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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 011 (9/3/11)

* RICHARD FROM SANTA CLARA ASKS ABOUT THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER

WIKIPEDIA ENTRY:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

THE ORIGINAL LETTER:

http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 010 (8/30/11)

 

* DUANE ASKS WHETHER PROTESTANT MINISTERS ARE “CALLED” BY GOD

 

No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God. Anyone who thinks he recognizes the signs of God's call to the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the authority of the Church, who has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive orders. Like every grace this sacrament can be received only as an unmerited gift [CCC 1578].

 

The use of this expression [“subsists in”], which indicates the full identity of the Church of Christ with the Catholic Church, does not change the doctrine on the Church. Rather, it comes from and brings out more clearly the fact that there are “numerous elements of sanctification and of truth” which are found outside her structure, but which “as gifts properly belonging to the Church of Christ, impel towards Catholic Unity”.

 

It follows that these separated churches and Communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation, whose value derives from that fullness of grace and of truth which has been entrusted to the Catholic Church”  [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects

of the Doctrine on the Church (June 29, 2007)].

 

* CLAUDIO ASKS WHETHER WE MUST HOPE THAT SALVATION IS OBTAINED BY ALL.

 

MATTHEW 7

 

[21] "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

[22] On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'

[23] And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

 

LUKE 13

 

[23] And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them,

[24] "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

 

* ANONYMOUS ASKS ABOUT SHOPPING ON SUNDAY

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:

 

2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord's Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.

 

The charity of truth seeks holy leisure- the necessity of charity accepts just work.

 

2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the  elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.

 

2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.

 

* ANONYMOUS ASKS WHAT TO CALL FORMER ANGLICANS WHO JOIN THE NEW ORDINARIATE.

 

* ALEX ASKS WHY GOD CHOSE TO HAVE HIS SON DIE FOR OUR SINS INSTEAD OF JUST FORGIVING THEM WITHOUT THIS HAVING TO HAPPEN.

 

 

 

 

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 009 (8/24/11) 

* DAVID ASKS ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF HEBREWS AND THE SALE OF RELICS 

POPE BENEDICT ON BARNABAS: "In any case, Barnabas, together with John Mark, returned to Cyprus (Acts 15: 39) in about the year 49. From that moment we lose track of him. Tertullian attributes to him the Letter to the Hebrews. This is not improbable. Since he belonged to the tribe of Levi, Barnabas may have been interested in the topic of the priesthood; and the Letter to the Hebrews interprets Jesus' priesthood for us in an extraordinary way" (Audience of Jan. 31, 2007).

CODE OF CANON LAW (1983) Can.  1190: "§1 It is absolutely forbidden to sell sacred relics.

"§2. Relics of great significance and other relics honored with great reverence by the people cannot be alienated validly in any manner or transferred permanently without the permission of the Apostolic See."

* NICK IN BILOXI ASKS ABOUT OPENLY HOMOSEXUAL LECTORS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION

Can. 230 §1. Lay men who possess the age and qualifications established by decree of the conference of bishops can be admitted on a stable basis through the prescribed liturgical rite to the ministries of lector and acolyte.

Nevertheless, the conferral of these ministries does not grant them the right to obtain support or remuneration from the Church.

Complementary Norm: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of canon 230§1, hereby decrees that a layman who is to be installed in the ministries of lector or acolyte on a stable basis must have completed h is twenty-first (21) year of age. The candidate must also possess the skills necessary for an effective proclamation of the Word or service at the altar, be a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church, be free of any canonical penalty, and live a life which befits the ministry to be undertaken.

GIRM (2010) 101: "In the absence of an instituted lector, other lay people may be deputed to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, people who are truly suited to carrying out this function and carefully prepared, so that by their hearing the readings from the sacred texts the faithful may conceive in their hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture."

* CARL FROM NEW ORLEANS ASKS ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS DISTRIBUTING COMMUNION BEHIND ALTAR RAILS

* JACK FROM ARDMORE ASKS ABOUT THE HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF CANDLES IN WORSHIP.

GIRM (2010) 117. The altar is to be covered with at least one white cloth. In addition, on or next to the altar are to be placed candlesticks with lighted candles: at least two in any celebration, or even four or six, especially for a Sunday Mass or a Holy Day of Obligation, or if the Diocesan Bishop celebrates, then seven candlesticks with lighted candles. Likewise, on the altar or close to it, there is to be a cross adorned with a figure of Christ crucified. The candles and the cross with the figure of Christ crucified may also be carried in the procession at the Entrance. On the altar itself may be placed a Book of the Gospels distinct from the book of other readings, unless it is carried in the Entrance Procession.

* DUANE ASKS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PARTICULAR AND GENERAL JUDGMENT.

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 008 (8/13/11)

* Rob from Maryland asks what to do with your hands during Mass.

* Kevin asks about kneelers, spongy bread used for Communion, and priests at Mass thanking God for rainbows and butterflies.

* Wesley from Brooklyn asks about eternal life. What is it, exactly, and can we have it here on earth?

* Helen asks about Adam and Eve and whether they could have spoken with the animals and the serpent before the fall.

