Called to Communion
A televised format of Dr. David Anders’ popular and engaging radio show that asks atheists, former Catholics, and non-Catholics: “What is stopping you from becoming Catholic?”
Is the Church an infallible interpreter of Scripture? Will Jesus convert a boy’s father if he prays enough? What role do guardian angels serve for the departed? Dr. Anders answers.
Viewers ask about how Ezekiel 38:39 relates to current events in the Middle East, how Catholics should interpret passages in Genesis, and whether early humans could be in heaven.
Dr. Anders answers questions about Jesus founding the Church on the Apostle Peter, if Catholics can attend Eastern Rite Liturgies, and steps to having one’s marriage convalidated.
Callers ask about the recitation of the Holy Rosary, artificial intelligence, the sign of the cross, baptism, purgatory and reconciling creation in the Bible with natural science.
Getting a marriage convalidated in the Church, the author of the Bible’s first 5 books, textual errors in the Psalms, and relevance of prophecies of the end times are all discussed.
Callers ask about the Eucharist as center of the Liturgy, why the Catholic Church baptizes children, belief in Purgatory and why it’s illegal to take out male pronouns in the Mass.
Dr. Anders answers questions about the Church starting in Rome, the Sign of the Cross, titles for clergy, the death penalty, and growth of the Catholic and Protestant churches.
Viewers ask about the importance the Catholic Church places on Sacred Scripture in the life of the faithful, and receive advice from Dr. Anders about how to deal with children and friends who have left the faith.
Caller questions include Mary as ever Virgin, God allowing evil in the world, why the Catholic Church began and remains in Rome, why women can’t be priests and the consequences of waiting to repent until the end of life.
What a Christian needs to do to get to heaven, counseling a post-abortive woman, lay Catholics reading Scripture, how the Jews see Jesus and how much attention should be paid to apocalyptic literature are today’s topics.
Topics for today include antisemitism, God’s omnipresence, apologetics and iconography, spiritual gifts, “white supremacy,” gender ideology, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and baptism before death as a path to heaven.
Questions about John Paul II’s reading of evolution to include Thomistic philosophy, supporting a boyfriend in RCIA, end of life care, whether a Catholic may be a divorce lawyer, and how to determine a valid baptism.
Today’s viewer questions include priests acting in the person of Christ, the place of Marian devotion in the Mass and churches, the history of St. Paul, the canon of the Bible and Mary’s retaining of perpetual virginity.
Questions about the sinlessness of Mary, if St. Peter served the Church in Rome, whether Adam and Eve were real people, what happens to dogs when they die, and why there are different versions of the Ten Commandments.
Abortion is not just a woman’s issue. Today Greg Mayo, looks at the forgotten victims of this terrible trauma – men. He explains abortion’s impact on those ready to become fathers who lost their precious opportunity.
Among today’s topics for Dr. Anders: False religions, choosing your own parish, differences between Catholics and Protestants, dealing with the death of a parent, and offering up one’s suffering for another’s salvation.
Dr. Anders explores Catholic Truth in answering questions about countering the Protestant view of the Bible as rule of faith, obtaining an annulment, and going to Confession to restore one’s relationship to Christ.
Dr. Anders responds to caller questions about venerating the saints, engaging high school students, Catholic baptism, artificial intelligence, and the difference between Catholic mystics and ordinary Catholics.
If you’re confused about the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture, Dr. Anders has the answers. Plus, he explains Eucharistic miracles, where Catholic annulments are justified, and why it’s important to be pro-life.
Dr. Anders fields questions on infallability, struggles with faith, Eucharistic miracles, the Latin Mass, the priest’s role in different religious orders, and wedding ceremonies for couples from different countries.
Under discussion today are questions of God’s being, how to deal with scrupulosity, particular judgment occurring after death, when Confession is needed before receiving Communion, and how to convert one’s family.
Dr. Anders explains why the Mass is considered the original form of Christian worship, why the Holy Spirit is often depicted as a dove, and how to pursue the Sacrament of Confession for someone addicted to mortal sin.
Are there temptations in Purgatory, is exercise allowable on Sundays, why are halos pictured in artworks? Dr. Anders answers these and other questions about discernment, prayer, the Sacraments and the existence of God.
