Open Forum

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 - 7pm ET

Jim Blackburn answers:

Every time I experience a bad situation, I look back on all of the bad things I have done -- is there a healing process that I can go through in order to forgive myself for my mistakes?

Can an extraordinary minister give someone Communion during adoration?

Is the charismatic movement going on? How does the Church view it?

How do we know which books are supposed to be in the Bible?

What is the difference between receiving sacraments in the Catholic Church and in a Christian church?

How do I respond to someone who claims that Catholic priests are not allowed to marry because the Church would have to care for their families when they pass away?

Have you heard of the Garabandal apparitions in Spain?

My spiritual director suggests centering prayer -- what protocol do I follow when it comes to this?

The Gospel Truth About Mary Volume 1: Mary, the Mother of God and the Immaculate Conception
"The dogmas proclaiming Mary’s Immaculate Conception and her role as Mother of God may make sense to Catholics, but can they be explained to questioning Protestants? Tim Staples renders a masterful defense of these doctrines by starting with the questions he himself had as a young Protestant about Mary.  By examining the Scripture passages often used to disprove Marian dogmas, he shows how Scripture is, in fact, one of the sources from which these dogmas arise. “The Scripture passages that reveal the truths about the Blessed Mother,” says Staples, “became so obvious and so overwhelming to me that I could no longer deny the truth of the matter.”"