May 22, 2019
The New Testament Background of the Incarnation
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck answer questions on faith and reason, examining the New Testament evidence of Christ’s Incarnation as they continue to explore the Central Doctrines of the Catholic Church.
1. Doug Keck asked Father Spitzer if he happened to catch the study that just came out, THE TIES THAT BIND: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?, which just came out and said that when it comes to relationships in quality heterosexual relationship highly religious couples enjoy higher quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction.
2. You have stated that Jesus ended suffering as punishment for our ancestors’ sin, but why did God allow this in Old Testament times in the first place?
3. With recent bans on abortion in some states, I hear a lot of talk from abortion advocates calling it health care and a woman’s right. How do we carefully respond to this? I have even heard pro-lifers labeled as “anti-choice”, as if our goal is to take away women’s choices. I just feel at a loss of how to properly respond.
4. On a previous show, you mentioned that a person couldn’t properly love and give of himself or herself unless they are self-aware. No other creature aside from humans are self-aware. There are studies that suggest that a number of animals are self-aware using a mirror. Can you please comment on the weakness of such a study in relation to what self-awareness actually is?
5. In the Summa for lay people by St. Thomas, I read that when Jesus was on earth, He was also in heaven looking at himself on earth. Does this mean that only a small part of Jesus’ divinity was in his human body? I wasn’t sure if you agreed with this based on some of what you have recently said about Christ’s divinity.
May 8, 2019
As Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck continue their journey through the Central Doctrines of the Catholic Church, they examine how Christ became man.
1. I cannot find the Church’s conclusive stance on embryonic adoption. Can you please shed some light on the matter? I understand why the Church doesn’t support In Vitro Fertilization, but these are existing embryos which are unable to come to term unless a mother carries them. My husband and I have suffered infertility for years. Is this something we can consider?
2. Did Neanderthal men have souls? As a whole, Neanderthals are believed to have made sufficient tools, bury the dead, and may have had a crude language. I am very interested in your answer to this question, as I know you are a man of science as well as a man of God.
3. Does God accept anticipated prayers? When you die, does God look into the future and give you all the prayers that He sees others have said for you to help you through Purgatory? If God knew ahead of time that he would bring his son into the flesh to save the world, then it seems like granting such anticipated prayers would be possible.
4. 2nd Peter speaks of fallen angels being condemned and handed over to be “kept for judgment”, yet we know that Satan continues to roam the earth. Do fallen angels bi-locate to earth from hell? Are demons trapped in hell while others roam freely on earth? Or is this condemnation that has yet to come?
5. My elderly father has cancer and is still searching for the Truth. He still remembers that his youth religion teacher didn’t have an answer for this question: “Assuming that there is life on Mars, did Jesus’ death on the Cross redeem them also?” This may seem silly since we have no proof of life on Mars, but I am hoping that your answer may help lead him to the Truth.
6. I have learned that the Ethiopian church accepts the Book Of Enoch. Can you please touch upon what exactly this book contains? Do you think that this book may be genuine and perhaps back to the time of Genesis?
7. Are we allowed to change our confirmation name? I was 10 when I received my sacrament and grouped in with the older children. I really didn’t understand the importance in my choice of a name. It was based on a neighborhood friend and not a saint. I would like to change my name to Gabriel if I could.
May 1, 2019
The Holy Trinity
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck continue their journey through the Central Doctrines of the Catholic Church, they distinguish the actions of the Holy Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
1. This past Lent, I was reminded that Our Lord fasted for 40 days. I know he fasted from food, but what about water? The human body can’t go without water. Can you please shed some light on this?
2. Do you think that the devil is capable of reading our thoughts, or is this ability reserved only for God?
3. What does the Church say if a person who has led a very sinful life, never showing remorse or interest in repenting, then suffers brain injury from a massive stroke or gunshot wound to the head where they are declared brain dead and a priest comes in and gives them Last Rites. Do they still receive the graces from the Sacrament and avoid hell?
4. Father has mentioned Magisterium several times. I was hoping Fr. Spitzer could give his explanation on what exactly the Magisterium is and also say a few words about St. Justin Martyr and his “The First Apology.”
5. What are the three distinct acts of self-consciousness according to Christian revelation.
6. Is it possible to understand the Trinity?
February 13, 2019
Who God Is Not
This week, they examine common misconceptions about God and why we must accept His unconditional love in order to see the fruit of it.
1. Why is the Church hierarchy so quiet about New York’s recent Reproductive Health Act? This is a perfect opportunity for the leaders of the Church to speak with moral authority. Why isn’t the Church standing up for the lives of the unborn on this matter? Is there something that the lay faithful can do?
2. In reference to New York’s tragic Reproductive Health Act, how is absolute freedom different from the free will that God gives His people? It’s important to understand the difference between free will and the anarchy of absolute freedom.
3. I am dying of lung cancer, but eternal damnation is what I fear. It is the formal teachings of the Church that suffering and torture in Hell is eternal. I am sorry for my sins but cannot forgive myself. I have agoraphobia and do not leave home. What should I do?
4. Can we say that our dreams can be divine messages? If so, how do we know when they are divine, and not just our subconscious dealing with things like desires, fears and anxiety?
5. Why was Jesus’s death the only way for us to be saved from our sins? Did God the Father decide this was the only way? How exactly did Satan accept and understand that Jesus’s death would save all humanity from our sins?
6. I have a very good friend who suffers from severe depression and anxiety. No medication or therapy seems to work. How can I help her to understand what true happiness is? Any advice on effectively communicating these four levels of happiness is greatly appreciated.
7. From Doug Keck: Can you explain what numinous actually means?
January 23, 2019
Explaining the Doctrine Of the Trinity And The Incarnation
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck provide answers for questions on faith and reason. Today, they dig into the mystery of Jesus coming to us as a human while remaining part of an unbreakable, Triune God. Part 2.
1. In Jesus’ time people were shocked at His statement that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. Why did Jesus choose this method for us to commune with him? Even by today’s standards eating someone’s flesh and drinking their blood would be a hard saying to comprehend. The Eucharist is a great gift, but please explain this.
2. In discussing Jesus’ passion, I’ve read that Mary experienced the very same sufferings that her Son did, but inwardly, beginning with the Agony in the Garden. Is this true? If so, how could she endure these pains without dying or fainting or moaning in front of the others around her?
3. I was watching a recent show where you related the lamb’s blood over the Israelites doorway in Egypt to the blood of Jesus in the Sacrament of The Eucharist. Didn’t the Israelites also eat of the lamb’s body on that night? If so, then both the lamb’s body and the blood are precursors to Jesus sacrifice, right?
4. On the last episode you talked about malign spirits that come back and influence people. Wouldn’t this prove that a spirit could “get out” of hell so to speak and wander around and eventually communicate mentally with people? Couldn’t a good spirit do the same?
5. I was taught that if you die in the state of mortal sin, you will go to hell. In your show, you say that one chooses hell. I know many Catholics who use birth control and skip Mass, but seem to love Jesus. Are they going to hell? These are amazing people and it saddens me that they disregard the church’s teaching.
6. My young adult children only go to church when they feel like it. They aren’t scared by the fact that missing mass is a mortal sin. What are your thoughts? I wish I had done a better job of instilling love for the Catholic church in my children.
7. How can missing mass and killing someone both be mortal sins?