So, my geographical parish is having some sort of panel-type thing, open to the public, where basically a panel of priests and learned lay people take questions from the crowd and, I'm sure, give the cookie-cutter Catholic Answers style neocon "Apologetics" answers in return. Not the best format if you ask me, convincing people really requires one on one discussion and deeper philosophical inquiry...but still, "nothing is off limits" and "anyone's questions are welcome" and I was wondering, a little mischievously, probably just hypothetically...what you think would be a good question for a trad to ask such a neocon panel to "stump" them. You know, confront them with some inconsistencies between post-VII Catholicism and traditional, etc. I was thinking asking them to explain what certain saints meant when they said this or that about the Jews, or about not giving communion on the hand, etc...but they'll likely just give some "historical context" or "saints arent infallible" or "discipline isnt dogma" answer. I was wondering if there was anything that could really floor them or leave neocons looking like the mental gymnasts they are...?
If your sure the audience has prottys in there my favorite stumper is
Which Came first the Bible or the Church?
many a bible banger has sought me out after a meeting like this to explain the question...and this is a silver bullet question because it goes to the heart of the protestant rebellion which is -AUTHORITY-.
The EENS* question is always good but be prepared to be pummeled if you hold to a literal meaning. (which I do) ("outside the Church there is NO salvation)
NeoCons will go apoplectic if you ask if the Jewish Abrahamic Covenant is still in force?