article that gives a pretty clear example of St. Paul praying for a dead man, a man named Onesiphorus. This will be interesting for those who deny prayer for the dead and must find supposedly find everything explicitly in the Bible before they [...]

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US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

January 17, 2015

Archbishop: “It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage … consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal” WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) – The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the [...]

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World Premier of Abraham a Great Success!

January 15, 2015

Last night almost 300 people arrived at the $25 Dinner and Movie for the premier at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in their huge hall. We showed Abraham, Father of Faith & Works for the first time since we filmed and produced it.  The movie was filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. [...]

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Updated List of Steve’s Talks for Conferences and Missions

January 14, 2015

Today my son Jesse updated my website with a list of my talks and studies for conferences and missions, both at home and abroad. To learn more about inviting me to come to your event, check out our site www.InviteSteve.com.

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Friends in Midland – AGAIN – Help Toward Making the Next “Footprints” Movie a Reality

January 14, 2015

Last night at the Parish Mission here in Midland Texas a man walked up handed us a check for $30,000 toward our next DVD, Elijah/Elisha. He did not want accolades or recognition. He just wanted to help. This was even before we showed the Abraham movie for the World Premier.  Tonight we have the World [...]

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John the Baptist Ate Them…Steve Ate One too!

January 10, 2015

I was just on the radio and mentioned how I ate a grasshopper in the Holy Land, in honor of John the Baptist. Since we just returned from Israel I thought I would repost this blog entry in honor of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus on January 9 and my appearance on Relevant Radio to [...]

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World Premier of our Latest Documentary in the Footprints of God series: Abraham, Father of Faith and Works

January 9, 2015

World Premier of our Abraham movie next week in Midland Texas http://westexmissioner.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-news-documentary-abraham-to-premier.html

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The Pain of Stolen Honey – In Preparation for “John the Baptist & Our Lord Baptism”

January 8, 2015

A painful price is paid when one reaches his hand into a swarm of bees to swipe some of their honey. Stingers fly and welts flare. Wild honey is not collected from wild bees without burning pain and suffering. Today there is protective equipment and methods to harvest honey, but in times past it took [...]

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