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Open Forum

Jimmy Akin

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Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

00:47 - Why does the Church allow organ donation but not the scattering of ashes? 

06:02 - I read a protestant claim that said early Church worship was much closer to modern charismatic services than it was to the Catholic Mass. 

14:06 - What’s the current role of the Camerlengo of the College of Cardinals? 

16:48 - Is it ok for me to attend the bridal shower of my friend who fell away from the faith? 

20:32 - The Church claims it’s the only authority of scripture, but according to natural law we’re able to reason to moral truths ourselves. Isn’t that a double standard? 

28:43 - My atheist friend says religion is just something people tell themselves for a long enough time until they believe it. How can I respond to him? 

34:24 - What’s the distinction between spiritual gluttony and the pursuit of wisdom? How do I know which I’m engaging in? 

41:22 - How was God created? 

44:50 - If every soul has to pass through purgatory to get to heaven, then what does the Catholic Church say happens to the souls of Protestants, who don’t believe in purgatory? 

48:22 - In Exodus 21:20 there’s a law that says if someone beats their slave to death they’re punished by death, but if the slave recovers, they’re not punished by death because a slave is his master’s property. Why is the slave, made in the image and likeness of God, someone’s property? 


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