Father Spitzer’s Universe – 2019-09-11 – Catholic Church Structure

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[MUSIC]>>Doug: WELCOME ONCE AGAIN TO “FR. SPITZER’S UNIVERSE” LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND REASON, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. I’M DOUG KECK, YOUR HOST RIGHT HERE AT THE EWTN STUDIOS IN IRONDALE, ALABAMA WHERE IT ALL BEGAN BACK IN 1981 BY THE ONE AND ONLY MOTHER ANGELICA. THIS PROGRAM DEPENDS ON YOU. YOU EMAIL US QUESTIONS, POSTING QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK, TWEETING US QUESTIONS ON TWITTER. AND IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONE AND ONLY FATHER SPITZER, GO TO THE magiscenter.com WEB SITE AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH US AS WE GO THROUGH crediblecatholic.com. TODAY’S TOPIC, PURPOSE AND BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH RELATIONSHIP, WORSHIP, LEARNING, AND SERVICE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS, THERE’S A GREAT SERVICE TO OUR EWTN VIEWERS AND EWTN HAS BEGUN PUBLISHING BOOKS. OUR LATEST ONE COMING OUT FROM CARDINAL MUELLER, GERHARD MUELLER, ENTITLED ROMAN ENCOUNTERS. AND PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HIS NAME. HE’S COME OUT AND SPOKEN VERY FORCEFULLY ABOUT RECENT ISSUES INSIDE THE CHURCH. HE TALKS ABOUT IT, IN HIS BOOK WHERE THE ENLIGHTENMENT WENT WRONG, DANGEROUS PITFALLS IN ECHUM MENNISM AND THE RIGHT TO BE SKEPTICAL AGE. SO, CHECK THIS OUT, EWTNRC.COM. ROMAN ENCOUNTERS, JUST A POWERFUL BOOK. DON’T FORGET OUR FAMILY CELEBRATION COMING UP IN ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF, IN DENVER. HOPE TO SEE YOU. AND SEEING PEOPLE, LET’S TURN TO THE WEST COAST AND LOOK AT THE CAMPUS OF CHRIST CATHEDRAL TO SEE OUR GOOD FRIEND, FATHER SPITZER.>>Father: GOOD TO SEE YOU, DOUG, AND I USE THE TERM LOOSELY.>>Doug: THAT’S A GENERAL STATEMENT ABOUT ME. SO, KICK US OFF WITH A PRAYER.>>Father: ABSOLUTELY. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR ALL OF THE BLESSINGS THAT YOU GIVE US, PARTICULARLY THE BLESSING OF THIS MINISTRY MADE POSSIBLE TO ALL OF US THROUGH THE GOOD WORK OF EWTN AND MOTHER ANGELICA’S PAST. WE ASK YOU TO SEND YOUR HOLY SPIRIT DOWN UPON US THIS DAY, DEAR LORD, TO INSPIRE US, GUIDE US, AND PROTECT US SO THAT EVERYTHING WE DO AND SAY WILL BE BROUGHT TO FRUITION IN YOUR WILL FOR THE GOOD OF YOUR PEOPLE, FOR THIS AUDIENCE, YOUR CHURCH, AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST YOUR LORD. AMEN. MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM, PRAY FOR US. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.>>Doug: OF COURSE, WE’LL GET INTO OUR TOPIC FROM PREVIOUS PROGRAMS TO BRING UP AS WELL. ONE THING THAT WAS INTERESTING STORY. DUTCH EUTHANASIA CASE GOT REPORTED BY OUR OWN NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER AND TALKING ELDERLY DEMENTIA RELATIVE HELD DOWN BY RELATIVES AND KILLED BY THE DOCTOR. THE CASE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BROUGHT AND THE JUDGE SAID, OH, NO, HE WAS DOING IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE LADY. BUT IN THIS CASE, THE DAUGHTER AAND AND THE SON-IN-LAW WERE INVOLVED AND HELPED GIVE THE 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO HAD DEMENTIA AN INJECTION. BUT APPARENTLY, SHE STARTED WAKING UP DURING THE PROCESS AND IN TO FULFILL THEIR WISH FOR HER TO DIE, THEY HAD TO HOLD HER DOWN. IT JUST STRIKES ME THAT PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THIS AROUND THE WORLD, NOT ONLY ABOUT THE PANDORA’S BOX THAT’S OPENED AND QUITE HONESTLY SPREADING RAPIDLY AND WE’RE SEEING OUR FUTURE BEING LIVED OUT IN THE NETHERLANDS, AREN’T WE?>>Father: YES, THAT’S TRUE. AND I HAVE TO SAY, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE, PEOPLE ARE SAYING, OH, THE CHURCH’S POSITION ON INVOLUNTARY SUICIDE, JUST THE OLD SLIPPERY SLOPE AND AS WE KNOW, THERE’S REALLY NO SUCH THING AS A SLIPPERY SLOPE. BUT OF COURSE, THIS PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS THE SLIPPERY SLOPE. AND IT’S TAKING PLACE IN THE NETHERLANDS. CLEARLY, THERE’S BEEN INVOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA CAN THAT,S TO SAY, THROUGH LETHAL INJECTION. IT’S GOING ON IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR DECADES. THEY HAVE TURNED A BLIND EYE TO IT IN THE NETHERLANDS AND NOW YOU HAVE INVOLUNTARY SUICIDE WHERE YOU HAVE A PATIENT GIVEN A SEDATIVE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AFTER THE SEDATIVE WAS GIVEN, THE WOMAN AWAKENED AND FOUND OUT THAT SHE WAS BEING GIVEN THIS SORT OF LETHAL INJECTION AND STARTS TO KIND OF RESIST. SO, THE SON-IN-LAW AND THE DAUGHTER ARE RECRUITED TO HOLDER DOWN — HOLD HER DOWN SO THE FINAL DEATH INJECTION COULD BE GIVEN TO HER. NOW, SOMETHING SERIOUSLY IS GOING WRONG HERE. THEN, WHEN THE JUDGE ACTUALLY SAYS, WELL, HE DID IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE PATIENT, NAMELY, BECAUSE THE PATIENT HAD DEMENTIA, THEREFORE, IT’S OKAY TO DO THIS FOR HER INVOLUNTARILY. WE’RE JUST HELPING HER OUT, AFTER ALL. SHE HAS A LITTLE WEAK MIND THERE. NOW, FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES, THIS IS THE SLIPPERY SLOPE, IT’S HAPPENED, IT IS HAPPENING; AND WE SHOULD BE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS OF IT BECAUSE AS YOU SAID, DOUG, IN THE UNITED STATES, WE’LL GO AHEAD AND FOLLOW THE SAME SLIPPERY SLOPE AS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND CAME OUT IN THE REPORT LONG AGO. AND NOW, YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST ALL PLAYING OUT VERY, VERY TYPICAL. IF YOU ARE NOT PAROLE ALL PRO-LIFE, ALL THE WAY, THEN WE’RE JUST COMING BACK AND DESTROY THE CULTURE OF DEATH YOU KNOW.>>AND PEOPLE SAY, WELL, IN THIS ACTUALLY GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. BUT WHEN THEY ACTUALLY GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND DEATH IS ACTUALLY THERE, HOW MANY PEOPLE DECIDE AT THE LAST SECOND, LIKE, IN THIS CASE, THEY WANT TO LIVE. AND BY THEN, IT’S TOO LATE.>>Father: YES, AND THIS IS VERY, VERY TYPICAL. BECAUSE OF COURSE, YOU CAN HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND AT THE LAST MINUTE. AND BY THE WAY, SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA AGREEING THAT THEY ARE OKAY WITH THE PROCESS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. SO LET’S JUST THINK FOR A MOMENT THROUGH THIS. IF IT REALLY WAS AS SERIOUS A CASE OF DEMENTIA AS, YOU KNOW, IT WAS MADE OUT TO BE IN ORDER FOR HER TO BE, BEGETTING A GOOD TO BE KILLED. AND WAS SHE REALLY AWARE? THAT SHE WOULDN’T BE GETTING UP? HOW WAS IT PRESENTED TO HER? WAS THERE ANY KIND OF, YOU KNOW, SOFT TONES THAT MADE IT SEEM OKAY AT THE TIME? AND THEN, SUDDENLY, AS THE INJECTION IS APPROACHING AND SHE HAS THIS INSIGHT THAT THIS IS GOING TO MEAN IMMINENT DEATH, SHE DECIDES SHE DOESN’T WANT TO GO THROUGH IT. WELL, SHE SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THE PROCESS, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE. AND OF COURSE, SHE DIDN’T. HER SON-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTER HELD HER DOWN AS THE LETHAL INJECTION WAS ADMINISTERED. IT’S PRETTY BAD. AND OF COURSE, YEAH, SHE GAVE PRE ASCENT, THE PATIENT WITH DEMENTIA GAVE FREE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CONSENT, YOU KNOW, TO HER IMMINENT DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION, SOMETHING VERY, VERY STRANGE GOING ON.