EWTN viewers ask Dr. Anders about the intercession of our guardian angels, the location of heaven, the three conditions of committing a mortal sin, baptism and how confessors should judge the contrition of penitents.
Viewers ask how the sexual abuse crisis is handled by members of the Church, how to counsel a Catholic wanting to go to a different church, and whether Christ forgives sin before or after the Sacrament of Confession.
Caller questions about predestination and the atonement of Christ, how to help a child interested in Catholicism, the inappropriateness of viewing God as female, and whether some people are predestined for destruction.
Catholics asking the saints for intercession leads off our viewer questions. Plus, what Jesus meant by his cry of desolation on the cross, what the Inquisition was about, and the validity of Mary and Joseph’s marriage.
Callers ask about what Catholics really believe or is it idol worship, what the Church means by baptism, whether to attend the second marriage of a friend, and how to receive the sacraments with a non-Catholic spouse.
Today’s topics include whether the Church respects marriage outside the Catholic Church, the Passion as the sufferings and death of Jesus, and why parents are questioned before the baptism of their child is permitted.
What are the obligations of a Catholic parent to raise children in the faith? Have the prophecies Jesus made in Matthew 24 been fulfilled? Can a first Confession wipe out a lifetime of sin? Dr. Anders has the answers.
Dr. Anders answers caller questions about the consecrated Communion received by Catholics, why the Church is called the Bride of Christ, why an atheist should become a Catholic, and the doctrine of Mary’s Assumption.
Topics include intercessory prayers like novenas, antisemitism of Luther and Hitler, evidence that Catholic beliefs are real, God answering prayer, purgatory and reparation of sins, and secretly baptizing grandchildren.
Caller questions include Christ’s substantial Presence in the Eucharist, if there are limitations on the number who will be saved, why Catholics baptize babies, and whether the Church’s existence depends on the Bible.
Dr. Anders answers questions on biblical references to sacramental marriage, the history of Lent, the location of Purgatory, the history of the Catechism, why we pray to saints, and predestination in Catholic teaching.
See how the Church alleviates poverty worldwide, what to tell a spouse who doesn’t believe in the Eucharist as Catholics do, why the disordered use of sexuality is sinful, and whether nuns are required to wear habits.
Can you confess your sins only to a priest? What’s the best way to salvation and eternal life? Is Islam influenced by heresies? What is tithing and are Catholics obligated? Dr. Anders answers these and other questions.
Our viewers have questions about transubstantiation as the conversion of bread and wine into the Holy Eucharist, how baptism and Holy Communion work together for our sanctification, and how one can explain purgatory.
What does it take to make the decision to believe all that the Catholic Church teaches and become a Catholic? Dr. David Anders responds with answers, and field questions on other important issues raised by EWTN viewers.
In a marriage with different faith traditions, what can be done when one spouse objects to the children being raised Catholic? Dr. Anders also explains why Catholics pray to the saints and pray the rosary to Mary.
Today, Dr. David Anders explains the Catholic Church’s opposition to Nazism, Mary’s perpetual virginity even after the birth of Jesus, and how the existence of extraterrestrials would affect God’s plan of salvation.
Viewer questions on the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Trinity, how a Catholic priest ministers to the dying, the Church’s prohibition of euthanasia and suicide, and what to tell a spouse who has left the Church.
If you have questions about your Catholic faith, Dr. Anders has the answers. Learn how to dispose of old bibles, the role a godfather plays, why Samaritans were not considered Jews, and the purpose of the sign of peace.
Callers ask about judgmental Christians, people experiencing the afterlife, how much faith is needed to get to heaven, how much of the Bible was written by the Apostles, and the Church’s position on cigarette smoking.
Callers ask about the evidence of Christian civilization arising from the Catholic Church, the authenticity of the Old Testament, when historical dating began with the birth of Christ, and the definition of a happy death.
Topics include God’s existence, the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, what to do when a spouse wants to leave the Church, the definition of hell, praying for one’s enemies, and Catholics marrying outside the Church.
Among the topics of discussion are how the Church knows if someone is in heaven or hell, the difference between love and fear of God, the theology of Reformed Churches and God hearing the prayers of the Jewish people.
