Thursday, March 26, 2009

USCCB addresses Reiki: Not Compatible with Christianity

Whoa! Who knew this was coming???

I have not read this in full yet. My own ordinary, Archbishop Allen Vigneron is one of the signing members (though he is listed as the bishop of Oakland, and probably still was when this was drafted). It was released on March 25, 2009.

I am going to read the entire document when I find time and encourage you to do the same. This is LONG overdue and there are a few other new age practices that have crept into Catholic hospitals and retreat centers that we ought to pray get addressed by the USCCB or Vatican.

If you want some background and commentary, Tom McFeely has a blogpost up at the National Catholic Register: Enough with Reiki Retreats

Let's cut to the chase:

10. Reiki therapy finds no support either in the findings of natural science or in Christian belief. For a Catholic to believe in Reiki therapy presents insoluble problems. In terms of caring for one's physical health or the physical health of others, to employ a technique that has no scientific support (or even plausibility) is generally not prudent.

11. In terms of caring for one's spiritual health, there are important dangers. To use Reiki one would have to accept at least in an implicit way central elements of the worldview that dergirds Reiki theory, elements that belong neither to Christian faith nor to natural science. Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, however, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-man's-land that is neither faith nor science.9 Superstition corrupts one's worship of God by turning one's religious feeling and practice in a false direction.10 While sometimes people fall into superstition through ignorance, it is the responsibility of all who teach in the name of the Church to eliminate such ignorance as much as possible.

12. Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.


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1 comment:

A Catholic daughter said...

My mom was in a re-hab nursing home last year, and a nurse's aide told me, "I probably shouldn't do this, but I can do some energy work on your mom's arm to stop the pain. Have you ever heard of Reiki? I am a Reiki healer."

Thank God that I was there, and forabde her. She was startled that I knew what it was.
Do you want to know how I knew?

Because in 2001, I was at a mandatory conference for all of our hospital employees, and the whole topic was on "healing arts" as an alternative to traditional methods of medical treatment.

At this particular Catholic hospital, the Reiki method was introduced and endorsed by a Catholic nun who was at the leadership level of the Health system then. The conference included a live demonstration on "volunteers" from the audience by a Catholic woman who used to be a traditional nurse, but is now a Reiki Master/teacher. This was all done to introduce the workers to the new healing arts center that had just been opened. (And, yes, it has a labyrinth in it's courtyard, and aromatherapy oils and incense are for sale at their office desk - along with lots of fairy-looking angel items, too.)

Everyone at the conference had a strange feeling about it, but no one would speak up. But I did, and when they heard me say " this is new-age religion", they denied it by saying it is simply a time-honored method of healing that was probably practiced by our own grandmothers and great-grandmothers! Can you believe such garbage? They also refused to take anymore questions.

I'm telling you all to be aware.
It "seems" okay to people because it "seems" sort of spiritual, and patients and family will generally trust those who approach them in hospitals and clinics.

People who are being treated for unresponsive or terminal cancers, people with chronic debilitating pain or with uncurable diseases, and their loved ones, are most vulnerable and are, in fact, target CUSTOMERS.

Spiritual, physical, mental, emotional healing can only be had through the One True God.

Reiki and it's various pagan counterparts are nothing more than voodoo witchraft, and are readily available at a "center for healing arts." You or a loved one could be offered reiki or crystals by an otherwise well-intentioned hospital worker, instead of prayer or rosary beads, in ANY religious or secular healthcare institution in the nation.

How many Catholic hospitals are there anymore in the USA - and how many faithful nuns to run them?

Go visit Our Lord in the tabernacle of a Catholic hospital, or in the ones that used to be Catholic, that is if there still is a tabernacle. Love Him and make reparation for the sins of our nation, and beg Him to bring us back to Him, and that He will stay with us.