Q&A Open Forum

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6pm ET

Tim Staples answers:

When I hear a recording of a priest giving a blessing, am I receiving that blessing?

When Jesus stood up and read the scrolls, was it because he was in a position of authority, or could anyone do it?

My goddaughter is marrying a First Assemblies youth minister in his church, and he has been married before -- how should I broach the subject with her?

Why did Jesus tell the good thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise,” and a few days later tell Mary Magdalen, “I have not yet ascended to the Father?”

Are priests allowed to say the Hail Mary after the petitions in Mass?

Why do Catholics believe that when God says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers,” he is referring to Mary?

When Jesus says, “A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have,” is he confirming that ghosts exist?

How do Catholics understand Matthew 24:40, since they don’t believe in the Rapture?

Defending Your Faith: How to Counter Standard Objections to Catholicism
The most common charge non-Catholic Christians make against the Catholic Church is that the tenets of Catholicism are man-made and unbiblical. Those are serious charges, for sure. But can you refute them?