Open Forum

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - 7pm ET

In my bible study today, the instructor said St. Paul was married and one of the thorns in his side was the fact that his wife was not Christian. Have you heard this before?

I have a question of the so-called Gospel of Judas. My friend was talking about it today and a special she saw on tv, and I told her that I don’t believe the Church has accepted it. Is this true?

Is it true that we can definitively say that God loves some more than others?

I would like to hear what your opinion is on embryo adoption. Is this a gray area for the Church or not?

First, sometimes I hear talk about the saints. I thought that according to scripture, once you accept Jesus then you become a saint. So why is this title only given to certain individuals? Secondly, much of what we are seeing in the world today (globalization etc) seems to point to the end of times. I don’t hear the Catholic Church addressing this at all. Does the Catholic Church believe us to be near the end times?

Can cohabitating couples ever receive communion? Especially in the case of converts that are going to be received this Easter.

I would like to follow up with Father about his answer to the caller inquiring about God loving some more than others. I don’t feel that not being able to play a musical instrument is a way to determine God’s love. I don’t agree with this idea.

I’m reading the Bible and the Spiritual Exercises of St Thomas Aquinas simultaneously. Am I taking on too much?

I just went through baptism and confirmation. My neighbor has been criticizing the Church and says it is wrong for the pope to sit on Peter’s chair. 1 Peter 5:1-3 is telling the elders to go out and be shepherds by setting a good example. My neighbor takes off the last part and says we should all be shepherds/preachers. I want to be able to accurately explain this scripture passage to him. 

History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium it is expertly and ably told by historian James Hitchcock.