Father Spitzer’s Universe – EWTN

February 28, 2018

Book: Ten Universal Principles
Principles of Ethics: Full Human Potential

1. I believe it is nonsense to take any part of the Bible literally. I am a strong believer in Richard Dawkins, as he is good man who believes in science and looking at things according to evidence. We are quite different than the people who lived during the Gospels. What do you think about this?

2. On a show last month, you touched a bit on the Golden Rule. Sometimes I feel that the more I follow the Golden Rule, the more some people try to take advantage of me. Should I still love people who try to do harm to me?

3. My 23 year old tells me she went to a non-catholic church the last 2 Sundays, and really felt closer to God than she has felt in a long time. I am a cradle Catholic and raised my children as such. I am at a loss. What can I do to keep her from wanting to leave our Catholic Faith?

4. My son abandoned me because I will not support his desire to live as a woman. I am a Catholic, and a counselor as well. He graduated from Catholic seminary, was ordained a transitional Deacon and then left. I grieve as though my child has died, but I have no closure. What can I do about this?

5. The Church teaches us that Jesus is a Divine Person, with two natures—the divine and the human. How can I explain the human nature of Jesus, without incurring that he could make mistakes?

6. Every human being deserves to be valued according to the full potential of their level of development. Why is it a problem if we don’t treat it that way?

7. Principle six is the principle of full human potential and every human being deserves to be valid according to the level of development potential not current level achieve. Why is it a problem if we don’t treat it that way?

8. How do you deal with a situation when you have someone born with special needs where they might have special limitations and they will never be able to reach the highest human potential, or is that an individual thing?

February 21, 2018

Book: Ten Universal Principles
Principles of Ethics: Consistent Ends and Means

1. Father what do you think of Billy Graham and his relationship to the church and to the United States and personally?

2. I live in Canada, where lethal injection by medical practitioners is now permissible in certain circumstances for a person seeking to alleviate grievous suffering. It seems that the person undergoing this process would suffer grievously in their soul if not in body.

3. Can anyone be truly happy in Heaven if they know that a loved one is suffering in Hell? I can’t see how this is possible. Could you please explain this to me?

4. On a previous show, Fr. Spitzer touched on the Gospel passages where someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”, and Jesus’ response was that “few” will enter the narrow gate that leads to everlasting life. How would Jesus not mean exactly what this says? People turn their backs to God daily. Wouldn’t He know the fate of every soul?

5. Are there some exceptions to the “the ends justify the means”?

6. Father explains is lying to someone to save yours or someone’s life ok?

February 14, 2018

Book: Ten Universal Principles
Principles of Ethics: Nonmaleficence – Part 2

1. Why do you think people go and get ashes on Ash Wednesday?

2. Back when abortion became legal, many of us honestly believed we had a right to abortion. Can you comment on how God’s forgiveness will lean on judgment day, between the cultural influencers, and our own self-responsibility to act with informed intention? Does God speak of “tipping the scales”, so to say?

3. I was brought up Catholic, but severely abused by my own parents. I sense the compassion and love of God coming from your heart, and I thank you for that. Do you have any advice for me to get back into Church and develop lasting relationships?

4. Father references St. Theresa’s of Lisieux. 1. The Story of a Soul, 2. The little Way for Every Day: Thoughts from Therese of Lisieux.

5. I still struggle with doubts, and I often have a hard time believing in God, even though I really want to. Do you have any advice for when someone’s faith falters?

6. Can someone have certitude and still have faith?

7. Father explains what Nonmaleficence means.

8. How can people who don’t believe in a creator, believe that people are intrinsically special?

February 7, 2018

Book: Ten Universal Principles
Principles of Ethics: Nonmaleficence – Part 1

1. According to more than a few pro-choice persons there seems to be a difficulty in definitions about the unborn. Can Fr. Spitzer explain the difference between, human, person, being, viable, etc? At what point does the body receive its soul?

2. Even Thomas Aquinas talked about “insoulment” happened. What do you have to say about that?

3. On the size of the universe, it does not really matter how many planetary civilizations can be supported in this universe, what really matters that rational beings found on those distant planets all have the same issue individually and corporately, namely how do we relate either to the issue of being itself. Did we make the world itself or did the world in its origins make us?

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