Federal prosecutors in the state of New York recently shut down a phony psychic ring which was luring the desperate by convincing people they were destined to achieve great wealth. In reality, the only people who became wealthy are the charlatans that masterminded the scheme.
A well-credentialed Protestant scholar and apologist is warning the public about the dangers of fooling around with Ouija boards and psychics because these practices open doors to the supernatural that are extremely difficult to close.
We have had questions from readers whose loved ones are dabbling in a New Age occult-based process known as “Ascension” which is causing a variety of serious physical, mental and spiritual health issues which they consider to be normal.
C writes: “I have a co-worker who’s mother attended séances with a psychic medium (the medium is Christian). The medium would start the séance with a ‘prayer of protection’. My co-worker’s mother said she always felt ‘good energy and lighter afterwards.’ The medium taught her to say, ‘I surround myself in a bubble of white light and nothing bad will come to me.’ Can you unpack some of these statements? And what resources (books, websites) can I recommend to my co-worker to help him learn more on the Catholic views of this topic?”
AC asks: “I just heard about the 26 year-old woman who was killed on train tracks that are supposedly haunted by the Pope Lick Monster who lures people to their deaths. What is this about?”
A reader sent this email to our blog: “My therapist has a strong Catholic presence throughout her clinic and plays EWTN for me while I work out on the treadmill and bicycle. She attends daily noon Mass. She “sees” my deceased aunt hovering behind me and said Aunt I. has a concerned look on her face. I showed her several pics of deceased relatives and she picked out Aunt I. Once when talking to me during a rest period she excused herself and walked out of the room for a few minutes…like she had to recover from what she ‘saw’ around me. I was too scared to ask and she did not volunteer any information. Should I continue working with her or do you think she is new age?”