Due to a threefold increase in demand for exorcisms in Italy alone, and concerns about the skill level of today’s exorcists, the Vatican is planning to hold an international conference next month aimed at training more priests to meet the demand.
A Catholic nurse is campaigning to encourage hospitals to provide full disclosure to patients about alternative therapies, particularly practices such as Reiki which have spiritual aspects, by utilizing a spiritual consent form designed to inform patients of possible spiritual conflicts and protect institutions from potential legal liability.
CL writes: “I have a question regarding Reiki. I am aware that as Catholics we should avoid Reiki, given that it can involve evil spirits. If I am getting massage therapy in an office where Reiki is practiced, even though I am not engaging in Reiki and the massage therapist is not either, am I in danger simply by being in the same building where the Reiki is taking place?”
MM asks: “There must be some element of truth in the practice of energy healers who use their hands to heal. Aren’t their methods similar to what Christians refer to as the ‘laying on of hands’?”
Anyone who has ever read Dr. Mehmet Oz’s books can tell you they are packed with very useful medical information – along with endorsements of New Age energy medicine, yoga and tai chi. As a matter of fact, this is why I stopped buying his books – because I’m interested in his medical knowledge, not his religion, and unfortunately, I can’t seem to get one without the other.
Scripture is loaded with warnings about false teachers and the destruction that will come to them as a result of their erroneous teachings. I came across the following one this morning while at prayer.