>>AND YOU ARE ENDING UP WITH A COMBINATION OF THE IDEA OF THE STATE ULTIMATELY TRYING TO SAVE MONEY WITH HEALTHCARE EVERYWHERE. THEN, YOU ALSO HAVE THE PRESSURE ON THE FAMILY WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING WHATEVER INHERITANCE IS THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO, GOING AWAY AND TAKING CARE OF THEIR ELDERLY PARENT OR WHATEVER IS IN THE WANING MOMENTS.>>Father: RIGHT, SHE WAS NOT FOR INTENTIONAL DEATH, I MEAN, SHE WAS WITH DEMENTIA NOT A SEVERE AIMENT. YOU AIL. MENT. YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MANY PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA, ARE ACTUALLY RATHER FREE OF THAT THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, THAT IT’S A TOUGH LIFE. THEY SORT OF RELY ON PEOPLE. AND OF COURSE, IT COULD BE INCONVENIENCE FOR RELATIVES AND COSTS INVOLVED TAKING CARE OF A PERSON DECENTLY OF A PERSON WHO MAY HAVE DEMENTIA. AND THIS IS OF COURSE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR KILLING THEM WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. NO EXCUSE FOR KILLING THEM AT ALL EVEN WITH THEIR CONSENT, YOU KNOW, IN THE SENSE OF A DEMENTIA PATIENT OR THE IDEA THAT THEY REALLY HAD APPROPRIATE FORE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THIS MEANS. IT’S A SERIOUS CASE OF DEMENTIA. IF YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND A PERSON LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY MAY BE VERY CONFUSED AS TO WHAT’S ENTAILED HERE. BUT THE SHOCK KIND OF PUTS EVERYTHING TOGETHER AS IT’S APPROACHING YOUR ARM.>>EXACTLY.>>THERE’S A LOT OF CLARITY THERE IN THE FINAL MINUTES AS THEY SAY.>>RIGHT.>>AND HERE’S SHOWING SOME CLARITY, WE HAVE A QUESTION THAT REQUIRES CLARIFICATION. DEAR FR. SPITZER, I AM A REGULAR WATCHER OF FR. SPITZER’S UNIVERSE. I APPRECIATE YOUR ERUDITION AS WELL AS THE PATIENCE AND CHARITY WITH WHICH YOU EXPLAIN THE FAITH. LAST WEEK, YOU STATED THAT CATHOLICS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CONFESS THEIR SINS ANNUALLY. BECAUSE WE HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THAT. ACTUALLY, ONLY THOSE CONSCIOUS OF MORTAL SIN ARE OBLIGED TO CONFESS ONCE A YEAR, CANON 989. THIS QUALIFICATION WAS NOT SPELLED OUT AS SUCH AT THE FOURTH LATERAN COUNCIL, WHICH IN 1983, CODE OF CANON LAW, I THINK IT IS. CREATED THE OBLIGATION IN THE LAW FOR CATHOLICS TO CONFESS PERIODICALLY. FOR THIS REASON, MANY OF THE FAITHFUL EVEN TODAY HAVE THE ERRONEOUS IMPRESSION THAT ANNUAL CONFESSION IS OBLIGATORY EVEN WHEN ONE IS NOT CONSCIOUS OF SERIOUS SIN. THIS WAS CLARIFIED WITH THE 1983 CODE OF CANON LAW. SINCERELY, CHARLES DECELLES, PH.D. ONLY IF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS OF CORRECT. IF YOU ARE CONSCIENCE OF MORTAL SIN, YES, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. HOWEVER, I PROBABLY STATED THIS POORLY BUT THE CHURCH DOES HAVE THIS URGING, WHAT I CALL A STRONG URGING TO DO, WHAT’S CALLED AN EASTER DUTY. THAT’S RIGHT. AND THE EASTER DUTY GENERALLY INCLUDED CONFESSION. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT. IT’S A STRONG URGING AND NOT AN OBLIGATION, RIGHT ON THE MARKER. IN ORDER FOR THE OBLIGATION TO ATTACH THERE SHOULD BE SOME AWARENESS OR CONSCIOUSNESS OF MORTAL SIN.>>AND THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT GETS POINTED OUT AND PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT SO PEOPLE ARE FEELING GUILTY IN CASE THEY DIDN’T FORM THAT. THAT BEING SAID, I I DON’T THINK THE BIG PROBLEM IN THE CHURCH NOW IS THAT THERE’S TOO MANY PEOPLE SCRUPULOUSLY WORRYING ABOUT HOW OFTEN THEY GO TO CONFESSION. SO, THINK THE IDEA OF HAVING A GUIDELINE, IT’S LIKE GOING TO THE DOCTOR, NOT EVEN A MORAL OBLIGATION TO GO. YOU WON’T BE ARRESTED. BUT PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA THAT YOU WOULD GO FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.>>RIGHT. AND THE CHURCH STRONGLY URGES YOU. BUT CHARLES, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, IT’S NOT AN OBLIGATION WITHOUT SERIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS OF MORTAL SIN.>>Doug: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. LET’S GET TO THE NEW QUESTION NEW. FATHER, WHAT A PLEASURE IT IS TO WATCH YOUR SHOW ON EWTN. MY SON ASKED WHO CREATED GOD. HE CAN’T GET AROUND THAT QUESTION AND THAT ONE THING HAS HALTED HIS FAITH. EVERYTHING HAS A BEGINNING HENCE SO MUST GOD. CAN U HELP ME? PLEASE HELP, THANK YOU, LUCY. SO I GUESS THE IDEA, HOW DO YOU HAVE A GOD THAT CREATED A GOD, HOW WAS GOD CREATED IF HE’S IT.>>Father: PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY YOUNG PEOPLE. LUCY, THE PROBLEM IS IN HIS SECOND PREMISE WHEN HE SAYS EVERYTHING HAS A BEGIN. EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE A BEGINNING. GOD IS TIMELESS. SO, THE FIRST THING IS, WHENEVER YOU HAVE A PROOF THAT EXTENDS FROM A BEGINNING OF TEMPORALITY, THE FIRST THING THAT YOU HAVE TO NOTE IS, IS IT THE FACT THAT EVERYTHING HAS TO HAVE A BEGINNING. AND OF COURSE, IF THAT WERE THE CASE, IF EVERYTHING HAD A BEGINNING, THEN THERE WOULD BE NOTHING AROUND RIGHT NOW. THEN THERE WOULD BE NO UNCAUSED REALITY. SO, IF YOU LOOK FOR ANY PROOF OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, THERE’S ALWAYS THE VERY FIRST PREMISE OF THAT PROOF, IT SAYS THIS, LUCY. IT SAYS, EITHER THERE IS AN UNCAUSED REALITY OR THERE IS NOT AN UNCAUSED REALITY. THEN, THAT PROOF GOES ON TO SHOW THAT IF YOU HAD NO UNCAUSED REALITY, THEN OBVIOUSLY THERE WOULD BE NOTHING IN REALITY. AND THERE’S A VERY EASY PROOF TO SHOW THAT WHICH I WON’T GO THROUGH RIGHT NOW UNLESS ANOTHER WATCHER WANTS IT. BUT THEN, ONCE THEY SHOW THAT THERE HAS TO BE AT LEAST ONE UNCAUSED REALITY, BECAUSE IF ALL THERE ARE IS CAUSED REALITY, THEN THE WHOLE OF REALITY ITSELF IS A CAUSED REALITY WHICH MEANS THAT THERE’S NOTHING OUTSIDE OF THE CAUSED REALITY TO CAUSE THE WHOLE OF REALITY WHICH MEANS THAT NOTHING EXISTS. THAT’S THE PROOF. ONCE YOU HAVE THAT ESTABLISHED, THERE HAS TO BE ONE UNCAUSED REALITY. WHAT’S THE NATURE OF AN UNCAUSED REALITY. WELL, THE FIRST THING, IT HAS TO EXIST THROUGH ITSELF. AND THERE’S ACTUALLY A PROOF THAT SHOWS WHAT EXISTS THROUGH ITSELF MUST BE TIMELESS. SO, THAT’S