Open Forum

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 - 6pm ET

Can you help me with doubts about apostolic succession?

If your food has been blessed by a priest, can you feed the leftovers to animals?

Why do people change their names when they become pope? And how do they decide when certain saints’ feast days will be?

Can atheists be saved if they live a moral life?

How do we reconcile the fact that one gospel says that both thieves reviled Jesus on the cross, but another gospel says that only one of the thieves reviled him?

Why did the Fourth Lateran Council decree that Jews and Muslims wear certain clothes and that Jews were not allowed to be in public during Holy Week? What should we make of this?

How do I use the Ignatius Catholic Study bible? How do we address the priest scandals?

How is that we say that we don’t judge or condemn people, but we make the judgment on whether or not they are saints?

How do I refute my atheist relative who says that the Resurrection never happened?

Is it true that the Church excommunicated people for using crossbows? Does the church have rules about naming a small business after a saint?

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