June 19, 2019
Heaven – Part 1
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck begin the seventh chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, examining Heaven, a Central Doctrine of Our Faith.
1. Some churches in California have Aztec-like dancers during Mass. At a recent congress, a group was even greeting others by the name of a sun god. We all have pagan forbearers, but Christ has won for us a name above all others by his resurrection. Are these instances random or do local Bishops have to approve it? What would it take to stop this?
2. Despite all of the recent discussion, I am still very conflicted on the topic of abortion. I accept the position that we as Catholics are pro-life and against abortion, but I also believe that no one should have authority over a woman’s body. How can I justify these positions while also being a devout Catholic? I would love to hear your thoughts.
3. After years of being away from the Church, I had a major conversion and went back to confession. I now have an active faith life. What about the sins I had forgotten to confess after my conversion? Do I have to go back to my youth and confess all my individual sins from the past if I received this conversion by the Father through Christ?
4. What is your interpretation of “many Rooms” in John 14? “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” Please elaborate.
5. My identical twin sister passed away a little over a year ago in a car accident. My faith and family has held me together and I believe I have even grown in my faith but I miss her so much every day. Based on near death experiences, do you think our departed ones miss us, too? I know there is no unhappiness in Heaven, but we were so close.
6. I know that when we are in Heaven, the most important aspect will be the Beatific Vision, but will we have anything to do in terms of serving Our Lord, work, or serving others? I know this might seem trivial, but I am just wondering what else we might be doing.
June 5, 2019
Further Reflections on Jesus’s Conception and the Virgin Birth
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck explore the sixth chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, continuing upon the Central Doctrine that Our Blessed Mother conceived our Savior and preserved her virginity.
1. My grown children resent my newfound love for The Church. They are all baptized Catholic, but we were not practicing the Faith when they were growing up. How can I bring them to The Church without driving them away? Will I be punished for failing to raise my children stronger in the Catholic faith?
2. I heard about a scientific study where a measurable surge of energy and light was detected at the moment of human conception. Since then, I have formed a beautiful mental picture of God’s Hand imparting a soul to the fertilized egg at this moment of conception. Do you have any information of such a study?
3. Why do you think the speed of light should figure into Einstein’s gravitational and relativity equations? Why should the speed of light have anything to do with gravity or relativity? Does it have anything to do with God’s presence in the universe, as in “God from God, light from light?”
4. Since Mary contributed Jesus’ only DNA, wouldn’t this reinforce the fact that the Immaculate Conception is scientifically necessary for Christ not to be touched by sin? Also, we say that Jesus sits at God’s right hand, but where are Jesus’s resurrected body and Mary’s assumed body presently located in relation to our heavenly Father?
5. I have read many times that the proper way for us to go to Jesus is through Mary just as He came to us through her from the Father, and that all graces we receive from, through her. Should this be the way that all Christians understand the path to Jesus? Should we always go through Mary?
6. Is it safe to say that because of Mary’s faith and prayers during her young life that God answered her prayers choosing her to be the Mother of the long-awaited Messiah? Her fiat response found in scripture seems to indicate so.
May 29, 2019
The Virginal Conception of Jesus
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck examine an important Central Doctrine of the Catholic Church — that Our Blessed Mother conceived our Savior and preserved her virginity.
1. Given your explanations of the Incarnation and Trinity in recent programs, what can be said of Jesus’s status post Resurrection, especially after his Ascension? Did he shed his human nature or maintain it somehow in a timeless fashion? Would this have any connection with the real presence in the Eucharist?
2. You recently discussed Jesus and the Virgin Mary as the new Adam and Eve. On one level, I can make this correlation. However, this seems somewhat confusing since Jesus is God & Man, while our Blessed Mother, although made perfect by God is NOT God or divine. Please explain the correct context/correlations.
3. Our Catholic faith teaches us that after a person passes away, many go to purgatory to be cleansed before going to heaven. Why do some spirits liger for long periods of time before entering into the light? There is documentation of men who fought in the Civil War roaming the Earth. Such spirits do not seem to be at peace.
4. After reading Revelation, I am wondering a couple of things. Could the woman clothed with the sun be a prefigurement of Fatima? Could the battle mentioned be about the original battle between the angels?
5. Here in Ireland we have many megalithic/Neolithic tombs etc. Some dating back 4000/5000 years. To me these monuments, although not Christian, do strongly indicate the builders had a very deep sense of the Divine. Please comment on such ancient sites, as they can be reconciled with Our Faith.
6. Is it possible for a deceased loved one to become an “angel” in our lives, especially if we are having a hard time dealing with their loss? Recently I was missing my loved one so much and a day or two later, had a strong sense that he was watching over me.
7. Do you believe it’s possible for the unrepentant thief at the crucifixion to have had a last moment conversion before death? Couldn’t it state to reason that the other thief’s admonishment and sorrow could have touched the unrepentant criminal? What are your thoughts about this?
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?