GOING TO BE A LONG PROOF FOR THIS SHOW. BUT HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO. YOU CAN GO TO magiscenter.com. THAT’S THE FIRST THING. THEN GO TO THE ARTICLE, THERE’S A FREE SCHOLARLY ARTICLE AND IT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT MUCH FOR YOUR SON BUT LOOK FOR THE ARTICLE CALLED, A CONTEMPORARY THOMISTIC METAPHYSICAL PROOF OF GOD. AND THEN, GO THERE AND JUST LOOK AT THE FIFTH PART OF THE ARGUMENT. THE ARGUMENT GOES THROUGH AND SHOWS THAT YOU HAVE TO CENTER AT LEAST ONE UNCAUSED REALITY. AND THE NEXT THING, THE UNCAUSED REALITY HAS TO BE PERFECTLY SIMPLE. ONCE THAT’S SHOWN, IT HAS TO BE THEREFORE, AN UNRESTRICTED REALITY AND THEREFORE, IT HAS TO BE ONE AND ONLY ONE AND RIGHT AFTER THAT, THEY SHOW THAT AN UNRESTRICTED REALITY HAS TO BE OUTSIDE OF TIME. IT HAS TO BE A TRANS TEMPORAL REALITY. WHAT THAT MEANS, LUCY, TRANS TEMPORAL REALITY, THAT IS, IT DOESN’T HAVE A BEGINNING. BEGINNING DOESN’T ATTACH TO IT. BEGINNING ONLY ATTACHES TO A TEMPORAL REALITY. AND A TR TRANS TEMPORAL REALITY DOESN’T HAVE A BEGINNING. SO, WHAT YOUR SON IS DOING, UNWITTINGLY, HE JUST DOESN’T KNOW ANY BETTER, UNWITTINGLY, HE’S THINKING THAT THE SECOND PREMISE, EVERYTHING HAS A BEGINNING. BUT THAT’S CLEARLY FALSE. AND YOU CAN PROVE THAT IT’S CLEARLY FALSE BECAUSE AN UNCAUSED REALITY DOESN’T HAVE A BEGINNING. AND AN UNCAUSED REALITY HAS TO EXIST. IT HAS TO BE COMPLETELY UNIQUE. SO, WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS IS THAT ONE AND ONLY ONE UNCAUSED, UNRESTRICTED, PERFECTLY SIMPLE TRANS AT TH TEMPORAL REALITY, WL THAT GOD. GOD, AS DESIGNED, EXISTS. AND THAT YOU CAN FIND ON THE magiscenter.com AND YOU CAN FIND IT ON crediblecatholic.com. JUST CLICK ON THE BIG BOOK. THEN, AFTER YOU CLICK ON THE BIG BOOK, GO TO VOLUME ONE AND YOU WILL SEE RIGHT THERE THAT THERE’S A CONTEMPORARY THOMISTIC METAPHYSICAL PROOF FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE. IT’S RIGHT THERE. AND THERE’S ALL OF THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR GOD. AND THAT COMES IN SECTION 1 — I MEAN, CHAPTER 1. AND GO DOWN TO CHAPTER 2 OF VOLUME 1 AND YOU ARE GOING TO GET EVERYTHING THAT THE THOMISTIC METAPHYSICAL PROOF FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE. AND HE MADE A LITTLE MISTAKE IN THE SECOND PREMISE THAT EVERYTHING HAS A BEGINNING. ONCE YOU SHOW THAT’S WRONG, GOD DOESN’T HAVE TO HAVE A BEGINNING; AND THEREFORE, GOD DOESN’T HAVE TO HAVE A CREATOR. REMEMBER, A TIMELESS BEING DOESN’T NEED A CREATOR. IN FACT, WE START WITH THE TIMELESS BEING IS UNCAUSED. AND YOU PROVE THAT THERE’S AT LEAST ONE UNCAUSED REALITY. WHAT’S IT MEAN THAT THERE IS AN UNCAUSED REALITY? IT DOESN’T HAVE A CAUSE OR A CREATOR. JUST SEND YOUR BOY TO THAT PROOF. IF IT’S NOT TOO MUCH FOR HIM, THEN I THINK HE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE RIGHT AWAY THAT HE MADE A LITTLE MISTAKE RIGHT THERE WITH THE SECOND PREMISE. THAT OF COURSE, THE ONE UNCAUSED REALITY DOESN’T HAVE A CREATOR AND DOESN’T NEED A CREATOR.>>JUST THE IDEA THAT THE CHURCH HAS AN ANSWER F FO FOR THAT.>>RIGHT. AND THERE’S MANY OTHER GOOD PROFESSION FOR IT. I HAVE ANOTHER ONE COMING OUT IN A JOURNAL CALLED INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY. AND IF YOUR SON SAINT A REAL SOPHISTICATED TYPE OF GUY, HE MAY WANT TO READ THAT. IT’S A 32 PAGE ARTICLE BUT IT’S A COMPLETE PROOF FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE. IT’S BASED ON THE WORK OF THOMAS AQUINAS BUT ALSO ANOTHER FELLOW, BERNARD LONGER GAN.>>32 GAUGE ARTICLE! SOUNDS LIKE A MINI-BOOK. 32 PAGE ARTICLE.>>Father: THAT’S WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAID, TONE IT DOWN! WE DON’T TAKE 32 PAGE ARTICLES! IT’S GOING TO TAKE UP HALF THE ISSUE.>>I GOT MY SUBSCRIPTION IN THE MAIL COMING IN NEXT. NOW, HERE’S THE NEXT QUESTION. DEAR FATHER SPITZER, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD? THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME IN MY MORAL AND SPIRITUAL CONVERSION. KAREN, IN ALABAMA.>>Father: KAREN, IN ALABAMA, THAT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION. BUT ESSENTIALLY, IT MEANS FOUR THINGS. FIRST THING THAT IT MEANS, WE HAVE A TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL OKAY. SO, IN THE BIBLE, THERE’S A SPECIFIC, VERY GENERAL DEFINITION, RIGHT, THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD. SO, THERE’S SOMETHING GOD-LIKE THAT’S IN US, WHAT THE BIBLE IS TELLING US. BUT NOW, SINCE OF COURSE WE HAVE THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTION ON IT, WE TALK ABOUT FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS. NUMBER ONE, THAT WE HAVE A TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL. NOW, THERE WERE SEVERAL, REALLY EXCELLENT PROFESSION FOR A SOUL. IT BEGAN WITH NON CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHER, PLATO, GREEK PHILOSOPHER PLATO AND HE HAD A SERIES OF PROOFS OF A SOUL IN TWO WORKS, THE MINO AND THE FIDO. THAT WAS TAKEN UP BY ST. AUGUSTINE AND ST. AUGUSTINE REALLY DID IMPROVE ON THE PLATONIC PROFESSION FOR A SOUL. — PROOFS FOR A SOUL. THEY ARE EXCELLENT. AND ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CAME ALONG AND MADE A SECONDARY IMPROVEMENT ON THE PROOFS FOR A SOUL. AND THEY IMPROVE ON THE VANTAGE POINT, TRUTH, GOODNESS LOVE BEAUTY AND HOME. AND I’LL COME BACK TO THAT. THAT WAS THE FIRST WAY. AND THE SECOND WAY, ABILITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS TO COME BACK ON ITSELF AND GET ITSELF GETTING ITSELF. THAT REQUIRES BASICALLY THAT YOU HAVE TO TRANSCEND WHAT WE TODAY CALL THE SPEED OF LIGHT WHICH MEANS THAT IT HAS TO BE A SPIRITUAL REALITY. BUT IT GOES EVEN DEEPER. YOU MAY REMEMBER SOME PAST PROGRAMS WHERE I TALKED ABOUT THE PEER-REVIEWED MEDICAL EVIDENCE FOR NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES. AND IN THOSE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS AND STUDIES, YOU NOTICE THAT THERE REALLY IS VERY GOOD EVIDENCE OF A TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL THAT IS CONSCIOUS. AND THIS IS DETACHED FROM YOUR BODY WHICH IS GOING TO SURVIVE PHYSICAL DEATH. THAT TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL CAN SEE, HEAR, IS CONSCIOUS AND REMEMBERS EVEN BETTER THAN WHEN IT WAS IN THE BODY, BRAIN, ET CETERA. AND THERE’S A SERIES OF NOT ONLY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES BUT TERMINAL LUCIDITY STUDIES THAT SHOW IT. AND FIRST THING, WE HAVE A TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL, NOT REDUCED TO OUR PHYSICAL SOULS. OUR CONSCIOUSNESS IS GOING TO SURVIVE DEATH AND OUR CONSCIOUSNESS IS BEING CREATED, A SELF CONSCIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS, RIGHT, IS GOING TO BE CREATED BY GOD HIMSELF. AND THE SECOND THING THAT WE MEAN THAT WE’RE BORN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD, BESIDES