Q&A Open Forum

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7pm ET

Mark Brumley answers:

When I’m traveling in China, is it okay for me to go to the state-approved Catholic Church?

What does the Church teach about the souls of babies who die before they are baptized and the souls of aborted babies?

How do I answer my relatives who believe that the popes approved of selling indulgences and murder in the Crusades?

What is the meaning of a “new heaven?”

What can I do as far as having my nephew baptized, since his parents are atheists?

I know someone who believes that a picture of Christ will save her -- through Scripture, how do I prove to her that she is making it into an idol?

Can you comment on how terminology reflects doctrine (For example, shouldn’t we call "intinction," "insanguination" instead)?


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