Callers ask about whether a Church should call itself Apostolic, rather than protestant or Catholic, the balance between evangelization and proselytism, cremation of the dead and Catholic children not going to church.
Callers ask about the Church censoring Galileo, the Pope not being Biblical, why greed is a reason not to be Catholic, St. Paul’s theology of marriage vows and someone who remains in sin rather than going to Confession.
The necessity of Catholics attending Sunday Mass, a Christian church permitting gay marriage, the need for godparents in baptism and how to help a college-age son battling depression are among the topics of discussion.
Questions include whether Jesus as God was dead for 3 days, why the Mass celebrant is the only one to receive the Precious Blood, why Jesus will judge the living and the dead, and how to unite our suffering to Christ.
Viewers ask about Baptism beginning the life of sanctifying grace in souls, God’s creation of the universe in time, whether Jesus can be a man with only Mary’s DNA, and paintings of the crucifixion instead of crucifixes.
Is the behavior of Catholics a true indicator of real Christianity? Dr. Anders provides insight, and discusses prenuptial agreements, sexuality within marriage, and why God answers the prayers of some but not others.
Today’s questions for Dr. Anders concern which Old Testament passages are not meant to be taken literally, why abortion is evil even though the babies go to heaven, and why the Catholic Church does not re-baptize people.
Questions for Dr. Anders include how to witness to family about Faith, what if Jesus had not saved the world, praying the rosary multiple times daily, and whether the New Testament came about through Church tradition.
Dr. Anders responds to caller questions about Gnostic claims that secret knowledge is the way to salvation, universal redemption in Jesus, slavery, attending an invalid marriage and protestant opposition to the crucifix.
Can people who commit suicide go to heaven? How do we know when we’re following our conscience? How do you tell a brother that “God loves you”? Dr. Anders answers these and other questions on the Mass and Scripture.
Today’s caller questions include subjects such as divine revelation, Mary, Queen of heaven, the 10 commandments and keeping holy the Lord’s day, gossip and obesity, and how to attract a Jewish wife to the Catholic faith.
How should we interpret Scripture in light of a merciful Jesus, rather than a God of wrath? Plus, levels of sin, what parents can do about lapsed faith in children, and when to receive baptism when entering the Church.
Dr. Anders explains the difference between proselytization and true evangelization. Plus, questions about the Sacrifice of the Mass, whether a lay person can baptize an infant, and if an active homosexual may go to heaven.
Callers ask about converting to Catholicism over a spouse's objections, whether the excommunicated may receive grace, Church teaching on human sexuality, and why the writings of Church Fathers are not in the Bible.
On today’s agenda for Dr. Anders… whether Protestants may be considered true Christians, Christian dating as a preparation for marriage, abortion, Mormonism, and taking Communion while not in the state of grace.
What is the sacramental effectiveness of a Mass celebrated by a priest while not in the state of grace? Also, praying to intercessors instead of directly to God, and how to know if one’s marriage is valid in the Church.
Are prayers to the saints more effective since they are united to God? Dr. Anders answers this and other questions on apostolic succession, pagan statues, obeying the pope’s authority, and absolution in confession.
Callers ask about God as the First Principle, Gospel accounts of Jesus’ childhood, Lucifer’s existence, how to get into the Catholic faith other than just attending Mass, and why Catholics do not believe in abortion.
Caller questions today include the authors of the New Testament, the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, what the Bible says is necessary for salvation and why the Catholic Church does not support gender theory.
Dr. Anders responds to a question about giving authentic witness to the human sexuality identification one is given at conception, and covers topics on annulments, sinning with impunity and the Marian way to Jesus.
How did Church tradition give rise to the Canon of the Bible? Dr. Anders explains, and tackles questions about forgiveness, purgatory, disability, sins against the Holy Spirit and the number of books in the Bible.
Dr. Anders explains how we have a “welcoming Church” when he discusses alternative lifestyles, the invalidity of women’s ordination, and how Catholics should relate to people and politics that are opposed to Catholicism.
Explore the connection between Catholic tradition and Sacred Scripture. In response to caller questions, Dr. Anders looks at several Bible passages, and explains how they provide guidance we can use in our daily lives.