THE TRANS-PHYSICAL SOUL THAT SURVIVES BODILY DEATH GETTING BACK TO THE TRANSCENDENTAL DESIRES, THAT GOD LITERALLY IS GOING TO APPEAR TO OUR TRANS-PHYSICAL SOULS. AND GOD ALONE IS PERFECT TRUTH, LOVE, GOODNESS, BEAUTY AND HOME. WHAT WE MEAN THERE, WE ACTUALLY HAVE NOT ONLY THE DESIRE, BUT WE HAVE THE AWARENESS OF PERFECT TRUTH, LOVE, GOODNESS, BEAUTY AND HOME. AND THAT COMES FROM GOD’S PRESENCE TO US. GOD AS IT WERE IS NOT GOING TO GIVE US — BY THE WAY, WE CAN’T, WE DON’T HAVE AN UNRESTRICTED NATURE. WE DON’T HAVE AN UNRESTRICTED POWER, UNRESTRICTED SOUL. BUT WITH OUR RESTRICTED SOULS, WE CAN HAVE A TACIT AWARENESS OF WHAT PERFECT LOVE WOULD BE LIKE, PERFECT TRUTH WOULD BE LIKE, PERFECT GOODNESS OR FAIRNESS WOULD BE LIKE, PERFECT BEAUTY WOULD BE LIKE, AND PERFECT HOME WOULD BE LIKE. SO, WE HAVE THAT TACIT AWARENESS AND THAT TACIT AWARENESS MAKES US TRANSCENDENTAL AND MAKES US LIKE GOD, MAKES US AP HEND, NOT PERFECTLY, AND NOT WITH A COMPLETE REFLECTIVE COGNITIVE GRASP. BUT IT MAKES US ABLE TO BE AWARE OF A TACIT AWARENESS TO BE LIKE GOD. SO THAT’S THE REMARKABLE THING. WE’RE MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LINENESS OF GOD. AN THERE’S A THIRD THING THAT MAKES US GOD-LIKE. WE IN OUR SELF CONSCIOUS, AND I TALKED ABOUT THAT PROOF FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE IN ST. THOMAS AQUINAS AND ST. AUGUSTINE, THAT WAS BASED ON SELF CONSCIOUSNESS, THAT’S THAT ABILITY TO REFLECT ON OURSELVES. NOW, TODAY, THAT SAME ABILITY TO GET OURSELVES GETTING OURSELVES NOT ONLY TO BE CONSCIOUS OF THE CUP, FOR EXAMPLE, BUT TO BE CONSCIOUS OF THE AWARENESS OF THE CUP OR EVEN OUR BEING AWARE OF OUR OWN AWARENESS. WE CAN DO THAT. WE CAN DO A TRIPLE ON OURSELVES! SO WHEN WE DO THAT, RET MARKABLE PART OF THAT, WE GET OUR OWN INNER WORLD. AND THAT ABILITY TO HAVE OUR OWN INNER PRIVATE WORLD IS PRECISELY WHAT GIVES US FREEDOM. SO, OUR FREEDOM WHICH REQUIRES THESE TR TRANSCENDENTAL OPERATIG POWERS, RIGHT, WITHIN US, THE ABILITY FOR SELF CONSCIOUSNESS TO GET OURSELVES GETTING OURSELVES, THAT FREEDOM IS WHAT ENABLES US NOT ONLY TO MAKE MORAL CHOICE, RIGHT, BUT ITS ALSO A REFLECTION OF THE DIVINE ESSENCE IN THOSE DIVINE POWERS. SO, THAT’S A THIRD AREA WHERE WE ARE LITERALLY LIKE GOD. AND OF COURSE, FOURTH, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT GOD HIMSELF IS PERSONALLY PRESENT TO US. IT’S NOT JUST HIS ESSENCE, PERFECT TRUTH LOVE GOODNESS BEAUTY AND HOME PRESENT TO US, BUT GOD IN HIS OWN SUBJECTIVE PRESENCE IS THERE PRESENT TO US, INVITING US INTO HIMSELF. NOW, IN A LOT OF, WHAT WE CALL STUDIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, LIKE THOSE OF RUDOLPH OTTO OR MERCERIA HE WILLIATA, AND IT’S CLEAR IN EVERY CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THERE’S A TRANSCENDENT AND SACRED CONSCIOUSNESS PRESENT TO US. AND ELIATA CALLS IT THE FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS OF THE REELINGOSO, RELIGIOUS PERSON PER SE. AND GOD IS NOT ONLY PRESENT TO US, BUT GOD IN THE NUMINISTIC EXPERIENCE, HE’S PRESENT TUESDAY AS A BEING UTTERLY MISS EARIOUS, UTTERLY SACRED, UTTERLY TRANSCENDENT AND UTTERLY FASCINATING. AND WE’RE JUST SORT OF TRANSFIXED BY THIS. WE’RE AWARE OF THAT BEING. AT THE VERY MOMENT WE’RE AWARE OF HIM IN THAT SENSE, WE HAVE WHAT OTTO CALLS CREATURE CONSCIOUSNESS. WE ARE NOT THE CREATOR. WE ARE THE CREATURE. AND WHAT COMES FROM THAT AWARENESS OF THIS UTTERLY TRANSCENDENT, ABOVE US, MYSTERIOUS FASCINATING TRANSCENDENT BEING. WHEN WE’RE AWARE OF THIS, WHAT OTTO SAYS IS, WE’RE JUST INSPIRED TOWARD AWE. INSPIRED TOWARD WORSHIP. OF COURSE, WHEN WE RECOGNIZE THIS AND WE’RE WORSHIPING, WE’RE AUTOMATICALLY INFORMED, YOU ARE CREATURE, THE BEING THAT WE’RE AWARE OF AS CREATOR. BUT THE CREATOR IS NOT A MA LIFE SENT GOD. CREATOR IS NOT EVIL. THAT CREATOR IS FASCINATING, INVITING US INTO HIS SPHEREMENT SO WE WANT TO GET NEARER AND NEARER TO THE SACRED, AWAY FROM THE PROFANE. AND THOSE FOUR THINGS IS REQUIRED OF A SOUL WE’RE MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS FOR HIM.>>Doug: HAPPY TO HEAR THAT, MADE IN HIS IMAGE. LET ME ASK YOU A QUICK QUESTION BEFORE WE GO TO BREAK. LITTLE BIT RELATED. DEAR FATHER SPITZER, WHY DIDN’T GOD CREATE US IN HEAVEN? IS IT BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SEE IF WE WOULD LOVE AND OBEY HIM WITHOUT EXPERIENCING THE GREAT JOY OF HEAVEN? GREGORY.>>Father: GREGORY, THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION EXCEPT FOR ONE LITTLE THOUGHT. THAT IS, HUMAN FREEDOM, WHICH I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT, THAT GIFT OF THE SOUL, SO, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO IS WANT TO BE IN HEAVEN. WELL, WHAT’S THAT MEAN? GOD WANTS US TO CHOOSE LOVE. GOD WANTS US TO CHOOSE THE GOOD, LIKE THE COMMANDMENTS. GOD WANTS US TO CHOOSE HIMSELF BECAUSE HE’S PERFECT LOVE AND HE’S PERFECT GOODNESS. SO, WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US BEFORE WE GET TO HEAVEN IS THAT HE WANTS US TO CHOOSE HIM LOVE, GOODNESS AND CHOOSE THAT LOVE AND GOODNESS IN OTHER PEOPLE. NOW, IF WE DON’T CHOOSE THIS, AND REMEMBER, LOVE AND GOODNESS HAVE TO BE CHOSEN OUT OF OUR FREEDOM. THEY HAVE TO BE. BECAUSE, RIGHT, IF THEY ARE NOT CHOSEN OUT OF OUR FREEDOM, THEN LOVE IS MERELY A PROGRAM. WE’RE JUST ROBOTS DOING LOVING BEHAVIORS. AND THAT WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD. GOD WANTED US TO CHOOSE LOVE OVER THE POSSIBILITY OF UNLOVE, SOMETHING TERRIBLY NOT LOVING. AND GOD WANTED US TO CHOOSE GOODNESS OVER THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF EVIL. SO, HE WANTS THAT TO COME FROM OURSELVES. AND OF COURSE, IF WE DON’T CHOOSE THAT, GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO BE IN HEAVEN. OF COURSE, WE DON’T WANT TO BE IN HEAVEN. OF COURSE, IF WE DON’T WANT LOVE, WHY WOULD WE WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN. WE ETHIC THERE’S SOMETHING BETTER SOMEWHERE ELSEWHERE WE CAN DOMINATE PEOPLE, EGO CENTRIC AND NARCISSISTIC AND SELF IDOLATORS ALL DAY LONG AND WE THINK THAT MAY MAKE US HAPPY. AND OF COURSE, THAT’S PROFOUNDLY MISTAKEN. AND POINT IS, GOD WANTS US TO CHOOSE. IS IT GOING TO BE LOVE? OR IS IT GOING TO BE NARCISSISM. IS IT GOING TO BE GOODNESS AND SURRENDER TO MY COMMANDMENTS OR IS IT GOING TO BE EVIL, AS IT WERE, ALLOWING YOURSELF TO BE PER SITUATED BY THE EVIL SPIRIT, ET CETERA. SO, WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE FOR YOU. THEN, WHEN YOU CHOOSE IT, THAT’S WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO BE, RIGHT? AND IF YOU WANT TO BE IN HEAVEN THAT’S GREAT. CHOOSE LOVE. AND THE BLESSED WANTS YOU TO BE IN HEAVEN. BUT IF YOU ARE CHOOSING EVIL, YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN HEAVEN. AND GOD AND THE BLESSED DON’T WANT YOU IN HEAVEN EITHER BASS YOU ARE GOING TO CAUSE CHAOS AS A NARS SISSIC,EEING CENTRIC, IDOL TORE SELF-CENTERED PERSON. AND WHY ARE YOU THERE AND WHO ELSE WANTS YOU THERE.