The Inner Life – June 13, 2024 – Ask Me Anything

Father John Paul Erickson joins Patrick to discuss Any Questions from our Listeners 

  • (10:03) – Betsy – Both of my grandchildren got baptized and first communion but NOT confirmed. My daughter doesn’t wat to confirm them. Are they considered Catholic?
  • John – How do we deal with ultraconservative dissenters from the Pope?
  • Email asking how long do you need to be detached from sin in order to get a plenary indulgence?
  • (20:08) Andrew – My daughter is getting married to a fellow Catholic; she wants to get married outdoors. Why can’t she?

(23:15) Break 1

  • Zoraida – Confirmation: do you have to be confirmed before marriage?
  • Teresa – The Mass: when people raise their hands when they say, ‘and with your spirit?’ Should we be doing that?
  • (28:30) Dominic – Body Building: I do body building Is it Morally okay to use steroids recreationally?
  • Ellen – Why do Catholic Churches have a saint at the front of the altar?
  • (36:48) Kristen – I have two small kids and I am interested in coming back to the church, but I don’t know what the first move is.

(39:33) Break 2

  • Alex – comment to last caller contemplating getting married outside of the church. Our solution to that was having an intimate service in the church and a large outdoor celebration with everyone
  • Question – What can I do to feel like I made a full confession
  • Bob -If you receive the sacrament of confirmation while in mortal sin, does it count, or do you need to do it again?
  • Ivette – What does it mean that Jesus descended into hell?
Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.