Q&A Open Forum

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7pm ET

Jimmy Akin answers:

My actor brother was given a part as a gay man -- can you discuss the ethical issues surrounding this?

Is it true that someone can be redeemed by someone else’s merits?

Can you discuss the difference between the Catholic interpretation of Romans 5:12 and the Orthodox interpretation?

Can you clarify 1 Timothy 4:1? Who is the sect that Paul was warning about?

Is it a sin to euthanize a family pet?

Where did the practice of the congregation raising their hands during a blessing come from?

I attend daily Mass at a women’s community and am concerned because they change some of the words in the Scripture readings (using gender-neutral language) -- what is the reason for this?

Jesus said that, when he went to the Father, his disciples would do greater things than him -- is this still expected today?

What is the difference between Franciscan, Jesuit, and Dominican priests?

What do we say to Catholics who refuse to recognize Vatican II?

How do we know fully if Peter was the first bishop of Rome?

How should I approach a family member who recently came out as a lesbian?

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