>>AND IF YOU WANT TO BE LIKE THAT, YOU CAN ALWAYS GO INTO THE MOVIES! WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND BE BACK WITH FATHER SPITZER. MUCH MORE AHEAD. MAYBE ANOTHER QUESTION AND THEN WE’LL GET INTO OUR TOPIC. STAY WITH US, RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF “FR. SPITZER’S UNIVERSE.” [MUSIC] [MUSIC]>>Doug: WE APPRECIATE YOU STAYING WITH US RIGHT HERE ON “FR. SPITZER’S UNIVERSE.” TALKING ABOUT THE TOPIC, THE PURPOSE AND BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH RELATIONSHIP, WORSHIP, AND LEARNING AND SERVICE. WE TURN NOW TO MR. UNIVERSE HIMSELF, FATHER SPITZER, FOR OUR QUESTION THAT SOMEBODY SENT TO US AHEAD OF TIME. KIND OF FITS IN TO THIS TOPIC. PERSON WROTE TO US #RBGS DEAR FATHER, I CAN APPRECIATE YOUR MESSAGE ABOUT THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN CHURCH. HOWEVER, TODAY, SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DON’T EVEN SEEM TO BELIEVE THE CHURCH’S TEACHINGS. THIS IS APPARENTLY TRUE EVEN FOR THOSE IN THE POWER STRUCTURE. YOUR MESSAGE ABOUT THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN CHURCH. HOWEVER, TODAY, SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DON’T EVEN SEEM TO BELIEVE THE CHURCH’S TEACHINGS. THIS IS APPARENTLY TRUE EVEN FOR THOSE IN THE POWER STRUCTURE. I AM A PROTESTANT, BUT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY FOND OF CATHOLICISM. ONE THING THAT WOULD IMPEDE ME FROM CONVERTING IS THIS ODD TENDENCY FOR CATHOLICS TO NOT EMBRACE CATHOLIC TEACHING. HOW WOULD A NEWCOMER LEARN IF HE WAS SURROUNDED BY SUCH PEOPLE? WOULDN’T HE BE BETTER OFF GOING STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE-THE ACTUAL TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH AND STUDYING THESE ALONE? THANK YOU, GREG.>>Father: GREG, THIS IS A GOOD QUESTION BUT I’LL GIVE YOU TWO QUICK ANSWERS. THE FIRST THING IS, IT’S BETTER NOT TO STUDY ALONE. IT’S BETTER TO FIND THE RIGHT RCIA PROGRAM. YES, STUDYING ALONE CAN BE VERY, VERY BENEFICIAL, NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. SO I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. AND EVEN ONE OF THE GOOD ONLINE COMMENTARIES OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND START A LITTLE PROGRAM OF STUDYING. AND THERE ARE MANY, MANY GOOD RCIA PROGRAMS AND I THINK THAT YOU MIGHT BE EVEN A WAY OF DETERMINING THAT IN THE DIOCESE. YOU CAN PROBABLY JUST, WHATEVER DIOCESE YOU LIVE IN, YOU CAN JUST CALL UP THE CHANCERY FOR THE DIOCESE AND ASK THEM, OH, IS THERE A LIST OF C RCIA PROGRAMS, KNOW A CATHOLIC WHO IS PRETTY SOLID DOCTRINALLY AND ASK WHICH PROGRAM THEY KNOW IS GOOD OR IF HE’S AWARE OF A PROGRAM. THE WORD GETS OUT. AND SOMETIMES YOU CAN JUST PUT A QUESTION RIGHT TO THE CHANCERY AND SAY, ARE ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS A LITTLE MORE ORTHODOX THAN OTHER PROGRAMS. I’M JUST INTERESTED IN SOMETHING, YOU KNOW, THAT’S A LITTLE MORE ORTHODOX. AND YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU STRAIGHT, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. AND IT HELPS YOU COMING INTO THE CHURCH. I DEFINITELY MAKE AN INQUIRY AS TO WHICH RCIA PROGRAM SOUGHT THERE. AND IT’S WORTH DRIVING A LITTLE EXTRA DISTANCE TO GET TO A PROGRAM THAT MATCHES YOUR DESIRE TO GET THE FULL TRUTH.>>YOU DON’T WANT TO JOIN A PROGRAM WHERE THEY TELL YOU YOU DON’T REALLY NEED TO DO THIS, YOU ARE GOOD WHERE YOU ARE. AND THAT’S UNFORTUNATELY NOT AN UNKNOWN STORY.>>Father: NO, NO. THAT’S RIGHT.>>Doug: AND AGAIN, AS MY PRODUCER, JAMES MENTIONED, SO MANY CONVERTS FROM SCOTT HAHN, AND ON DOWN, HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BEST WITNESSES, SPARK PLUG FOR US CATHOLICS THAT TAKE OUR FAITH FOR GRANTED. WE WERE BLESSED BY GOD TO BE BORN INTO IT.>>Father: OH, ABSOLUTELY. AND I SAY, TOO, SOMETIMES YOU CAN JUST GO TO A PRETTY SOLID PLACE LIKE THE ST. PAUL CENTER WHERE SCOTT HAHN IS, AND YOU CAN JUST WRITE IN A QUESTION AND SAY, YOU KNOW, DEAR MR. HAHN, I LIVE IN DIOCESE X. I’M JUST WONDERING, DO YOU KNOW ANY SOLID RCIA PROGRAMS THERE. I BET YOU GET A RESPONSE BACK PRETTY QUICKLY THAT WILL TELL YOU WHAT A PRETTY GOOD PROGRAM WOULD BE THERE. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE REALLY KNOW THE PROGRAMS AND I WOULD SAY MATTHEW KELLY MAY KNOW SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PRETTY SOLID. HE’S BEEN TO A LOT OF PARISHES AND THINGS AS WELL. SO, RIGHT THERE, DYNAMIC CATHOLIC. SO, A LOT OF THESE PLACES, WHO HAVE BEEN REALLY AROUND, KNOWING THE PARISH SYSTEMS AND THE DIOCESE, THEY CAN TELL YOU IN A HEARTBEAT WHO A GOOD PROGRAM WOULD BE OR WHAT A GOOD PROGRAM WOULD BE IN YOUR AREA.>>SO, LET’S MOVE TO CHAPTER 3, PURPOSE AND BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH RELATIONSHIP WORSHIP LEARNING AND SERVICE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT! AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE CENTRAL ROLE OF THE CHURCH, TO PROVIDE AN ENTRYWAY INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY, THE BODY OF CHRIST. SO, I GUESS THAT’S THE THING. THE MULTIPLE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA MAYBE LIKE YOU SAID, OH, I’M GOING TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AND STUDY ON MY OWN. WHY DO I NEED TO GET INVOLVED WITH THIS COMMUNITY.>>Father: LET ME AGAIN, I HATE TO KEEP GOING BACK TO THE FOURS HERE, BUT I HATE TO GO OVER TO THE FOURS, WHY YOU NEED A CHURCH AND WHY AS IT WERE, HAVING YOUR PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY IN YOUR BEDROOM THERE OR IN YOUR LIVING ROOM AND JUST SORT OF CONTEMPLATING WHY THAT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO DO THE TRICK. THE FIRST THING IS, WE NEED REVELATION. WE ABSOLUTELY NEED A REVEALED SOURCE OF TRUTH. IF YOU THINK THAT JUST BY EXAMINING YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL INSTINCTS, DESIRE FOR THE SACRED, AS THE CHURCH FATHERS SAID LONG AGO, THE INNER WORD IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE IT GIVES A POWER AND SOMETHING TO THE INNER WORLD. BUT THE INNER WORD WITHOUT THE OUTER WORD, IT’S ALMOST LIKE INARTICULATE. YOU HAVE THESE FEELINGS, THIS SENSE OF MYSTERY, SACREDNESS AND IT’S WONDERFUL, YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED IT. BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. YOU NEED AN ARTICULATE OUTER WORD THAT SAYS, THIS IS WHO GOD IS. THIS IS WHAT GOD CARES ABOUT. THIS IS WHAT THE PATH TO SALVATION IS. HOW CAN YOU PRAY IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO GOD IS, WHAT HE WANTS, WHAT THE COMMANDMENTS ARE, WHAT THE ROAD TO SALVATION IS, WHAT MORAL GUIDANCE THAT GOD IS LOOKING FOR. WHAT’S THE GOOD ACCORDING TO GOE CULTURE, ET CETERA. IF