Beware of Acupuncturists Who Channel “Energy”

KB writes: “My son and I received accupuncture therapy.  At one point, the doctor said that energy was being channeled into my son and she needed to respect that energy until it slowed down to continue.  I feel uneasy about this, and am concerned that we may have exposed ourselves to something we should not have.  Should we go to confession and forget about it?  We spoke to our pastor and he felt it was okay.  That we did not reject the trinity or the Eucharist, and if we feel it will help, we could pursue it. So, we did not get confession at that time, but I would go to another parish for reconciliation.  Do we need to renew our baptism promises?”

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Church Teaching on New Age Healing Techniques

K writes: “Hoping you can point me in the direction of some good resources. I have some family members who are rather deeply involved with acupuncture, applied kinesiology and a chiropractor who practices both. My own personal discernment and the advice of my spiritual director is to avoid both, but my family is unwilling to listen to any possibility that these things might be bad. I know that you have spoken against these on your blog, and I have read Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life but was wondering if you could point me in the direction of some more specific Catholic resources about the link to these particular therapies and the New Age.”

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