"The tree of knowledge of good and evil is the line of demarcation between the two original situations which Genesis speaks of. The first situation was that of original innocence, in which man (male and female) was, as it were, outside the sphere of the knowledge of good and evil, until the moment when he transgressed the Creator's prohibition and ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge. The second situation, however, was that in which man, after having disobeyed the Creator's command at the prompting of the evil spirit, symbolized by the serpent, found himself, in a certain way, within the sphere of the knowledge of good and evil. This second situation determined the state of human sinfulness, in contrast to the state of primitive innocence" (John Paul II, audience of September 19, 1979).

* Jeff in Omaha asks whether God has to be good or did we just get lucky. 

* Sarah from Mobile, Alabama asks about keeping a blessed chalice at home.

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Here is my appearance on Kresta in the Afternoon from Monday, August 8, 2011, talking about the new translation of the Mass that will be going into effect this Advent.

Topics discussed include the length of God's nose (yes! really! listen to find out what this means!) and kneeling for Communion.

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Here is Voris's original video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Qr36uGCQQ

And the original CNA interview with Cardinal Canizares Llovera:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/spanish-cardinal-recommends-that-catholics-receive-communion-on-the-tongue/

And here's GIRM 160 (2011 ed.):

160.   The Priest then takes the paten or ciborium and approaches the communicants, who usually come up in procession.

It is not permitted for the faithful to take the consecrated Bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them on from one to another among themselves. The norm established for the Dioceses of the United States of America is that Holy Communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, 25 March 2004, no. 91).  

When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister.  The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant.  When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.

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  • JIMMY AKIN PODCAST 006 (7/30/11)

* Philip from Fullerton, CA asks about Calvin and Double Predestination

  

  http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/books/institutes/ (Calvin's Institutes)

  http://www.the-highway.com/DoublePredestination_Sproul.html (Sproul's article)

* Steve from Dayville, CT asks about the reasonableness of faith

  * Faith and Evidence

  * Evidence for the Unseen

  * The Role of Experiments

* Josh asks about feeling God's presence in nature

Psalm 19

[1] The heavens are telling the glory of God;

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

[2] Day to day pours forth speech,

and night to night declares knowledge.

[3] There is no speech, nor are there words;

their voice is not heard;

[4] yet their voice goes out through all the earth,

and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun,

[5] which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

[6] Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

and its circuit to the end of them;

and there is nothing hid from its heat.

Romans 1

[19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 

[20] Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; 

[21] for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. 

[22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 

[23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 005 (7/23/11)

* AL ASKS ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  * If A.I. were ever achieved at a level which would be close to or equal to human intelligence how would we approach it?  Would it be morally right to create A.I. if we were capable of it?  

  * If this A.I. were able to be fully sentient, would it deserved to be given rights, such as in Asimov's novels?

  * Would God give it a soul?

* ANONYMOUS ASKS ABOUT HELL

  * How to square the idea of hell with the mercy and love of God.

  * How can an finite number of years of sinning result in an infinite amount of punishment?

* MARK ASKS ABOUT ALIENS & SALVATION

  * Do (or could) aliens have souls? Could some have them and not others? How could we tell?

  * Could it be possible that aliens are a race unaffected by the Fall and thus don't need salvation?

  * Was Christ's sacrifice for the benefit of humans alone? If so, could there be another mechanism of salvation for ensouled aliens?

  * Would the discovery of alien races mean that Adam and Eve probably didn't live on Earth and probably lived waaaay before we thought?

  * Could Adam and Eve be descended from another race? What would that mean when (and if) it could be squared with Genesis?

  * Could it be possible that there are other creatures besides humans and angels (and aliens) that are even outside the physical world that we don't know about? Could there be another world that's not physical or spiritual, but something else?

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 004 (7/16/11)

 

* JOSCAT ASKS ABOUT USING PIRATED SOFTWARE

* DARLA ASKS WHY WE MENTION PONTIUS PILATE IN THE CREED

* RAY ASKS WHY THE CHURCH FATHERS SAY THE TRANSFIGURATION WAS ON MT. TABOR

* JACK FROM ARDMORE ASKS WHETHER CATHOLICS USE SPRINKLING FOR BAPTISM

 

LINK FOR THE MT. TABOR SEGMENT: http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Transfiguration

 

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 003 (7/9/11)

 

ERIC ASKS ABOUT COLONIZING SPACE

* What if space colonizers can't bring priests with them? What are the faithful to do?

* Could a space bishop function in communion with Rome if there is little or no contact with Rome (or just really really long delays in messages sent back and forth)?

* What if there is limited or no possibility to produce bread and wine?

* Mass in zero-G?

* How would the liturgical calendar square with days and years of varying length? What about differences in how colonizers experience time due to relativity?

 

PAUL FROM HAWAII ASKS ABOUT PETER AND THE PAPACY

  * What is the evidence Peter died at Rome?

  * What is the evidence for an “unbroken” line of popes?

 

VERSES MENTIONED IN THIS SEGMENT: John 21:18-19, 1 Peter 5:13, 2 Peter 13-15, Revelation 17:1-18, 18:20

 

LINKS FOR THIS SEGMENT:

  * FATHERS QUOTES: http://www.catholic.com/library/Was_Peter_in_Rome.asp

  * TOMB OF ST. PETER http://www.stpetersbasilica.org/Necropolis/MG/TheTombofStPeter-1.htm

  * THE FATHERS KNOW BEST http://shop.catholic.com/product.php?productid=16848&cat=0&page=1

 

 

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