YOU CAN’T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, YOU TALK ABOUT SAYING, I HAVE A PROFOUND SPIRITUAL LIFE. WELL, YOU SURE DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. AND THAT MEANS THAT ALL ROADS GET THERE. SO, I MEAN, PERSONALLY, THAT’S CRAZY TO SAY, I HAVE A PRAYER LIFE WITHOUT KNOWING ALL OF THIS. SO, WHAT DO YOU NEED? YOU NEED A SOURCE OF REVELATION. AND THE OTHER THING YOU NEED IS NOT JUST A SOURCE OF REVELATION. YOU ALSO NEED AN INTERPRETER, A DEFINITIVE INTERPRETER OF THAT REVELATION. YES, JESUS CHRIST, I TOTALLY BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN HAVE A VERY CERTAIN ARGUMENT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE DEFINITIVE SELF REVELATION OF GOD. HE IS THE SON OF GOD WHO HAS COME WITH US TO BE WITH US. HE IS THE DIVINE SON INCARNATE WITH US. I TOTALLY BELIEVE. YOU CAN DO THAT FROM THE EVIDENCE OF HIS GLORIOUS RESURRECTION. YOU CAN DO IT FROM THE MIRACLES THAT HE DID BY HIS OWN AUTHORITY. AND THE POWER THAT HE VESTED IN THE DISCIPLES, AND LATER, TO THIS VERY DAY, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, TO DO MIRACLES IN HIS NAME. YOU CAN SEE IT, ABSOLUTELY IN THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ITSELF, WHAT THE EARLY CHURCH CALLED THE DUT MUST, POWER OF GOD, SELF SACRIFICIAL POWER OF GOD. AND YOU CAN MAKE A CASE THAT JESUS IS THE FULLNESS SELF REVELATION OF JESUS. HERE’S THE PROBLEM. JESUS IS OF COURSE, THE SELF REVELATION OF GOD THE FULLEST, SELF REVELATION OF GOD THAT YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET TO. I’M NOT SAYING THAT THERE’S NO, YOU KNOW, REVELATION, IN OTHER RELIGIONS, THERE IS A REVELATION BUT NOT THE FULLNESS OF REVELATION. AND IF YOU GO TO crediblecatholic.com AND YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIG BOOK, VOLUME 4, ALL OF THE AREAS THERE OF THE DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND THESE OTHER RELIGION SINCERE THERE AND WHY CHRISTIANITY IS THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S SELF REVELATION, PARTICULARLY IN JESUS’ REVELATION OF WHAT LOVE IS AS HE DEFINES THAT, UNCONDITIONAL OF LOVE WHICH IS HIMSELF GIVEN BEST BY THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON WHERE THE FATHER REPRESENTS GOD, ALSO, THERE IN JESUS’ COMMANDMENT TOWARD THE GOLDEN RULE BEYOND THE SILVER RULE AND UNIQUE TO CHRISTIANITY. OF COURSE, IT CHANGES THE ENTIRE WORLD AS I TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. TO THIS VERY DAY, THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL HEALTHCARE INSTITUTE, GREATEST INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC EDUCATION, GREATEST INDICATION OF PUBLIC WELFARE, ALL OF THESE THINGS, IT’S THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ALL OF OF THE ABOVE. STARTED WITH JESUS ESPECIALLY WITH THE CHURCH AND HIS COMMANDMENT THAT WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY, ALL OF THE GOLDEN RULE, DO GOOD FOR OTHERS THAT WE WOULD WANT DONE TO US, TO GO BEYOND AND HAVE COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE IN NEED. NOW, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FULLNESS OF REVELATION AS SAID, THE BEATITUDES ARE, LIKE I SAID, SUPER IMPORTANT, GIVING YOU A SENSE OF WHO GOD IS. THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE WHOLE THING. YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN INTERPRETATION OF THAT REVELATION BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, IN THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION IF YOU HAVE LEARNED ANYTHING, 3500 DENOMINATIONS IN 2,000 YEARS IS A BIT — 1500 YEARS IS — 500 YEARS, IT’S TOO MANY. IT’S REALLY INFORMED WELL FFD SCRIPTURE PEOPLE DISAGREED ON WHAT JESUS MEANT BY HIS WORDS. WITHOUT A DEFINITIVE TEACHING AUTHORITY, WITHOUT A DEFINITIVE JURY HAD IT CALL TEACHING AUTHORITY THAT INTERPRETS IT AND RESOLVE IT AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE FACTIONING UPON FACTIONING AND UPON FACTIONING. THIS IS VERY UNDESIRABLE FOR SEVERAL REASONS, 35,000 RATHER THAN TWO, AND WHO HAS THE TRUTH AMONGST THE 35,000? DON’T YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT JESUS REALLY MEANT IN TODAY’S CONTEXT, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, HAVE YOU TO HAVE A TRUTH. 35,000 TRUTHS NOT GOING TO DO IT. SO, THE FIRST THING, YOU GOT TO HAVE A DEFINITIVE REVELATION. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THAT DEFINITIVE REVELATION. OUR CHURCH. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO GET IT SITTING IN YOUR BEDROOM BY YOURSELF. AND THE SECOND THING THAT EVERY LAST ONE OF US NEEDS, WE NEED SUPPORT FOR OUR FAITH. WE NEED THE SUPPORT, YES, OF PRIESTS AND A CHURCH, SUPPORT OF OUR FELLOW PARISHIONERS AND THE CONGREGANTS AND IN THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD AND SUPPORT OF THE FAITH. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN, FOR THE SAKE OF US, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FAMILIES. THE FAMILY BUILDS THE CHURCH AND THE CHURCH BUILDS THE FAMILY. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS. AND INDIVIDUALS BUILD THE FAMILIES AND THE CHURCH WHO IN TURN BUILD THE FAMILIES AND THE INDIVIDUALS. SO, THIS IDEA OF THIS, WE OF COURSE NEED SUPPORT. AND THE IDEA THAT WE CAN JUST SIMPLY DO THIS IN OUR ROOM BY OUR SELF IS JUST COMPLETELY.>>WE ALSO NEED THE IDEA OF ACCOUNTABILITY AS WELL, THE FACT THAT WE’RE PART OF THAT. RIGHT? THE SITUATION AS WELL.>>ABSOLUTELY. AND THE SUPPORT IS, ACCOUNTABILITY IS BUILT IN THAT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT THAT SOMETIMES WE NEED PEOPLE TO CALL US TO THE TRUTH. WE NEED TO BE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS, CALL US OUT OF WHERE WE’RE JUST SELF DESTROYING OR DESTROYING OUR FAMILIES, CULTURE AROUND IT. WE NEED TEAM POO — PEOPLE TO SAY, OH, GEORGE, I’M WORRIED ABOUT YOU. SO, THAT’S THE SECOND THING, WE NEED THE SUPPORT FROM THE ACCOUNTABILITY SIDE AND FROM THE ACTUAL POSITIVE SUPPORT OF OUR FAITH. AND THE THIRD THING THAT WE NEED, WE NEED MORAL GUIDANCE. I MEAN, FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES, THE IDEA THAT WE CAN JUST OPERATE ON THE BASIS OF OUR CONSCIOUSES. RIGHT? YOU ARE GOING TO OPERATE ON THE BASIS OF YOUR CONSCIOUS, IT’S UNFORMED. YEAH, OF COURSE, YOU HAVE A GENERAL NATURAL LAW. CHEAT SG WRONG, STEALING IS WRONG. MURDERING IS WRONG. YOU GOT THAT IN YOUR CONSCIOUS. ST. PAUL IS RIGHT ABOUT THAT. