Catholic Answers Live

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I was on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday discussing how we as Catholics can relate to it influence our family and friends.

 Ready to go! Holidays often caused tension and strife among families. How can we take the high road and be a positive influence for Jesus and his Catholic Church?

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1) How do we answer Protestants who ask us if we have “a personal relationship with Jesus”?

2) If friend or relatives visit who are not married or in a same-sex relationship, should we let them share a bed in our house?

3) I am a Muslim and I think we should discuss what we have in common and not what is different among us.

4) My sister-in-law is married to my brother who is divorced and remarried. She cannot take communion even though she is a great Catholic. Why not?

6) If human life is more important than free will, why did God not stop Adam and Eve from eating the apple in the Garden of Eden?

7) How do I tell my relatives that abortion is a bigger issue than welfare?



It was great doing the Catholic Answers Live show on St. Paul from the Island of Malta. Here are the questions I answered in a very lively hour. To listen on-line listen here. To download the Podcast click here.


1. What are you doing on the Island of Malta and tell us of St. Paul’s evangelism on the island? Did he get to Malta by choice or by disaster?

2. What is St. Paul the Patron of? (Answer: Missions, Theologians, Gentile Christians)

3. St. Paul’s writings are so hard to understand? What can I do to better understand his epistles?

4. Why is St. Paul an Apostle when he was not one of the Twelve who spent three years with Jesus and were witnesses to his resurrection? Why is he not just a disciple?

5. My 9 year old son is working on a project for All Saints Day and he loves St. Paul. We need to know what Paul wore and how my son can best dress to resemble St. Paul?

6. Why are so few Catholic churches named after St. Paul but so many Methodists named after him?

7. Why did you call St. Peter a hypocrite earlier in the show?


Questions I answered Friday on Catholic Answers Live Q & A for Non-Catholics

 We took a bit of time to answer each question. Great fun with this show and the excellent callers. To listen ON-LINE click here. To download the PODCAST or for more info here.

 In RCIA:  My wife grew up Catholic but became lukewarm and is now an excited Evangelical Protestant. I am excitedly learning about the Catholic Church. What resources do you recommend that will help her?

 Interested Protestant: Where does this thing about “Holy Mother of God” come from?

 Muslim (who I did not know was a Muslim until the end):  Doesn’t your Catechism say that Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Didn’t a Pope say that Islam is a pathway to God? Is this still the teaching of your Church?

 Evangelical:  Scripture says there is only one mediator between God and man and your comments that Mary is a mediator contradicts Scripture. Can you clarify why you believe Mary is a mediator as well as Jesus?

 Jehovah’s Witness:   I grew up Jehovah’s Witness but have not been one as an adult. I am trying to understand Christianity. What do you mean by “the Trinity”?

 Evangelical Protestant: Why do you call Mary the “Virgin Mary”? Do you deny she had sexual relations with Joseph and that she never sinned?


Catholic Answers Live Tonight: “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”

August 10, 2015

Here are the questions I answered today on Catholic Answers Live. The topic was: A Day in the Life of the Holy Family. I will provide the links to listen on-line and download as a podcast as soon as the links are available. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 1. What did Jesus and Joseph do as carpenters? 2. What [...]

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July 13, 2015

… with my usual “Open Forum for Non-Catholics.” Here are the questions I answered. Listen on-line here; see other listening options such as podcasts here. ************************************ 1. Why do Catholics think that gay marriage should be illegal but not birth control and fornication? 2. What is meant by grace that Catholics receive in the sacraments? [...]

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Questions Steve Ray answered on Catholic Answers Live Monday: Q & A Forum for Non-Catholics

June 8, 2015

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday evening. You can listen on-live here or use other listening options, like podcasts, here: 1. If God is good, why is there evil and why do bad things happen to good people? 2. Why do Catholics think their Mass is a sacrifice when the [...]

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Are You Born Again?

May 19, 2015

 Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-) It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The [...]

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Questions I Answered this Week on Catholic Answers Live Q & A for Non-Catholics

May 5, 2015

It was a rousing hour with great questions. Hope you enjoy it. To listen on-line, click here. To download as a podcast or other listening options, click here. ***************** Can I take RCIA classes and still have my planned wedding in a Protestant church this fall? Shouldn’t Christians be uniting in volunteer missionary activity rather [...]

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Are You Born Again? A Few of the Questions I Answered Wednesday on Catholic Answers Live

April 23, 2015

A Few of the Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live — Are You Born Again? To listen on-line, click here. For Podcasts and other options, click here.  **************************************** 1. As a Baptist, what did you used to believe about being born again? 2. How do you now answer if someone asks you if you [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Q & A with Non-Catholics

March 19, 2015

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday evening. Not a lot of questions by number – but we spent a lot of time on some of the excellent conversations. Fun show! Here is the link to listen on-line:  Here is the link for downloading the podcast: **************************** 1 – [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

February 17, 2015

These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. Click here for the LINK to listen on-line. Click here for the PODCAST or other information. *************************************** 1)  I have a son who defends the Catholic Church to the death but won’t go to [...]

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Karl Keating Steps Down at Catholic Answers

February 3, 2015

This is good news for Catholic Answers and will open up a lot of new possibilities. Christopher Check is now President — a good move. You can read the official announcement here:

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Questions I Answered for 2 Hours on Catholic Answers Live with Non-Catholics

January 28, 2015

 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: For podcasts, click here:  Second Hour: Second hour listen on line here:   Podcast here:  QUESTIONS I [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday

December 17, 2014

Here is a link to listen on-line to Steve’s Open Line for Non-Catholics: Click here  For other options like podcasts, click here Here are the questions Steve answered: 1) Some on Catholic radio said there must be a God because people who do not believe in God can’t prove the he doesn’t exist. How come [...]

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Link Available: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

November 28, 2014

Topic: St. Paul Teaches Us to Run the Race on Catholic Answers Live  Questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live tonight. You can access the link to listen on-line or to download as a podcast – as soon as the links are available. Listen here. 1. St. Paul speaks rather strongly regarding women’s participation in [...]

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Raising Daughters: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – links added

September 10, 2014

My first comment was: the most important thing for a girl is the love of a strong father and that the father love the girl’s mother. We talked about raising daughters and some of my philosophy after having done raised three daughters and a son — all wonderful. And, my youngest, a daughter is getting [...]

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