Open Forum

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 - 6pm ET

Jimmy Akin answers:

Does the term “sacrament of the Eucharist” refer to the whole Mass as well as the consecrated host?

In an Evangelical’s mind, what would be some manmade rituals or traditions in the Mass? How would I dispute this argument?

Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem?

The Catholic Church promotes equality and inclusiveness for all Catholics -- why would we be expected to support a political party that doesn’t have that inclusion?

Why don’t priests speak fearlessly and relevantly about issues in our society?

Someone gave an analogy for God as someone who rolled a marble along a table and people as those who have to keep the marble rolling -- what is the best response to this?

After the mystery of faith, many priests break a piece of the host and make a sign of the cross over the chalice with it -- what is the significance of this?

Is there any necessity in saying Hail Marys, or can we go to hell for not saying them?

Can St. Peter hear everybody’s prayers at the same time?

Is it true that we pray with the saints, not to them?

I went to my bishop with a problem and he did not even pray with me -- why doesn’t the message given in Mass on Sunday commensurate with the behavior and decision making of Catholics during the rest of the week?