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. BUT THOSE ARE GENERAL NORMS. WE LIVE IN A COMPLEX CULTURE. THERE’S A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF THOSE COMMANDMENTS IN THE CULTURE AND MANY OF THEM, BY THE WAY, ARE COMPLETELY TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN THEIR HEAD. YOU HAVE GORDON GECKOS SCREAMING OUT THERE, LACK OF GREED IS GOOD, ET CETERA, AND THE POINT THAT WE’RE POINTING OUT, IN CULTURE AND SOCIETY, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED A MORAL GUIDE TO HELP US IN THE F FORMATION OF OR CONSCIOUSES AND NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD AND SALVATION, WE NEED TO KNOW HOW DO WE FORM OUR CONSCIENCES WELL? AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN THE COMPLEX CULTURE. THEN, SOME SORT OF A FASHION OF DEALING WITH OUR GUILT. OF COURSE, WE ARE GOING TO RUN SHORT AND WE’RE GOING TO COME UP SHORT ON THIS DEAL. SO, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A RIGHT THAT WE CALL CONFESSION, RECONCILIATION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO NEED SOME RITUAL OF FORGIVENESS AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK 3,000 YEARS WHERE YOU HAVE SACRIFICES FOR FORGIVENESS AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS. EVERY RELIGION, IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THEY HAVE A RITUAL FOR THAT. PEOPLE FEEL GUILTY KNOWING THEY VIOLATED THEIR CONSCIENCE. AND TODAY, MORE THAN EVER, YOU NEED A SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION. AND JESUS HAS GIVEN US, IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THE DEFINITIVE RIGHT OF ABSOLUTION. JOHN 20:21 — HE’S TELLING HIS APOSTLES AFTER THIS, WHATEVER SINS YOU RETAIN ARE RETAINED AND WHATEVER SINS YOU FORGIVE ARE FORGIVEN THEM. SO, THE IDEA IS, JESUS GAVE THE POWER. WHY WOULDN’T WE WANT TO AVAIL OURSELVES OF THAT POWER? IT’S GIVEN TO US BY THE SOURCE OF REVELATION HIMSELF. WE NEED THAT RIGHT. AND THE REASON WE NEED THAT RIGHT NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE NEED DEFINITIVE ABSOLUTION, WE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PERSON THAT GIVES US THE DEFINITIVE RESOLUTION IN THE NAME OF JESUS. AND THEN, THE GUILT IS ALLEVIATED BUT IT’S POSITIVELY ALLEVIATED IN TRUTH AND AUTHENTICITY BECAUSE SOMEBODY WAS THERE WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE TO HELP US TO BE ACCOUNTABLE. SO, THIS IS THE THIRD THING, YOU KNOW. ARE YOU GOING TO DO THIS IN YOUR ROOM? YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THIS IN YOUR ROOM. AND THEN THE FOURTH THING, OF COURSE, WE NEED A RIGHT OF PUBLIC WORSHIP. AND YOU KNOW, THE IDEA THAT WE’RE JUST GOING TO, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS JUST SAY OUR PRAYERS IN SILENCE. WE DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ANY PUBLIC PROCLAMATIONS OF OUR PRAYERS. BUT IN FACT, WE DO NEED THAT. HUMAN BEINGS ARE INTERPERSONAL BY THEIR VERY NATURE. RIGHT? THE PERSON IS INTERPERSONAL. AND THAT WONDERFUL SONETH OF JOHN DUNN, NO MAN IS AN ISLAND. EVERY ONE IS PART OF THE MAIN, RIGHT? EVEN JUST A LITTLE CLOG OF DIRT, IF IT’S LOST, EUROPE IS THE LESS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. WE NEED EACH OTHER! WE’RE LOCKED INTO AN INTERPERSONAL MOMENT. JESUS WANTED TO BE THE TEMPLE THAT WOULD SYNTHESIZE EVERYTHING FOR US. THE MYSTICAL BODY HIMSELF WHICH IS INTERPERSONAL PERSONHOOD. WE EFFECT EVERYTHING TO ONE ANOTHER AND THEY EFFECT US. BY THIS COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE’RE NOT JUST SUPERFICIALLY INVOLVED. WE’RE SPIRITUALLY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. OF COURSE WE’RE GOING TO NEED A PUBLIC WORSHIP WITH A PUBLIC RIGHT THAT ENTERS INTO THE VERY REALITY, THE LITURGICAL SEASONS, THE MASS ITSELF. THE VERY GIFT OF JESUS HIMSELF TO US. WE NEED THIS LITURGICAL RITE FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP IN OUR INTERPERSONAL NATURE. SO, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOUR THINGS. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET, WITH YOUR PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY IN YOUR BEDROOM. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET A PUBLIC REVELATION. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET A DEFINITIVE INTERPRETATION OF THE PUBLIC REVELATION, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET ANY PUBLIC SUPPORT OR SUPPORT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY TO YOUR FAITH. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET ANY MORAL GUIDANCE OR EDUCATION TO MORAL GUIDANCE OR FORMATION OF THE CONSCIENCE. AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET PUBLIC WORSHIP, ESPECIALLY A PUBLIC WORSHIP BRINGING ABOUT THE EUCHARISTIC. IF YOU LOOK AT THE FOUR THINGS, OF COURSE, WE NEED A REVELATION, OF COURSE WE NEED A CHURCH. WHERE WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THESE FOUR THINGS! AT CHURCH! THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND I ARGUE THIS EXCEEDINGLY STRONGLY, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS BEST PLACE TO GET ALL FOUR OF THOSE BENEFITS. THEY ARE ALREADY PROGRAMMED IN. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE A DEFINITIVE SOURCE OF REVELATION, IT WAS GIVEN TO US BY JESUS. YOU ARE PETER AND UPON THIS ROCK I BUILD MY CHURCH. I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND THE GETS GATES OF THE NETHER WORLD NEVER WILL PREVAIL AGAINST IT. WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH IS BOUND AND WHATEVER YOU LOSE IN HEAVEN IS LOSE HAD. AND IF YOU HAVE THAT GIVEN TO YOU BY JESUS, OF COURSE, YOU WANT A D DEFINITIVE EXPLANATIONF REVELATION AND JURY HAD IDENTICAL INTERPRETATION OF THAT. AND THAT KEEPS YOU IN UNITY WITH BILLIONS OF PEOPLE OF THE AND SECOND THING, CLURVE ALSO PROVIDES THAT SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, YOU KNOW, ON EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY LEVEL BECAUSE IT NOT ONLY HAS A DOCTRINE BUT IT ALSO HAS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DOCK TINE — DOCTRINE, YOU KNOW, THE POPE HIMSELF, BISHOPS, CONGREGATION THAT IS PROTECT THESE THINGS. AND NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE THAT, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT IF WE ENTER INTO THESE GREAT PARISH NETWORKS THAT ARE NOT ONLY HAVING SCHOOLS ATTACHED TO THEM FOR OUR CHILDREN, BUT ALSO HAVE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT COMMITTEES AND DIFFERENT WAYS OF PARTICIPATING. AND IF WE JUST WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THESE THINGS, THEY ARE ALL THERE AND PRESENT TO HELP US SERVE, SUPPORT, ET CETERA. AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS JUST GOT A MILLION OF THEM. IT’S JUST GREAT. IT’S A VERY LOVING, GOOD, AND SUPPORTIVE, AND ACCOUNTABLE COMMUNITY. THE THIRD THING THAT I ARGUE IS, I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER MORAL GUIDE. BUT I ALSO CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER RITUAL OF FORGIVENESS THAN THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION. JUST GO AHEAD AND DEFINE ME ONE OTHER RELIGION THAT HAS ANYTHING REMOTELY AKIN TO DEFINITIVE ABSOLUTION IN THE SETTING OF A MORAL GUIDANCE THAT IS SO PROFOUND. I JUST CAN’T THINK OF IT.