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Q&A Open Forum

Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin answers:

Does the Catholic Church still adhere to what the pope said about salvation by grace at the Council of Trent? If so, how is that justified with Christ’s sacrifice for the salvation of men?

How does Easter Sunday relate to the Easter bunny and Easter baskets? 

Why were Judas and Pontius Pilate held accountable, if they were part of the plan of Jesus’ suffering and dying on the cross?

Why don’t we hear more about the charismatic gifts of the Spirit? What place do they have in the Church?

Can demons ever be saved if we pray for them?

What does the Catholic Church do for women who request consolation after a miscarriage?

Why didn’t St. Paul and St. Peter talk about Mary in their Epistles?

If God is outside of time, does he know if we will go to heaven?

What is the general defense of the Church’s actions in the past, such as the Crusades?

When Irenaeus of Lyon speaks of the “souls in the state of expectation” and the “intermediate period,” is he referring to purgatory or Sheol? Was purgatory ever challenged before Martin Luther?

Why aren’t our extraordinary ministers allowed to give blessings during Communion anymore?

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