Open Forum

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 - 6pm ET

Jimmy Akin answers:

Has the Church ever required penitence or abstinence during Advent as it does during Lent?

What is the difference between sin and evil?

At Mass, I once had a vision of an angel -- can you help me figure out what that means?

Is there a correlation between demonic possession and schizophrenia paranoia? How would you recommend I talk to my daughter about seeing a priest about possible possession and her mental illness?

How can I explain just war to high schoolers, specifically in regard to the movie For Greater Glory?

Can you discuss the sinfulness of abortion compared to the Connecticut shooting?

How does someone disassociate himself from the Catholic Church? Can he excommunicate himself?

Were there any fathers of the Church who commented on contraception?

If murder is universally wrong, what makes it okay in war?

Could you explain the meaning of “secular society”?

In 2 Kings 2:23-25, God sends bears to defend Elisha -- why would God intervene and protect Elisha, but not intervene on an assassination attempt on Hitler and let Hitler be killed?