>>BUT THEN SOMEBODY MAY SAY, AS THE PERSON WROTE BEFORE, WELL, IF HAVE YOU THIS THING, WHY DO SO FEW PEOPLE AVAIL THEMSELVES OF IT.>>Father: WELL, THIS IS THE MYSTERY TO ME. OF COURSE, CONFESSION IS HARD. I UNDERSTAND THAT PART. OF COURSE, I UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S HARD. BUT YOU CAN TELL THE PRIEST ANONYMOUSLY. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FACE TO FACE. YOU CAN GO BEHIND THE SCREEN. AND YOU CAN FIND TIME WHEN YOU CAN GO AND SAY EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THERE’S THE ACCOUNTABILITY FACTOR AND THEN THERE’S THE ABSOLUTION. AND THE GRACE OF THAT HEALING, THAT BREAKS THE POWER OF SATAN. YOU KNOW, THAT COMES FROM IT. AND SO MANY OTHER WONDERFUL THINGS THAT COME FROM IT. AND WHERE ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO GET A LITURGY LIKE THAT? THE HOLY MASS. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THIS? YOU WANT A RITE OF WORSHIP, A RITE OF PUBLIC WORSHIP, A RITE OF COMMUNITY WORSHIP WHERE THE INNER PERSONAL PERSON IS REFLECTED. IT’S THE HOLY EUCHARIST, CENTER OF IT, CHRIST HIMSELF COMING AND SAYS I WANT TO BE THE UNIVERSAL TEMPLE, I WANT TO BE THE FOUNDATION, THE MYSTICAL BODY. I WANT TO DID THIS FOR YOU! AND HE’S COMING TO YOU RIGHT THERE, FOR HIS TRUE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY, COMING RIGHT THERE TO US, IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR PUBLIC WORSHIP. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT? HEY, LISTEN. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE BEST WAY OF GETTING THE FOUR REASONS WHY YOU NEED A CHURCH AND YOU CAN’T DO IT ON YOUR OWN, IN YOUR BEDROOM. IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO WORK. GET TO CHURCH IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING TO CHURCH. IF YOU ARE NOT A CATHOLIC, I’M BEGGING YOU, PLEASE, INVESTIGATE WHAT THE CHURCH HAS TO OFFER. IT’S GOING TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. IT’S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU CONNECT WITH GOD. IT’S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE IN YOUR PARISH, YOUR KIDS’ SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY, AND GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY BASICALLY THAT YOU PERCEIVE YOURSELF AMIDST YOUR FAMILY AND THE GREATER CULTURE. AND IT’S GOING TO NOT ONLY GET YOU INTO HEAVEN IN THE LONG RUN WHICH IS WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE GET INTO HEAVEN. AND I GUARANTEE YOU THIS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE HAPPIER. YOU WILL BE HAPPIER. SO, THINK IT’S A GOOD QUESTION. AND I MEAN THIS QUESTION COMES UP WITH A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT I GOT TO TELL YOU, THERE’S A GOOD ANSWER AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ULTIMATELY IS THE ANSWER BECAUSE THE BEST WAY OF GETTING THE FOUR THINGS THAT YOU NEED FROM A CHURCH.>>Doug: AND IT’S INTERESTING TOO, THINKING ABOUT THIS, IN THE CLOSING MOMENTS, THE IDEA, OBVIOUSLY NEVER INTENDED TO REPLICATE OR REPLACE THE CHURCH BUT TO BE A SUPPORT MECHANISM AND IN A SENSE, MOTHER ANGELICA AND THE WHOLE FAMILY ASPECT OF EWTN, IDEA FOR SO MANY PEOPLE IN DISPARITY PARTS OF THE WORLD AND VARIOUS SITUATIONS IN THE WORLD CAN CONNECT INTO THE FAITH ON A REGULAR BASIS AND HAVE THAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND TEACHING AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HELPS THEM TO GET FROM SUNDAY TO SUNDAY, AS WE LIKE TO SAY, WHAT YOU CAN GET IN YOUR PARISH. AND THEN THAT’S SUPPORT FOR YOU DURING THE WEEK. AND THAT KIND OF REINFORCEMENT YOU REALIZE YOU ARE NOT ALONE FOR BELIEVING WHAT YOU BELIEVE TOO.>>Father: ABSOLUTELY. AND DO YOU RECALL, EWTN IS A GREAT WAY TO DO THAT. ALSO, IT’S THE ONE TRUTH, YOU CONNECT INTO THE ONE TRUTH THAT WAS GIVEN BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IT’S PUT OUT IN A WAY THAT WE KNOW IS VERY FAITHFUL TO WHAT SAINT PETER, THE MAGISTERIUM IS TRYING TO GUIDE US TOWARD.>>LIVE TRUTH, LIVE CATHOLICS. THANKS SO MUCH, FATHER SPITZER. NEXT TIME YOU CAN EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT AN ONTOLOGICAL LOP SOME TER IS. AND WE’LL WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK. AND GIVE US A BLESSING ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR.>>Father: ABSOLUTELY. BOW YOUR HEAD AND PRAY FOR GOD’S BLESSING. MAY THE LORD, THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO INSTITUTED THE CHURCH TO BE A SOURCE OF LIFE AND GOODNESS, THE WAY, TRUTH, AND LIFE FOR US, ON THIS EARTH THROUGH THE SACRAMENTS THAT HE HAS PROVIDED FOR, SENDING HIS BLESSING DOWN UPON YOU TO INSPIRE YOU, TO GUIDE YOU AND TO GIVE YOU ALL THAT YOU NEED, NOT ONLY TO MOVE TOWARD SALVATION BUT ALSO TO HELP OTHERS TO THAT SALVATION SO THAT TOGETHER WE MAY INHERIT THE FULLNESS OF THE KINGDOM OF LIFE AND JOY ACCORDING TO JESUS, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.>>Doug: THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND EVERY WEEK, FATHER, THANK YOU, WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME. WE INVITE ALL OF YOU AS WELL TO CHECK OUT FATHER SPITZER MATERIALS THROUGH OUR EWTN RELIGIOUS CATALOG AND RESOURCES. DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR FAMILY CELEBRATION COMING IN DENVER. WE’LL STREAM IT LIVE ON THE WEB. AND IF YOU CAN’T GET OUT THERE LIVE, CHECK OUT THE WEB SITE FOR IT. BOOK MARK, LEAVING BOYHOOD BEHIND, JASON CRAIG IS MY GUEST AND YOU CAN LOOK FOR THE BOOK AND THE PRODUCTION THAT WE DID WITH HIM THROUGH ewtnRC.com. THE SHOW IS GOING TO BE AIRING, MY INTERVIEW ON SUNDAY AT 9:30 AS ALWAYS. JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK AS ONCE MORE WE TALK ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, WHY IT’S IMPORTANT, WHY YOU NEED TO BE PART OF IT, AND WHY WE NEED TO SEE YOU RIGHT HERE AT THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND REASON WHERE IT’S ALL EXPLAINED EACH WEEK BY THE MAN FROM THE WEST COAST. [MUSIC]

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  1. Father why can’t some of us knell down to take the body of Christ, my church do not allowed it , I have ask our priest if I can knell

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  2. the prophet jesus is not the son of allah

    believe in one god

    I invite you to Islam

    please don't believe the wrong news in the press

    the last prophet is Muhammad

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  3. Oh Lord… You think a child will even begin to understand that? You clearly don’t deal with answering the questions of children.. Uncreated Reality? Metaphysics for kids? Good Grief..

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